Windows Vista 64-Bit Operating System – Freezing Up

Filed in Computers by on July 26, 2008 2 Comments

This is a very aggravating post to write. It’s a wonder I am sitting here and not in a mental hospital right now. Let me offer some background. For the past few weeks, Laura’s computer has been showing the signs of hard drive failure. The computer is about 6 years old and has a 30Gb […]

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Going For A Nice Long Walk

Filed in Environment by on July 24, 2008 0 Comments
Going For A Nice Long Walk

We had to wake up extra early today because of a few chores that needed doing. The first thing was to drive Holly to the vet. She has been there a few times since we arrived in this part of the world. Apparently, she got some wound on her tail that needed tending to. She […]

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Using Milky Spore To Control Grubs and Japanese Beetles

Filed in Landscaping by on July 23, 2008 1 Comment
Using Milky Spore To Control Grubs and Japanese Beetles

So, I did it. I jumped on the Milky Spore bandwagon. Yesterday, I was thinking about how much I hear about this Milky Spore stuff. You know, Milky Spore is the thing that causes Milky Disease in grubs. It’s powder that you sprinkle onto the ground in a grid that takes years to work. Some […]

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Squirrel Checking Out The New Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder

Filed in Animals by on July 23, 2008 0 Comments

I told you I would try to grab a video if I ever saw the squirrel come around the bird feeders again. Well, it just so happens that I was looking out the window today when I noticed a big, bushy gray tail wagging around on the porch. I quickly turned around to get the […]

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Planting Blue Prince Holly, Rhododendron and Mulching

Filed in Landscaping by on July 23, 2008 0 Comments
Planting Blue Prince Holly, Rhododendron and Mulching

It has been pretty dry here lately. It just rained this morning, which is good, but up until that, we haven’t had any substantial rainfall in quite some time. I have been watching many plants wilt because of the dryness. The neighbors are getting used to the guy with no shirt standing out front with […]

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300 Sample Photos

Filed in Technology by on July 19, 2008 0 Comments
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300 Sample Photos

Ok, I just took a few quick sample photos with my new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300 digital camera. The first one I am going to show you was taken on one of the lowest settings. Basically, you can take poster-sized (print quality) photos with this camera. I set it to the 3MB setting, which is one […]

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My New Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300 13.6-Megapixel Digital Camera

Filed in Technology by on July 19, 2008 1 Comment
My New Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300 13.6-Megapixel Digital Camera

A few days ago, I noticed something strange happening to my Sony Cyber-shot 4.1 mega pixel camera. It was kind of the same thing that happens to all my Sony digital cameras after a few years…I had to start smacking the side of it to make the display correct itself. Before I smacked it, I […]

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Installing Joomla 1.5 – A New Install

Filed in Websites by on July 18, 2008 0 Comments
Installing Joomla 1.5 – A New Install

Ok, so on to the installation of Joomla 1.5. Before I did anything, I bought a domain name and pointed it to my server. That is basic stuff. I set the domain up on my server and created a mysql database for this application. That’s more basic stuff. After that was all good to go […]

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When To Stake Tomatoes – Growing In Buckets

Filed in Gardening by on July 18, 2008 3 Comments
When To Stake Tomatoes – Growing In Buckets

Do you know how many people search for “When to steak tomotoes?” I bet a lot. Well, I think I spelled it correctly. I was driving down the road today and noticed that the neighbor had a bunch of tomato plants growing in buckets, just like me. His buckets may have been nicer, but mine […]

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Installing and Configuring Joomla 1.5 – A Documented Project

Filed in Websites by on July 17, 2008 0 Comments

For some time, I have been looking for a versatile CMS (content management system) that would allow my mind to wander. So far, I have set up some pretty nice systems. They are meeting my goals, but I wanted to see how things would be outside the realm of business. I mean, a new website […]

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New Dell Precision T7400 Mini-Tower

Filed in Computers by on July 17, 2008 2 Comments

One of the things on my task list today was to order the new computer that I have been considering for the past few months. Laura’s computer started acting up yesterday and that gave me the push to get it done. We can’t be without these kinds of things. So, here is what I got: […]

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Visiting Newport, Rhode Island

Filed in Travels by on July 17, 2008 4 Comments
Visiting Newport, Rhode Island

Yesterday was a pretty eventful day. We decided to hop in the car and drive out to Newport, RI for a quick visit. I always think everything is so close to anywhere I am. When we are about halfway there, I realized that I am just an optomist. My butt starts to hurt and I […]

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Our First Tomato – Right Off the Vine

Filed in Gardening by on July 14, 2008 2 Comments
Our First Tomato – Right Off the Vine

Actually, I am not even sure it is off the vine. It’s more like it’s off the plant. Well, I picked the first tomato a few days ago. We let it sit on the counter for a day and then cut it in half. Laura held a half and I held the other and we […]

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I Sold My Motorcycle

Filed in Automotive by on July 13, 2008 0 Comments

Well, it’s gone. The guy came over this morning and loaded it up on a trailer and took it away. I have to admit that I feel a little bit of cool draining from my body. It’s not too bad though, because I do have a plan. I’ll tell you about that later. Here is […]

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Blackberry Curve Doesn’t Reconcile and Desktop Software Crashes

Filed in Computers by on July 12, 2008 0 Comments

In my previous post, I think I mentioned that I can delete email on my Blackberry Curve and it would delete on my desktop email account, but not the other way around. Well, after having the phone for a day or two and not deleting email on it (only deleting the mail on my desktop), […]

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Verizon Wireless BroadbandAccess Connect

Filed in Internet by on July 11, 2008 0 Comments
Verizon Wireless BroadbandAccess Connect

I think I mentioned in my last post that I wanted to get broadband for my laptop while we are out and about or on vacation. Basically, I had two choices…either I get the wireless card to connect to the wireless broadband network or use my new Blackberry to do it. Both options give me […]

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My New BlackBerry Curve 8330 Smartphone

Filed in Technology by on July 10, 2008 6 Comments
My New BlackBerry Curve 8330 Smartphone

Well, I decided to upgrade my old Treo 700w for a nice, new BlackBerry Curve 8330 Smartphone. I thought it was about time to jump on the email-on-your-pda bandwagon. We are planning some activities and vacations this Summer, so this will cover one base. So, let me tell you about my experience. I have many […]

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The Tomato Plants Are Growing Strong

Filed in Gardening by on July 8, 2008 0 Comments
The Tomato Plants Are Growing Strong

I was looking at one of my earlier blog posts yesterday and came across the one I wrote about getting tomato plants. I was shocked…yes shocked, at how small the plants were when I got them. I would say these plants are between 3-4 feet tall right now. Here, take a look… I think they […]

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What Is It With Me and Grass?

Filed in Landscaping by on July 8, 2008 1 Comment
What Is It With Me and Grass?

I don’t know, but it is starting to get annoying. If you remember back at the beginning, we had a few spots in the lawn that needed seed. Well, I seeded them. Within a few days, grass started to grow. I just thought this was the cat’s meow. I couldn’t believe it because I have […]

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New Sony SA-W2500 Performance Line Subwoofer

Filed in Entertainment by on July 8, 2008 1 Comment
New Sony SA-W2500 Performance Line Subwoofer

Ok, my Circuit City gift cards are all used up. That’s until I get my next batch from my credit card points. Yesterday, on our way to Costco up in Enfield, we stopped at Circuit City to pick up a Sony SA-W2500 Performance Line Subwoofer for downstairs. We already have four speakers hooked up and […]

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The Basement the Way It Should Be

Filed in Home Improvement by on July 6, 2008 0 Comments
The Basement the Way It Should Be

I have been telling Laura that it just feels better to watch TV down in the basement. I explained that I always felt kind of guilty just sitting around upstairs in the living room. Having everything, “entertainment” downstairs feels much more “right.” I must say, it’s quite comfortable down there. I set up the dehumidifier […]

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The Basement Tile is Finished

Filed in Home Improvement by on July 2, 2008 3 Comments
The Basement Tile is Finished

I am rather impressed with myself. A few weeks ago, I was scratching my chin, wondering what to do with this basement. Now, I am standing on brand new tile throughout the entire thing. I think I might be amazing. So, after five short days, the tile guys completed the job and left. I thought […]

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Laying More Tile on Concrete

Filed in Home Improvement by on June 28, 2008 1 Comment
Laying More Tile on Concrete

Today, the tile installers finished laying the full pieces of tile. Now, they have to come back on Monday to make all the cuts for all the edge pieces. I am going down tonight to count all the edge pieces we’ll need, just to make sure we have enough tile. On Tuesday, they will come […]

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The Tile Installation Begins

Filed in Home Improvement by on June 27, 2008 0 Comments
The Tile Installation Begins

Also today (it was quite a busy day), the tile guys came over to start the tile installation in the basement. I have to say, this installer has impressed me on a number of occasions. By nature, I am skeptical. I always think people aren’t going to do a complete job or try to get […]

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The Gutter Covers Are Installed

Filed in Home Improvement by on June 27, 2008 0 Comments
The Gutter Covers Are Installed

It feels good to get some things checked off my list. Today, the gutter guys came over to clean the gutters and install the rest of the gutter covers. I felt a little bad having a gutter cleaning company install the covers, but they didn’t seem to mind. The owner told me that I could […]

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Stihl BR 550 Backpack Blower

Filed in Landscaping by on June 25, 2008 2 Comments
Stihl BR 550 Backpack Blower

Today was another day of running around. I had to head up to Tile America in West Hartford to meet the tile installer. After that, I had to go over to Pat’s Power Equipment in Tolland for a new backpack blower. I am sure I will write all about the tile in another post. Now, […]

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New Bose Companion 2 Series II Multimedia Computer Speakers

Filed in Technology by on June 25, 2008 1 Comment
New Bose Companion 2 Series II Multimedia Computer Speakers

Boy, that title is pretty long. Yesterday, Laura and I went shopping. We first went up to Home Depot in Enfield, CT. I got a bunch of stuff, most of which I can hardly remember right now. I am sure I’ll write about it when I start using it. Then, we went to Circuit City […]

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The Basketball Hoop Being Put to Good Use

Filed in Family & Friends by on June 25, 2008 2 Comments
The Basketball Hoop Being Put to Good Use

As promised, the basketball hoop is being enjoyed by someone who may have a bit of trouble dunking for some time…even when the hoop is on its lowest setting. My brother stopped by a few days ago to pick up the whole thing. This, of course, is after I spent a good chunk of time […]

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The Flowers Have Taken Over – Pink Roses

Filed in Gardening by on June 23, 2008 2 Comments
The Flowers Have Taken Over – Pink Roses

When we first moved here, I really didn’t give the hillside on the property too much thought. I just said to myself that I was going to plant some pine trees there. At the time, there were some “unbloomed” bushes waiting for leaves. Some of them were those ever growing pricker bushes. When I was […]

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Introducing the Tiger Lily

Filed in Gardening by on June 23, 2008 4 Comments
Introducing the Tiger Lily

Yes ladies and gentlemen, I discovered what that mystery flower is…a Tiger Lily. If you remember back a few posts, I couldn’t figure out what a certain flower was. It’s the one around the mailbox. The flowers are all over the place and now I know what they are. Aren’t they nice? They are really […]

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Somerset Square in Glastonbury, CT

Filed in Food & Drink by on June 19, 2008 2 Comments
Somerset Square in Glastonbury, CT

Last night was pretty fun. My brother, Jeff, came over and we went out to dinner. Lately, you pretty much have to drag me out of my chair to get me to do anything. I have my head stuck staring at this horrible computer screen 24 hours a day. It really is unattractive. Jeff told […]

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A New Stone Wall For the Garden

Filed in Landscaping by on June 15, 2008 2 Comments
A New Stone Wall For the Garden

I did a bunch of weeding yesterday and then pulled out the weed whacker. I cleaned up all along the front edge of the garden and really was quite proud of myself. Today, I was outside doing something when Laura decided to visit me. I asked her to look how nice the front of the […]

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Can You Identify This Tree?

