Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Tech Ed 2008 Day 1

So let me start by backing up a little. We started our trip to Florida Friday evening. We started the trip out with plans to break up the driving into two days. We figured we could drive until about 1 or 2 am and get somewhere between Charleston and Savannah. We ended up about 70 miles past Savannah before I started getting tired. Rebecca woke from her sunder and expressed that she was ready to sleep in a bed instead of a moving car as well. We stopped at the first available hotel. Days Inn… it seemed nice enough despite the only half-lit Days Inn sign in the parking lot. Take that as a sign from now on. The room smelled horrible, I felt as though I might actually need to use my pistol that I brought along as opposed to simply provided me confidence and peace of mind, there was a hole in the comforter, the pillows looked like they hadn’t really been cleaned… must I go on. I offered to drive to the next exit with a hotel, but Rebecca was beyond the point of caring so we called it a night and camped out in this dump. I’ll never call upon a Days Inn for a nights stay ever again. Starting early the next morning we continued our trip to Sanibel Island in southern Florida.

Crossing only the island we both looked forward to an acceptable place to rest our heads. We pulled into the Song of the Sea on the island and were both very satisfied with what we saw… allow me to digress… in a similar way to Jake’s previous blog about his wife crossing the room not so much in her clothes my wife just came in and asked me to put some tanning lotion on her back with not even that much on… Ok Tech Ed... Tech Ed… Tech Ed… must focus; Ok, where was I? Oh yes, so the Song of the Sea was a very pleasing sight for both of our eyes. Nice rooms, with a ceiling fan I might add, and a wonderful sea side view of the Gulf. Sanibel Island is known for its shells as it is situated with East to West coasts as opposed to North to South coasts which allow for more shells to be pushed ashore.

Picture of shells at Sanibel Island

We enjoyed our few days there before heading north to Orlando. So now to the topic at hand.

So day one of Tech Ed 2008 is nearing a close and how was it might you ask… so far so good; well, excluding the swag of course, but more on that later. The day started out this morning with opening by Bill Gates. I showed up about an hour before the presentation to try to get a good seat for pictures and apparently everyone else had the same idea. I would estimate that there were already 5000 people in the room when I showed up. I suppose everyone wanted the front seats. Thank goodness for telephoto lenses. It turns out his 2 year notice runs out on July first of this year. At this time, Bill will give up his standing position of Chairman and focus primarily on his humanitarian work around the world. It was a pretty uneventful Key Note presentation. It turns out that this will be one of his last public appearances before his withdraw from Microsoft. It was a strait forward presentation on what Bill sees as the future changes and challenges to come. There are plenty online pages where you can read synopsis on his presentation so I’ll save that for you. But if you’d like to try the links at you may be able to see the entire presentation. If so, you’ll have better luck than I had, I couldn’t get them to work. A good synopsis is located here. I was surprised to see that at the end of the presentation there was a Q&A session with Bill. It took me about 5 minutes to think of a question worthy of standing up in front of this crowd to ask Bill. Well, I was second or third in line when they ended the session so I missed my moment to ask one of the richest men in the world a question. O’well, almost my moment of fame.

The closest I'll probably ever be to Bill Gates

So after this point it was session after session… all day long. But getting back to my swag comment from earlier, let me just say that as an attendee of last year’s Tech Ed, this year’s swag is lacking. All the typical stuff, T-Shirts, flying monkeys, pens, carabineers, and … well that’s about it. No really, nothing else. No motorcycle giveaways no bit 25 K giveaways, anything to that level. There was a remote control helicopter that was given away at 8pm on the first day. But that was about tops. Since Tech Ed is now broken into two weeks, one for developers and the other for IT Professionals, I’ll assume the most likely possibility is that most of the better swag is on hold for the IT Professionals next week. There’s not even nearly the same number of vendors this year. So that’s got to be a factor as well. Anyways, it was cool to see Bill up close and in person and to get the conference started. I definately crammed in some classes today. There are about 7000 people here and this place is huge to walk around in. Plenty of learning about SharePoint going on. Oh and before I forget to mention it, Becca picked supper Monday evening and she chose a dinner/show. Arabian Knights it was. It actaully was a really good who for the price (which included an Eastman discount). It came out to about $50/person for VIP treatment. Good show, good supper, and good time.

Picture from the dinner/show Arabian Knights

I’m now sitting in day two of Tech Ed so I’ll try to make a post tonight if anything interesting occurs today. Until then, be good but have fun doing it.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Bluetooth headsets

Imagine this...

So while at school at ETSU before class I decided I should probably check my PO Box that I've not checked in about 6 months. I was walking to the PO, passing people left and right as everyone is out walking and enjoying the beautiful day and sunshine as would be expected on such a day. While going along one of out of the way shortcut sidewalks there was a girl approaching me.

