Monday, June 30, 2003

This was just sent to me by Justin (a friend of mine in GJ). I can personally attest to the trutfulness of these statements:

1. Turn signals will give away your next move. A real New Jersey driver
never uses them.

2. Under no circumstance should you leave a safe distance between you and
the car in front of you, or the space will be filled in by somebody else,
putting you in an even more dangerous situation.

3. The faster you drive through a red light, the smaller the chance you
have of getting hit.

4. Never, ever come to a complete stop at a stop sign. No one expects it
and it will result in you being rear-ended.

5. Never get in the way of an older car that needs extensive bodywork.
New Jersey is a no-fault insurance state and the other guy doesn't have
anything to lose.

6. Braking is to be done as hard and late as possible to ensure that your
ABS kicks in, giving a nice, relaxing foot massage as the brake pedal
pulsates. For those of you without ABS, it's a chance to stretch your

7. Never pass on the left when you can pass on the right. It's a good way
to scare people entering the highway.

8. Speed limits are arbitrary figures, given only as a suggestion and are
apparently not enforceable in New Jersey during rush hour.

9. Just because you're in the left lane and have no room to speed up or
move over doesn't mean that a New Jersey driver flashing his high beams
behind you doesn't think he can go faster in your spot.

10. Always slow down and rubberneck when you see an accident or even
someone changing a tire.

11. Learn to swerve abruptly. New Jersey is the home of the high-speed
slalom driving thanks to the State Highway Department, which puts pot-holes
in key locations to test drivers' reflexes and keep them on their toes.

12. It is traditional in New Jersey to honk your horn at cars that don't
move the instant the light turns green.

13. Remember that the goal of every New Jersey driver is to get there
first by whatever means necessary.

14. In the New Jersey area, 'flipping someone the bird' is considered a
polite New Jersey salute. This gesture should always be returned.

Friday, June 27, 2003

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Ok, new addition to the 'blog, is a place for YOU to post messages. I got this idea when mom thought she was posting a message to here, when all she really did was send me an email... =)

Thursday, June 26, 2003

Give me a break...

Yet another reason why I'm not a cop, OR a lawyer. I doubt I would have been able to resist the urge to "unplug" this dipwad from the Matrix...

Tuesday, June 24, 2003

Ok, I've been so busy with work and with my "latest news", that I forgot to post and let the rest of you know what's going on... SORRY!!!

Shelley's pregnant!

Ok, so now you know, quit bugging me about it... will ya? =)

Let me head off a few questions before you all start emailing me (again)!

Yes, I'm still going overseas with my job. Yes, I will be back for the birth. No, I don't know what's going to happen after that, but most likely I'll go back overseas to work, and I will try to talk Shelley to come with me (Yes, we're bringing the kid... what kind of dumb question was that? Who asked that? Sit down and shut up...). No, I don't have a gender preference, just the name for a boy... Geoffrey. Beyond that, I'm open to anything. (No, we're not naming the kid Roxana... one of you is enough...)

Mid-February is the guesstimate (and a few of those non-scientific guesses also says it's going to be a girl...), and yet again, Chandler, AZ was a "happening" place for us (it's where I proposed, for you just joining our story, already in progress...)

So what now? Well, I'm shipping out of here in Mid-July (which is what all new expectant fathers should do, or so I've been told), the project I'm working on is still fighting all kinds of international paperwork wars, but we're starting to gain ground. We were told to be on the ground 30 June (so of course we're shooting for the 3rd(ish) week of July. This is the last delay though. If this doesn't fly now, I'm going to be rolled into another project, possibly some place WORSE than New Jersey (if such a place exists). The few places I CAN tell you about are Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq.

My security clearance finally came through, so instantly I was the most beautiful man at the ball, and everyone wants to dance with me now. I wish I could say that popularity is flattering, but it isn't always...

That's about all I have for now. As you can imagine, the last week has been a bit of a blur, but things are starting to roll. I'll start putting some pictures up here soon... really I will. No really!!!

Love to all!

Monday, June 16, 2003

BIG news coming here... SOON! Check back often! Seriously people...

Thursday, June 12, 2003

SCORE! This is the company that just bought us...

... and of course I've got stock options ;)

Saturday, June 07, 2003

wow... and now for you viewing pleasure... me! =)

I just bought a little camera for my laptop. It's kinda slick, and I'll easily be able to hook it up whereever I'm at. yeah yeah.. call me a geek gadget...

It's a live image, so if you hit refresh, you'll get the latest pic. Uploads about every 15 seconds. If you see the same picture over and over, camera is off. And if there's just a blank picture here, that means I walked away from the camera and it was still broadcasting.. you'll just have to wait until I get around to setting up the motion detection.... I'll also find a better place to put it, and do some other fancy stuff.

Friday, June 06, 2003

Updates are getting further apart... aren't they?

Just hasn't been much to report here. I managed to get to AZ to surprise Shelley over Memorial Day weekend. It was a nice relaxing visit, despite the fact that Arizona is closer to the sun than anywhere else in the world... (ok, it just feels like it)

Just got an update this morning on a probably timeline. We're planning on being in Turkey the end of June. As always, this is subject to change, but it's looking good. We've been boxing things up, dealing with customs and export laws. It's amazing anything gets done with all the paperwork that needs to happen for these things.

I still have a bunch of pictures to get put up here. Maybe I should put some kind of method for feedback here and you people could bully me into it...

BTW, if you haven't seen "The Italian Job", don't. Just watch the previews a few times, and you'll have seen most the movie. At least the most interesting parts. The dialogue is weak, plot very easy to guess, and the "thrilling" parts... ain't.

More soon (?) I'll TRY!