Filed in Trees & Shrubs by on June 15, 2008 4 Comments
Can You Identify This Tree?

I hadn’t taken much notice of it until a friend mentioned it to me a few days ago. He said, “You might want to do yourself a favor and take that Tulip tree down while it’s still small.” Upon later reflection, we noticed it wasn’t a Tulip tree, but most likely a fast growing softwood. […]

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Tons of Roses in the Front

Filed in Gardening by on June 13, 2008 1 Comment
Tons of Roses in the Front

You have to believe me when I tell you that I am really sorry about all the posts with photos of flowers in them. Really, it’s for the ladies. Sometimes, I feel like such a gentleman. Yesterday, when I was up front doing some trimming, I clipped a rose for Laura. Isn’t that sweet? You […]

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Installing a Pella Sliding Glass Door

Filed in Home Improvement by on June 13, 2008 1 Comment
Installing a Pella Sliding Glass Door

As I am sure I have mentioned numerous times, we needed to replace the doors downstairs in the basement. There was some rot at the bottom of the framing. Just this morning, I realized why. Remember that big long post (directly below) about rain gutters? Well, it now all makes sense. When it rains, the […]

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Jay’s Tomato Plant Garden

Filed in Gardening by on June 10, 2008 1 Comment
Jay’s Tomato Plant Garden

If you call a porch a garden, then that’s what I have. I told you that we bought some tomato plants the other day. We put them in a bucket that we had here. Well, they have been taking off so nicely, I decided to get some more. I figured buckets will work ok. My […]

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RIDGID 3000 PSI Gas Pressure Washer

Filed in Home Improvement by on June 10, 2008 6 Comments
RIDGID 3000 PSI Gas Pressure Washer

A few weeks ago, I realized I needed three new tools…a pressure washer, a leaf blower and a snow blower. I am going to have to wait on that snow blower, as they are pretty hard to find these days. Yesterday, I picked up a RIDGID 3000 PSI Gas Pressure Washer. I got a pretty […]

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LG Electronics 12,000 BTU Window Air Conditioner

Filed in Home Improvement by on June 10, 2008 2 Comments
LG Electronics 12,000 BTU Window Air Conditioner

Yesterday was a big day for Home Depot. I know I said I was going to start shopping at Lowe’s, but this Home Depot is so much closer. They mostly have what I need, so I guess Home Depot it is. I bought a few things, one of them being a new air conditioner (along […]

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Some More Great Photos of Flowers

Filed in Gardening by on June 7, 2008 2 Comments
Some More Great Photos of Flowers

I think so much of myself, don’t I? Just look at that title. As I was wondering around outside today, sweating, I decided to take some more photos of the flowers on the property. You may already have seen some of these, but others are new. I know this because we just planted them. On […]

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Rhododendrons To Line the Woods

Filed in Landscaping by on June 7, 2008 0 Comments
Rhododendrons To Line the Woods

Every time I visit either Lowe’s or Home Depot, I try to go into the nursery to grab a few shrubs. I can always find a use for shrubs, I just wish they were free. That would be wild. I need about 50 Rhododendrons. I would like to line the entire wooded area up front […]

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Mowing the Lawn – Or Not

Filed in Landscaping by on June 7, 2008 0 Comments
Mowing the Lawn – Or Not

I pull the lawnmwer out twice a week. This is so I don’t kill myself. I am not sure if I told you or not, but I am going to skip the ride-on-mower purchase and stick with my pushmower. I am doing this for a few reasons. First, I just bought the push mower. I […]

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Wild Turkey Running Through the Back Yard

Filed in Animals by on June 7, 2008 0 Comments
Wild Turkey Running Through the Back Yard

You are going to want to kill me for this one. I put such a great title to such a great event, but got such a lousy picture. You just wait. Yesterday, I was sitting here doing some work when Laura ran in telling me there was a turkey running through the back yard. I […]

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Painting the Basement is Finished

Filed in Home Improvement by on June 7, 2008 0 Comments
Painting the Basement is Finished

Just a few minutes ago, I finished painting the basement. I feel like this is breaking news or something. Well, with the way I dread painting, I feel like it should be some sort of news. I have been doing a little bit each day…chipping away at it. Luckily, the walls were in great shape. […]

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APC Back-UPS XS 1500

Filed in Computers by on May 30, 2008 2 Comments
APC Back-UPS XS 1500

I decided to follow Joe’s advice. He has never led me down the wrong path before. This morning, I received my new APC Back-UPS XS 1500. This is the best one Circuit City offered and it looks pretty good. I am not going to give all the specs here…I’m sure you can do a search […]

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Photos of Spring Flowers

Filed in Gardening by on May 30, 2008 1 Comment
Photos of Spring Flowers

I took a little stroll outside this morning. Of course, I had my coffee in hand. I didn’t have my camera with me, but after what I saw, I ran back inside to get it. Here we go again. It’s picture taking time in the Northeast. Let me know what you think of the latest […]

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Living Off the Grid

Filed in Home Improvement by on May 30, 2008 0 Comments

I just (accidentally) came across the coolest website. This dude, wo may just have won the lottery, is building a house out in the moutains. He is making this bad-ass house, with solar panels and a wind turbine. You have to check out his pics. Take a look here. Click the “Photo” links at the […]

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Holly, Hydrangea and Tomato Plants

Filed in Gardening by on May 29, 2008 4 Comments
Holly, Hydrangea and Tomato Plants

We made a visit to Home Depot yesterday (we are going to be buying from Lowe’s from now on). I wanted to go shopping for shrubs. Maybe I can just cut this, and the following posts short. You can just read all the other ones about shrubs I have written through the years. I had […]

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Point Judith Lighthouse, Narragansett, Rhode Island

Filed in Travels by on May 28, 2008 4 Comments
Point Judith Lighthouse, Narragansett, Rhode Island

As I mentioned in the post below, we took a quick cruise out to Narragansett, RI on Memorial Day. We didn’t stay very long, but long enough for me to grab a few pictures. I have been to Point Judith in the past…it’s the place you need to get on the ferry to go to […]

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Fisherman’s Memorial State Park, RI

Filed in Travels by on May 28, 2008 0 Comments
Fisherman’s Memorial State Park, RI

On Memorial Day, we took a cruise out to Point Judith, RI (above). I took some photos of that, but wanted to post some pretty funny pictures here in this post really fast. For some reason, these are funny. They are of the entrance of Fisherman’s Memorial State Park in Rhode Island. It’s out near […]

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Costco Wholesale in Enfield, CT

Filed in Gardening by on May 28, 2008 0 Comments
Costco Wholesale in Enfield, CT

We took the leap. The leap to Costco (finally) up in Enfield, CT…near the border of MA. We have been meaning to do this for a very long time, but never got around to it. Back at our old house, we were members of Sam’s Club, which is just an extension of Wal-Mart. We got […]

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Bird Nest Under the Porch

Filed in Animals by on May 25, 2008 0 Comments
Bird Nest Under the Porch

There are actually two different bird nests under the back porch. I look at them almost every time I walk by. The parent birds like to whiz by my head to scare the heck out of me. Actually, I am just writing that for entertainment, I really don’t get scared by birds, even if they […]

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Alarm System Install

Filed in Home Improvement by on May 23, 2008 0 Comments

I wasn’t going to even bother with this post, but I think I have to now. We have the home alarm people come and install an alarm system in the house this morning. It was pretty uneventful, up until this point. We have been getting one ring phone calls all day. I thought it was […]

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Power Surge Blocks Access To Server?

Filed in Computers by on May 23, 2008 8 Comments

Last night around 8PM, I heard the surge protectors/battery backups that we have for the computers beep. It’s the first time I heard that since we have been here. I am pretty used to it because they are rather sensitive. Any power fluctuation causes them to beep. It is comforting. I didn’t think anything of […]

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Transplanting Shrubs

Filed in Trees & Shrubs by on May 22, 2008 2 Comments
Transplanting Shrubs

Today’s job was to start transplanting some of the shrubs from the front of the property to the back. I am trying to take all the good shrubbery (did I just say shrubbery?) from the front hillside to transplant in the back, near the driveway. I already showed you the area I am working on […]

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Visiting the University of Connecticut – Storrs, CT

Filed in Travels by on May 21, 2008 0 Comments
Visiting the University of Connecticut – Storrs, CT

Yesterday, while out and about, Laura and I decided to do a drive-by at the University of Connecticut, or better know as UConn in Storrs, CT. I took a gander at this area on Google Earth a few times and we actually wanted to visit for some time, but never got around to it. Now […]

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Taking Down the Basketball Hoop

Filed in Home Improvement by on May 21, 2008 0 Comments
Taking Down the Basketball Hoop

Ok, before anyone freaks out and asks why the heck I am taking down a nice basketball hoop, let’s just talk about this. There are a few good reasons. The first is that I don’t see myself shooting hoops outside all too much. I don’t even own a basketball. That’s not to say I’m not […]

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Coopers Irish Stout Is In the House

Filed in Food & Drink by on May 20, 2008 4 Comments
Coopers Irish Stout Is In the House

A few days ago, I took at look through Amazon and MakeBeer.net to see if the Coopers Irish Stout I have been waiting for was back in stock. It has been unavailable since before St. Patrick’s Day. I guess all the Irish scooped it up. Guess what? I was in luck. A new shipment of […]

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Yard Work – Raking the Leaves is Done

Filed in Landscaping by on May 20, 2008 9 Comments
Yard Work – Raking the Leaves is Done

