Sometimes I go places.

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In Glen Mills for Christmas


santa-hatHello from Glen Mills!

I’m currently sitting at my mom’s kitchen table with two laptops (my leviathan and its opposite, the eee701) in front of me, trying to work through Joomla & VirtueMart’s pecadillos. Pecadilloes? What the hell.  I’m listening to A Very Bootie Christmas streaming off the FileVault and trying to unzip a 9GB file on this slow-ass Celeron processor.  I swear that my 701 is almost as fast as this thing.  Not really true, since I’m also currently virtualizing OSX.4 in the background, but it FEELS that way.

Anyway, I’m happy to be here so early this year – it’s the advantage of working for myself.  I’m hoping to go out with a bunch of PHS folks before the end of the vacation (I’ve already seen Steve – random, right?), and to even see some family.  Gotta buy some last-minute things here over the next couple of days.  Christmas – the time for stress over money and presents.  I’m also thinking about things with which I can open the new year and new decade – ways to help point things in the right direction.  Maybe financial fixes (easier said than done, I know) and tweaks to the way I approach my work time that will allow me to carve out creativity time, too.

That’s it for now – thanks for coming back and back for more.

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Return Trip


So I made it back from Detroit!

I almost didn’t make it TO Detroit, but I did, and that’s all that matters.  One red-eye flight and 30 hours of work in 2 days later, I’ve successfully completed the trip.  I got to see a sunrise over Canada on Saturday morning, which is cool, and got to see Monument Valley from the plane ride home.  Fun times.

Anyway, I’ve put a little gallery together with my pics from the first and the last day just after the break.  I didn’t take any pictures during work because I was working, and there wasn’t really much to take pictures of if you’re not a Gospel fan.  The pics are 1152×768 because I figure most of y’all browse on big browsers these days.  I’m trying to force myself to widen my browser (I keep it at like 1000px wide or so, for some reason), and this is a good first step.  But no, I’m not going to browse maximized.  I don’t care what you say.

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What do you do in Detroit?


I’m going to be there tomorrow morning, and it doesn’t look like I’ll be too busy on Friday night.  I’ll have to work a lot on Saturday, of course, but I could imagine going out a little or at least drinking a beer or two at a bar somewhere within cab distance.

Anyone have any advice on that?

Metallica & Ozzy
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Whoa, hey there!


Somebody’s been on the road!  That somebody is me!

I spent yesterday getting caught up on shit I missed and have been behind on.  I did a pretty good job, but I have no idea what Sophie is going to do today.  Maybe post my Craigslist crap again.  Anyway, until the changeover is complete, I can’t do much of anything on the Beta site, and I’m about ready to be furious about that one.  I’m not sure how, but I have to be better about staying on top of my programmers and choosing programmers with the time and skills to get the job done in a decent timeframe.

Anyway, the trip was awesome, seeing everyone, doing fun stuff.  Casey got me passes to the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary benefit concert (full post on that coming soon), but highlights were Metallica & Ozzy playing together, U2, Stevie Wonder and Simon & Garfunkel on stage together.  The music was fun, and the fact that Casey could get me into the afterparty on top of all that was really amazing. It was held three blocks from my former room on Jane street, and the transformation of the area was just stunning.  The fact that there were rock stars and famous music people (and Tom Hanks) there was just icing on the cake.  It’s not like I was going to talk to any of those people, right?

Anyway, after that, I went down to Bay Ridge and spent Halloween there, dressed in a monk robe and watching movies.  More like talking through movies, actually, but what the hell.  It was good to see the whole Tumminio clan together, and nice to just relax after a few days of running my ass off.  Fun times.

Now I’m sitting at the computer, stuffed up all to hell, unable to breathe, and absurdly dry (paradoxically) from my third 24-hour claritin in the last 24 hours.  Fucking hell.  Ah well.  When I have a minute, I’ll research allergists and call one up to see if he can help me.  Now I have to stop writing and start working again (I already did a bunch of stuff this morning – woot).

Metallica & Ozzy
This, by the way, was Ozzy fronting for Metallica as they did Crazy Train.

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Mild Panic

Rants, Vacation

I’m not sure whether to file this under Rants or Travel.  Both are vaguely appropriate.  I guess I could enable some sort of tagging function on Clapboard, but what the hell?  I don’t get enough traffic to make that an issue.  Also, who really cares, when your search function works?  Anyway.

Okay, this rant has gotten entirely too long for the front page of a website.  If you want pain and misery (and that’s just reading about my week), click through.  No presents if you get to the bottom of the article, but you get the satisfaction of knowing that you have the iron resolve needed to deal with the CA DMV.

Click below to read on.  If you dare.

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In Portland


Well, Hello there!

I know it’s been awhile since I’ve updated, but I’m in Portland, home of my most faithful readers (my only readers?), Scott & Sharon. Last time I hollered on here, I was in NYC and in a video.  Now, I’m not.  The plane ride home was forced to land in Indianapolis because a guy had some medical emergency, so we did.  It only added about an hour to our flight.  Pretty weak.

After that, I was home long enough to re-arrange some work and then to do laundry, then I left again for a 14-hour drive up the I-5 to Portland.  It was actually a pretty great drive.  I mean, it was long and all, but still.  Yesterday, we went out to the coast, which turns out to be quite a hike, but worth it.  Astoria, Oregon isn’t anything like Astoria, Queens, that’s for sure.  It is very pretty, in a weathered-by-the-sea-air kind of way.  We had amazing weather, too.  It’s like I’m a traveling high-pressure system. It is a little rainy today, which is cool with me.  We’re probably going wine tasting in a little while.  Sweet.

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Hoover Dam!


So I went to Vegas again.  Saw Mom & Rod, saw Dave, drank in shady bars, went banking.  Now I’m home.

The highlight of the trip was seeing the Hoover Dam.  They’re building a bridge over it, which is pretty amazing.  I like that this is the way to the Grand Canyon from Vegas.  If you get there in the middle of the day, it could take you hours to get across.  I’m glad I got there before the highway did – it’s like my only experience of pre-alphabet soup depression programs.

Lots to do this week, and not a lot of week left in which to do it.  Fun times.  Gallery after the break!