You've all been there, nothing at all strange about passing someone, but you know when you get eye contact as your are approaching each other it seems customary to smile and say "hello" or "how are you?" maybe even drop a "beautiful day isn't it?" to the other person as you pass. But just as I'm about to open my mouth and pick one to say, she looks me right in the eye, while still walking of course, and says "I Love You".... WHAT!!

I almost stop from shock, "Did she just say that?" I ask myself. Of course she doesn't change the look on her face at all and I'm stupefied with what she said so I don't say anything. But as she passes, she runs her finger through her hair to part her hair behind her ear and then.... A BIG sigh of relief. I don't have to explain to my wife that some strange lady fell in love with me at first sight... the bandit... BLUETOOTH!

So for sake of keeping someone else and yourself out of an awkward scenario, if you plan on using Bluetooth with your cell phone, keep it for situations when you are not in public, and if the need does arise to use it in public, please, keep it visible for others to see.

So until next time... I love you too... sorry I was on my Bluetooth with my wife... be good!!

Monday, March 24, 2008

Skills every man should know.

My good friend Mr. Mitchell, editor and "international blog star" of the internationally acclaimed Life and Times Blog, were talking the other day and decided that there are certain rites of passage that every Red Blooded American Male should undertake. Less a rite of passage and more a checklist for the approved; a stamp of approval. A list of skills that every man should have. I've reviewed lists such as those posted at Popular Mechanics and other blogging websites for opinions and input to my list. Not research, but 'mansearch'. 'Mansearch' to find those among me worthy to be called Man.

'So where is the checklist?' one might ask... well look no further. Following is my list of skills that all men should be able to accomplish. If you are unworthy of calling yourself a man, then stop your crying and get to work. If you can say that you meet the standards then congratulations, you can be proud to call yourself a Man. You have the right and Stamp of approval in my book and also have my authority to create your very own stamp of approval to proudly display in your sweat shop, mess hall, office space, man cave, or other area approved by you since you can proudly proclaim your manhood.

  1. Build a fire from scratch

  2. Change the oil in your car

  3. Swim

  4. Cook something you killed (road kill doesn't count)

  5. Field dress a deer

  6. Tie a tie

  7. Bleed brakes

  8. Hook up an HDTV and included surround sound

  9. Program the Microwave

  10. Climb a tree

  11. Pull out your own splinters

  12. Pray

  13. Mix concrete by hand

  14. Use a Chain Saw (This includes attaching the chain)

  15. Build a shelter in the woods without tools (I'll allow a pocket knife for this one, but you need to learn how to do without)

  16. Clean a bolt-action rifle

  17. Edit a digital image

  18. Sharpen a knife

  19. Back up a vehicle with a trailer attached

  20. Fix a bike flat

  21. Shoot a gun

  22. Back up a vehicle using only mirrors

  23. Frame a wall with windows and doors

  24. Fix an electrical outlet

  25. Fillet a fish that you caught

  26. Setup a wireless network

  27. Use a torque wrench

  28. Use 4WD (including rocking to get unstuck)

  29. Cut a tree to fall where you want it to fall

  30. Put up a tent

  31. Change a diaper

  32. Balance the check book

  33. Chop firewood with an ax

  34. Throw, catch, and hit a baseball

  35. Not really a skill, but all men should know the rules to football

  36. Train a dog

  37. Drive in snow and ice

  38. Grill (with charcoal or open fire)

  39. Load a muzzleloader

  40. Properly execute a power clean

  41. Fight

  42. Check tire pressure

  43. Make love

  44. Reload a bullet (knowing the process qualifies)

  45. Use air tools

  46. Secure a computer... Using guns for this only counts if the computer is not on a network

  47. The right way to tighten lug nuts

  48. Pluck a turkey

  49. Paddle a canoe

  50. Read a compass

  51. Tie a worthy knot

  52. Fix a leaky pipe

  53. Use Standard and Metric

  54. Shoot a bow and arrow

  55. Bait a hook

  56. Cook

  57. Use ALL of the remote controls

  58. Drive a stick-shift

  59. Hook up a trailer

  60. Fix a flat tire

  61. Use a hi-lift jack

  62. Use a sling shot

  63. Use bolt cutters to open a lock

  64. Hang a door

  65. Find a stud in a wall

  66. Shingle a roof

To give all of you qualified men something to further qualify your skills as a man by, keep checking back for my future postings including "Things every man should do before he dies" and "Skills every elite man should know"

Feel free to post your opinions here as well for consideration for inclusion into the list.

Monday, February 11, 2008

And as the world occasionally stops...

Welcome to my little story...