I finally finished raking the leaves. There were a lot of them. I can’t say I liked doing this particular job for many reasons. One reason I didn’t care for this activity would be that it wasn’t much fun, with the presence of gnats coming in at a strong second. Apparently, gnats live in old […]

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The Forever Stamp

Filed in Business by on May 20, 2008 5 Comments
The Forever Stamp

This is just a little follow up on my previous post about stamps. I know these aren’t the most exciting posts in the world, but we’ll deal with it. Aparently, my last stamp order consisted of the “Forever Stamp.” Now that stamps are 42 cents each, guess how much they charge for the Forever Stamp? […]

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Food Shopping at Shaw’s in East Hampton, CT

Filed in Food & Drink by on May 17, 2008 0 Comments
Food Shopping at Shaw’s in East Hampton, CT

In an effort to learn more about the area we now sleep in, I have been suggesting that we visit different grocery stores for our food shopping. So far, we have been to Whole Foods in Glastonbury (very nice, but expensive), our local grocery store (pretty ok), Super Stop and Shop in Colchester (big and […]

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Shopping at Pottery Barn and Eating at Carrabba’s

Filed in Food & Drink by on May 17, 2008 0 Comments
Shopping at Pottery Barn and Eating at Carrabba’s

On Thursday night, my brother met Laura and me up in Manchester for dinner. Laura and I left a little early so we could visit Pottery Barn at Evergreen Walk in South Windsor. I really like Pottery Barn, not for its fame from a certain “Friends” episode, but for its quality furniture. I need some […]

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This Blog is No One Way Street

Filed in Blogs by on May 15, 2008 13 Comments

I was just thinking, I should be getting more comments on this blog. I was taking a look at my stats last night and traffic has tripled from about a year ago. Have the comments tripled? Probably, but it doesn’t seem like they did. It’s like business…nothing is ever good enough. You can make the […]

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Postage Stamp Price Increase

Filed in Ramblings by on May 15, 2008 8 Comments

Oh, I’m on a tear this afternoon. As it so happens, I purchased two new books of stamps this morning. I noticed the price of each stamp increased to 42 cents. I really didn’t take too much notice of the price, because I can never keep up with the seemingly eternal miniscule price increases the […]

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A New Computer – What Should I Get?

Filed in Computers by on May 15, 2008 4 Comments

This one is for those people out there who know about computers. When people are searching for a new computer, they usually ask me what to get. I say something like, “I design websites, what the heck do I know about computers?” That usually gets some mean look and the person walks away. I haven’t […]

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Car Parked in the Garage

Filed in Automotive by on May 15, 2008 0 Comments
Car Parked in the Garage

I can definitely see how people’s garages get full of stuff. I mean, it’s like a playpen in there. Right now, I have all sorts of tools and shelves…old mailboxes, you name it. The last thing I want to do is organize it to make space for a car. Well, when Winter comes, I am […]

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New Samsung 2693HM 25.5″ Widescreen LCD Monitor

Filed in Computers by on May 13, 2008 0 Comments
New Samsung 2693HM 25.5″ Widescreen LCD Monitor

Seriously, this is as big as I am going to get. I have been using my 22″ monitor for the past few months, but we need that for the other office. I can’t work on two computers, one having a large monitor and one having only a 19″. I tend to get used to the […]

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New Mailbox Installed

Filed in Home Improvement by on May 13, 2008 14 Comments
New Mailbox Installed

Today was an adventurous day for us. We had to go to the DMV to get our Connecticut drivers licenses. That in itself was an adventure. Now, we need to update our car insurance and go back to register the cars here. The thing that really stinks is that I just paid for a new […]

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Simon Basking on the Stairs

Filed in Animals by on May 13, 2008
Simon Basking on the Stairs

When we got home this afternoon, we found fat Simon laying out on the stairs, soaking up the sun. The weird thing is that he didn’t move when we tried to get up and down. He only moved when Holly ran by. I think he got a little nervous, because we all know Holly will […]

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Installing a New Mailbox

Filed in Home Improvement by on May 12, 2008 1 Comment

Yeah, I keep saying I am going to run to Home Depot to get the mailbox stuff, but I just haven’t found the time yet. I feel like I’ve been stuck inside for days…wait, that’s because I have been. I am doing so much stuff. Unfortunately, it’s all at the same time. I take breaks […]

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Lots of Raking Leaves Out of Gardens

Filed in Landscaping by on May 8, 2008 1 Comment
Lots of Raking Leaves Out of Gardens

We took another trip to a different town today. We went food shopping at Stop and Shop in Colchester. Colchester was a pretty neat town, but a little busy for my taste. It was cute with a nice park right off main street. I think it may have seemed busy because rush hour was getting […]

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45 Piece Screwdriving Set

Filed in Home Improvement by on May 7, 2008 1 Comment
45 Piece Screwdriving Set

Today, we quickly ran up to Home Depot in Glastonbury for a few things. I had to get some yard stuff, some more light bulbs and some little pine trees. I got seven Blue Spruces. Oh yeah, I also wanted to get some screwdriver bits. What I really needed was some sort of an extender […]

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Two Cats in Love

Filed in Animals by on May 7, 2008 3 Comments
Two Cats in Love

I know there are sooooo many people out there who hate pictures of other people’s animals. I also know that I have said this before. I am probably one of them. Oh well. Since you have probably visited this blog before, you know that sometimes I just can’t help myself when it comes to this […]

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Trees Blooming in May

Filed in Trees & Shrubs by on May 7, 2008 0 Comments
Trees Blooming in May

I took a few photos of the back yard this morning. Every year, I like to take pictures of the trees in the area. I do this, because every year, I forget when the heck the leaves come out. It’s kind of like a journal…or a log…or a web log…oh wait, a BLOG. That was […]

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New Washer and Dryer

Filed in Home Improvement by on May 3, 2008 0 Comments
New Washer and Dryer

Yes, I know, this is probably one of my more boring posts. Actually, maybe not…I have a lot of boring posts. Well, we had our new washer and dryer delivered today. We left our old ones back in NY. We were going to bring them, but I thought it would be a good selling point […]

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How Fast is Your Broadband Connection?

Filed in Internet by on May 1, 2008 4 Comments
How Fast is Your Broadband Connection?

Since I got this new business class broadband connection (about an hour now), I have noticed a nice increase in internet speed. By the way, I figured out how to set up my static IP address. It really wasn’t hard. Sorry Hannigan, no call today. Anyway, since I am blazing fast now, I decided to […]

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Visiting Eastern Connecticut State University

Filed in Travels by on May 1, 2008 1 Comment

The other day, while driving home from Home Depot in Willimantic, CT, I noticed a sign that said, “Eastern Connecticut State University.” I thought that was pretty strange, because I had no clue that Eastern Connecticut was so close by. I knew that UConn was pretty close, but that was it. Since I was intrigued, […]

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Comcast Business Class Cable Internet

Filed in Internet by on May 1, 2008 3 Comments
Comcast Business Class Cable Internet

I am not sure if I previously mentioned this or not, but I am now in need of business class internet service, because I now require a static IP address. The guys from Comcast just left. They switched our services from residential TV, cable and internet to just residential TV and cable and now business […]

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Switching From Incandescent To CFL

Filed in Environment by on April 30, 2008 0 Comments
Switching From Incandescent To CFL

I am always looking to be as energy efficient as possible. One of the ways I go about this is to always use CFLs (Compact fluorescent lamps) whenever possible. I have seen these types of bulbs bring down electric bills, first hand. When we moved in to this house, I knew I had my work […]

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Google Pagerank Update Underway

Filed in Websites by on April 30, 2008 2 Comments

Just in case you haven’t noticed your Google Pagerank lately, it is currently being updated as I type. I was typing the last post in this blog a few minutes ago and noticed that it now has a Pagerank of 2. That’s twice of what it was at 1. The reason it’s only a 2 […]

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We Met Whole Foods Today

Filed in Food & Drink by on April 28, 2008 3 Comments
We Met Whole Foods Today

If there is one thing that should motivate you to move to a new town, it should be Whole Foods. I remember a few weeks ago when the realtor was showing us houses in this area, she said, “Ooh, and they are building a brand new Whole Foods here. It should be open in a […]

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One Nice Blog…

Filed in Blogs by on April 28, 2008 2 Comments

I must say that I think I came across the best written blog today…”One Project Closer.” I know this has nothing to do with anything, but I just have to say something when I see this kind of quality. Take a look here and check out how these bloggers write. What I particularly like is […]

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WordPress 2.5 – HTTP Error When Uploading Images – Firefox

Filed in Blogs by on April 27, 2008 6 Comments

Well, I hate to say it, but we may have a picture”less” blog here. I have been having trouble uploading photos into this version of WordPress (2.5 and 2.5.1). Before we moved, everything was fine. After we moved, I remember starting up the computer and Firefox wanted me to install the recently downloaded upgrade, so […]

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The House is On the Market

Filed in Home Improvement by on April 26, 2008 2 Comments

Well, we went back to our house in New York today to do a final cleaning and get some stuff we left behind in the kitchen. On moving day, I thought it was just a few things. Today, I realized it was a full car load. When I say car load, I mean, trying to […]

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Cable vs. DSL

Filed in Technology by on April 25, 2008 2 Comments

Back in the old house, we had DSL for about 2 1/2 years. It worked well with only a few minor issues. Towards the end, I did begin inquiring about more upload and download speed. I called Frontier and they said I was maxed out…that’s all they had. The reason I needed more speed is […]

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The Day After Moving Day

Filed in Home Improvement by on April 25, 2008 0 Comments
The Day After Moving Day

Do you want to know what really hurts? My legs, that’s what. I am not sure if I ever told you that I hate moving. Boy, if there’s anything that can suck the excitement out of the big day, it’s the actual work involved with it all. And we even had a moving company this […]

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We Bought the House

Filed in Home Improvement by on April 21, 2008 8 Comments
We Bought the House

Wow, what a long day. Driving over to the new house takes about 2 hours and 15 minutes. It seems longer than it is. Today was the big day…not only for us, but also for the sellers. It must feel great to sell a house. I mean, your mind is most likely on your new […]

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Holly Waaay Too Comfortable

Filed in Animals by on April 20, 2008 0 Comments
Holly Waaay Too Comfortable

It seems that lately, when we come home from some time out galavanting, we open the door to find Holly spread out across the couch. It’s not the worst thing in the world, but we have to remember that she is the hairiest dog alive, so it’s really no good to have the hair on […]

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Minnewaska State Park is On Fire

Filed in Environment by on April 20, 2008 0 Comments
Minnewaska State Park is On Fire

I read that the Minnewaska State Park is on fire over at Paul’s blog this morning. I had already planned on going up to Stone Ridge again today to do a little food shopping, so I thought I would grab a photo. Things really didn’t look too bad…I guess most of it’s out. There was […]

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A Warm Spring is Here

Filed in Spring by on April 19, 2008 0 Comments
A Warm Spring is Here

I would say it’s about 75 degrees right now. It’s good if you don’t move. I haven’t sweat yet this season, but then again, I haven’t done anything. The trees are right on the cusp of exploding. Things are starting to flower and the leaves are all just unwinding from their buds. I would say […]

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Flipper Human Sunnin’ His Buns

Filed in Animals by on April 19, 2008 0 Comments
Flipper Human Sunnin’ His Buns

I looked over to my right today and noticed Flipper Human over in the shelf sunnin’ his buns. Really, he was trying to get comfortable, but he did stay in this position for an extended period of time, which leads me to believe the buns theory. Either way, his buns are now nice and golden.

