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Month: July 2005

Logtar passed this on…

Logtar tagged me with this post, so I thought I would chime in…

10 years ago: Hmm, it was the summer between Junior and Senior years of high school. I had just gotten hooked on bodyboarding, and hit the local spots along the Central Coast of California (Pismo, Jalama, Refugio, SB, and Rincon) with Marc (and Mike and Jamie who both surfed). That became my passion and entertainment for the next several years. Lots of good times on surf trips down to Huntington Beach, San Diego and even Baja Mexico once.

5 years ago: Graduated from UCSB that December with a degree in CS. Spent the summer in Tucson, AZ with Katrina and proposed. We got married about 2 years after that…

1 year ago: Transition…I had just moved to Michigan after being in Tucson for 4 years. Besides the obvious environmental transition, my job was also transitioning from working for Ephibian to starting Gaucho Software and working for myself.

Yesterday: I’ll approach this one from both a work perspective and a personal perspective. Work was somewhat eventful. The router here started going flakey, so I went out and bought another one. Spent much of the afternoon setting that up and getting things configured. Did some maintenance stuff on the servers while I had the chance. Also, a guy from Google got in touch with me out of the blue to see if I would apply for a job there. It was a pleasant surprise, even though I’m happy with the way Gaucho Software is going. At home, I have done nothing but eat, sleep, and read book 6 of Harry Potter with Katrina. We’re almost done…

Today: Spent some time fixing Dash Monitors bugs and plan to have another release ready for early next week. Still working on a lot of updates for an upcoming Seasonality 1.1 release. It’s going to be a significant update, and even though I’ve already added thousands of lines of code, I still have a lot of work to do. From the personal perspective, Katrina and I will be finishing Harry Potter tonight.

Tomorrow: Heading on down to Lansing for “big city stuff” that we miss here in Mt. Pleasant, and will be taking the chance to go out for some Ethiopian food.

5 snacks I enjoy: Mall pretzels, gummy bears/worms/whatever, Jello, chips and salsa, and cashews.

5 bands that I know the lyrics of most of their songs: I think the only group I know most of the lyrics from are The Eagles. I listen to a variety of other stuff from rock (hard and classic), alternative, classical, country, and some hip hop, metal, and jazz. Other bands in the top 5 include Korn, Tool, Incubus, and Eric Clapton. Honorable mentions go to Tom Petty, Linkin’ Park, Guns N Roses, and the Dixie Chicks. I know…weird combination.

5 things I would do with $100,000,000: Hmm…the typical mansion and sports cars of course. I always thought it would be cool to have a private island…that would probably eat a good amount of that cash. Another thing I’ve wished I had the money for would be to open a large apartment complex for homeless people. Just charge maybe $1 for monthly rent (all utilities included) while they can get back on their feet. With $100 mil, I could probably open quite a few of these. Finally, I’d set aside a chunk of the money in investments to maintain the decisions made of what to do with the rest of the money.

5 locations I’d like to runaway to: Maui, Cayman Islands, somewhere along the Mediterranean in Italy/Spain/France, Santa Barbara, the private island mentioned above… 🙂

5 bad habits I have: Wow, this one is difficult… Maybe Katrina should answer this one for me… 😉

5 things I like doing: Spending time with Katrina, writing code, mountain biking, bodyboarding, listening to music.

5 things I would never wear: Logtar’s got my #1 here, speedos. Others include knee socks, short shorts, tank tops, and any kind of spandex or such.

5 TV shows I like: Monster Garage, Top Gear, Apprentice, Reba, Friends.

5 movies I like: Lord of the Rings, The Matrix, Gladiator, Indiana Jones, Memento.

5 famous people I’d like to meet: Hmm…I’m not much into famous people so I don’t really care to meet anyone in particular. Though Logtar’s suggestion of J.K. Rowling would be an interesting person to meet, or Harry Potter himself for that matter. 🙂 I’d probably want to meet Steve Wozniak too.

5 biggest joys at the moment: Biking with Katrina, zoom-zooming in my Mazda 6, flying a kite, Gaucho Software, and summer…

5 favorite toys: My G5, iPod, the M&Ks in our home theater, my kite, and the John Deere.

5 people to tag: I don’t think I’m going to tag anyone, but definitely go for it if you care to respond.


Whoop! My good friend Alan just announced he proposed to his girlfriend, err fiancee, Christina.

I’ve known Alan for most of my life, ever since junior high actually. We both went to UCSB to study Computer Science (go Gauchos!). Of course his soon-to-be better half, Christina, is a very nice woman. I’m happy for both of them.

Best of luck!

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