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Welcome to Jerry's Web Site

This is my very simple web site.  I mostly use it to get around as a portal but I am using this server for other services.

Where would you like to surf to?

www.google.com - A quick and simple search engine.

www.bensbargains.net - A great deal site for computer related paraphernalia.

www.slashdot.org - News for Nerds, Stuff that matters.

www.thinkgeek.com - A great place to get geeky products.

What would you like to do on this site?

Squirrelmail - Personal Web Mail service.

MoveableType - Blog (Login) - Personal Blog site.

Jerry's Personal Blog Site (Read) - Jerry's Personal Blog site.

Karen's Personal Blog Site (Read) - Karen's Personal Blog Site.

Guestbook - Sign my guestbook!

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## March 26, 2004

### Oil Changed!

After several weeks of back and forth and several calls, I finally got the oil changed on that pain of a car. Last time, it was the tool to get the oil pan drain plug, which by the way is a torx 45. So I watched them do the oil change, the guy underneath had to pull a shield off the bottom to get at the drain plug.

He tried to find the oil filter, but couldn't. So they finally found it on top of the engine. However, it was not easy to get to. I mean, it was easy to see and easy to access, but to actually remove the oil filter took them quite a while. There is another shield on top of the engine with a cut-out just around the oil filter making it extremely difficult to remove the oil filter without some sort of tool. Jiffy Lube had a socket wrench attachment but it seemed to be just shy of fitting perfectly, so the guy tapped it in and finally was able to loosen the oil filter.

Most of the time, when you change the oil filter, you really don't have to get too dirty doing it. It's because the oil filter is encased in a metal housing. Mercedes has to be different. The filter sits bare just under the cap, then it tapers down to a guide rod with rubber seals. So the only way they could figure out to replace it was to just pull on the filter until it came off and then replace all the rubber seals. Not the easiest thing to do when it's all oily, but they got it done after about an hour.

Jiffy Lube also does a lot of little things too. They check all the fluid reservoirs and refills them if needed, wipes windows, vacuums the interior, wipes the headlights, and a whole lot of little things. Overall a decent experience when you can get the parts that you want.

The surprising thing about the mercedes is that it drinks oil like a fish drinks water. Normally a U.S. vehicle takes in about 5 quarts. Factory specs say that mercedes takes 8.5 quarts. We got away with 8 quarts. Probably cause some of the old oil was still sitting around somewhere. But the extra quarts added to the overall price and I was able to get out of there paying around $66 for my troubles. Next time it should be around$75. A whole lot better than $300 from the dealer. When I got home, it took me a little while to figure out how to do it but I was able to reset the service mileage. That car won't need to get another oil change for 10,000 miles. Posted by jgee at March 26, 2004 11:43 PM Comments I ALWAYS get dirty when I change the oil filter... Cause usually it sits on the underside of the car. So, you gotta crawl under there and unscrew the thing. Even after the oil has been drained there is always a fair amount of oil in the filter area... So, as you unscrew it, the oil starts to pour out around and down the sides of the filter... Down your arm usually! Very messy, yet satisfying. Posted by: karen Ives at March 30, 2004 07:50 PM Post a comment Remember personal info? jgee/blog/archives/000019.html0100666000006000000600000002030410032315117015341 0ustar apacheapache General Weblog: The Apprentice ## March 19, 2004 ### The Apprentice There is a show on NBC called the Apprentice, I haven't watched most of it, I catch it because it comes on before ER and usually I don't have anything pressing to do at the time. It's about the 'ultimate job interview', it's hosted by Donald Trump and he has selected 16 individuals who will compete for a position as President at one of his companies for a year earning$250,000.

Like I said, I don't watch it too often, but I did see the summary show this week. It showed clips of the other episodes to show what has been going on in the past few weeks.

I watched half of the first show and really saw some of the contestants personalities and three of the people I hated were Tammy, Sam and Omarosa. I came to find out that all three of them have been dismissed from the show which makes me happy.

During one of the episodes, they were at a renovation site and a stray piece of plaster fell on her head, everyone said it was a small piece. She played the drama queen bit and said she was having headaches, went back to the suite and had a doctor check her over, the doctor said it was nothing and she didn't accept that so she went to a hospital to get another opinion. The doctor also said it was nothing but she made like she had a concussion from the bump.

I came to find out today on the way over to Lansing that Omarosa has now deemed herself as the "typical Black Woman" and is now writing a book as she's bad-mouthing the whole show and claiming that she didn't advance because of discrimination. I also found out that during her introductions, she said she worked for the President of the United States, and while I don't remember the exact words she said, she made it seem that she was one of the President's advisor. On the radio show, I found out that she wasn't an advisor but a receptionist at the White House.

I caught the bit where she says she was "discriminated." One of the other contestants and Omarosa were having an argument, Omarosa called the other contestant something calloused, and the other contestant said "Yes I'm a [bitch] that's like the teapot calling the kettle black." Omarosa starting calling up all this prejudice from this benign comment which had nothing to do with race or herself.

In my opinion, yes there are times where there is actual racial discrimination. But I think some people play it up to exist everywhere they look. It's as if they play that "black" trump card to skirt the actual issue that the person was not a good competitor. I think to a certain point, this whole racism thing hasn't necessarily been perpetuated to this extent by the oppressors, but by the oppressees who use it to any remote advantage they can gain from it.

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## March 19, 2004

### Mario Kart

Lately, I've been obsessing over Mario Kart. I've been playing it almost every day. I have been able to unlock special cup and the all star cup and just recently I've been able to open up the mirror mode. The all star cup was the one that was insane. Usually in one cup, you have four races, as you complete a race under the 50cc, 100cc, and 150cc, you unlock other items such as characters, karts, races and battle levels. In the all star cup, you have to race all 16 of the previous races at 50cc, 100cc, and 150cc to unlock the mirror mode. I believe at 50cc it takes approximately 48 minutes to race all the races. At the higher cc's it takes a little less time.

I did alright with the 50cc, got all 160 points, then I raced the 100cc and came in second on the second to last race by a hair. The 150cc race I barely won. Thank goodness I do better on some boards than on others cause I can really stack up some points and lose on others.

It's kinda funny the way the point system works for the all star cup. By the time you race most of the races if you are doing good, you can just sit back and lose the other races and still get the gold cup.

Posted by jgee at March 19, 2004 03:41 PM

VRRRRRRRRRRRRROOOOOOOOOOOMMM!!

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jgee/blog/archives/000017.html0100666000006000000600000001457010032315117015347 0ustar apacheapache General Weblog: Jiffy Lube

## March 18, 2004

### Jiffy Lube

On Monday, I called up Jiffy Lube to check on the status of the oil and the oil filter that we had ordered to make sure they were both in stock. Luckily they were, so I drove out to the store which is about 30 minutes away and pulled right into a bay.

The manager introduced himself and we popped the hood and checked the odometer. So about a minute after getting in, they tell me that they don't carry the tool to loosen the drain plug. It's actually a size up from what they have. So not only does Mercedes charge $300 for an oil change, they also use a different drain plug to screw with anyone who tries to get the oil changed somewhere else. Jiffy Lube was apologetic and told me that they would order the part and that they would be prepared next time I came in. Hopefully that's all true, otherwise, this whole thing has been a major fiasco. Posted by jgee at March 18, 2004 02:22 PM Comments Post a comment Remember personal info? jgee/blog/archives/000016.html0100666000006000000600000001523010032315117015340 0ustar apacheapache General Weblog: Mario Kart:Double Dash!! ## March 16, 2004 ### Mario Kart:Double Dash!! I got Mario Kart:Double Dash!! for the GameCube about a month ago. It was a great deal, best buy was offering a$10 gift certificate, and I had around $40 in gift certificates anyways, so I paid around$8 and got a $10 gc in the end. Anyways, I have never really gotten into games just because there were more pressing things to do. But Mario Kart is becoming a quick time drain. I thought that Nintendo was being cheap and not including more tracks than it shows, but I found out that once you complete all the tracks that the game gives you, you can unlock two more levels, for a total of 8 more tracks and then there is a mirror mode. I've been playing hard on it and finally unlocked the "Special Cup" supposedly, if I work on it some more I can unlock a All Star cup which is a combination of the previous cups. Then I can unlock the mirror mode. As I race more and get gold standing, I unlock cars for every level that I complete. All in all it's a cool game but I just wish there is a crack to unlock all the tracks and cars. But then again, I guess it wouldn't really make me play the game as much as I have been. Posted by jgee at March 16, 2004 11:00 PM Comments Post a comment Remember personal info? jgee/blog/archives/000015.html0100666000006000000600000002067710032315117015352 0ustar apacheapache General Weblog: Radio Show ## March 12, 2004 ### Radio Show On my way out to see Karen this weekend, I tuned to WKRK talk radio. They were talking about a Utah woman who refused to have a caesarean section because she didn't want to scar her body. I thought it was a horrible story and was disgusted to learn that the lady had been told that she was having twins and that the way twins develop in the body, she would have to have a c-section for the second baby to survive. She refused and the baby died. I felt bad about the story, but what really enraged me was the high school girl that participates with the radio station. She's a senior in high school, works for the school newspaper, has published articles in her school paper, on web sites and other papers, but I didn't hear of her actually publishing in any articles in widely public newspapers. She says that babies are gross and can't see why anyone would want to scar their bodies for a baby. People start to call in and say she's got a narrow view of society and she says that she's a journalist and that she carries the voice of the nation (all the while using malapropisms). One caller called in to say that having a kid was the best thing that ever happened to him and that his wife's scar was barely noticeable and a small price to pay to have his beautiful son. He says that he was only 19 when it happened but it honestly changed his life. She was sorry he had a child when he was 19 and asked if he finished college. He didn't, so she asked if he had planned on going to college and he didn't. She asked him what he did with his life and he said that he was a carpenter, she said sorry in a very dismissive tone and asked where he lived, he said in Royal Oak (which is a decent neighborhood) and she dismissed him again. She went on to say that she isn't vain but aware of her good looks and that she's cute, and always will be cute. She said that maybe the woman gave up her second baby because she didn't have enough money to get a plastic surgeon to mend the scar. She also said that she's rich and could afford a plastic surgeon if she ever got pregnant so that she wouldn't ever have to deal with a scar or even stretch marks. (Although she's never seen a c-section scar). She never plans on giving birth and she said she would adopt a european child, but then she says she wants to adopt a chinese child because she likes their soups and when she grows old, the child could make her soup?!? She says that she watches MTV and that understanding MTV culture is the key to understanding society. Obviously this girl has no idea what life is going to bring her. She's lived in this very protected little world where her "cuteness" and her parent's money have given her what she wants but I think she's in for a very rude awakening. I could call her a bunch of names but what I really wish is that her looks and money is taken away from her and that she is forced to face whatever society dishes out to her. Posted by jgee at March 12, 2004 04:56 PM Comments Post a comment Remember personal info? jgee/blog/archives/000014.html0100666000006000000600000001635610032315117015350 0ustar apacheapache General Weblog: Programming ## March 10, 2004 ### Programming I learned BASIC and Pascal in high school and I really admired my instructor in high school. He really knew how to teach programming. In BASIC I learned how to program and learned simple data structures like sorting, arrays and things like that. When I took Pascal the next year I was able to use those concepts quickly. I took PASCAL again in college because it was required and aced that class easily. However, I took C and Java at the same time in college. That was quite the struggle. With C I had no problems, the pace was very decent and the instructor was helpful. Java on the other hand gave me fits. As part of my program, I had to take a computing and algorithms 2 class. But because Computer Engineering was still a new program, they overlooked that the first computing and algorithms class was not a prerequisite. So we had to learn Java quickly and still keep up with the class. The class worked mostly around the basic concepts again, sorting, arrays, linked lists and binary trees. I understood the concepts but the syntax I was having a hard time with. I had a very difficult time learning what Object Oriented Programming meant. I barely passed the class because I just couldn't program in Java. I knew what I wanted to do but I just couldn't write the code to match it. I found the API awkward to work with. So now that I have time on my hands waiting for job offers, I'm going back to learn Java from the books that I used. I seem to be cruising right along and I now understand some of the subtleties that we glossed over in class. It's been a long time since I worked with Java but I'm starting to appreciate it now. I hope to go back to C and work on learning that again as well. We'll see if I have the time to do it. Posted by jgee at March 10, 2004 01:50 PM Comments Post a comment Remember personal info? jgee/blog/archives/000013.html0100666000006000000600000001602010032315117015333 0ustar apacheapache General Weblog: Cable ## March 04, 2004 ### Cable One of our recent projects in the house was to distribute cable to the rest of the house. I've had a cable modem for quite a while and we had cable tv access in our Home Theater Room. However, the rest of the house was using regular over-the-air tv signals and it was spotty at that. So I studied up a little bit on cabling and found a really decent site www.shoppingmatrix.tv that sold all the parts that we needed all in one site at a decent price. We have about 10 places in the house that we want to have cable access in so I bought a 16 way splitter (Channel Vision HS-16), some terminators, some attenuators, 1000' spool of RG-6 quad shielded cable, a hex crimper, and a co-ax stripper. We hooked up the 16 way split in the basement, and ran the cables to the TVs in the basement with ease, then we ran the cables to the second floor via a return air duct and drops from the attic. Once we had all the cables in place, I stripped them, and threw an end on it and connected it to a wall plate to make everything look nice. We terminated the other ports on the 16 way split and because our amplifier wasn't that strong going into the 16 way split, I was able to avoid using the attenuators. In the future we'll probably need to get a better amplifier (we're just using a 22 dB amplifier), probably a Channel Vision CVT-35IA. But for now things seem to be working just fine. The only tv that's suffering is the one in my bedroom but it isn't too bad that I can't tolerate it, just a tiny bit more static than the other TVs in the house. Posted by jgee at March 4, 2004 04:17 PM Comments Post a comment Remember personal info? jgee/blog/archives/000012.html0100666000006000000600000001647110032315117015344 0ustar apacheapache General Weblog: Jiffy Lube ## March 03, 2004 ### Jiffy Lube Yesterday, my dad called up Jiffy Lube to see if they could do an oil change on our car. It's a mercedes so all our past oil changes were done at the dealer but we just got a service B-type message which includes tire rotation, brake check, fluid top-off and little things like that. The aggravating thing is that it would cost us over$300 for this service at the dealer. What a con-job! I recalled that Jiffy Lube starting changing oil for all car types even foreign cars. So my dad called them and only the corporate stores would be able to do it. So we found a corporate store and they said they had everything in stock to do it and it would be about a third what mercedes would charge. I spent a half hour driving down and finding the place only to be turned away because the filter was not in stock.