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The Olde Stone Mill – Tuckahoe, NY

Filed in Family & Friends, Spring, Travels by on April 18, 2008 1 Comment
The Olde Stone Mill – Tuckahoe, NY

Laura and I were down in Tuckahoe, NY last night and decided to visit “The Olde Stone Mill” restaurant. The reason I had interest in this restaurant is because we saw it during the last season of Kitchen Nightmares with Gordon Ramsey. This is one of our favorite reality shows because it shows different types […]

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Upgrading RAM – Kingston

Filed in Computers by on April 17, 2008 1 Comment
Upgrading RAM – Kingston

Boy, what a past couple of days. I have been getting some additional hardware installed on my servers and it has been keeping me very busy with support tickets and phone calls. Let’s just say that once you make the jump to the real deal, things require more attention. There are some clear benefits that […]

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What Just Happened With Rock of Love?

Filed in Entertainment by on April 14, 2008 15 Comments

Ok, I will admit it, the writer’s strike forced me into a torrid affair with reality TV. Actually, Laura started it and I just joined along. I think the only real show we watch is Lost. My favorites in the reality sector are “Rock of Love with Bret Michaels,” “Hell’s Kitchen” and “America’s Next Top […]

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Lovin’ That Elephant Garlic

Filed in Food & Drink by on April 14, 2008 1 Comment
Lovin’ That Elephant Garlic

Last night, I made some more Collard Greens. Since I was out of garlic, I decided to pick up some of my favorite garlic from the supermarket…elephant garlic. According to the Wikipedia page, elephant garlic isn’t really a garlic at all. It’s “actually a variant of the species to which the garden leek belongs.” I […]

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Linksys Wireless PCI Adapter and Router

Filed in Computers, Internet, Technology by on April 12, 2008 2 Comments
Linksys Wireless PCI Adapter and Router

I ran out to Circuit City this morning to pick up a new router and wireless card for my desktop computer. We already had a wireless router, but I am afraid that one won’t go the distance in a larger house. Also, I wanted to make my computer wireless like Laura’s and the laptop. When […]

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Tire Store Fire in Middletown, NY

Filed in Current Events by on April 11, 2008 2 Comments
Tire Store Fire in Middletown, NY

I feel like I am reporting breaking news or something here. I was on my way down to Lowe’s this afternoon when I happened to notice a very large area of black smoke in the sky in Middletown, NY. I kept looking at it, but it was over the horizon, so I couldn’t see what […]

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Visiting Millbrook, NY – Park, Zoo & Winery

Filed in Food & Drink, Spring, Travels by on April 10, 2008 1 Comment
Visiting Millbrook, NY – Park, Zoo & Winery

Today, Laura and I had to bring Holly the dog to the vet. She had to have her teeth cleaned and some minor surgery. The vet had to put Holly under (not down, as Rob mistakenly thought today), so we had to burn about six hours of the day. Since we live an hour away […]

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Thundercloud Purple Leaf Plum & Bradford Pear Buds

Filed in Trees & Shrubs by on April 8, 2008 1 Comment
Thundercloud Purple Leaf Plum & Bradford Pear Buds

I went outside yesterday to take a few photos of some buds on some trees. I grabbed a few good ones of our Thundercloud Purple Leaf Plum and the Bradford Pear. I have to say, this blog has been very handy for me to look at when I start wondering when things are going to […]

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Eco Home Makeover by Sam’s Club

Filed in Environment, Home Improvement by on March 31, 2008 2 Comments

For some reason, I am getting a magazine from Sam’s Club. Perhaps it is because we used to be members of the store. A few months ago, we stopped going because we just couldn’t take another bite of their food. Not that it was bad, but let’s just say there wasn’t too much variety. Back […]

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Resize Your Pictures Online

Filed in Internet, Websites by on March 30, 2008 1 Comment

I know, for a fact, there is one tool out there that TONS of people need. The reason why so many people need this tool is because so many people are getting into online photo sharing, blogs, websites… We have a lot of support requests that deal with photo resizing. People can’t upload their photos […]

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Collard Greens – What the???

Filed in Food & Drink by on March 28, 2008 0 Comments
Collard Greens – What the???

I don’t live in the South, so Collard Greens really haven’t been part of my diet…ever. I remember back when my friend Rob and I lived in Atlanta, GA, we tried Okra a few times. Boy, I’ll tell ya, we felt like true Southerners. All of the sudden, we both had a Southern drawl. Just […]

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Phillies Bridge Farm Project CSA

Filed in Food & Drink by on March 28, 2008 0 Comments

Laura and I took a walk down to a local shop yesterday for some really neat little candles, lotions and even honey. This shop is run by one of our neighbors, so we were very pleased to give her some business. During our visit, we started talking about food. We mentioned that our local supermarket […]

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Traditional Easter Egg Coloring

Filed in Food & Drink, Spring by on March 28, 2008 0 Comments
Traditional Easter Egg Coloring

It’s taken a little while to take a picture of this year’s Easter eggs. Laura made these the day after Easter, but I have been kind of busy lately, so I just got to it today. Now, these aren’t your regular old Easter eggs. These are very special. You will be able to tell that […]

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The Crocuses are Starting to Bloom

Filed in Gardening, Spring, Winter by on March 21, 2008 0 Comments
The Crocuses are Starting to Bloom

Well, there are a bunch of things coming up, but the only color so far is the Crocuses. I noticed a little something yellow peeking out at me from the front garden the other day. I took a second look and noticed that two or three flowers were coming up. It seemed so strange because […]

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Buying and Selling Domain Names

Filed in Websites by on March 21, 2008 0 Comments

The more I look around, the more I learn that the domain name business is big business. As I told you yesterday, I am trying to scoop up a bunch of different extensions for the domains I already have. It’s working out pretty well, but I have hit a little bump. I already bought up […]

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What Do These Top Level Domains Mean? List of TLDs

Filed in Websites by on March 20, 2008 2 Comments

I have been purchasing quite a few domain names lately. At last glance, I own 78 of them. Over time, I am taking any confusion out of who owns the real domain by scooping up as many different extensions as I can. I have noticed a disturbing trend of domains being bought and sat on…or […]

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We Signed the Real Estate Contract

Filed in Home Improvement by on March 17, 2008 4 Comments
We Signed the Real Estate Contract

Well, we visited the house again this afternoon with the realtor. We liked what we saw and headed back to the office to sign all the paperwork and give a deposit. Before we did, both Laura and I took lots of pictures and even a video of the road the house is on. Just a […]

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What’s My Home Worth?

Filed in Home Improvement by on March 15, 2008 0 Comments

I found a cool little tool to help you get a rough picture of what your home is worth. It’s an internet tool, so you have to take it with a grain of salt. My neighbor is in the home appraisal business and she says that people get really excited when they see their house […]

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House Offer Was Accepted

Filed in Home Improvement by on March 15, 2008 1 Comment

I thought I would give you a little update on the house. The homeowners accepted our offer. The real estate agent is drawing up the contract and we are going to visit it once more on Monday. We are going to walk up and down the road for a second once-over. I guess it would […]

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The Real Estate Search Has Begun

Filed in Current Events by on March 15, 2008 1 Comment

It seems that many people aren’t writing in their blogs these days…with me being one of them. As I mentioned in my previous post, it’s just been all sorts of crazy ’round these parts. Honestly, the last thing I have been motivated to do is write. Well, I think my dry spell is over. One […]

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Work, Work and More Work

Filed in Websites by on March 14, 2008 0 Comments

As you may have noticed, I have been out of the loop a bit lately. I have been up to some stuff. I will let you all in on it a bit later. One thing I can tell you about is how hard I have been working lately. I think a good word for it […]

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The Good News and Bad News About My Coopers Stout

Filed in Food & Drink by on March 9, 2008 0 Comments

Well, the good news is that my bottle capper works great. I couldn’t resist and cracked a bottle open today. I heard the little, “sssst” that tells me the bottle was sealed. That’s good. The bad news is that when I poured the bottle of beer into my glass, it had a “scent” to it. […]

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Wolaver’s Oatmeal Stout

Filed in Food & Drink by on March 9, 2008 0 Comments
Wolaver’s Oatmeal Stout

I have some good news and bad news about my current batch of beer. I will tell you about it in my next post. For this post, I would like to tell you about a beer I picked up today. Well, actually there are two types of beer, but this post is only about one. […]

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Time to “Spring Forward”

Filed in Winter by on March 9, 2008 0 Comments

Every Winter, I wait and wait for the days to get longer. This Winter, it seems to be happening faster than ever before. I’m not sure why…probably because I am getting older and everything seems to happen faster as I get older. I just checked my handy dandy sunrise and sunset times website and see […]

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I Passed 1000 Miles

Filed in Automotive by on March 5, 2008 3 Comments
I Passed 1000 Miles

The other day, during our Connecticut trip, I passed the 1000 mile mark in my almost new car. I was wondering when this was going to happen, since it’s been a while. I think I’m doing pretty well, considering I bought the car on January 3rd and hit 1000 miles on March 3rd. That’s about […]

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Mayflower Inn, Washington, CT

Filed in Travels, Winter by on March 4, 2008 0 Comments
Mayflower Inn, Washington, CT

Laura and I decided to get in the car and visit Washington, CT yesterday. What was the destination? Well, no less than the Mayflower Inn & Spa in Washington, CT. As I mentioned in one of my previous blog posts, my mother purchased a gift certificate for us a few years ago for the Mayflower […]

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Car Fire Across the Street

Filed in Automotive by on March 4, 2008 1 Comment

I was sitting in the house a few nights ago, when I heard a “thud.” It sounded kind of like a muffled explosion. As I remember back, I heard the thud right after I heard the fire siren go off at the fire house down the road. I looked out the window to see what […]

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Domain Name Ideas

Filed in Websites by on March 2, 2008 1 Comment

You may be aware that I have come up with some funky domain names in the past. I really don’t put all that much thought into them because my marketing doesn’t require catchy names. If I began marketing on television, perhaps I would ponder them for more than a day. Actually, back the day, “Google” […]

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You Make My Day!