Once upon a time in a world far far away, let’s just imagine there was once a man named Bob. And one day Bob’s wonderful, beautiful, lovely, and perfect wife Jennifer asked Bob to do something for her. And for whatever reason Bob in his Mars mentality accidentally forgot to jump back to that ‘honey-do’ waffle square to do what his perfect angel had requested of him. (Now then, all you married men out there have been on one side of this next line and I’m sure at one time or another you married ladies have been on the other…..If you are not yet blessed to be as happily married as I am…. Take this as a lesson to prepare yourself for what is to come.) As Jennifer confronts Bob to ask him if he completed whatever it was she had asked for his ‘honey-do’ list, the sweat begins to build on Bob’s forehead as he can honestly not remember anything what so ever about what Jennifer is talking about and then begins to think “Man, what a great shot they guy made on that hunting show… what a moose that was” and of course as he stares into her deep lovely eyes thinking above all else, “I’ve got to be the luckiest guy on Earth to be married to a princess like that, gosh she’s sooooo beautiful” and just as the corny euphoria music begins to play in his head…. he drops a Chuck Norris/Mitchell/Lett roundhouse kick right onto his chin by uttering the words “huh?”, followed shortly by “oh, honey I forgot.”

"... he drops a Chuch Norris - Mitchell - Lett roundhouse kick right onto his chin ..."

No worse words have ever been spoken to a woman… no no no…. To an Angel, that has expected it to be done long ago. At this time the euphoria music drowns to the sound of Bernard Harrmann’s psycho soundtrack followed shortly by his little darling saying “you never do anything I ask… you always complain about doing stuff for me.” As if this story couldn’t get any worse, let’s continue. Let’s just ‘imagine’ that evening as Bob’s brain wonders around in his empty waffle pocket reminiscing about olden days…. thinking back to his good ‘ol buddy days when a practical joke that got one of his friends into a sticky situation was funny, Bob thinks I’ve got it. I’ll show her that I don’t always complain about doing stuff for her. (At this point if any of you married men ever get this feeling, feel free to call Brandon Johnson or myself so we can help you see the error of your ways…. YOU WILL NOT WIN). You see, Bob’s morning routine includes making a daily lunch for his beautiful bride as well as starting her car for her so it’s all warm and snuggly for her on these cold winter days. But on this fateful day on the cold dreary morning of Jan 11th 2008… just to pick a day… no particular meaning to that day of course…. He decides, he will swiftly leave off for work and begin his prank by not making that lunch and not warming up that car….. "ha ha ha ha ha" he thinks as he drives….and thinks… and thinks… THEN thinks "OMG! … what the ‘H-E-double hockey sticks’ was I thinking?! That’s my perfect little angel not my buddy from college that laughed when I got nailed in the groin by the soccer ball in Jr soccer league." As he frantically fumbles for the phone he realizes it’s too late.

Now then, of course this little horror story never occurred and never would occur but if it did, please feel free to use the voting buttons on the side of this page to express your opinion.

And just in case my darling little angel ever decides to read the garbage on her little husband’s blogspot well….. I Love you honey!! :-)


Monday, January 21, 2008

A Weekend Of Fun

Well, I can't think of any good reason to write a post other than the fact that I've note written one for five day now. So, I figure I'll just tell you about my weekend. We watched "I am Legend" this past weekend and all I can say is crap. And that's the bad kind of crap as in I thought it was a terrible story line. Graphics get an A+ but the logic of the movie was just not all that good in my opinion. It was still worth watching, but not like 'Men in Black' or 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail' that you can watch again a week later and still enjoy.

Anyways, aside from that, watching the Packers and Chargers loose this weekend was also disappointing. More so the Chargers than the packers. I really don't want the Patriots to win and I'm not sure if Eli and the Giants can make it happen, but we'll see. Two weeks will tell. Look for a follow up on this.

Other than that, the weekend consisted of cleaning my guns, sleeping, and Church. I shot my M4, M1 Garand, 30-30, 44 Mag, 50 Cal Black Powder, .243, and .300 Win Mag about two weeks ago and just now got around to cleaning them. No excuse there. Can't keep letting that slip by. Anyways, I also put a new battery in my night vision scope for the M4 and played with it during this weekend's near full moons. Man I could see great. I can't wait to get a coyote in the lens!! Well I suppose that's enough for now. Oh, just one more shout out to Jake Mitchell, editor of "The Life and Time" blog listed in my Other Cool Links section for his 'recant'. He's a good example of a man that likes taking chances. Take chances that his wife won't read his blog that is. My wife would have killed me, but it is good blogging. 'Till next time, less the World stops its turn'n.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

My First Blogspot Blog

Well, well, here I am disembarking into the world of My good IT guru friend Mr. Jake Mitchell got me into the idea of using Be sure to check out his life and times blog at

I’ve had other websites, but this is my first official blog on an official blog site. So what do I hope to acquire from this blog you might ask? I’m not really sure yet. But I figure what the heck, it’s free, so why not? Hopefully in the future I'll have some pictures posted, maybe some travel videos, and who know's what else technology will allow me to waste my time configuring, playing with, and otherwise just having fun with.

I find it very unlikely, but maybe my wife Rebecca will even join in on the fun. Only time will tell, so keep checking back to see any changes I might make. Until next time, feel free to browse some of my other info at