I come to find out that the manager my dad spoke to just hired in and the workers were even bad-mouthing him saying that he didn't know what was going on. So I talked with the assistant manager and she tells me that it can be ordered and we can do the change next week.

We would have gone with the mercedes dealership if they actually gave us a decent price, but $300 for an oil change is extravagant. Who would pay such a price? They almost certainly have a monopoly on the whole thing if it weren't for Jiffy Lube. It's crazy. I mean, what does the oil change actually cost them? Maybe$50 and they get to mark it up to $300? OK Let's say they do all the things prescribed by their manual, top off fluids -$2 maybe? Rotate tires (we just got new ones 10,000 miles ago) - $10? Check the brake wear -$10 cause they're not going to replace anything, if they do they'll call us and charge us hundreds of dollars to replace it if it's needed anyways.

I guess we'll see what kind of a job Jiffy Lube will do for us next week.

Posted by jgee at March 3, 2004 03:26 PM

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jgee/blog/archives/000011.html0100666000006000000600000001503310032315117015334 0ustar apacheapache General Weblog: XMAME

## February 26, 2004

### XMAME

I've had a fascination lately with MAME games. Karen loves to play Burgertime.

Peter Pepper the chef moves around the screen walking over the parts of a hamburger. As each item is walked over it drops to the level below. Armed with pepper he can throw on his enemies, he must avoid Mr. Hotdog, Mr. Egg, and Mr. Pickle. Bonuses appear in the forms of ice cream, coffee, and french fries.

So I tried to set up XMAME on this linux machine. I've having a particularly hard time figuring out what to do. I've installed the xmame program and I've set up the roms in the correct directory as specified in the xmamerc file, however, I'm still getting File not found errors. Everything should work but for some reason, I just can't get it to recognize that the files do indeed exist.

Anyways, this weekend I'm off to Lansing and Flint again for some more couple couseling.

Posted by jgee at February 26, 2004 09:37 PM

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## February 24, 2004

### Hanging out with my cousin

I got a chance to hang out with my cousin Max tonight. It's almost a rare occurrence. Usually we're both pretty busy but we always have a good time so I really enjoy getting to hang out with him.

We met up at Taste of Thailand restaurant in Auburn Hills. I used to go there a lot when I worked in Auburn Hills, I think I was there at least every week. We chatted about my wedding planning and some stuff about our extended family. I think mostly he just kinda kept me sane from all the stuff going on. It sounds like he's also really enjoying life, work and his free time. We also got a chance to talk a little about video games of the past.

We then ran off to Bubble Bliss, another bubble tea place that's located in Rochester. I have to say, Bubble Bliss is not quite up to par with Udon Sushi Bakery but still the best place around the Detroit area to get bubble tea. We chatted it up a little bit and had to part our ways so he could get some stuff set up for his class tomorrow.

On my way home, I got to chat with my sister who may be coming home for her spring break.

Earlier today I wanted to check out my mail server. I had some trouble with it last night. I wanted to change some stuff so I could actually add attachments as large as 10 megs. I got the correct changes made, but the web access to the mail server was acting funny. It wasn't displaying the left frame to access the mail folders. I could send the attachment in pine, and while still partially functional, I could send the file through the web access.

Today I rebooted the server and it actually got worse. Instead of not being able see the left frame, it was just choking on loading the page in general. I searched on the net to figure out what was going on. After going out to dinner, I fired it up again and it's working just fine. Somehow it just healed itself. Funny. I guess I'll never quite understand this computer.

Posted by jgee at February 24, 2004 09:59 PM

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jgee/blog/archives/000008.html0100666000006000000600000002221610032315117015343 0ustar apacheapache General Weblog: Weekend

## February 23, 2004

### Weekend

I had a fairly decent weekend. Too bad I didn't have a decent internet connection so I could update this page, but here's what I remember of it.

Friday night, I went over to Karen's place and she made dinner that we took over to Steve and Christine's house. Karen knows Steve from work and their company's soccer team. I really got to know Steve and Christine from camping with them up near Cadillac, MI the past summer.
They just had a baby girl almost a month ago and we decided we'd help them out a little and bring dinner to them. We chatted for a while and we found out that Steve is leaving the company and their family is moving to Traverse City. It'll be sad to see them go but we wish them all the luck and happiness as they move.

Saturday we hung around the apartment with Karen's sister Rebecca. I tried to fix their internet problems but I just couldn't get an IP address. I later found out that their service was not available so hopefully they're up by now.

For dinner we ran over to Udon Sushi Bakery just off of MSU's campus. It's a great place and we go there all the time. We ordered up some bubble tea and Beef Noodle Soup. The place was packed and we ended up sitting at the bar and watched Spongebob Squarepants on the big screen. I have to say it was the first time watching that show and I wasn't too impressed. I guess I don't see what the big commotion is with the show.

Bubble tea if you haven't heard of it before is a Taiwanese drink. It's a sweetened tea mixed with creamer and they add these large tapioca pearls at the bottom. It's a really interesting drink and you really have to develop a taste for it. It's been our experience that people have to try it 3 or 4 times before they are practically addicted to the drink.

After dinner, we ran out to Flint so we could attend church the next morning. We shopped around in Flint afterwards and decided we needed some lunch as well as something for dinner. So we stopped by Gordon Food Service picked up some roast beef, chicken salad and some buns ran back to their parent's place in Flint and ate before we ran out to see our friend Melissa.

Karen needed to get Melissa's measurements for a bridesmaid dress being made in China. Meanwhile I talked to Melissa's dad for a while about band and things going on in each other's lives while we played around with Melissa's nephew.

Then we were off again to go to our marriage counseling class. It's an interesting thing I think. Since I've never been married and never closely known anyone getting married in my church, the Catholic marriage preparatory system is pretty impressive. Two weeks ago, we started this class, I got to meet Donna and Currie and at the end we took this 300 question compatibility test. This week we met with Donna and Currie, Kurt and Elaine to go over our test results. We did exceptionally well in almost all subjects with 100% in three categories. Which they had never seen before. The only one we fell behind was in Finance. Karen doesn't know too much about finance so she had decided a long time ago that I was going to take care of our finances.

It was a pretty painless meeting, we laughed a lot and really enjoyed ourselves. Afterwards, we ran back to Karen's parents place to pick up Becca and run back to Lansing so that Karen and Becca could go to work the next day.

While Karen was at work, I cleaned some things up around her apartment and made some spaghetti sauce the way Karen likes it and Karen came home for lunch. After lunch, Karen left for work and I drove to my mom's shop to get a haircut and chat with her.

Posted by jgee at February 23, 2004 06:56 PM

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jgee/blog/archives/000007.html0100666000006000000600000001453510032315117015347 0ustar apacheapache General Weblog: Happy Birthday

## February 21, 2004

### Happy Birthday

To my sis, Happy Birthday AMY!

Posted by jgee at February 21, 2004 03:06 PM

AMY!!!! I only have one sock on.... Humph.

Happy Birthday giggly-poof.

Posted by: Karen Ives at February 21, 2004 10:50 PM

HAHAHAHAH thank you Karen and Jerry!!!!!
nock, nock, nock!!!!!!!
yum yum tuna and oreo........

Posted by: Amy Gee at February 22, 2004 12:40 PM

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEWWWWWW!

AMY! PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEASE tell me you weren't eating tuna and oreos simultaniously.

Posted by: Karen at March 27, 2004 09:34 PM

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jgee/blog/archives/000006.html0100666000006000000600000001770510032315117015350 0ustar apacheapache General Weblog: Linux

## February 20, 2004

### Linux

I've got two primary computers, one is a mini-PC from shuttle that acts as my Home Theater PC, and the other is my Linux server.

I have set up a Linux box several times in the past but none stood the test of time. Either I needed the disk space or I just plain didn't do anything with it. Throughout graduate school (which was only a year) I had a Linux box set up so my roommates could do programming as they needed to and I could fiddle with the interconnectivity between Windows and Linux. This one is a little different. Since being laid off, I have found myself really putting some time on setting up this machine.

I knew I wanted to be able to connect seamlessly to my Windows PC, so I set up Samba shares. I tried to set up my own mail server with Squirrelmail as a front end. I used to be able to set up mail service without a problem but when I finally registered this machine for a domain name, I had troubles with mail again. So I really dug my heels into the problem and with a little help from online resources, I was able to figure out that my network devices setting in Postfix was set up wrong.

I also have Apache running as my webserver, which was pretty straightforward. But actually implementing MovableType was confusing. I never really played with a web server really, so setting up this blog program wasn't the easiest thing in the world. But once I figured out where everything was supposed to go, it was very easy to set up. I think the instructions could be a little clearer on the main website.

Having also installed VMWare, and a Xhost on this machine has made access very easy.

My current battle right now is trying to set up Eterm. I used to use Eterm while I was working at EDS. However, some prerequisites are giving me the fits with installing this feature. The puzzling thing is that I had it running just fine, I could get great backgrounds for about 5 minutes. When I closed the window, I seemed to have lost all my settings. Really aggravating.

I'm still learning some of the ins and outs of this server but I'd have to say things are almost to the point where I might be able to give up my Windows PC almost altogether. If I could afford a a Hauppauge WinTV PVR-350, I would definitely put MythTV on this machine and leave my HTPC in the dust.

Anyways, I'm always on the lookout for another software package to get working on this machine. It's been really fun working in a Unix like environment again.

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jgee/blog/archives/000005.html0100666000006000000600000001337310255552713015360 0ustar apacheapache General Weblog: Sister

## February 19, 2004

### Sister

My sister saw my weblog today and wanted a mention, so here you go...Hi Amy.

Posted by jgee at February 19, 2004 11:29 PM

hahahah thanks man!

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jgee/blog/archives/000004.html0100666000006000000600000002245510032315117015344 0ustar apacheapache General Weblog: Where am I in life?

## February 18, 2004

### Where am I in life?

I figured I might as well talk a little about myself since this is my personal blog site.

My name is Jerry, this is my personal blog site, I created this to kinda continue jotting stuff that's happening to me. So let's see if I can catch you up to where I'm at these days...

I graduated high school and before I stepped foot in college, I secured my co-op employment with EDS, a large IT/IS company in the Metro-Detroit area. You have to understand the college that I chose to go to is very employment oriented. The college was GMI Engineering and Management Institute (now known as Kettering University). The school prides itself in being the premier co-op college and has been ranked very high in a wide number of publications. After every three months of school, you spend three months at a co-op employer, attempting to put into practice what you learned in class. As with any college, it was tough at times and rather easy the other times but what really got me through college was my friends that I made along the way. They really pulled me out of a few jams. I also tried to set up a decent reward system for myself, which consisted of allowing myself to purchase DVDs whenever something went right during the week.

I majored in Computer Engineering. I knew for a while that I wanted to do something with my life involving computers. I guess high school kinda brought it out in me. I knew I didn't really want to do computer science not because I can't code, I just really detest debugging code. Drives me up the wall! So I ended up with Computer Engineering which has a decent amount of coding but tends to involve a little more electrical engineering as well.

I met Karen while I was in school. We didn't go to the same college, she went to MSU and we just happened to meet through a mutual friend.

I graduated undergrad with passing marks, not high enough to get me honors but definitely high enough to graduate. I really didn't think about graduate school because I was so burnt out from 5 years of college while working through all the vacations just so I could develop myself.

I ended up applying to go back to the same school the following fall in a pilot master's program. You see, I promised my folks that Karen and I wouldn't get married until I had a master's degree. A funny promise but more about my parents another time.

During that time between undergrad and grad, I was working full time as an analyst at EDS. My boss was sad to see me go, I guess I really made an impression on him. Just as I was about to pack up my stuff to go to school, the events of 9/11 caused the master's program to become postponed for a year.

So I thrust myself into my work life and tried to maintain a decent semblance of a solid relationship with Karen.

October of 2002 came around and I found myself in Kettering University's Master of Science in Engineering Management with a focus on Lean Manufacturing program. Unlike my undergrad days, I really applied myself and got top marks in all my classes.

So now I'm graduated with my Master's degree in hand but as luck would have it, the Detroit area is having a serious manufacturing related job slump.