Filed in Blogs, Family & Friends by on March 1, 2008 2 Comments

Ok, ok, I’m here. Yes, it did take me a little while to get to this, but I am quite happy to oblige. My dear friend Paul, over at the infamous Homeowner’s Blog was kind enough to include me in his “You Make My Day!” post. I knew I would squeeze in there somewhere. I […]

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The Mother of All Wasteful Credit Card Offers – With Pics

Filed in Environment, Ramblings by on March 1, 2008 2 Comments
The Mother of All Wasteful Credit Card Offers – With Pics

Just in case you haven’t seen it on the news or read it on countless blogs, there is a little problem out there with waste. We are wasting everything we can get our hands on, which, in turn, depletes the earth’s natural resources and fills up landfills. If I thought hard enough, I could probably […]

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Today Certainly is Another Day

Filed in Current Events by on February 29, 2008 4 Comments
Today Certainly is Another Day

Today was another busy day. I spent a good majority of the day organizing things online. I would tell you what they are, but I have this thing about telling people my secrets. Oh well. I will say that I find it simply amazing that I am able to wake up every morning of my […]

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Coopers Stout Was Bottled

Filed in Food & Drink by on February 28, 2008 1 Comment
Coopers Stout Was Bottled

Brewing the Coopers Stout gave my an opportunity to use my new bottle caps and capper. It also gave me an opportunity to use some glass bottles and eventually taste some more Stout. I like Stout. Yesterday was the third day of the hydrometer reading 1.010. That means bottling is ready. I gave it five […]

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I Brewed Real Beer!!! – Coopers Lager

Filed in Food & Drink by on February 26, 2008 6 Comments
I Brewed Real Beer!!! – Coopers Lager

Tonight, I cracked open my first real home brewed beer. It’s the Coopers Australian Lager. I know I have told you many times that I don’t like light beers, and I still don’t. I have to say though, this beer ain’t have bad. I poured it into my favorite beer mug and took a sip. […]

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Thank You For the Beer Bottles

Filed in Food & Drink by on February 23, 2008 5 Comments
Thank You For the Beer Bottles

I mentioned earlier that Paul gave me a bunch of beer bottles. That was very nice of him. Well, it’s been a long afternoon cleaning them out. I have a sore back. In order to really clean them out, I first soaked them in bleach water in the sink. That made the house nice and […]

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A Little Beer Overflow

Filed in Food & Drink by on February 23, 2008 1 Comment
A Little Beer Overflow

I have been keeping this batch of beer at a steady 25C. That is warmer than the last batch. When you ferment beer at a higher temperature, there seems to be more activity down in the big jug. I learned this today. Today, Paul was kind enough to bring over about seventy bottles he has […]

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Nexxtech USB 2.0 7-Port Desktop Hub

Filed in Computers by on February 23, 2008 2 Comments
Nexxtech USB 2.0 7-Port Desktop Hub

As I mentioned somewhere along the way, I ran out of USB ports on my computer a while back. Now that I have the web cam, camera, backup drive and USB backup drive, I am really running out of them. I am also getting a little tired of getting up to switch out USB cables…so, […]

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Coopers Stout in the Bucket

Filed in Food & Drink by on February 22, 2008 1 Comment
Coopers Stout in the Bucket

Yes, it’s been a few days since I received my Coopers Stout in the mail. I have been very excited to get the ingredients together to start the brewing process. This time, I will be brewing a beer I actually want to drink, as opposed to the Lager I just bottled. As you can see, […]

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Second Life

Filed in Entertainment by on February 21, 2008 0 Comments
Second Life

I have been introduced to Second Life. I would like to say thank you very much. I can feel an addiction coming on. A few day ago, my Uncle Bob suggested that I give Second Life a try. We could hang out and have a few drinks. It took me a few days to give […]

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Simon Loves It, I Swear

Filed in Animals by on February 20, 2008 3 Comments
Simon Loves It, I Swear

He really does. Whenever we dress him up, he starts purring a very strange purr. He stands there and gets a little freaky. If you have ever dressed a cat up, you would’ve noticed that when they have clothes on, they don’t move. When you put them on the floor, they just stand there. It’s […]

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Total Lunar Eclipse Photos

Filed in Current Events, Environment, Winter by on February 20, 2008 0 Comments
Total Lunar Eclipse Photos

Since there was a total lunar eclipse tonight, along with a very clear sky, Laura and I decided to venture out to the front sidewalk to have a look. We went out there and then bolted back inside to grab our cameras. We were just in time…I think it was 9:52PM. the moon looked like […]

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Coopers Stout Beer Kit Has Arrived

Filed in Food & Drink by on February 20, 2008 3 Comments
Coopers Stout Beer Kit Has Arrived

The UPS guy came today and dropped off my Coopers Stout beer kit this afternoon. Now, if you remember, I was forced to get the regular Stout, instead of the Irish Stout because the company was out of the Irish Stout. The guy said something about St. Patty’s Day coming up or something like that. […]

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Nothing Worse Than Another Cat Post

Filed in Animals by on February 20, 2008 4 Comments
Nothing Worse Than Another Cat Post

Have you ever noticed the complete disinterest that people have when being forced to listing to pet stories? They go something like this…”Yeah, my cat is really something else.” “No, mine is crazy and wild. I really think that my cat does the nuttiest stuff.” “Dude, trust me, just the other day…” Get the picture? […]

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My Beer is Clear – Australian Lager

Filed in Food & Drink by on February 17, 2008 3 Comments
My Beer is Clear – Australian Lager

I picked up a bottle of my home brew this morning to notice that it was clear. I mean, it may have some color to it…I wouldn’t know, the bottle is brown. What I am saying is that the cloudiness has disappeared. Actually, I think it all settled to the bottom. The bottles seem to […]

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The Wall is Painted

Filed in Home Improvement by on February 17, 2008 0 Comments
The Wall is Painted

I decided to take this photo this morning of the wall I was working on the other day. I just finished painting it. I figured that some of my loyal audience was a little nervous about the taping and compounding job I did. It looked like a mess, but I actually knew what I was […]

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Some New (old) Cabinets For the Basement

Filed in Home Improvement by on February 16, 2008 2 Comments
Some New (old) Cabinets For the Basement

After weeks of two old kitchen cabinets sitting on the front porch, I decided today would be a good time to store them behind the house, under the porch. This is where I keep any wood I want to burn, dry. Tim and I haven’t had a fire in a few weeks, so I felt […]

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Super Agata Bench Capper and Beer Bottle Caps

Filed in Food & Drink by on February 16, 2008 0 Comments
Super Agata Bench Capper and Beer Bottle Caps

I told you I ordered a bunch of stuff this week. A few days ago, my new Super Agata Bench Capper arrived. Along with it was my 288 beer bottle caps. Well, I guess you can use them for any kind of capping, but I am going to use them for beer. I considered getting […]

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Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 Webcam

Filed in Computers, Family & Friends, Technology by on February 16, 2008 2 Comments
Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 Webcam

This morning, the nice UPS man dropped off a little package for me at the door. This has been a busy week for him, because I ordered four things. It’s not my fault, I just keep coming up with these great ideas. In case you were curious, he dropped off the webcam I told you […]

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We’re On Skype

Filed in Computers, Family & Friends by on February 15, 2008 2 Comments

This is pretty neat. The other day, I was fooling around with my laptop. I noticed that it had a built in webcam, but had no idea how to use it. There didn’t seem to be any program associated with it. I emailed my sister, Stephanie, and asked her to look into this because she […]

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Taping Some Wall Joints

Filed in Home Improvement by on February 14, 2008 1 Comment
Taping Some Wall Joints

To run the wiring for the dishwasher, I had to cut a piece of sheetrock out of the wall below the breaker box. I did this to get my drill down at the bottom of the wall so I could drill a hole for the wire. I was really trying to avoid this, but I […]

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Dishwasher Is Fixed

Filed in Home Improvement by on February 12, 2008 0 Comments

When I put the new dishwasher in and gave it a trial run, I noticed a few drops of water coming out of the main seal in the bottom. The seal goes between the whole dishwasher tub and the sump unit. I am not sure that’s what it’s called, but what I mean is the […]

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Bottling My Home Brew

Filed in Food & Drink by on February 12, 2008 3 Comments
Bottling My Home Brew

Well, the day finally came. I was supposed to wait between four and seven days for the fermentation to stop with my home brew. It’s day seven and it just about stopped. How do I know it stopped? Well, the bubbles became few and far between. Also, the hydrometer reading was between 1.008 and 1.010. […]

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Bear Spray in Hand – Guard Alaska Bear Repellent

Filed in Animals by on February 11, 2008 0 Comments
Bear Spray in Hand – Guard Alaska Bear Repellent

As promised, I got my bear spray. Please remember, this is not only bear spray, it’s anything that messes with us spray. This stuff shoots up to 20 feet and will take care of anything in its path. It creates a “fog” that is big enough for the situation. The package says the spray lasts […]

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Simon In His Punishment Suit

Filed in Animals by on February 11, 2008 1 Comment
Simon In His Punishment Suit

Our cat, Simon, has some mental problems. He usually sleeps, but sometimes he fights with the other cats for no reason. He also eats too much. Sometimes, he has his way with articles of clothing or my winter hats. It is an odd scene. I have this neck warmer that I sometimes wear as a […]

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Yesterday Was a Winter Day

Filed in Winter by on February 11, 2008 0 Comments
Yesterday Was a Winter Day

Yesterday was one of those Winter days you could do without. It was snowing a tad bit in the morning, but by the afternoon, the snow was flying directly sideways. Well, eventually it hit the ground. I think we had a whiteout here. On the news this morning, I heard there was a car pileup […]

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Walking Near a Stream – Shawangunk Ridge

Filed in Travels by on February 7, 2008 0 Comments

I took this little video today before we were attacked by the dog. We were in a good mood, but that was ruined by a true idiot. I guess I am still venting. Anyway, there is a pretty nice little river that runs parallel to the road we walk on. We can hear it for […]

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When Dogs Attack

Filed in Ramblings by on February 7, 2008 10 Comments

Laura and I decided to go for one of our nice walks again today. The temperature was in the 40s, so we figured it would be nice to get out of the house. We went out to the driveway and I remembered that I forget my pepper spray for the bear. I usually bring a […]

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Magellan Maestro 4000 GPS Navigation

Filed in Automotive, Technology by on February 7, 2008 0 Comments
Magellan Maestro 4000 GPS Navigation

If anyone remembers what I said back a few months ago about getting a new car, it was that I really wanted GPS navigation. Well, with the car I got, if I had added the GPS navigation, it would’ve raised the price around $5000. Now, I wanted the GPS, but I’m no fool. Since I […]

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My First Batch of Home Brew is Underway

Filed in Food & Drink by on February 6, 2008 4 Comments
My First Batch of Home Brew is Underway

