Kevin's Journal - February

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Mon Feb 28, 2005 2:36 PM

Just set Petey to be the "dog of the month" on the CGC web site.

He's a big loveable oaf of a dog. Doing just fine here, getting along with the dogs the cat, etc. Hopefully we will find him a good home soon.

Sat Feb 26, 2005 2:14 PM

Well, another week gone by and not many updates. A few random things going on:

Our yearly family gathering thing is still not set in stone, but it's getting close at least. It's my year to set things up. At first I wanted to meet up in durango, so I found a few likely places that would meet our requirements. However, it's far and high for my dad, so it was time to go to plan B and find someplace near tucson. After some digging around on the net I found The Esplendor Restort thats only about 30min from my dads place. Still waiting for everyone to sign off on that place and then we will make reservations.

Overall I have been happy using KDE on my laptop, but there was an anoying bug that has crept in somewhere. If I open a bunch of things in firefox or otherwise make firefox busy, KDE goes into the weeds and stops listening to me until firefox is done. So, partially for that and partially because it's fun to tinker with things, I switched my laptop over to use XFCE. It's pretty nice so far. Very lightweight and fast. The only thing I really miss so far is that with KDE I could make it give me a visual bell (invert the desktop) on a beep.

I was going to go ride my bike today because it was so nice, but then I remembered that the back brakes had stopped working last weekend on my bikeride. I really need to take it in and get it looked at before I go anywhere with it again.

Mon Feb 21, 2005 3:09 PM

Took some pictures the other day of kurt relaxing in the crate (He's a hard one to take pictures of because he fears the flash. He didn't get up from inside the crate however). Also I took a few of Paddy, L's kitten. He's a cute one. The pictures are here.

Sun Feb 20, 2005 7:19 PM

Just got back a bit ago from Fort Collins, where I had a bike ride with L.

By my estimation we rode between 20 and 20.5 miles. In many places the trail was in very nice shape and pretty much avoided having to cross roads. There were a few sections where the pavement had gotten cracks and they had filled it with cement, and then the cement crumbled or settled or otherwise didn't do much of a good job at all. Those parts were kinda bumpy. We rode down Sping Creek to the Poudre river trail and then up that to downtown. Time for a quick lunch, and then back the same way we came.

The weather started out very nice, but then clouds came in and it rained a bit. It was pretty cool on the way back up. It was a nice ride though. It got me out of the house. Of course now my butt hurts. :)

Fri Feb 18, 2005 7:29 PM

I've been a slacker about updating this week. Not much really going on, so mostly I just spared everyone the boredom. :)

Petey is overall doing quite well. On the plus side: he's for the most part getting along fine with the cat, he's getting along great with the dogs, he's showing no signs of SA (seperation anxiety). On the minus side he's a big clumsy oaf (gets tangled in leashes, pees on the other dogs, etc), he had one accident inside the other day. He's really a nice dog. I can see him being pretty happy with a family to dote over him.

I don't have any plans at all this weekend. I should really try and leave the house at least some this weekend. Perhaps I will go catch a movie or go see some music or something.

Sat Feb 12, 2005 9:07 PM

I, Robot was an amusing action/cop movie. I wish it had more to do with the book/story by the same name by Isaac Asimov. Basically the title and the 3 laws (which they didn't really dwell on much) were all that they took from the famous sci-fi book. I have kind of mixed thoughts about Isaac Asimov. He wrote some really good sci-fi, and some real stinkers (which isn't surprising considering how many things he did write). Perhaps someday we will see someone turn I, Robot into a movie.

Sat Feb 12, 2005 10:45 AM

Two more mini netflix reviews:

The Last Samurai was very pretty, and the guy who played the last samurai was very good ( Ken Watanabe ). Tom Cruse was kinda there, nothing outstanding. A fun way to while away a few hours however.

Shrek 2 wasn't nearly as good as the first one. It just seemed like it had a lot less importance, less really funny gags and just not as good overall. Puss in Boots was funny, but even he didn't save it. I would suggest a pass on that one unless you really really liked the first one and want more.

Fri Feb 11, 2005 11:56 PM

Took a bunch of pictures of the dogs (what else?) over the last week, including a few of petey the new foster:

He's doing pretty well. He does have a desire to chase the cat sometimes, but more to sniff her than anything else. He's mostly just a big loveable lug of a dog. Hopefully we can find him a good home soon.

Sun Feb 6, 2005 11:30 AM

I picked up a new foster dog yesterday while I was at the petsmart meet-n-greet for Colorado Greyhound Companions. He's Petey, a 80+ lb boy. He had a blast at the petsmart. Wagging his tail and wanting to be petted by everyone. So far in the house he's done pretty darn well. No accidents at all, eating well, goes in the crate fine, gets along great with the other dogs, corrects well (listens to "no"). On the downside he's still a bit too interested in the cat when she runs or otherwise walks right in front of him, he keeps trying to get on the couch, and he pulls somewhat on walks. I left him for about 20min the other day and he didn't seem to have any issues. As soon as he gets that he's not supposed to chase/bother the cat, he should be all happy. He's a very happy, always wagging his tail sort of dog.

I need to do a few things to get read for my anti super bowl party. No idea how many folks are going to show up, but I guess we will see.

Sat Feb 5, 2005 2:04 PM

Well, the beboxes are sold, paid for and shipped out. Got $760 for them, which isn't too bad I guess. I looked at my old email and I paid $2000 for the revision 5 one in 1995, and then another $495 for the revision 6 one in 1996. Oh well, computers are a lousy investment. At least I got them to someone who should have fun playing with them and they are out of my house. I need to try and ebay something every week and clear out junk I never use.

Went to a Asylum Street Spankers show last night. It was at the Cervantes Ballroom, which is a pretty large venue for them. The Cervantes web site said the show was at 9, so I got there about 9:30. Never fear, the opening band didn't go on until 10ish. I had a nice talk with the base player before the show. He remembered me from when the band stayed at my house last year. The opening act was a local group called "Honeysuckle Rose". They were not bad. The washboard player had a outstanding voice. They played some bluegrass type stuff and some more rocky stuff as well. The spankers went on around 11:20 or so. They had a few new songs that were nice. They did a Oingo Boingo cover which was nice, and of course all the old standbys were there. I picked up their new live cd and wammo's new solo one. They stopped playing around 2am or so.

They are playing up in boulder tonight, but not sure I want to go. It would be fun, but I really need to get some sleep sometime. Sunday is also my anti-superbowl party (anyone reading this is welcome), so I should try and get ready for that as well.

I find flashes anoying at shows, so here are some really dark and blurry pictures of the evening.

Wed Feb 2, 2005 3:47 PM

Evicted some more tenants today. They were a mess, their room had poop all over the floor, smelled pretty bad and they ate all the peanut butter I left out in my bucket:

Tue Feb 1, 2005 7:38 PM

Another day, another netflix: This time it was Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns), the story of They Might be Giants. It was a pretty dry and documentary like documentary. Not a bad way to while away some time if you like They Might Be Giants, but otherwise it probibly won't hold your interest. The most anoying thing about it was that it was mixed very anoyingly I thought. The music was about 2x the volume of the spoken interviews. So, you would crank it up to hear what they were saying and then get your ears blasted off by the next musical number.

And just so it doesn't move off my journal pages as being the past month, I will re-iterate:

Just a few more days left on my bebox auction. Only one bid so far. It's a great deal on computer history. :) Tell anyone who might be interested:

bebox(es) auction on ebay.

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