Karen and I are engaged and have been since this past September, just before I graduated with my Master's degree and we're in the middle of setting up all our wedding plans!

Posted by jgee at February 18, 2004 10:50 PM

Wedding plans??? You mean we gotta PLAN this shindig??? Dooomed... I am SOOOOOO doomed. (-: (Jerry says I make my smilies backwards.) Guess that's what happens when you didn't major in computers.....

Posted by: Karen Ives at February 21, 2004 10:46 PM

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## February 17, 2004

### Install and Set up MoveableType

After battling with the horrible (IMO) default installation instructions at www.moveabletype.org, I was able to find some decent installation instructions from one of the forums: http://www.movabletype.org/support/index.php?act=ST&f=7&t=33716&hl=403+forbidden&s=71d945f339b6be3ebbea81cd68e2e143

So now my Weblog is finally active!

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## February 17, 2004

### Gardens

Someday we'd like to put in a Water Garden in our backyard, we went to a Home & Garden show and this is one that we really liked.

Posted by jgee at February 17, 2004 06:05 PM

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## March 30, 2004

### Tiling

When I started college in 1997, my dad started tearing up our basement flooring to put in this product called Pergo Laminate Flooring. We originally had carpet but we wanted to replace it because it came with the house and it was kinda cheap carpetting. I wanted to replace it with new carpet so it would be warm in the basement but my mom wanted hardwood flooring because a friend complained that they couldn't dance on carpet (even though none of the other friends had flooring or even enough dance space to do it either, consequently my mom isn't even friends with her anymore). So my dad convinced her that Pergo would be a decent compromise between the cold of hardwood floor and the warmth of carpetting. He found Pergo Flooring at Home Depot.

It was advertised as resistant to fading, stains, water and warping. When it was sold at Home Depot, they even let you pound on it with a hammer. So dancing on the surface wouldn't be a problem.

We installed it over a long period of time because we had other more important things going on in our lives.

The next year, the laminate flooring was starting to warp. It was terrible. We contacted Home Depot and Pergo and they pretty much said that since we installed it ourselves the warranty was nullified.

So what could we do? We just lived with it. Well this year we found out that there are a few spots where water has gotten underneath the flooring and rotted the subfloor. And in a few places it's bubbled up the pergo so badly we can't live with it and if we let it continue, it would actually rot the laminate itself.

So after a couple months of searching and bargaining. We finally have found a tile set and a company to install it for us. They are going to be starting in just over a week and it's going to take a couple weeks. So these days I've been moving all the small items in the basement into the living room upstairs.

Having tile in the basement will be even colder than before, even though my mom isn't friends with that one person that complained about carpet, and since we hardly have parties at the house, my mom is still bent on getting ceramic tiling. I think it's a huge mistake but my opinion hardly matters in this situation.

Posted by jgee at 11:23 PM | Comments (0)

### Marriage Classes

When Karen and I went to her church to ask for a wedding day, they told us we had to take a class. No big deal. I can understand that pretty easily. So we signed up for the class as soon as we could. We went to the Catholic Services place in Flint and met several couples and talked about Communication and Problem Solving. We did ok, and it was a two week course with 4 hours each. Not a big deal like I said.

We found a couple weeks later that we had to do another meeting with the Deacon and his wife. I was a little uneasy because I really didn't know what to expect. So we went and found out we had to take a 300 question compatibility test. We were separated and took the test. We later found out that we did very well comparatively. We got 100% compatibility in three subjects, which was higher than any other couple they had seen. It wasn't until then that I found out that we had to meet with them 5 more times to review the results. I came to be at ease with them over the next few meetings and they also included another couple to help counsel us.

Our last meeting was this past weekend. Actually we finished a little early. Since we had done so well on the compatibility test, we actually finished one lesson early. Just as we were about to celebrate being done, we found out that we have 4 more modules to go through. They are 2 hour modules that we take with another church in Flint. So hopefully we'll find more information about that soon so we can get that taken care of quickly.

Karen and I came out of that last meeting pretty peeved because we were about to celebrate being done and thus being able to marry in her church. We called Karen's cousin Jenny cause she's getting married in Indiana a few weeks after we are. We came to find out that she and Mike only had two classes. They had one all day meeting that was similar to our we care session and they had another one day meeting with her priest. And that's all the meetings they have to go through.

We totally got shafted on the number of meetings we have to go through. Karen is a little more sympathetic to me because I've been putting up with these meetings. I really don't mind too much. I'm just glad we're getting through these classes very well.

Posted by jgee at 10:58 PM | Comments (0)

## March 26, 2004

### Oil Changed!

After several weeks of back and forth and several calls, I finally got the oil changed on that pain of a car. Last time, it was the tool to get the oil pan drain plug, which by the way is a torx 45. So I watched them do the oil change, the guy underneath had to pull a shield off the bottom to get at the drain plug.

He tried to find the oil filter, but couldn't. So they finally found it on top of the engine. However, it was not easy to get to. I mean, it was easy to see and easy to access, but to actually remove the oil filter took them quite a while. There is another shield on top of the engine with a cut-out just around the oil filter making it extremely difficult to remove the oil filter without some sort of tool. Jiffy Lube had a socket wrench attachment but it seemed to be just shy of fitting perfectly, so the guy tapped it in and finally was able to loosen the oil filter.

Most of the time, when you change the oil filter, you really don't have to get too dirty doing it. It's because the oil filter is encased in a metal housing. Mercedes has to be different. The filter sits bare just under the cap, then it tapers down to a guide rod with rubber seals. So the only way they could figure out to replace it was to just pull on the filter until it came off and then replace all the rubber seals. Not the easiest thing to do when it's all oily, but they got it done after about an hour.

Jiffy Lube also does a lot of little things too. They check all the fluid reservoirs and refills them if needed, wipes windows, vacuums the interior, wipes the headlights, and a whole lot of little things. Overall a decent experience when you can get the parts that you want.

The surprising thing about the mercedes is that it drinks oil like a fish drinks water. Normally a U.S. vehicle takes in about 5 quarts. Factory specs say that mercedes takes 8.5 quarts. We got away with 8 quarts. Probably cause some of the old oil was still sitting around somewhere. But the extra quarts added to the overall price and I was able to get out of there paying around $66 for my troubles. Next time it should be around$75. A whole lot better than $300 from the dealer. When I got home, it took me a little while to figure out how to do it but I was able to reset the service mileage. That car won't need to get another oil change for 10,000 miles. Posted by jgee at 11:43 PM | Comments (1) ## March 19, 2004 ### The Apprentice There is a show on NBC called the Apprentice, I haven't watched most of it, I catch it because it comes on before ER and usually I don't have anything pressing to do at the time. It's about the 'ultimate job interview', it's hosted by Donald Trump and he has selected 16 individuals who will compete for a position as President at one of his companies for a year earning$250,000.

Like I said, I don't watch it too often, but I did see the summary show this week. It showed clips of the other episodes to show what has been going on in the past few weeks.

I watched half of the first show and really saw some of the contestants personalities and three of the people I hated were Tammy, Sam and Omarosa. I came to find out that all three of them have been dismissed from the show which makes me happy.

During one of the episodes, they were at a renovation site and a stray piece of plaster fell on her head, everyone said it was a small piece. She played the drama queen bit and said she was having headaches, went back to the suite and had a doctor check her over, the doctor said it was nothing and she didn't accept that so she went to a hospital to get another opinion. The doctor also said it was nothing but she made like she had a concussion from the bump.

I came to find out today on the way over to Lansing that Omarosa has now deemed herself as the "typical Black Woman" and is now writing a book as she's bad-mouthing the whole show and claiming that she didn't advance because of discrimination. I also found out that during her introductions, she said she worked for the President of the United States, and while I don't remember the exact words she said, she made it seem that she was one of the President's advisor. On the radio show, I found out that she wasn't an advisor but a receptionist at the White House.

I caught the bit where she says she was "discriminated." One of the other contestants and Omarosa were having an argument, Omarosa called the other contestant something calloused, and the other contestant said "Yes I'm a [bitch] that's like the teapot calling the kettle black." Omarosa starting calling up all this prejudice from this benign comment which had nothing to do with race or herself.

In my opinion, yes there are times where there is actual racial discrimination. But I think some people play it up to exist everywhere they look. It's as if they play that "black" trump card to skirt the actual issue that the person was not a good competitor. I think to a certain point, this whole racism thing hasn't necessarily been perpetuated to this extent by the oppressors, but by the oppressees who use it to any remote advantage they can gain from it.

Posted by jgee at 04:31 PM | Comments (0)

### Mario Kart

Lately, I've been obsessing over Mario Kart. I've been playing it almost every day. I have been able to unlock special cup and the all star cup and just recently I've been able to open up the mirror mode. The all star cup was the one that was insane. Usually in one cup, you have four races, as you complete a race under the 50cc, 100cc, and 150cc, you unlock other items such as characters, karts, races and battle levels. In the all star cup, you have to race all 16 of the previous races at 50cc, 100cc, and 150cc to unlock the mirror mode. I believe at 50cc it takes approximately 48 minutes to race all the races. At the higher cc's it takes a little less time.

I did alright with the 50cc, got all 160 points, then I raced the 100cc and came in second on the second to last race by a hair. The 150cc race I barely won. Thank goodness I do better on some boards than on others cause I can really stack up some points and lose on others.

It's kinda funny the way the point system works for the all star cup. By the time you race most of the races if you are doing good, you can just sit back and lose the other races and still get the gold cup.

Posted by jgee at 03:41 PM | Comments (1)

## March 18, 2004

### Jiffy Lube

On Monday, I called up Jiffy Lube to check on the status of the oil and the oil filter that we had ordered to make sure they were both in stock. Luckily they were, so I drove out to the store which is about 30 minutes away and pulled right into a bay.

The manager introduced himself and we popped the hood and checked the odometer. So about a minute after getting in, they tell me that they don't carry the tool to loosen the drain plug. It's actually a size up from what they have. So not only does Mercedes charge $300 for an oil change, they also use a different drain plug to screw with anyone who tries to get the oil changed somewhere else. Jiffy Lube was apologetic and told me that they would order the part and that they would be prepared next time I came in. Hopefully that's all true, otherwise, this whole thing has been a major fiasco. Posted by jgee at 02:22 PM | Comments (0) ## March 16, 2004 ### Mario Kart:Double Dash!! I got Mario Kart:Double Dash!! for the GameCube about a month ago. It was a great deal, best buy was offering a$10 gift certificate, and I had around $40 in gift certificates anyways, so I paid around$8 and got a $10 gc in the end. Anyways, I have never really gotten into games just because there were more pressing things to do. But Mario Kart is becoming a quick time drain. I thought that Nintendo was being cheap and not including more tracks than it shows, but I found out that once you complete all the tracks that the game gives you, you can unlock two more levels, for a total of 8 more tracks and then there is a mirror mode. I've been playing hard on it and finally unlocked the "Special Cup" supposedly, if I work on it some more I can unlock a All Star cup which is a combination of the previous cups. Then I can unlock the mirror mode. As I race more and get gold standing, I unlock cars for every level that I complete. All in all it's a cool game but I just wish there is a crack to unlock all the tracks and cars. But then again, I guess it wouldn't really make me play the game as much as I have been. Posted by jgee at 11:00 PM | Comments (0) ## March 12, 2004 ### Radio Show On my way out to see Karen this weekend, I tuned to WKRK talk radio. They were talking about a Utah woman who refused to have a caesarean section because she didn't want to scar her body. I thought it was a horrible story and was disgusted to learn that the lady had been told that she was having twins and that the way twins develop in the body, she would have to have a c-section for the second baby to survive. She refused and the baby died. I felt bad about the story, but what really enraged me was the high school girl that participates with the radio station. She's a senior in high school, works for the school newspaper, has published articles in her school paper, on web sites and other papers, but I didn't hear of her actually publishing in any articles in widely public newspapers. She says that babies are gross and can't see why anyone would want to scar their bodies for a baby. People start to call in and say she's got a narrow view of society and she says that she's a journalist and that she carries the voice of the nation (all the while using malapropisms). One caller called in to say that having a kid was the best thing that ever happened to him and that his wife's scar was barely noticeable and a small price to pay to have his beautiful son. He says that he was only 19 when it happened but it honestly changed his life. She was sorry he had a child when he was 19 and asked if he finished college. He didn't, so she asked if he had planned on going to college and he didn't. She asked him what he did with his life and he said that he was a carpenter, she said sorry in a very dismissive tone and asked where he lived, he said in Royal Oak (which is a decent neighborhood) and she dismissed him again. She went on to say that she isn't vain but aware of her good looks and that she's cute, and always will be cute. She said that maybe the woman gave up her second baby because she didn't have enough money to get a plastic surgeon to mend the scar. She also said that she's rich and could afford a plastic surgeon if she ever got pregnant so that she wouldn't ever have to deal with a scar or even stretch marks. (Although she's never seen a c-section scar). She never plans on giving birth and she said she would adopt a european child, but then she says she wants to adopt a chinese child because she likes their soups and when she grows old, the child could make her soup?!? She says that she watches MTV and that understanding MTV culture is the key to understanding society. Obviously this girl has no idea what life is going to bring her. She's lived in this very protected little world where her "cuteness" and her parent's money have given her what she wants but I think she's in for a very rude awakening. I could call her a bunch of names but what I really wish is that her looks and money is taken away from her and that she is forced to face whatever society dishes out to her. Posted by jgee at 04:56 PM | Comments (0) ## March 10, 2004 ### Programming I learned BASIC and Pascal in high school and I really admired my instructor in high school. He really knew how to teach programming. In BASIC I learned how to program and learned simple data structures like sorting, arrays and things like that. When I took Pascal the next year I was able to use those concepts quickly. I took PASCAL again in college because it was required and aced that class easily. However, I took C and Java at the same time in college. That was quite the struggle. With C I had no problems, the pace was very decent and the instructor was helpful. Java on the other hand gave me fits. As part of my program, I had to take a computing and algorithms 2 class. But because Computer Engineering was still a new program, they overlooked that the first computing and algorithms class was not a prerequisite. So we had to learn Java quickly and still keep up with the class. The class worked mostly around the basic concepts again, sorting, arrays, linked lists and binary trees. I understood the concepts but the syntax I was having a hard time with. I had a very difficult time learning what Object Oriented Programming meant. I barely passed the class because I just couldn't program in Java. I knew what I wanted to do but I just couldn't write the code to match it. I found the API awkward to work with. So now that I have time on my hands waiting for job offers, I'm going back to learn Java from the books that I used. I seem to be cruising right along and I now understand some of the subtleties that we glossed over in class. It's been a long time since I worked with Java but I'm starting to appreciate it now. I hope to go back to C and work on learning that again as well. We'll see if I have the time to do it. Posted by jgee at 01:50 PM | Comments (0) ## March 04, 2004 ### Cable One of our recent projects in the house was to distribute cable to the rest of the house. I've had a cable modem for quite a while and we had cable tv access in our Home Theater Room. However, the rest of the house was using regular over-the-air tv signals and it was spotty at that. So I studied up a little bit on cabling and found a really decent site www.shoppingmatrix.tv that sold all the parts that we needed all in one site at a decent price. We have about 10 places in the house that we want to have cable access in so I bought a 16 way splitter (Channel Vision HS-16), some terminators, some attenuators, 1000' spool of RG-6 quad shielded cable, a hex crimper, and a co-ax stripper. We hooked up the 16 way split in the basement, and ran the cables to the TVs in the basement with ease, then we ran the cables to the second floor via a return air duct and drops from the attic. Once we had all the cables in place, I stripped them, and threw an end on it and connected it to a wall plate to make everything look nice. We terminated the other ports on the 16 way split and because our amplifier wasn't that strong going into the 16 way split, I was able to avoid using the attenuators. In the future we'll probably need to get a better amplifier (we're just using a 22 dB amplifier), probably a Channel Vision CVT-35IA. But for now things seem to be working just fine. The only tv that's suffering is the one in my bedroom but it isn't too bad that I can't tolerate it, just a tiny bit more static than the other TVs in the house. Posted by jgee at 04:17 PM | Comments (0) ## March 03, 2004 ### Jiffy Lube Yesterday, my dad called up Jiffy Lube to see if they could do an oil change on our car. It's a mercedes so all our past oil changes were done at the dealer but we just got a service B-type message which includes tire rotation, brake check, fluid top-off and little things like that. The aggravating thing is that it would cost us over$300 for this service at the dealer. What a con-job! I recalled that Jiffy Lube starting changing oil for all car types even foreign cars. So my dad called them and only the corporate stores would be able to do it. So we found a corporate store and they said they had everything in stock to do it and it would be about a third what mercedes would charge. I spent a half hour driving down and finding the place only to be turned away because the filter was not in stock.