I opened up my new Coopers Home Brew kit last night and got to work. I was pretty excited to see how I should put together the ingredients. I had already watched the DVD that came with the package on YouTube, so I was a bit familiar with what to do. There was something that […]

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Hey, My Cooper’s Micro Brew Kit Arrived

Filed in Food & Drink by on February 5, 2008 1 Comment
Hey, My Cooper’s Micro Brew Kit Arrived

I came home from a short trip to the post office today to find my Cooper’s Micro Brew Kit was sitting in a box on the front porch. I was instantly full of glee. I was also gleeful. Being full of glee and gleeful at the same time is great. The box is pretty big. […]

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Frigidaire Dishwasher Installation

Filed in Home Improvement by on February 4, 2008 4 Comments
Frigidaire Dishwasher Installation

Today was a good day to install a new dishwasher. Good thing too, because our new one showed up this morning. I would say this has been a long time coming and almost didn’t happen. Luckily, while we were in the kitchen place in December, we made the decision to get one. I think it […]

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Reusable Shopping Bags

Filed in Environment by on February 4, 2008 2 Comments

I was in Home Depot over the weekend getting some stuff. I was in the molding aisle when I overheard some dude talking to a nice couple. We were all in the same boat…looking for molding. The dude and the couple were talking about recycled materials used in the molding…I think. Then, somehow they got […]

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New Tool – DeWalt Heavy-duty Jigsaw Kit

Filed in Home Improvement by on February 3, 2008 0 Comments
New Tool – DeWalt Heavy-duty Jigsaw Kit

Up to yesterday, I have had this gift card that Laura gave me for Christmas burning a hole in my pocket. She told me it was for a tool, not for some basic supplies like molding or something like that. By the way, how the heck do you spell molding? I have found it “Molding” […]

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Driving Up The Shawangunk Ridge – New Paltz, NY

Filed in Travels, Winter by on January 31, 2008 0 Comments

I don’t have much time to write this because Lost is on in twenty minutes. This is going to be a crazy episode. If you are interested in theories about the show, click here to read some. This is my favorite one, by far. Ok, so Laura and I drove up to the store today, […]

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Smuttynose Robust Porter In My Glass

Filed in Food & Drink by on January 31, 2008 1 Comment
Smuttynose Robust Porter In My Glass

Today, we took another trip up to Emmanuel’s Supermarket in Stone Ridge. The season premier of “Lost” is on tonight and that called for some Sushi. We got around seven boxes of it, along with some more beer. I also got those bagels I told you about before. Ohhh, so nice. Today’s beer is “Smuttynose […]

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My Beer is Coming

Filed in Food & Drink by on January 30, 2008 1 Comment

I received an email today from Amazon that told me my beer kit is on its way. That makes me quite excited. I told Laura last night that we will have some heavy duty drinking to do, once my first six gallons are ready. I saw some videos on YouTube last night about the Coopers […]

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How To Stop Getting Catalogs in the Mail

Filed in Environment by on January 30, 2008 0 Comments

I already opted out of junk mail here and here, but I had no idea there was a websites that helps you stop those un-asked for catalogs. I mean, thank you for sending me these huge wastes of paper, but I really never asked for them and they make me feel guilty as hell. The […]

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Making Luscious White Bread in My Breadmaker

Filed in Food & Drink by on January 29, 2008 2 Comments
Making Luscious White Bread in My Breadmaker

While I get ready for my new beer making kit to arrive, I decided that it would be a good idea to start making things from recipes again. One item I haven’t made in a long time is bread. Well, today I whipped out my breadmaker and got to work. On the menu was “Luscious […]

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Coopers Brewery Micro Brewery Kit – Oh Yeah!!!

Filed in Food & Drink by on January 28, 2008 3 Comments

I am wicked excited. I just placed an order on Amazon for my soon-to-be home brewery kit. It’s the Coopers Brewery Micro Brewery Kit. My brother-in-law got me all wound up tonight when we were talking about his first batch of home brew. Do you know what kind of jealousy I have when I see […]

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I Had My Text Messaging Turned Off

Filed in Technology by on January 28, 2008 0 Comments

About a week or two ago, I was on the phone with some company. I can’t remember which one. The guy said to me, “Do you have a cell phone number you want to add to that?” I replied, “You aren’t going to send me junk mail, right?” He said, “No.” This was a company […]

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Finally, I Can Show You the KitchenAid Mixer

Filed in Home Improvement by on January 28, 2008 2 Comments
Finally, I Can Show You the KitchenAid Mixer

Here is a photo for my sister, Lauren. It has been such a long time since I called her when I was on my way home from Lowe’s. I was so proud of myself for the purchase I had just made…a KitchenAid Mixer for Laura as a Christmas present. The mixer that I got her […]

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Hanging Some Window Moulding

Filed in Home Improvement by on January 26, 2008 1 Comment
Hanging Some Window Moulding

I had a few things to get done today. One of them was to go to the appliance store and buy a dishwasher. The other one was to fix the windowsill in the kitchen and to hang some window moulding. I did buy the dishwasher. I went over to the store, walked in and told […]

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I Am Not Happy With Windows Vista

Filed in Computers, Technology by on January 26, 2008 0 Comments

Pardon me, I am just venting. I really have never, in my life, used an operating system as buggy as this. It’s like I am in constant wonder about what is going to happen the next time I restart the computer. Yes, that’s right…restart, just like the good ‘ol Windows 98 days. Boy, that was […]

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Refueling For the First Time

Filed in Automotive by on January 25, 2008 0 Comments

I don’t know how many people I told this to in the past for weeks…”I got this car on January 3 and I still have a quarter tank.” I guess I met my goal of not driving much. It does feel good to not know what the gas prices are anymore. Well, I have bad […]

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The Second Half of the Kitchen Install

Filed in Home Improvement by on January 24, 2008 2 Comments
The Second Half of the Kitchen Install

I felt that it was my duty to bring you a few more photos of the kitchen installation. It is my duty and my honor. The second day of the installation is full of detail and trim work. The installer has been out there cutting small strips of wood for filler and hanging the crown […]

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First Piece of Kitchen Installed

Filed in Home Improvement by on January 22, 2008 1 Comment
First Piece of Kitchen Installed

I just couldn’t help myself. I was sitting there looking at all this stuff in the living room when one of the cabinets stuck its tongue out at me. Then, all the cabinets started laughing and saying, “Oh Jay, look at you…you can’t even install us. You are very good looking, but a baby nonetheless […]

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The Kitchen Cabinets Have Arrived

Filed in Home Improvement by on January 22, 2008 0 Comments
The Kitchen Cabinets Have Arrived

Well, the living room is full of kitchen cabinets. What a mess…I didn’t think there were going to be so many. It’s quite the pile. The guys showed up at about 10:30 this morning. Being my usual self, I jumped out there and helped them bring all the stuff in. I basically brought in all […]

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Kitchen Cabinets to be Delivered Tomorrow

Filed in Home Improvement by on January 21, 2008 1 Comment

I just received a phone call from the kitchen place informing me that the kitchen cabinets will be delivered to the house tomorrow morning. This caught me a bit by surprise, because I thought they were coming on Wednesday morning, with the installation guys. I thought they would be brought in one at a time, […]

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Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout

Filed in Food & Drink by on January 19, 2008 0 Comments
Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout

Paul went shopping at a local beer place a few days ago and decided to surprise me with my favorite type of beer…Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout. I think that was very nice and thank you Paul. Mad props to you and your family. The first time I tried this type of beer was about ten […]

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The First Night On the New Mattress

Filed in Home Improvement by on January 19, 2008 0 Comments

What can I say? I woke up without my back in pain. What a wonderful feeling. For the past few months, I have gotten quite accustomed to rolling around all night and then waking up in agonizing pain. Anyone who has gone through real pain, please tell me to shut up. Last night, I fell […]

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Managed Server Update

Filed in Internet by on January 18, 2008 0 Comments

So I broke through to support today. After days and says of no response, I actually got through to an American who knew what to do. If you aren’t familiar with what I am talking about, please read about it. I first called Sales. I thought that if anyone would answer the phone at a […]

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We Got a New Mattress

Filed in Home Improvement by on January 18, 2008 1 Comment

After months of tossing and turning all night and waking up with horrible pain in our backs, we decided to break down and get a new mattress. The old mattress was a Simmons Beautyrest that was really nice. I got the whole set for a little over $400 about ten years ago. Well, since that […]

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Business Hosting and Beyond – Website Migration

Filed in Computers by on January 16, 2008 1 Comment

If there is one thing I have learned from doing this business thing all these years, it is to work with the best companies out there. The problem is, they are kind of a pain in the tush to find. You are bound to get involved with the wrong companies here and there. I sure […]

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Hi Everybody, I’m Still Here

Filed in Ramblings by on January 15, 2008 0 Comments

I feel like I haven’t been writing all to much lately. I don’t know, sometimes I start writing and writing and writing and sometimes I don’t. I think it has something to do with all this year-end business stuff. As the years go on, the pressure gets ratcheted up a bit. I even found a […]

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Walking in the Snow

Filed in Winter by on January 14, 2008 2 Comments

Yesterday, we heard that it was going to snow overnight. I think we were supposed to get a few inches while NYC and Boston were supposed to get hit pretty hard with up to a foot of snow. Laura and I were watching TV when I asked her if it was snowing. I think it […]

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Let’s Add Some Drama

Filed in Entertainment by on January 12, 2008 2 Comments

As you may already know, I listen to HGTV while I am working. I like the channel, especially the show “Ground Breakers,” because it has to do with dirt. There are a bunch of other shows on throughout the day that I am not all that interested in. They are usually cutesy little shows with […]

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Upgrading From PHP4 to PHP5

Filed in Technology by on January 12, 2008 0 Comments

Again, I read the writing on the wall. One of the companies that created some of my website applications recently put a web poll in their forum. They asked how we users feel about having the next upgrade (and every one thereafter) only work with PHP5 and up on our web servers. I didn’t know […]

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Google PageRank Update – January 2008

Filed in Blogs, Websites by on January 12, 2008 1 Comment

I was sitting here last night, when I noticed that my new blog here finally had a Google PageRank. I was pretty happy about that, but there was one tiny problem. The PageRank is a 1. Remember back when I told you that I switched this blog over to a new domain name? Well, back […]

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Meeting Craig For Breakfast

Filed in Family & Friends by on January 11, 2008 0 Comments
Meeting Craig For Breakfast

The other day, Craig and I decided to meet for breakfast in Newburgh. I thought this was a great idea, because we haven’t seen each other in quite a while. He had to pick up some parts in the area, so it was easy for us both. I had a pretty uneventful drive to the […]

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Honda Accord, Modulo, Civic and Not a Hybrid

