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1854 steps in the morning to make coffee, bring coffee to wife (still in bed). Make breakfast, shower, dress and then head out to the car, drive and then walk to my office. I love fitbit. It really is a cool device.

I have been home with the family for the past 12 days running (the first three without Barb while she packed the old house). I can’t say how much it means to me to be around my kids all the time. I didn’t realize how much I’ve missed that.

Internet arrived yesterday in a small white truck. We are back in civilization. Plus I can finally install all the updates I have been putting off since we left the hotel.

Phone arrived yesterday as well – we are now back in the world of the living!

I also got some boxes unpacked yesterday. IT was simply an amazing day. Just need to batten the hatches and prepare for Irene.  What if your favorite aunt was named Irene? Your mom and dad outside the house feverishly pounding nails into walls with boards attached to protect windows from high intensity winds. “Whatcha doing?” you innocently ask. You mother looks at you “Go back inside dear, Irene is coming and we have to get ready.”

Sorry my brain doesn’t work right – just ask my wife.

Anyway – another day, another process to complete.

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1 Xbox setup.

1 more box opened.

But now I am 13 boxes behind my goal. I am going to take a 1/2 day Friday to try and catch up. What is the point of setting a goal if you don’t at least try and hit it.

We walked down to the 5 Guys burger joint in the square for dinner last night. Its really kind of fun to be able to safely walk to the movies, dinner or for that matter even shopping. We had a blast last night meandering our way through the neighborhood on the way to dinner. Barb is taking the kids to the pool today (and to get their neighborhood id’s). Their (the kids) stolen days of extra summer are over Monday (and Tuesday) as all three head back to school.

When I was in school I hated school. If I only knew then what I know now, I would have reveled more in school. But as the famous quote goes “youth is wasted on the young.” Hindsight is such a glorious tool to consider.

Time to get rolling and get to work – loving the new job.

(interesting thing – watched a video about the impact of negativity in management – would LOVE TO show it to a large number of people. Let me just say there are many ways to solve problems and frankly negative is never one of them. Perhaps a compliment to start and then well say something nice.

If only I knew then what I know now.

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Dish Network – set-up (missing one remote so can only use one TV)

Verizon – voicemail not active, phone not active

Internet – still waiting for approval to do the cable modem run. Verizon offers DSL, but only their 2nd lowest package.

House – 2000 boxes in, 12 unpacked so far.

Someday (figure right about the time the lease on the house is up) we will be unpacked.

I was/am looking for a new laptop. I need something with a little more zing in the video card department that is still portable. I love my ASUS 73 box – it is a workhorse for audio editing now (speaking of which I need to post  some new Fred and ed stories). The ASUS network remains my personal media player but again with no Internet (see above) that isn’t useful right now and finally there is my ASUS slate, which is a great creativity device but again doesn’t have the oomph for video.

So  new laptop.

  • I highly recommend http://www.powernotebooks.com
  • They are professional
  • Customer service focused
  • Build a great high quality box (I got my soaped up ASUS G73 from them)

Their web site is easy to use, and they offer a large variety of customizable laptops. I choose the MSI (my first non-ASUS in a long time). The configurator was easy to use and the sales representative called me within 45 minutes of my posting the order. I am looking forward to the box arriving and setting this bad boy up. Of course if I still don’t have Internet, well then its probably moot at that point.

The newer Intel chips are really amazing – low power consumption paired with very high computing power. It seems amazing to me the quality of the systems you can get now.

I will post a review of the device when it arrives.

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