I come to find out that the manager my dad spoke to just hired in and the workers were even bad-mouthing him saying that he didn't know what was going on. So I talked with the assistant manager and she tells me that it can be ordered and we can do the change next week.

We would have gone with the mercedes dealership if they actually gave us a decent price, but $300 for an oil change is extravagant. Who would pay such a price? They almost certainly have a monopoly on the whole thing if it weren't for Jiffy Lube. It's crazy. I mean, what does the oil change actually cost them? Maybe$50 and they get to mark it up to $300? OK Let's say they do all the things prescribed by their manual, top off fluids -$2 maybe? Rotate tires (we just got new ones 10,000 miles ago) - $10? Check the brake wear -$10 cause they're not going to replace anything, if they do they'll call us and charge us hundreds of dollars to replace it if it's needed anyways.

I guess we'll see what kind of a job Jiffy Lube will do for us next week.

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## February 26, 2004

### XMAME

I've had a fascination lately with MAME games. Karen loves to play Burgertime.

Peter Pepper the chef moves around the screen walking over the parts of a hamburger. As each item is walked over it drops to the level below. Armed with pepper he can throw on his enemies, he must avoid Mr. Hotdog, Mr. Egg, and Mr. Pickle. Bonuses appear in the forms of ice cream, coffee, and french fries.

So I tried to set up XMAME on this linux machine. I've having a particularly hard time figuring out what to do. I've installed the xmame program and I've set up the roms in the correct directory as specified in the xmamerc file, however, I'm still getting File not found errors. Everything should work but for some reason, I just can't get it to recognize that the files do indeed exist.

Anyways, this weekend I'm off to Lansing and Flint again for some more couple couseling.

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## February 24, 2004

### Hanging out with my cousin

I got a chance to hang out with my cousin Max tonight. It's almost a rare occurrence. Usually we're both pretty busy but we always have a good time so I really enjoy getting to hang out with him.

We met up at Taste of Thailand restaurant in Auburn Hills. I used to go there a lot when I worked in Auburn Hills, I think I was there at least every week. We chatted about my wedding planning and some stuff about our extended family. I think mostly he just kinda kept me sane from all the stuff going on. It sounds like he's also really enjoying life, work and his free time. We also got a chance to talk a little about video games of the past.

We then ran off to Bubble Bliss, another bubble tea place that's located in Rochester. I have to say, Bubble Bliss is not quite up to par with Udon Sushi Bakery but still the best place around the Detroit area to get bubble tea. We chatted it up a little bit and had to part our ways so he could get some stuff set up for his class tomorrow.

On my way home, I got to chat with my sister who may be coming home for her spring break.

Earlier today I wanted to check out my mail server. I had some trouble with it last night. I wanted to change some stuff so I could actually add attachments as large as 10 megs. I got the correct changes made, but the web access to the mail server was acting funny. It wasn't displaying the left frame to access the mail folders. I could send the attachment in pine, and while still partially functional, I could send the file through the web access.

Today I rebooted the server and it actually got worse. Instead of not being able see the left frame, it was just choking on loading the page in general. I searched on the net to figure out what was going on. After going out to dinner, I fired it up again and it's working just fine. Somehow it just healed itself. Funny. I guess I'll never quite understand this computer.

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## February 23, 2004

### Weekend

I had a fairly decent weekend. Too bad I didn't have a decent internet connection so I could update this page, but here's what I remember of it.

Friday night, I went over to Karen's place and she made dinner that we took over to Steve and Christine's house. Karen knows Steve from work and their company's soccer team. I really got to know Steve and Christine from camping with them up near Cadillac, MI the past summer.
They just had a baby girl almost a month ago and we decided we'd help them out a little and bring dinner to them. We chatted for a while and we found out that Steve is leaving the company and their family is moving to Traverse City. It'll be sad to see them go but we wish them all the luck and happiness as they move.

Saturday we hung around the apartment with Karen's sister Rebecca. I tried to fix their internet problems but I just couldn't get an IP address. I later found out that their service was not available so hopefully they're up by now.

For dinner we ran over to Udon Sushi Bakery just off of MSU's campus. It's a great place and we go there all the time. We ordered up some bubble tea and Beef Noodle Soup. The place was packed and we ended up sitting at the bar and watched Spongebob Squarepants on the big screen. I have to say it was the first time watching that show and I wasn't too impressed. I guess I don't see what the big commotion is with the show.

Bubble tea if you haven't heard of it before is a Taiwanese drink. It's a sweetened tea mixed with creamer and they add these large tapioca pearls at the bottom. It's a really interesting drink and you really have to develop a taste for it. It's been our experience that people have to try it 3 or 4 times before they are practically addicted to the drink.

After dinner, we ran out to Flint so we could attend church the next morning. We shopped around in Flint afterwards and decided we needed some lunch as well as something for dinner. So we stopped by Gordon Food Service picked up some roast beef, chicken salad and some buns ran back to their parent's place in Flint and ate before we ran out to see our friend Melissa.

Karen needed to get Melissa's measurements for a bridesmaid dress being made in China. Meanwhile I talked to Melissa's dad for a while about band and things going on in each other's lives while we played around with Melissa's nephew.

Then we were off again to go to our marriage counseling class. It's an interesting thing I think. Since I've never been married and never closely known anyone getting married in my church, the Catholic marriage preparatory system is pretty impressive. Two weeks ago, we started this class, I got to meet Donna and Currie and at the end we took this 300 question compatibility test. This week we met with Donna and Currie, Kurt and Elaine to go over our test results. We did exceptionally well in almost all subjects with 100% in three categories. Which they had never seen before. The only one we fell behind was in Finance. Karen doesn't know too much about finance so she had decided a long time ago that I was going to take care of our finances.

It was a pretty painless meeting, we laughed a lot and really enjoyed ourselves. Afterwards, we ran back to Karen's parents place to pick up Becca and run back to Lansing so that Karen and Becca could go to work the next day.

While Karen was at work, I cleaned some things up around her apartment and made some spaghetti sauce the way Karen likes it and Karen came home for lunch. After lunch, Karen left for work and I drove to my mom's shop to get a haircut and chat with her.

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## February 21, 2004

### Happy Birthday

To my sis, Happy Birthday AMY!

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## February 20, 2004

### Linux

I've got two primary computers, one is a mini-PC from shuttle that acts as my Home Theater PC, and the other is my Linux server.

I have set up a Linux box several times in the past but none stood the test of time. Either I needed the disk space or I just plain didn't do anything with it. Throughout graduate school (which was only a year) I had a Linux box set up so my roommates could do programming as they needed to and I could fiddle with the interconnectivity between Windows and Linux. This one is a little different. Since being laid off, I have found myself really putting some time on setting up this machine.

I knew I wanted to be able to connect seamlessly to my Windows PC, so I set up Samba shares. I tried to set up my own mail server with Squirrelmail as a front end. I used to be able to set up mail service without a problem but when I finally registered this machine for a domain name, I had troubles with mail again. So I really dug my heels into the problem and with a little help from online resources, I was able to figure out that my network devices setting in Postfix was set up wrong.

I also have Apache running as my webserver, which was pretty straightforward. But actually implementing MovableType was confusing. I never really played with a web server really, so setting up this blog program wasn't the easiest thing in the world. But once I figured out where everything was supposed to go, it was very easy to set up. I think the instructions could be a little clearer on the main website.

Having also installed VMWare, and a Xhost on this machine has made access very easy.

My current battle right now is trying to set up Eterm. I used to use Eterm while I was working at EDS. However, some prerequisites are giving me the fits with installing this feature. The puzzling thing is that I had it running just fine, I could get great backgrounds for about 5 minutes. When I closed the window, I seemed to have lost all my settings. Really aggravating.

I'm still learning some of the ins and outs of this server but I'd have to say things are almost to the point where I might be able to give up my Windows PC almost altogether. If I could afford a a Hauppauge WinTV PVR-350, I would definitely put MythTV on this machine and leave my HTPC in the dust.

Anyways, I'm always on the lookout for another software package to get working on this machine. It's been really fun working in a Unix like environment again.

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## February 19, 2004

### Sister

My sister saw my weblog today and wanted a mention, so here you go...Hi Amy.

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## February 18, 2004

### Where am I in life?

I figured I might as well talk a little about myself since this is my personal blog site.

My name is Jerry, this is my personal blog site, I created this to kinda continue jotting stuff that's happening to me. So let's see if I can catch you up to where I'm at these days...

I graduated high school and before I stepped foot in college, I secured my co-op employment with EDS, a large IT/IS company in the Metro-Detroit area. You have to understand the college that I chose to go to is very employment oriented. The college was GMI Engineering and Management Institute (now known as Kettering University). The school prides itself in being the premier co-op college and has been ranked very high in a wide number of publications. After every three months of school, you spend three months at a co-op employer, attempting to put into practice what you learned in class. As with any college, it was tough at times and rather easy the other times but what really got me through college was my friends that I made along the way. They really pulled me out of a few jams. I also tried to set up a decent reward system for myself, which consisted of allowing myself to purchase DVDs whenever something went right during the week.

I majored in Computer Engineering. I knew for a while that I wanted to do something with my life involving computers. I guess high school kinda brought it out in me. I knew I didn't really want to do computer science not because I can't code, I just really detest debugging code. Drives me up the wall! So I ended up with Computer Engineering which has a decent amount of coding but tends to involve a little more electrical engineering as well.

I met Karen while I was in school. We didn't go to the same college, she went to MSU and we just happened to meet through a mutual friend.

I graduated undergrad with passing marks, not high enough to get me honors but definitely high enough to graduate. I really didn't think about graduate school because I was so burnt out from 5 years of college while working through all the vacations just so I could develop myself.

I ended up applying to go back to the same school the following fall in a pilot master's program. You see, I promised my folks that Karen and I wouldn't get married until I had a master's degree. A funny promise but more about my parents another time.