Filed in Automotive by on January 9, 2008 0 Comments

2008 Honda Accord Review (Test Drive) A hands on review of the newly redesigned 2008 Honda Accord. A full test drive based review! Modulo 2008 Honda Inspire / Accord Since the announced of 2008 Honda Inspire/Accord. Many of the Honda specialized tuner take their opportunity to show off their capability. After Muger now presenting to […]

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Saab, Ford Mustang, Toyota and Corvette

Filed in Automotive by on January 9, 2008 0 Comments

Foreign press leaks pics of New Saab SUV concept car Saab’s putting out a new small SUV to compete with the BMW X3 and Land Rover LR2 Freelander. It’s called the 9-4X, and a prototype will be shown at the Detroit Auto show next week. The first pics hit the web ahead of schedule. Not […]

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Alternative To Cron – Windows Scheduler

Filed in Computers by on January 8, 2008 1 Comment
Alternative To Cron – Windows Scheduler

I run a bunch of servers for my business. One server, in particular, is better and more advanced than the others. Well, the server isn’t more advanced, the software installed on it is. On that server, I am running Plesk, which I have learned is fantastic. I recently began automating many of my more boring […]

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Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout Review

Filed in Food & Drink by on January 7, 2008 4 Comments
Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout Review

Now this is a beer. I am very pleased to announce that Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout pleases me. My first sip of the beer tonight put a smile on my face. Many people reviewed this beer over at “Beer Advocate” and I kind of agree with some of them. One person wrote, “Pours a […]

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Driving Through Ellenville and Stone Ridge, NY

Filed in Travels by on January 7, 2008 0 Comments

One of the main reasons I wanted to get this new Sony Handicam Camcorder was to take videos, and videos I am taking. I am on the internet quite often looking for nice towns throughout the United States. Every so often, I bump into some bright and intelligent genius who takes video while driving through […]

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Dogfish Head Chicory Stout + Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout

Filed in Food & Drink by on January 6, 2008 5 Comments
Dogfish Head Chicory Stout + Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout

Today is Sunday. On Sundays, we like to get in the car and go for little trips. I guess you can call us Sunday drivers. We probably drive as slow as them. This Sunday, we decided to go up to Emmanuel’s Market Place in Stone Ridge again for their delicious Sushi. This may very well […]

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My New Sony Hanycam

Filed in Technology by on January 5, 2008 0 Comments

I went out today to give my new Sony Handycam Camcorder a try. I have mad skillz and I know how to use them. I decided that a look at the engine of the new car would be cool as well as a drive down the road. I had to go drop off some clothes […]

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351 Cleveland Engine Block – Ford Mustang Mach 1

Filed in Automotive by on January 4, 2008 1 Comment
351 Cleveland Engine Block – Ford Mustang Mach 1

Hey, remember that time I wrote a post about Jeff’s 1970 351 Cleveland engine rebuild in his Ford Mustang Mach 1? Yeah, those were the good old days, weren’t they? Man oh man… Oh well. Anyway, he got the engine block back from the machine shop with a pretty little bow on it. I just […]

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Floating Garbage – If You Don’t Think Junk Is a Problem…

Filed in Current Events, Environment by on January 4, 2008 0 Comments

I have been running into this quite a bit lately. I linked to the first story I saw about it in Digg. I guess a lot of other people are kind of disturbed about the whole thing too. In my 34 years on this planet, I have learned that there are a bunch of people […]

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2008 Honda Accord EX V6 – I Got It

Filed in Automotive by on January 3, 2008 3 Comments

Ok, like I said, if I go to the dealer, I am coming home with a car. Today, I took a drive down to Middletown Honda in New York. I guess I made the decision when I woke up. I had already done tons of research online and there were just no cars out there […]

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Calling the Car Dealer

Filed in Automotive by on January 3, 2008 0 Comments

I gave the Honda dealer down in Middletown a call yesterday just to feel them out. I know I have been talking about getting a new car recently, but the fact of the matter is, my car runs great and I don’t really want to buy a new car. This is supposed to be the […]

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It’s 3 Degrees Outside

Filed in Winter by on January 3, 2008 6 Comments

Yes, that’s right, it’s 3 degrees outside. I am not sure I can tell the difference between 10 degrees and 3 degrees, or minus 30 degrees for that matter. I just got back inside. I had to bring the big garbage can in and adjust the recyclable cans, because the garbage guys knocked one of […]

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The Kitchen is Coming

Filed in Home Improvement by on January 2, 2008 3 Comments

Yeah…in like three weeks. As I was leaning over into the bathtub yesterday washing some dishes, I started to wonder when the kitchen was going to arrive. Yes, as the time passes, I wonder that more and more. Well, today I decided to give the kitchen place a call to ask what kind of time […]

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Sunrise and Sunset Times

Filed in Winter by on January 1, 2008 2 Comments

I worked quite a bit today. I shoveled for the first part of the day, but was on the computer for most of the rest. I looked out the window and noticed that it was dark out. That is very depressing. I always get depressed from the Winter dark. It seems like it is starting […]

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Schneider Weisse Aventinus – How the Beer Tasted

Filed in Food & Drink by on January 1, 2008 5 Comments
Schneider Weisse Aventinus – How the Beer Tasted

Well, I drank one of the Schneider Weisse Aventinus beers last night. I was really looking forward to the taste being as unique as the Sam Adams stuff, if not more. I popped open the bottle and poured it into one of my trusted beer mugs. It was a little lighter than I expected. Their […]

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Half in the Bag for New Year’s Eve

Filed in Animals by on December 31, 2007 4 Comments
Half in the Bag for New Year’s Eve

No, this isn’t about drinking, but I knew you would think that. I have this pillow case…and decided to use it on a certain someone. I had to find someone who wouldn’t care if I shoved their body in it. I found that someone in Simon. Yes, he is a good cat and was a […]

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Schneider Weisse Aventinus

Filed in Food & Drink by on December 31, 2007 2 Comments
Schneider Weisse Aventinus

Today is New Year’s Eve. Laura and I just ran up to Emmanuels Market Place in Stone Ridge, NY. We decided to some more Sushi would be good to celebrate the new year. Laura also wanted to get a bottle of vodka and I wanted to get some sparkling grape juice. I like that stuff. […]

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Follow-up to the Snow From Last Night

Filed in Winter by on December 31, 2007 0 Comments
Follow-up to the Snow From Last Night

As I mentioned in my previous post, it snowed last night. At about 10PM, I started hearing the sleet hitting the windows. I hate sleet, because it is so difficult to clean up in the morning. It turns into a sheet of semi-ice that’s a pain in the butt to get off the cars. Anyway, […]

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Panda House in Danbury, CT

Filed in Family & Friends, Food & Drink by on December 30, 2007 1 Comment

Laura and I went out for Sushi at the Panda House in Danbury, CT tonight. This Chinese/Japanese restaurant is, by far, our favorite Sushi place. We have been to quite a few Sushi restaurants, so we know what’s good and what is being charged too much for. Usually, we are getting ripped off…especially that place […]

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WordPress Update – Version 2.3.2

Filed in Blogs, Current Events by on December 30, 2007 0 Comments

In my WordPress dashboard, I just noticed that there is a security and bugfix release for WordPress. The new version is 2.3.2. I like to announce these releases in my posts because some of my friends and family uses WordPress and they might not notice the blurb in their dashboard. Mad peace to all of […]

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Sony Handycam DCR-SR42 Hard Disk Camcorder

Filed in Technology by on December 30, 2007 2 Comments

Well, I did it. I took the plunge. I ordered my video camera. Since I am trying to get into doing some video for this blog, Laura decided to give me a very generous Circuit City gift card for Christmas. She didn’t know exactly which camera I wanted, so she let me pick it out. […]

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Tax Burdens – State by State

Filed in Ramblings by on December 30, 2007 0 Comments

I was doing a little research online today on the different tax burdens each state throws at its residents. I always knew New York was up there, but I wanted to know about how the rest of the states in our fine country compared to our overpriced and overtaxed state. Sometimes I wonder what the […]

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Some Videos of the Red Lion Inn

Filed in Travels by on December 28, 2007 1 Comment

I took some videos with my digital camera of the Red Lion Inn, in Stockbridge, MA while we were up there over Christmas. The camera did a pretty good job, but ran out of room for any real video. For what I got, I think it did a nice job. If you will notice, I […]

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Unreal 2 – The Awakening

Filed in Computers, Entertainment by on December 28, 2007 0 Comments
Unreal 2 – The Awakening

For Christmas, Laura asked for a video game. She likes to shoot things and get fierce. In the past, she has shown to really enjoy Unreal. I liked that game too. It had 39 thrilling boards with great graphics and awesome sound. We would get sucked in for hours. Since we liked that game so […]

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Photoshop CS3 Save For Web Color Problem Fixed

Filed in Computers by on December 28, 2007 0 Comments

I fixed my little save for web color issue I was having. I adjusted the color setting in the save for web palette. I found the answer on this blog, if you want to take a look. There are lots of great responses.

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Problem With “Save For Web” Colors in Photoshop

Filed in Computers, Technology, Websites by on December 27, 2007 1 Comment

I am having a little issue. Whenever I try to “save an image for web” in Adobe Photoshop, the colors seems to be a little off in the save for web palette. If I open a photo in Photoshop, the colors are fine. When I go to save it for web, the colors in the […]

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Christmas at the Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge, MA

Filed in Food & Drink, Travels, Winter by on December 26, 2007 4 Comments
Christmas at the Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge, MA

Well, we got back from the Red Lion Inn just a few hours ago. We spent Christmas Eve and Christmas night there. It was a pretty nice little getaway. What was especially nice was actually staying at the inn, at last. We have been there so many times before for dinner or just stopping by, […]

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WordPress vs. Drupal

Filed in Blogs, Internet, Websites by on December 22, 2007 3 Comments

I have a domain name and hosting account sitting there just burning to be used. I purchased a script a few days ago that looked like it had lots of promise. After installing it, I learned that it was nothing but full of bugs. Since I didn’t have the time or patience to fix someone […]

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Installing Kitchen Threshold Moulding

Filed in Home Improvement by on December 21, 2007 1 Comment
Installing Kitchen Threshold Moulding

I have a certain affinity for threshold moulding. I am not sure why. I think because maybe the first time I put some in, it looked good. Maybe it’s because I got lucky and matched the color stain I picked out to the floor…the first time. Who knows, but I do. Anyway, today was the […]

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Kitchen Tile Installation Complete

Filed in Home Improvement by on December 21, 2007 6 Comments
Kitchen Tile Installation Complete

Well, the floor is done. Yesterday, the tile guy came back and did the grout. That went fairly quickly. He took about a half hour to finish up. The grout is ivory color, but went on kind of dark. My sister and I were talking about grout the other day. She did her kitchen tile […]

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The Kitchen Tile is Installed

Filed in Home Improvement by on December 19, 2007 1 Comment
The Kitchen Tile is Installed