During that time between undergrad and grad, I was working full time as an analyst at EDS. My boss was sad to see me go, I guess I really made an impression on him. Just as I was about to pack up my stuff to go to school, the events of 9/11 caused the master's program to become postponed for a year.

So I thrust myself into my work life and tried to maintain a decent semblance of a solid relationship with Karen.

October of 2002 came around and I found myself in Kettering University's Master of Science in Engineering Management with a focus on Lean Manufacturing program. Unlike my undergrad days, I really applied myself and got top marks in all my classes.

So now I'm graduated with my Master's degree in hand but as luck would have it, the Detroit area is having a serious manufacturing related job slump.

Karen and I are engaged and have been since this past September, just before I graduated with my Master's degree and we're in the middle of setting up all our wedding plans!

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## February 17, 2004

### Install and Set up MoveableType

After battling with the horrible (IMO) default installation instructions at www.moveabletype.org, I was able to find some decent installation instructions from one of the forums: http://www.movabletype.org/support/index.php?act=ST&f=7&t=33716&hl=403+forbidden&s=71d945f339b6be3ebbea81cd68e2e143

So now my Weblog is finally active!

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### Gardens

Someday we'd like to put in a Water Garden in our backyard, we went to a Home & Garden show and this is one that we really liked.

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## March 30, 2004

### Marriage Classes

When Karen and I went to her church to ask for a wedding day, they told us we had to take a class. No big deal. I can understand that pretty easily. So we signed up for the class as soon as we could. We went to the Catholic Services place in Flint and met several couples and talked about Communication and Problem Solving. We did ok, and it was a two week course with 4 hours each. Not a big deal like I said.

We found a couple weeks later that we had to do another meeting with the Deacon and his wife. I was a little uneasy because I really didn't know what to expect. So we went and found out we had to take a 300 question compatibility test. We were separated and took the test. We later found out that we did very well comparatively. We got 100% compatibility in three subjects, which was higher than any other couple they had seen. It wasn't until then that I found out that we had to meet with them 5 more times to review the results. I came to be at ease with them over the next few meetings and they also included another couple to help counsel us.

Our last meeting was this past weekend. Actually we finished a little early. Since we had done so well on the compatibility test, we actually finished one lesson early. Just as we were about to celebrate being done, we found out that we have 4 more modules to go through. They are 2 hour modules that we take with another church in Flint. So hopefully we'll find more information about that soon so we can get that taken care of quickly.

Karen and I came out of that last meeting pretty peeved because we were about to celebrate being done and thus being able to marry in her church. We called Karen's cousin Jenny cause she's getting married in Indiana a few weeks after we are. We came to find out that she and Mike only had two classes. They had one all day meeting that was similar to our we care session and they had another one day meeting with her priest. And that's all the meetings they have to go through.

We totally got shafted on the number of meetings we have to go through. Karen is a little more sympathetic to me because I've been putting up with these meetings. I really don't mind too much. I'm just glad we're getting through these classes very well.

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## March 30, 2004

### Tiling

When I started college in 1997, my dad started tearing up our basement flooring to put in this product called Pergo Laminate Flooring. We originally had carpet but we wanted to replace it because it came with the house and it was kinda cheap carpetting. I wanted to replace it with new carpet so it would be warm in the basement but my mom wanted hardwood flooring because a friend complained that they couldn't dance on carpet (even though none of the other friends had flooring or even enough dance space to do it either, consequently my mom isn't even friends with her anymore). So my dad convinced her that Pergo would be a decent compromise between the cold of hardwood floor and the warmth of carpetting. He found Pergo Flooring at Home Depot.

It was advertised as resistant to fading, stains, water and warping. When it was sold at Home Depot, they even let you pound on it with a hammer. So dancing on the surface wouldn't be a problem.

We installed it over a long period of time because we had other more important things going on in our lives.

The next year, the laminate flooring was starting to warp. It was terrible. We contacted Home Depot and Pergo and they pretty much said that since we installed it ourselves the warranty was nullified.

So what could we do? We just lived with it. Well this year we found out that there are a few spots where water has gotten underneath the flooring and rotted the subfloor. And in a few places it's bubbled up the pergo so badly we can't live with it and if we let it continue, it would actually rot the laminate itself.

So after a couple months of searching and bargaining. We finally have found a tile set and a company to install it for us. They are going to be starting in just over a week and it's going to take a couple weeks. So these days I've been moving all the small items in the basement into the living room upstairs.

Having tile in the basement will be even colder than before, even though my mom isn't friends with that one person that complained about carpet, and since we hardly have parties at the house, my mom is still bent on getting ceramic tiling. I think it's a huge mistake but my opinion hardly matters in this situation.

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## April 01, 2004

Last night I read an article...Google is offering 1gb e-mail accounts for free. It will let you store one gigabyte of email on their servers which is good cause their search engine is able to help you search for a particular subject or text entry in your email. But they offer this service for free, which is the surprising aspect of this story. The way they accomplish this is by cheap hard drive prices ranging in the $0.50/gigabyte hard drives and then context searching your e-mails to look for key items to let companies advertise according to your profile. I'm not sure this is a good idea, but I'm sure the government may look into this feature as part of their Patriot Act. I'd say overall this is a good idea, but I'm not sure if I would send all my e-mails to this google account. So that's why I question if this is an April Fool's joke or real? Anyways, there is more information at gmail.google.com. Posted by jgee at April 1, 2004 12:21 PM Comments Post a comment Remember personal info? jgee/blog/archives/2004_04.html0100666000006000000600000004072310051730570015514 0ustar apacheapache General Weblog: April 2004 Archives ## April 22, 2004 ### Basement recovery As expected, we're in the middle of recovering from the basement remodeling. It'll take a while because we have to wipe everything down before we move it downstairs. The tile is disappointing to us in a very minor way, we've moved all kinds of furniture over it and the stove has given us a little bit of a problem, it's actually scratched the tile and it looks as though we may have to have the tile replaced. It doesn't really make much sense to us. When we looked up the tile specifications we found that this particular tile is porcelain, which is stronger than normal ceramic tiles and it also is rated for Airport usage. Hopefully, it will be easy to either remove the scratches or replace the tile. Posted by jgee at 07:58 PM | Comments (0) ## April 15, 2004 ### Basement is almost done! Well if I didn't see it with my own eyes, I wouldn't really believe it. The tile guys finished the basement, all that is left is the grout work. They've got a separate crew that will do the grout work. So before they left, the guys moved everything off to the side of the basement, they tried to put as much as they could into the home theater room but whatever wouldn't fit or they didn't want to move too far ended up in the dining area so the main part of the basement is bare right now and things look fantastic so far. They also cleaned up the area behind the house where they have been dumping everything so there is a chance that the grout guys may finish the whole job tomorrow. It's been a pretty amazing two weeks so far. These guys tore up the basement beyond recognition and transformed it into a real work of artistry. One of them is extremely meticulous even when I thought he was done, he walked the basement with a Makita Die grinder in his hand and straightened any lines that he had to. But as I said before he's got this whole zen thing being one with the tiles and pretty much shifting them into the exact place that they should be in. So he really didn't need to do much it was all because the tile cutting machine doesn't do an exact job. Tomorrow night or Saturday morning my dad and I will probably spending a lot of time working on the molding around the whole basement. Since we had a 1 inch plywood subfloor, whisper-walk and the pergo flooring boards there is a severe height difference now that we stripped everything out and laid the tile down, so all the molding that we had up previously was either ripped off during the first few days or are about an inch too high. So tomorrow my dad will probably buy out a few Home Depots and Lowes to get all the molding that we need. Luckily the job should go fairly quickly. My dad has a nice miter saw that we can use to give clean edges and my dad just picked up a pneumatic nail gun. He wanted to do liquid nails but I think those are tacky (pardon the pun). Posted by jgee at 08:29 PM | Comments (0) ### Skunk Story Yesterday the tile guys were running low on the grout mix that they need to lay tile down. I knew they had like 4 bags in the garage so I let them in to get it. On their way down to the basement with the bags, I saw a black creature crawling to this groundhog hole that we have that goes under our porch. Then (We've been battling with that groundhog since we moved into this house.) Then I saw the white stripes! So I wanted to see where this skunk went, I walk over to the area very cautiously but I didn't see the skunk anymore. So I didn't think much of it and went back to the basement where the tile guys were hard at work. About 5 minutes later this terrible reek descended upon us. Apparently the groundhog must have been home and didn't like uninvited guests. So it came down to fisticuffs. Well the skunk won and we all LOST!. Posted by jgee at 08:18 PM | Comments (0) ## April 14, 2004 ### Basement The basement is nearly complete. Most of all, they need to start putting the border to the basement. It's been an interesting learning experience I'd say. First off, you kinda have to throw out what most of the tile installers tell you to do. I've watched classes and videos on tile installation and most of them tell you to divide the room into quadrants with chalk-lines and build one quadrant at a time starting from the center and building out. It makes sense. As you get to the wall, you trim off the excess tile that you don't need. I was watching them and asking questions along the way and the professional method is to center in one dimension and start from one wall and work yourself out to the opposite wall. Now I have to admit, we've got a specific pattern to our basement, we wanted the tile laid diagonally in the center of the basement and then lay one tile straight along all the walls. So this worked out perfectly because they could lay all the way to the other wall and arbitrarily stop the diagonal when they get to the bar area so they can maintain a whole tile or half tile instead of tile chunks. The next difference is how to space tiles. Most professional advice makes use of plastic spacers. Which is fine, it gets a consistent spacing on all tiles. Although it could get a little tedious and slow when you're doing a floor of a large size. These guys don't use the spacers at all. Which really surprised me. They lay the tile down and then in a zen-like yoda-like approach they use the tip of their fingers and shift the tile into place. Without the use of any type of spacing mechanism. They just eyeball it all. I couldn't believe it. I thought they were being lazy at first, but watching them put half a room together it was amazing. My dad and I have put those peel and stick tiles down in other places and we could never get them straight, there would be too much tolerancing issues with the floor tiles to maintain a perfect line throughout the whole room. These guys are phenomenal! You could practically calibrate a straight edge with the lines they're creating. And what's more amazing is that they automagically compensate with the up to 3% size difference in the tiles. And they also somehow achieve a perfect level between tiles. My dad and I have said it over and over again, there is no way we could have done anything this close in quality by ourselves. Sometimes, you really do have to bite the bullet and pay someone else to do it. I had doubts that these guys could finish by the end of the week. They still have to do a lot of tiling and I see the grout work taking at least a day and a half but they brought in another guy to come help them and they might just squeak by finishing on Thursday if not early Friday. We'll see... Posted by jgee at 02:02 PM | Comments (0) ## April 06, 2004 ### basement Today was the second day of the basement work. The guys came in around 8am and worked till around 10 tearing out the rest of the basement they didn't get a chance to last night. At 10 their manager came and took them to another job site to help out. Afterwards we got lunch and they continued to die-grind the subfloor to remove the last remaining chunks. By 5pm, the old flooring was removed. We figured they would clean up and go home from there, but they actually surprised us by cleaning up all the mess they've made in the past couple days and even laid down around 15 bags of leveling compound in the two worst areas of the basement where there were drains. Tomorrow I expect them to lay the border around the basement. It should be very interesting. I do have a page up now for the pictures of the basement. Under the same site but adding a /basement to the url. Posted by jgee at 11:29 PM | Comments (0) ## April 04, 2004 ### Last Day of the old Basement Well it's the last day of the old basement. By noon tomorrow, we'll be well underway of ripping apart the basement floor and we'll see how things will look in a few days. Tonight I took over 100 pictures to get a feel for every nook and cranny and damaged parts of the basement. I'll be setting aside a web page for these "before" shots, later on I'll set up a few more pages of the "during" and "after" shots onto the website. It'll be kinda neat to see the whole transition. Posted by jgee at 11:43 PM | Comments (0) ## April 03, 2004 ### TechTV I just learned that Leo Laporte of Tech TV has recently quit his job because of differences about his compensation. That's truly tragic. Mr. Laporte I feel was the main mast of TechTV and really brought the station to the public. Posted by jgee at 11:25 PM | Comments (0) ## April 02, 2004 ### Linux CD Burning I've been having some quirky problems with burning CDs in Linux. The very first time I tried to copy a CD in Linux, the burner didn't register because it didn't automount correctly and since I didn't have time to look into the problem, I just jumped on my other computer to copy a cd. Last night I tried to do it again and it recognized both drives but I couldn't copy on the fly because of the software I was using. I'm using X-CD Roast that's included with RedHat. I can burn data CDs without any problems, and I did a little investigation and found that I can burn audio CDs if I rip to the hard drive first but to go from disc to disc for audio CDs it doesn't work. So I did the natural thing and updated X-CD Roast to the newest version. It still did not solve my problem but it pointed me in the direction of updating CDRTools. OK I can handle that, it doesn't come with a RPM, so I had to use make and make install. Got through all that and even un-installed/re-installed XCDRoast but it still wasn't working. There's got to be some kind of problem where X-CD Roast is not recognizing the new CDRTools that I've installed. I just can't figure out where to set the flag to look for it. I think that's one of the biggest problems to Linux becoming popular amongst the mainstream computer users. Most computer users are only knowledgeable to the point of being somewhat dangerous. They know how to install software and things of that nature, but if the software has dependencies as Linux often does, there are going to be some 'growing pains'. While I was testing some things out, I also found that ripping to the hard drive actually takes quite a while and then my top burning speed from the hard drive to the disc was around 10x when I have a 40x drive. Strange. I think I saw some clues to why that's happening but I don't have time to look at the problem in depth. I think if I have time next week, I'll look into the problem a little deeper, but I'm going to have to just trust my other computer to do burning. Posted by jgee at 11:41 PM | Comments (0) ## April 01, 2004 ### April Fool's? Last night I read an article...Google is offering 1gb e-mail accounts for free. It will let you store one gigabyte of email on their servers which is good cause their search engine is able to help you search for a particular subject or text entry in your email. But they offer this service for free, which is the surprising aspect of this story. The way they accomplish this is by cheap hard drive prices ranging in the$0.50/gigabyte hard drives and then context searching your e-mails to look for key items to let companies advertise according to your profile. I'm not sure this is a good idea, but I'm sure the government may look into this feature as part of their Patriot Act.

I'd say overall this is a good idea, but I'm not sure if I would send all my e-mails to this google account.

So that's why I question if this is an April Fool's joke or real?

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## April 02, 2004

### Linux CD Burning

I've been having some quirky problems with burning CDs in Linux. The very first time I tried to copy a CD in Linux, the burner didn't register because it didn't automount correctly and since I didn't have time to look into the problem, I just jumped on my other computer to copy a cd.

Last night I tried to do it again and it recognized both drives but I couldn't copy on the fly because of the software I was using.

I'm using X-CD Roast that's included with RedHat. I can burn data CDs without any problems, and I did a little investigation and found that I can burn audio CDs if I rip to the hard drive first but to go from disc to disc for audio CDs it doesn't work.

So I did the natural thing and updated X-CD Roast to the newest version. It still did not solve my problem but it pointed me in the direction of updating CDRTools. OK I can handle that, it doesn't come with a RPM, so I had to use make and make install. Got through all that and even un-installed/re-installed XCDRoast but it still wasn't working.

There's got to be some kind of problem where X-CD Roast is not recognizing the new CDRTools that I've installed. I just can't figure out where to set the flag to look for it.

I think that's one of the biggest problems to Linux becoming popular amongst the mainstream computer users. Most computer users are only knowledgeable to the point of being somewhat dangerous. They know how to install software and things of that nature, but if the software has dependencies as Linux often does, there are going to be some 'growing pains'.

While I was testing some things out, I also found that ripping to the hard drive actually takes quite a while and then my top burning speed from the hard drive to the disc was around 10x when I have a 40x drive. Strange. I think I saw some clues to why that's happening but I don't have time to look at the problem in depth.

I think if I have time next week, I'll look into the problem a little deeper, but I'm going to have to just trust my other computer to do burning.

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## April 03, 2004

### TechTV

I just learned that Leo Laporte of Tech TV has recently quit his job because of differences about his compensation.

That's truly tragic. Mr. Laporte I feel was the main mast of TechTV and really brought the station to the public.

Posted by jgee at April 3, 2004 11:25 PM

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## April 04, 2004

### Last Day of the old Basement

Well it's the last day of the old basement. By noon tomorrow, we'll be well underway of ripping apart the basement floor and we'll see how things will look in a few days.

Tonight I took over 100 pictures to get a feel for every nook and cranny and damaged parts of the basement. I'll be setting aside a web page for these "before" shots, later on I'll set up a few more pages of the "during" and "after" shots onto the website. It'll be kinda neat to see the whole transition.

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## April 06, 2004

### basement

Today was the second day of the basement work. The guys came in around 8am and worked till around 10 tearing out the rest of the basement they didn't get a chance to last night. At 10 their manager came and took them to another job site to help out. Afterwards we got lunch and they continued to die-grind the subfloor to remove the last remaining chunks.

By 5pm, the old flooring was removed. We figured they would clean up and go home from there, but they actually surprised us by cleaning up all the mess they've made in the past couple days and even laid down around 15 bags of leveling compound in the two worst areas of the basement where there were drains.

Tomorrow I expect them to lay the border around the basement. It should be very interesting.

I do have a page up now for the pictures of the basement. Under the same site but adding a /basement to the url.

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## April 14, 2004

### Basement

The basement is nearly complete. Most of all, they need to start putting the border to the basement. It's been an interesting learning experience I'd say. First off, you kinda have to throw out what most of the tile installers tell you to do. I've watched classes and videos on tile installation and most of them tell you to divide the room into quadrants with chalk-lines and build one quadrant at a time starting from the center and building out. It makes sense. As you get to the wall, you trim off the excess tile that you don't need.

I was watching them and asking questions along the way and the professional method is to center in one dimension and start from one wall and work yourself out to the opposite wall.

Now I have to admit, we've got a specific pattern to our basement, we wanted the tile laid diagonally in the center of the basement and then lay one tile straight along all the walls. So this worked out perfectly because they could lay all the way to the other wall and arbitrarily stop the diagonal when they get to the bar area so they can maintain a whole tile or half tile instead of tile chunks.

The next difference is how to space tiles. Most professional advice makes use of plastic spacers. Which is fine, it gets a consistent spacing on all tiles. Although it could get a little tedious and slow when you're doing a floor of a large size.

These guys don't use the spacers at all. Which really surprised me. They lay the tile down and then in a zen-like yoda-like approach they use the tip of their fingers and shift the tile into place. Without the use of any type of spacing mechanism. They just eyeball it all. I couldn't believe it. I thought they were being lazy at first, but watching them put half a room together it was amazing. My dad and I have put those peel and stick tiles down in other places and we could never get them straight, there would be too much tolerancing issues with the floor tiles to maintain a perfect line throughout the whole room. These guys are phenomenal! You could practically calibrate a straight edge with the lines they're creating. And what's more amazing is that they automagically compensate with the up to 3% size difference in the tiles. And they also somehow achieve a perfect level between tiles.

My dad and I have said it over and over again, there is no way we could have done anything this close in quality by ourselves. Sometimes, you really do have to bite the bullet and pay someone else to do it.

I had doubts that these guys could finish by the end of the week. They still have to do a lot of tiling and I see the grout work taking at least a day and a half but they brought in another guy to come help them and they might just squeak by finishing on Thursday if not early Friday. We'll see...

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## April 15, 2004

### Skunk Story

Yesterday the tile guys were running low on the grout mix that they need to lay tile down. I knew they had like 4 bags in the garage so I let them in to get it. On their way down to the basement with the bags, I saw a black creature crawling to this groundhog hole that we have that goes under our porch. Then (We've been battling with that groundhog since we moved into this house.) Then I saw the white stripes!

So I wanted to see where this skunk went, I walk over to the area very cautiously but I didn't see the skunk anymore. So I didn't think much of it and went back to the basement where the tile guys were hard at work. About 5 minutes later this terrible reek descended upon us. Apparently the groundhog must have been home and didn't like uninvited guests. So it came down to fisticuffs. Well the skunk won and we all LOST!.

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## April 15, 2004

### Basement is almost done!

Well if I didn't see it with my own eyes, I wouldn't really believe it. The tile guys finished the basement, all that is left is the grout work. They've got a separate crew that will do the grout work. So before they left, the guys moved everything off to the side of the basement, they tried to put as much as they could into the home theater room but whatever wouldn't fit or they didn't want to move too far ended up in the dining area so the main part of the basement is bare right now and things look fantastic so far.

They also cleaned up the area behind the house where they have been dumping everything so there is a chance that the grout guys may finish the whole job tomorrow.

It's been a pretty amazing two weeks so far. These guys tore up the basement beyond recognition and transformed it into a real work of artistry. One of them is extremely meticulous even when I thought he was done, he walked the basement with a Makita Die grinder in his hand and straightened any lines that he had to. But as I said before he's got this whole zen thing being one with the tiles and pretty much shifting them into the exact place that they should be in. So he really didn't need to do much it was all because the tile cutting machine doesn't do an exact job.

Tomorrow night or Saturday morning my dad and I will probably spending a lot of time working on the molding around the whole basement. Since we had a 1 inch plywood subfloor, whisper-walk and the pergo flooring boards there is a severe height difference now that we stripped everything out and laid the tile down, so all the molding that we had up previously was either ripped off during the first few days or are about an inch too high. So tomorrow my dad will probably buy out a few Home Depots and Lowes to get all the molding that we need.

Luckily the job should go fairly quickly. My dad has a nice miter saw that we can use to give clean edges and my dad just picked up a pneumatic nail gun. He wanted to do liquid nails but I think those are tacky (pardon the pun).

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## April 22, 2004

### Basement recovery

As expected, we're in the middle of recovering from the basement remodeling. It'll take a while because we have to wipe everything down before we move it downstairs.

The tile is disappointing to us in a very minor way, we've moved all kinds of furniture over it and the stove has given us a little bit of a problem, it's actually scratched the tile and it looks as though we may have to have the tile replaced. It doesn't really make much sense to us. When we looked up the tile specifications we found that this particular tile is porcelain, which is stronger than normal ceramic tiles and it also is rated for Airport usage. Hopefully, it will be easy to either remove the scratches or replace the tile.

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## May 16, 2004

### Nutramax

On Wednesday the 5th, I got a call from Dave Hoyte. Just to explain, Dave Hoyte is a guy that I've admired for the past year. He was the CEO of JLFrench when I met him and has since moved on find another company to turn around. He's got the most impressive background that I've actually met. Anyways, he called me up to offer me a brief consulting opportunity with a company in Boston called Nutramax. I really had nothing to lose especially since they would be paying for my airfare and accomodations.

I reserved my plane tickets and over the next day I found out that I would be teaching a 1 hour course on Value Stream Mapping. So I took the offer and prepared a presentation on the subject.

On Tuesday, my flight was scheduled to leave by 11:00am. I didn't get off the ground until well after 4:00pm. I got to chicago for the layover, but after I got on the plane, we were delayed on the runway for bad weather for 2 hours. So I finally got into Boston around 10:30 which was 5 hours later than I was expecting. I checked into the hotel and grabbed something that might have resembled a dinner.

The next morning, I rode with Dave to Nutramax where I got to meet the Lean Core Implementation team. Very good bunch of people. Dave taught for 10 hours and we found out that we would partake in Pizza and Beer that night with the team. I had fascinating talks with the people there about Lean and other subjects.

Thursday was more of the same, but I got a chance to present my piece of the class. We went to dinner at McTees which served a very nice dinner.

On the way to dinner, Jim the CEO, offered me a nice position as an independent Lean Manufacturing Consultant which I am still deciding on.

I plan to accept the position tomorrow as long as the church agrees to let karen and me slide on the last set of classes so I can dedicate myself to the job.

I think this opportunity is one of those once-in-a-lifetime deals. On one hand I leave a lot of things behind and take a flying leap into consulting. The other hand, I get to work for Dave a person I highly admire which may result in future employment with companies he manages which may put me on a fast track to upper management. Plus Nutramax seems like an ideal company to implement lean. It's a non-union company where the core implementation team is excited, thirsty and ready to implement lean which is more than I could ever ask for in a first company to implement lean.

I guess we'll see what happens.

Posted by jgee at May 16, 2004 02:22 PM

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## May 25, 2004

### Wireless Networking

Well I'm working on the wireless network that I just purchased. I got a Netgear WGT624 Router that is able to run 108Mbps and the corresponding Netgear WG511T. So far it's working pretty well. Obviously when I'm in the same room as the router, I get 108 Mbps and when I'm up in my bedroom, I am actually get 96Mbps, which is better than I expected. This is the first test, there may be better positioning for the router but we'll experiment and see where that leads us.

I still have a lot to learn but so far I've locked out the connection to any other computer so that only this computer has access. More specifically, only this network card has access so any other computer that wants to hack in will have quite a bit to actually get in.

Things seem to be working quite well.

Posted by jgee at 06:35 PM | Comments (0)

## May 23, 2004

### Flight out to Boston

I know I wrote the entry about a week ago on Boston, but I had to write something about that first day.

My plane was scheduled to leave around 11:00am out of Flint Bishop International Airport. I get there around 9:30 because of traffic, only to find out that the 9:00 and my flight were cancelled due to bad weather in Chicago. They couldn't put me on the 1:00pm flight so they put me on the 2:50pm flight. So I called Dave and let him know, and we talked about things and he gave me some general directions how to get to the hotel and how to alter my presentation to look more like his. I had plenty of time so I did that and walked around the airport for a while. I decided to get a roast beef sub sandwich and munched on that.

The plane arrives late and we didn't get on the plane until 3:40pm. I finally get to Chicago and 40 minutes later I'm on the connecting flight to Boston. Meanwhile I found out that Chicago weather wasn't as bad as the airline made it out to be, maybe there was some fog but nothing to prevent flying.

We're taxiing towards the runway, when the plane stops before it turns onto the main runway, the engines power down and the captain announces that there is bad weather in Boston and we can't take off because Air Traffic Control has halted flights.

So I jumped on the phone again and let Dave know, and he said he just landed in Boston and the weather is beautiful. So he tells me to hail a cab to the hotel and we'd be leaving early the next morning.

After an hour and a half of sitting on the runway, we are finally in the air. I get to Boston around 10:30pm and get to the hotel around 11:30pm. I seriously thought we might get some kind of snack on the flight instead of peanuts so I didn't get anything while I was in Chicago. I should have. I was starving by the time I got to the hotel.

I asked the clerk at the hotel to open the convenience store so I could get something to eat. I grabbed a sandwich which looked decently fresh and some ice cream.

I got up to the room, and started mowing down the sandwich. It was terrible. The bottom bun was soggy and the top bun was hard as a rock. Plus it was a Kaiser type bun so there were all these seeds spilling all over the table. Not being a slob, I pulled the trash can over and scooped the seeds into the can while I finished eating the first half. I grabbed the second half hoping it was better than the first, no such luck. I go to take my second bite and the damn thing comes apart in my hand and it lands right into the trash can. I was pissed!

So I enjoyed what I could of the ice cream, took a shower and went to bed.

Everything that could go wrong did that day. The rest of the week went much smoother.

Posted by jgee at 10:59 PM | Comments (0)

## May 16, 2004

### Nutramax

On Wednesday the 5th, I got a call from Dave Hoyte. Just to explain, Dave Hoyte is a guy that I've admired for the past year. He was the CEO of JLFrench when I met him and has since moved on find another company to turn around. He's got the most impressive background that I've actually met. Anyways, he called me up to offer me a brief consulting opportunity with a company in Boston called Nutramax. I really had nothing to lose especially since they would be paying for my airfare and accomodations.

I reserved my plane tickets and over the next day I found out that I would be teaching a 1 hour course on Value Stream Mapping. So I took the offer and prepared a presentation on the subject.

On Tuesday, my flight was scheduled to leave by 11:00am. I didn't get off the ground until well after 4:00pm. I got to chicago for the layover, but after I got on the plane, we were delayed on the runway for bad weather for 2 hours. So I finally got into Boston around 10:30 which was 5 hours later than I was expecting. I checked into the hotel and grabbed something that might have resembled a dinner.

The next morning, I rode with Dave to Nutramax where I got to meet the Lean Core Implementation team. Very good bunch of people. Dave taught for 10 hours and we found out that we would partake in Pizza and Beer that night with the team. I had fascinating talks with the people there about Lean and other subjects.

Thursday was more of the same, but I got a chance to present my piece of the class. We went to dinner at McTees which served a very nice dinner.

On the way to dinner, Jim the CEO, offered me a nice position as an independent Lean Manufacturing Consultant which I am still deciding on.

I plan to accept the position tomorrow as long as the church agrees to let karen and me slide on the last set of classes so I can dedicate myself to the job.

I think this opportunity is one of those once-in-a-lifetime deals. On one hand I leave a lot of things behind and take a flying leap into consulting. The other hand, I get to work for Dave a person I highly admire which may result in future employment with companies he manages which may put me on a fast track to upper management. Plus Nutramax seems like an ideal company to implement lean. It's a non-union company where the core implementation team is excited, thirsty and ready to implement lean which is more than I could ever ask for in a first company to implement lean.

I guess we'll see what happens.

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## May 23, 2004

### Flight out to Boston

I know I wrote the entry about a week ago on Boston, but I had to write something about that first day.

My plane was scheduled to leave around 11:00am out of Flint Bishop International Airport. I get there around 9:30 because of traffic, only to find out that the 9:00 and my flight were cancelled due to bad weather in Chicago. They couldn't put me on the 1:00pm flight so they put me on the 2:50pm flight. So I called Dave and let him know, and we talked about things and he gave me some general directions how to get to the hotel and how to alter my presentation to look more like his. I had plenty of time so I did that and walked around the airport for a while. I decided to get a roast beef sub sandwich and munched on that.

The plane arrives late and we didn't get on the plane until 3:40pm. I finally get to Chicago and 40 minutes later I'm on the connecting flight to Boston. Meanwhile I found out that Chicago weather wasn't as bad as the airline made it out to be, maybe there was some fog but nothing to prevent flying.

We're taxiing towards the runway, when the plane stops before it turns onto the main runway, the engines power down and the captain announces that there is bad weather in Boston and we can't take off because Air Traffic Control has halted flights.

So I jumped on the phone again and let Dave know, and he said he just landed in Boston and the weather is beautiful. So he tells me to hail a cab to the hotel and we'd be leaving early the next morning.

After an hour and a half of sitting on the runway, we are finally in the air. I get to Boston around 10:30pm and get to the hotel around 11:30pm. I seriously thought we might get some kind of snack on the flight instead of peanuts so I didn't get anything while I was in Chicago. I should have. I was starving by the time I got to the hotel.

I asked the clerk at the hotel to open the convenience store so I could get something to eat. I grabbed a sandwich which looked decently fresh and some ice cream.

I got up to the room, and started mowing down the sandwich. It was terrible. The bottom bun was soggy and the top bun was hard as a rock. Plus it was a Kaiser type bun so there were all these seeds spilling all over the table. Not being a slob, I pulled the trash can over and scooped the seeds into the can while I finished eating the first half. I grabbed the second half hoping it was better than the first, no such luck. I go to take my second bite and the damn thing comes apart in my hand and it lands right into the trash can. I was pissed!

So I enjoyed what I could of the ice cream, took a shower and went to bed.

Everything that could go wrong did that day. The rest of the week went much smoother.

Posted by jgee at May 23, 2004 10:59 PM

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## May 25, 2004

### Wireless Networking

Well I'm working on the wireless network that I just purchased. I got a Netgear WGT624 Router that is able to run 108Mbps and the corresponding Netgear WG511T. So far it's working pretty well. Obviously when I'm in the same room as the router, I get 108 Mbps and when I'm up in my bedroom, I am actually get 96Mbps, which is better than I expected. This is the first test, there may be better positioning for the router but we'll experiment and see where that leads us.

I still have a lot to learn but so far I've locked out the connection to any other computer so that only this computer has access. More specifically, only this network card has access so any other computer that wants to hack in will have quite a bit to actually get in.

Things seem to be working quite well.

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## June 02, 2004

### The Trip

I'm in Boston now. At around 7:30am yesterday, I left from Karen's place and shot through Port Huron over the Blue Water Bridge through Canada, through New York and into Massachusetts. I didn't get in until 10:30pm last night. It was a rough trip. The car was ok. But my back was really starting to give me pain. After 10 hours without lumbar support, I was kinda feeling the pain.

At one point, just off the Massachusetts Turnpike, I got turned around cause the directions said to turn right and then later to turn left, well I turned right but I guess I misinterpreted the directions. So I finally got on the right track and got to where I needed to go and just barely missed the Bed and Breakfast place.

This morning I got up at 5:30am cause of the chirping birds that the owner keeps in a cage outside my room.

I got some breakfast after a quick shower and then the owners (Tom and Pam) introduced me to a few of the other residents and then led me to work.

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## June 25, 2004

### Frustration

I've been here just under a month. It's not too bad but if all things were equal, I would have preferred being at home. It's a crucial point in life, so I would have rather been at home while planning this wedding. Things are shaping up, I noticed several areas where I could improve operations, but I wish I could do more to prod them along the way. They're quick to take any kind of suggestions, but I don't think they're quick enough to implement.

What kinda brought up this frustration is talking to another consultant today. This consultant used to work for Nutramax quite some time ago and ran the business very well. Unfortunately they took his job away from him and he's been back to consult every so often it seems. He ran some of the businesses so well, I'm surprised how much the business has degraded. He's also made some suggestions to the management but for some reason, they haven't implemented any of the ideas. They've got this one process that has an unusual amount of scrap, to justify this amount of scrap, they have actually increased their batch size to make the scrap less than 5%.

The other consultant showed them a viable way to reclaim that scrap. Adding the scrap would make a fractional percent of difference in the material, when they have whole percent tolerances. The capital investment that is needed to reclaim this scrap may be a lot, but I believe we could regain this money in 3 months of use. My hope is that with the contacts and relationships I've made, I am able to push this alternative so we can reclaim some of the lost money.

Well, I'm off to finish some laundry...

Posted by jgee at 09:08 PM | Comments (0)

## June 06, 2004

### Karen's Visit

Karen arrived in Boston without too much grief. Actually timing worked out pretty well. I ended up getting mixed up at the very beginning of my trip to go pick her up. I usually take this one way to get to the first highway. I didn't realize that this method doesn't actually take you to the south-bound access to the highway. So I turned myself around and headed towards the airport. Logan International Airport is not a friendly access airport...by far. There is a lot of road construction and getting through is a bit of a pain. But it really didn't take me too long to figure out where I needed to go to pick Karen up.

Actually Karen called me as I was driving past the other terminals to get to where I figured she would end up. So it worked out pretty well. She only waited maybe 3 minutes before I got to her.

Getting back to the B&B wasn't too hard. Followed some directions that I had from my previous visit to the airport.

Karen was really tired when she arrived. So she just hopped in to take a quick shower and was asleep very quickly.

The next day I introduced Karen to some of the other residents of the B&B at breakfast. We then went out to Stage Fort Park and walked around the area for a while. It's a nice area and there is a large boulder that you can climb around and actually sit on top to watch people playing in the park. There is some beach area and we really enjoyed our walk. I also decided to take some time to drive around in Gloucester just to see what kind of stores were in the area.

We later found out that Stage Fort Park is actually part of the Essex National Heritage area and that the main visitor's center is actually in Salem which isn't too far from here. So we ran out towards Salem to get our National Park Passport Official Cancellations. We had the toughest time getting out there. I checked three different mapping services and all three of them had given me separate directions. I tried to get there but Massachusetts roads are extremely confusing and we ended up just finding the place ourselves.

While we were in Salem, we got to see some of the memorials of people accused of being witches and witch houses. We found the National Park Regional station and got our stamps and walked around the market. It was kind of like walking through Diagon Alley of the Harry Potter books. It was very fitting since we were going to watch Harry Potter in the evening.

We took an entirely separate way back to the B&B and got there much easier. I had enough time to change clothes and clean up so we could meet Karen's friend, Wanda, at her place in Somerville. We found Wanda's place pretty easily but we were a tad early. So we ran and got some gas and looped back around to Wanda's place.

Wanda took us out on a little driving tour of the Somerville, Boston and Cambridge. Very interesting. We also got a chance to ride on the "T" or the subway system. We walked through a park and a garden to one of the places they wanted to eat at but we couldn't get in because the restaurant was booked. So we walked to a place called Fire & Ice. Conceptually, it's like a Mongolian Barbeque and we all enjoyed it a lot.

After dinner we rushed to the theater and watched Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban. The movie was good but I definitely saw the differences in direction style and felt a sense of urgency.

On our way home Karen and I got lost. I missed my exit and we had a miscommunication about how to get back. But it really paid off because when I dropped Karen off at the airport this afternoon, I ended up getting lost and the only saving factor was that I was able to find my way to the general area of where we got lost in.

I also got a chance to stop by Target to get some food and found a "Super Stop and Shop" store to get some fresh food. But now I know where to get some food and I know where Best Buy, Kohls, Bed Bath & Beyond and CompUSA are whenever I need them.

Posted by jgee at 04:09 PM | Comments (0)

## June 03, 2004

### Second Day

Tom was nice enough to pick me up straight from where I was staying. We went to Brockton and I got to talk to some more of the people that I met a few weeks ago and got a general rundown of the plant operations. There are so many things I want to do with this plant. But I just can't figure out where to start.

I think the first thing is to get the baseline metrics. Then start to alter the culture by starting up a team including some of the technicians I was talking to today.

I'll have to set up an outline tomorrow what I'm working on these three months.

Posted by jgee at 09:23 PM | Comments (0)

## June 02, 2004

### First Day of Work

It was a long day. I woke up way too early. But I got to work just before 8:00am. I met with Tom and then talked to John who I met before. Got introduced to the liquids portion of the personal care division and I was able to give them a few pointers in implementing Lean Manufacturing Concepts. I also met with Doug and Carl and was very pleased they took a lot of concepts to heart. I think their areas will be great when they come around to implementing things.

We broke off around 1:00pm and I was left on my own for a while. Talked to a couple people and Tom treated me to dinner at 6pm at a place he likes to dine at when he's out here in Boston. Very nice place.

I stopped off at a municipal park on my way home. It was very nice. I got a couple pictures but it really didn't do the area justice. I wish I had more time so I could go down to the water and get some better pictures.

Posted by jgee at 09:32 PM | Comments (0)

### The Trip

I'm in Boston now. At around 7:30am yesterday, I left from Karen's place and shot through Port Huron over the Blue Water Bridge through Canada, through New York and into Massachusetts. I didn't get in until 10:30pm last night. It was a rough trip. The car was ok. But my back was really starting to give me pain. After 10 hours without lumbar support, I was kinda feeling the pain.

At one point, just off the Massachusetts Turnpike, I got turned around cause the directions said to turn right and then later to turn left, well I turned right but I guess I misinterpreted the directions. So I finally got on the right track and got to where I needed to go and just barely missed the Bed and Breakfast place.

This morning I got up at 5:30am cause of the chirping birds that the owner keeps in a cage outside my room.

I got some breakfast after a quick shower and then the owners (Tom and Pam) introduced me to a few of the other residents and then led me to work.

Posted by jgee at 09:22 PM | Comments (0)
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## June 02, 2004

### First Day of Work

It was a long day. I woke up way too early. But I got to work just before 8:00am. I met with Tom and then talked to John who I met before. Got introduced to the liquids portion of the personal care division and I was able to give them a few pointers in implementing Lean Manufacturing Concepts. I also met with Doug and Carl and was very pleased they took a lot of concepts to heart. I think their areas will be great when they come around to implementing things.

We broke off around 1:00pm and I was left on my own for a while. Talked to a couple people and Tom treated me to dinner at 6pm at a place he likes to dine at when he's out here in Boston. Very nice place.

I stopped off at a municipal park on my way home. It was very nice. I got a couple pictures but it really didn't do the area justice. I wish I had more time so I could go down to the water and get some better pictures.

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## June 03, 2004

### Second Day

Tom was nice enough to pick me up straight from where I was staying. We went to Brockton and I got to talk to some more of the people that I met a few weeks ago and got a general rundown of the plant operations. There are so many things I want to do with this plant. But I just can't figure out where to start.

I think the first thing is to get the baseline metrics. Then start to alter the culture by starting up a team including some of the technicians I was talking to today.

I'll have to set up an outline tomorrow what I'm working on these three months.

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## June 06, 2004

### Karen's Visit

Karen arrived in Boston without too much grief. Actually timing worked out pretty well. I ended up getting mixed up at the very beginning of my trip to go pick her up. I usually take this one way to get to the first highway. I didn't realize that this method doesn't actually take you to the south-bound access to the highway. So I turned myself around and headed towards the airport. Logan International Airport is not a friendly access airport...by far. There is a lot of road construction and getting through is a bit of a pain. But it really didn't take me too long to figure out where I needed to go to pick Karen up.

Actually Karen called me as I was driving past the other terminals to get to where I figured she would end up. So it worked out pretty well. She only waited maybe 3 minutes before I got to her.

Getting back to the B&B wasn't too hard. Followed some directions that I had from my previous visit to the airport.

Karen was really tired when she arrived. So she just hopped in to take a quick shower and was asleep very quickly.

The next day I introduced Karen to some of the other residents of the B&B at breakfast. We then went out to Stage Fort Park and walked around the area for a while. It's a nice area and there is a large boulder that you can climb around and actually sit on top to watch people playing in the park. There is some beach area and we really enjoyed our walk. I also decided to take some time to drive around in Gloucester just to see what kind of stores were in the area.

We later found out that Stage Fort Park is actually part of the Essex National Heritage area and that the main visitor's center is actually in Salem which isn't too far from here. So we ran out towards Salem to get our National Park Passport Official Cancellations. We had the toughest time getting out there. I checked three different mapping services and all three of them had given me separate directions. I tried to get there but Massachusetts roads are extremely confusing and we ended up just finding the place ourselves.

While we were in Salem, we got to see some of the memorials of people accused of being witches and witch houses. We found the National Park Regional station and got our stamps and walked around the market. It was kind of like walking through Diagon Alley of the Harry Potter books. It was very fitting since we were going to watch Harry Potter in the evening.

We took an entirely separate way back to the B&B and got there much easier. I had enough time to change clothes and clean up so we could meet Karen's friend, Wanda, at her place in Somerville. We found Wanda's place pretty easily but we were a tad early. So we ran and got some gas and looped back around to Wanda's place.

Wanda took us out on a little driving tour of the Somerville, Boston and Cambridge. Very interesting. We also got a chance to ride on the "T" or the subway system. We walked through a park and a garden to one of the places they wanted to eat at but we couldn't get in because the restaurant was booked. So we walked to a place called Fire & Ice. Conceptually, it's like a Mongolian Barbeque and we all enjoyed it a lot.

After dinner we rushed to the theater and watched Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban. The movie was good but I definitely saw the differences in direction style and felt a sense of urgency.

On our way home Karen and I got lost. I missed my exit and we had a miscommunication about how to get back. But it really paid off because when I dropped Karen off at the airport this afternoon, I ended up getting lost and the only saving factor was that I was able to find my way to the general area of where we got lost in.

I also got a chance to stop by Target to get some food and found a "Super Stop and Shop" store to get some fresh food. But now I know where to get some food and I know where Best Buy, Kohls, Bed Bath & Beyond and CompUSA are whenever I need them.

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## June 06, 2004

### Karen's Visit

Karen arrived in Boston without too much grief. Actually timing worked out pretty well. I ended up getting mixed up at the very beginning of my trip to go pick her up. I usually take this one way to get to the first highway. I didn't realize that this method doesn't actually take you to the south-bound access to the highway. So I turned myself around and headed towards the airport. Logan International Airport is not a friendly access airport...by far. There is a lot of road construction and getting through is a bit of a pain. But it really didn't take me too long to figure out where I needed to go to pick Karen up.

Actually Karen called me as I was driving past the other terminals to get to where I figured she would end up. So it worked out pretty well. She only waited maybe 3 minutes before I got to her.

Getting back to the B&B wasn't too hard. Followed some directions that I had from my previous visit to the airport.

Karen was really tired when she arrived. So she just hopped in to take a quick shower and was asleep very quickly.

The next day I introduced Karen to some of the other residents of the B&B at breakfast. We then went out to Stage Fort Park and walked around the area for a while. It's a nice area and there is a large boulder that you can climb around and actually sit on top to watch people playing in the park. There is some beach area and we really enjoyed our walk. I also decided to take some time to drive around in Gloucester just to see what kind of stores were in the area.

We later found out that Stage Fort Park is actually part of the Essex National Heritage area and that the main visitor's center is actually in Salem which isn't too far from here. So we ran out towards Salem to get our National Park Passport Official Cancellations. We had the toughest time getting out there. I checked three different mapping services and all three of them had given me separate directions. I tried to get there but Massachusetts roads are extremely confusing and we ended up just finding the place ourselves.

While we were in Salem, we got to see some of the memorials of people accused of being witches and witch houses. We found the National Park Regional station and got our stamps and walked around the market. It was kind of like walking through Diagon Alley of the Harry Potter books. It was very fitting since we were going to watch Harry Potter in the evening.

We took an entirely separate way back to the B&B and got there much easier. I had enough time to change clothes and clean up so we could meet Karen's friend, Wanda, at her place in Somerville. We found Wanda's place pretty easily but we were a tad early. So we ran and got some gas and looped back around to Wanda's place.

Wanda took us out on a little driving tour of the Somerville, Boston and Cambridge. Very interesting. We also got a chance to ride on the "T" or the subway system. We walked through a park and a garden to one of the places they wanted to eat at but we couldn't get in because the restaurant was booked. So we walked to a place called Fire & Ice. Conceptually, it's like a Mongolian Barbeque and we all enjoyed it a lot.

After dinner we rushed to the theater and watched Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban. The movie was good but I definitely saw the differences in direction style and felt a sense of urgency.

On our way home Karen and I got lost. I missed my exit and we had a miscommunication about how to get back. But it really paid off because when I dropped Karen off at the airport this afternoon, I ended up getting lost and the only saving factor was that I was able to find my way to the general area of where we got lost in.

I also got a chance to stop by Target to get some food and found a "Super Stop and Shop" store to get some fresh food. But now I know where to get some food and I know where Best Buy, Kohls, Bed Bath & Beyond and CompUSA are whenever I need them.

Posted by jgee at June 6, 2004 04:01 PM

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## June 25, 2004

### Frustration

I've been here just under a month. It's not too bad but if all things were equal, I would have preferred being at home. It's a crucial point in life, so I would have rather been at home while planning this wedding. Things are shaping up, I noticed several areas where I could improve operations, but I wish I could do more to prod them along the way. They're quick to take any kind of suggestions, but I don't think they're quick enough to implement.

What kinda brought up this frustration is talking to another consultant today. This consultant used to work for Nutramax quite some time ago and ran the business very well. Unfortunately they took his job away from him and he's been back to consult every so often it seems. He ran some of the businesses so well, I'm surprised how much the business has degraded. He's also made some suggestions to the management but for some reason, they haven't implemented any of the ideas. They've got this one process that has an unusual amount of scrap, to justify this amount of scrap, they have actually increased their batch size to make the scrap less than 5%.

The other consultant showed them a viable way to reclaim that scrap. Adding the scrap would make a fractional percent of difference in the material, when they have whole percent tolerances. The capital investment that is needed to reclaim this scrap may be a lot, but I believe we could regain this money in 3 months of use. My hope is that with the contacts and relationships I've made, I am able to push this alternative so we can reclaim some of the lost money.

Well, I'm off to finish some laundry...

Posted by jgee at June 25, 2004 09:08 PM

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## September 08, 2004

### We're Married!

It all seemed like a blur, we got ready, shot a bunch of photographs went to the ceremony, got married, then celebrated until midnight. It was a blast! I was so glad to see a lot of my friends and family join us at the party.

We're now in San Francisco. The first day was taken up by flying. We got here around 2pm and decided to get our bearings, unfortunately, most of the places around here were closed because it was labor day. So we found a deli that was still open, grabbed a sandwich and salad and enjoyed dinner in our room.

The second day, we bought ourselves a 7 day MUNI passport and went to Chinatown, after searching around, we found a nice place for Dim Sum. Not too bad, but I guess we could have done worse. We then feasted on Bubble Tea at Lollicup. It's a place we know from our trip to Los Angeles a few years back. So we got the standard bubble tea and it was as good as we remember it. Still, it was different than Udon's in Lansing, MI.

Afterwards, we returned to the hotel to change clothes, we took a nap cause I had a headache. Then we went to Fort Mason for a National Parks stamp, and then headed to Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39. They were excellent. One thing I couldn't believe was that Karen never had a corn dog before, so I bought one for her. I think she liked it. We had some Clam Chowder in a Bread Bowl and got a big bag of mini cinnamon donuts. Sooo goood!

Can't wait until tomorrow!

Posted by jgee at September 8, 2004 12:41 AM

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## September 08, 2004

### We're Married!

It all seemed like a blur, we got ready, shot a bunch of photographs went to the ceremony, got married, then celebrated until midnight. It was a blast! I was so glad to see a lot of my friends and family join us at the party.

We're now in San Francisco. The first day was taken up by flying. We got here around 2pm and decided to get our bearings, unfortunately, most of the places around here were closed because it was labor day. So we found a deli that was still open, grabbed a sandwich and salad and enjoyed dinner in our room.

The second day, we bought ourselves a 7 day MUNI passport and went to Chinatown, after searching around, we found a nice place for Dim Sum. Not too bad, but I guess we could have done worse. We then feasted on Bubble Tea at Lollicup. It's a place we know from our trip to Los Angeles a few years back. So we got the standard bubble tea and it was as good as we remember it. Still, it was different than Udon's in Lansing, MI.

Afterwards, we returned to the hotel to change clothes, we took a nap cause I had a headache. Then we went to Fort Mason for a National Parks stamp, and then headed to Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39. They were excellent. One thing I couldn't believe was that Karen never had a corn dog before, so I bought one for her. I think she liked it. We had some Clam Chowder in a Bread Bowl and got a big bag of mini cinnamon donuts. Sooo goood!

Can't wait until tomorrow!

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jgee/blog/archives/000044.html0100666000006000000600000001562110232332154015347 0ustar apacheapache General Weblog: Been a long time

## December 17, 2004

### Been a long time

It's been a while since I've added any entries into this weblog. There has been a lot going on in my life. Last entry I made, Karen and I were on our honeymoon!

Unfortunately, the night I wrote my last entry, I ended up getting a bad case of food poisoning. It was really bad. My stomach kept cramping up. I suffered from stomach pains the rest of the honeymoon but that didn't stop us from seeing Yosemite, Alcatraz, Muir Woods, Sausalito and several National Parks in the area.

A few weeks later, we went to Karen's cousin Jenny's wedding. It was a great time. We had several friends and family at our wedding we couldn't talk to just because we had so much to do and everyone wanted to talk to us. It was nice to just relax and chat with family.

The week after that, I returned to Boston to continue my consulting agreement with NutraMax. I've been working pretty hard, but enjoying my free time.

I ended up getting a new car out here. I test drove several cars, I really liked the Honda Accord as I sat in it, I took it for a test drive and couldn't stand the ride. I felt every single bump in the road and even gave the salesman a chance of finding me a softer ride. Went through Nissan, Honda, Infiniti, Toyota, and looked online for stuff that I wanted. I'll write more about it later.

Now I'm finishing up my contract period, we'll see what happens later on.

Posted by jgee at December 17, 2004 10:09 PM

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## December 17, 2004

### Been a long time

It's been a while since I've added any entries into this weblog. There has been a lot going on in my life. Last entry I made, Karen and I were on our honeymoon!

Unfortunately, the night I wrote my last entry, I ended up getting a bad case of food poisoning. It was really bad. My stomach kept cramping up. I suffered from stomach pains the rest of the honeymoon but that didn't stop us from seeing Yosemite, Alcatraz, Muir Woods, Sausalito and several National Parks in the area.

A few weeks later, we went to Karen's cousin Jenny's wedding. It was a great time. We had several friends and family at our wedding we couldn't talk to just because we had so much to do and everyone wanted to talk to us. It was nice to just relax and chat with family.

The week after that, I returned to Boston to continue my consulting agreement with NutraMax. I've been working pretty hard, but enjoying my free time.

I ended up getting a new car out here. I test drove several cars, I really liked the Honda Accord as I sat in it, I took it for a test drive and couldn't stand the ride. I felt every single bump in the road and even gave the salesman a chance of finding me a softer ride. Went through Nissan, Honda, Infiniti, Toyota, and looked online for stuff that I wanted. I'll write more about it later.

Now I'm finishing up my contract period, we'll see what happens later on.

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