In an unexpected surprise, the tile guy was able to come over a few weeks early to install the kitchen floor. I greeted him with open arms. Anything we can get done early, the better. He came over around 9:30 this morning. He called beforehand to see if I minded using 1/2 inch cement board […]

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Dimmable CFLs

Filed in Environment, Home Improvement by on December 19, 2007 0 Comments

I didn’t even know they had these. They must be new. I was just reading a story on Yahoo! about CFLs and the new energy legislation passed by the senate yesterday. Apparently, regular incandescent light bulbs are going to be phased out by 2012. I guess that’s a good thing if they figure out the […]

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The Ice Has Turned into Harder Ice

Filed in Winter by on December 18, 2007 0 Comments

I went outside last night to chisel out the cars. They were covered with ice. I got on all my old snowboarding gear…jacket, snowpants, mittens, etc… I was as warm as a bedbug on the floor of an overheating pickup truck. I started up both cars and let them run for a good long time. […]

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External Hard Drive For System Backup

Filed in Computers by on December 18, 2007 0 Comments

Well, I recieved my Seagate 250GB FreeAgent Desktop Drive today. I am still wondering about that little drive they installed with my computer. What the heck is that thing for? Anyway, this one is 250GB, which should be good for a while. I mean, for around $79, I feel pretty satisfied. Right after I got […]

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The Tile Guy is Coming on Wednesday

Filed in Home Improvement by on December 17, 2007 0 Comments

Oooh, how exciting!!! I thought he was going to come to install the kitchen floor after the new year. This Wednesday is a pleasant surprise. Good thing I finished up all the floor sanding over the weekend. Now, if the kitchen people would just call…

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Adobe Photoshop CS3 Received and Installed

Filed in Computers by on December 17, 2007 0 Comments
Adobe Photoshop CS3 Received and Installed

The UPS man just handed me a little package…Adobe Photoshop CS3. That was very nice of him. I am trying to upgrade most of my software before the end of the year. I have been doing a pretty good job of it. I just installed the program and resized one photo and used some filters. […]

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Setting Up a Cron Job in Plesk – Part 2

Filed in Internet, Technology, Websites by on December 17, 2007 1 Comment

My cron jobs have been running as scheduled, but the strange part is I have been getting status emails…with errors in them. I am using the cron jobs (Scheduled Tasks) in Plesk to run my sitemap generators. Every time the generator runs, it deletes the old generated files and creates new ones. I was wondering […]

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Windy in the Northeast

Filed in Trees & Shrubs, Winter by on December 17, 2007 0 Comments

There was supposed to be a big wind/snow storm over the weekend here in New York. We heard sleet hitting the windows Saturday night and woke up Sunday to see a nice layer of hard sleet/freezing rain on the already existing snow. This is the kind of snow you can walk on top of. It […]

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Bubbles in Drywall Tape

Filed in Home Improvement by on December 17, 2007 0 Comments

When I was applying the drywall tape for the kitchen, I noticed some bubbles forming under the tape in some spots. I was getting all mad because I thought this was going to make the entire project look bad. After the tape dried, I forgot all about the bubbles. When I was painting the kitchen […]

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Kitchen Floor Sanded

Filed in Home Improvement by on December 16, 2007 1 Comment
Kitchen Floor Sanded

Well, that was fun. Not really. I sanded for the better part of yesterday and now I am a little sore. I do have to say that I am very happy that I bought that respirator mask. It has come in quite handy and it’s nice to know that I am not breathing in the […]

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Preparing the Kitchen Subfloor For Tile

Filed in Home Improvement by on December 15, 2007 1 Comment
Preparing the Kitchen Subfloor For Tile

Well, it’s time to prepare the kitchen subfloor for the tile that’s going to be going on top of it. Some people have told me, “Hey, just lay the tile on top of the plywood…it’ll be fine.” I was always a little uneasy about that, so I read up on it. Apparently, it’s not a […]

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Some New Tools for the Collection

Filed in Home Improvement by on December 13, 2007 2 Comments
Some New Tools for the Collection

I am all about getting the good stuff these days. I don’t know anyone who can dispute the fact that working with quality tools is better than working with cheap ones. Tool manufacturers do a very good job of making “good” tools feel really nice in your hands. There is a big difference. Yesterday, I […]

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Seagate 250GB FreeAgent Desktop Drive

Filed in Computers by on December 13, 2007 1 Comment

I run Windows Vista. I have a C: drive that can hold 290GB. I also have a D: drive that can hold 7.68GB. This D: drive is also known as the “Recovery” drive. Windows Vista has a fancy feature where you can set up a backup schedule to back up all your files and stuff […]

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Kitchen Cabinets for the Basement

Filed in Home Improvement by on December 13, 2007 0 Comments
Kitchen Cabinets for the Basement

When I mention anything about redoing the kitchen to any man, almost instantly, the response is, “You are going to put the cabinets in the basement, right?” I’m like, “Yeah, I already have a few down there, but I am going to put a few more.” I can hear it in their voices…they want to […]

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Setting Up a Cron Job in Plesk

Filed in Internet, Technology, Websites by on December 13, 2007 3 Comments

I have been putting this off for a while. For some time, I have had the need to set up a cron job to run my website sitemap generators. Currently, I do them by hand. Every few days, I log in to each one and run the generator. This gets a little tedious, because I […]

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We’re in the Middle of a Snowstorm

Filed in Winter by on December 13, 2007 1 Comment
We’re in the Middle of a Snowstorm

Yes, the title says it all. Yesterday, we found out that it was going to snow today. These things are always a bit of a surprise. On the radio this morning, I heard that all the schools were closed. Then, I heard that the snow was supposed to come at noon, starting with light snow […]

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Painting the Kitchen

Filed in Home Improvement by on December 13, 2007 0 Comments
Painting the Kitchen

I finished up the sanding of the joint compound last night. Two nights ago, I used the power sander…the little palm one. That was great to do the first major sand with. Then, I reapplied the joint compound and sanded by hand. Overall, everything came out pretty nicely. I was excited to get some paint […]

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Ice on Trees – Photos

Filed in Trees & Shrubs by on December 11, 2007 1 Comment
Ice on Trees – Photos

I took some pretty cool photos this morning of all the ice on the trees. I heard that the midwest got hit hard. We didn’t get hit nearly as hard. Things are icy, but it is actually really nice outside. It is warming up fast, so you can hear all the ice falling from the […]

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The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

Filed in Entertainment by on December 11, 2007 0 Comments

I am super duper psyched about this movie – The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. I read the Chronicles of Narnia as a kid and then as an adult. I love the books and was so excited when The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe came out as a movie a few years ago. I […]

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Social Networking / Virtual Community Scripts

Filed in Internet, Websites by on December 10, 2007 4 Comments

I have been thinking of next year’s projects lately. Some thoughts that have crossed my mind have been an employment site, a real estate listing site and a social networking site. I did quite a bit of research tonight on the last one…the social networking thing. I came across a bunch of them… – phpFox […]

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Berkshires Official Visitor’s Guide

Filed in Travels by on December 10, 2007 2 Comments
Berkshires Official Visitor’s Guide

I got my Berkshires Official Visitor’s Guide today. Do you know what that means? I didn’t think so. It means that I went on the Berkshires website and requested one. That wasn’t too hard, now was it? I requested the guide, because we are planning to spend Christmas Eve through the day after Christmas in […]

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A Little Bit of Ice and Moving Some Furniture

Filed in Winter by on December 10, 2007 0 Comments
A Little Bit of Ice and Moving Some Furniture

We woke up this morning to a little bit of ice hugging the tree branches. Not too much in the way of bad roads, but a bunch of schools were closed, none the less. The cars were covered with a coating of ice that could’ve made this morning a real pain in the butt, but […]

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Another Day of Drywalling

Filed in Home Improvement by on December 8, 2007 0 Comments
Another Day of Drywalling

I set a goal for myself today…to finish the kitchen. That didn’t happen. It almost did. All I have to do now is to sand the joint compound, reapply and then sand again. Then, I paint…and all done for me. Well, I still have to do some prep work for the floor, but that’s fun. […]

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Down to Lowe’s and More Work on the Kitchen

Filed in Home Improvement by on December 7, 2007 0 Comments
Down to Lowe’s and More Work on the Kitchen

Today, after I brought the cat to the vet, I ran down to Lowe’s for a few things. I had to get some outlets, switches and face plates. I also had to get some joint compound. When I was leaving, it started to snow. For a while, it was coming down pretty good. I thought […]

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Joint Compound vs. Spackle

Filed in Home Improvement by on December 7, 2007 2 Comments

I bought a one gallon bucket of spackle a while back from Lowe’s. It cost me about $14 and change. Then, a few days ago, I bought a one gallon bucket of joint compound from Lowe’s. It cost me about $5 and change. I thought this was weird. I asked my brother, who is the […]

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Kitchen Cabinet Counter Tops and Handles

Filed in Home Improvement by on December 6, 2007 0 Comments
Kitchen Cabinet Counter Tops and Handles

I just got back from the kitchen place. I have to go in to pick out the counter top color and the handles and knobs. I didn’t pick out the counter top colors…I did something better. I brought home four samples. We placed a bunch on the actual color of the cabinets and kept the […]

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One Wall Done – Drywall, Joint Compound and Tape

Filed in Home Improvement by on December 6, 2007 0 Comments
One Wall Done – Drywall, Joint Compound and Tape

I didn’t know sheetrocking was so easy. Is it sheetrocking or drywalling? I am not down with the lingo. Anyway, I got one wall finished. I used the Dremel to make the cuts around the outlets and the doorway. It has this pretty cool rotating cutting tool. It goes through the drywall like a wicked […]

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The Sheetrock Was Delivered

Filed in Animals, Home Improvement by on December 6, 2007 0 Comments
The Sheetrock Was Delivered

I got a call pretty early this morning from the lumber place. They told me they were about to leave for my sheetrock delivery. Man, I still had my coffee in my hand. I got ready and waited for the guy to come. A few minutes later, he was backing into the driveway with my […]

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Where are the YouTube Videos – Google Ads?

Filed in Internet by on December 6, 2007 2 Comments

I woke up this morning to see that there were no YouTube video ads (or videos, for that matter) being displayed in this blog. I checked my other blog, to see if they were displaying on that one. Nope. I then check Paul’s blog. Nothing there. I can see the YouTube link, but no videos. […]

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Sheetrocking the Kitchen

Filed in Home Improvement by on December 5, 2007 4 Comments
Sheetrocking the Kitchen

Well, this has just turned into a happy little project. I was all excited about my new belt sander and how I was going to show everyone in the world how I can make gold out of coal. Well, I ran into a little unexpected snag. This morning’s task was to sand one part of […]

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Another Day in the Life

Filed in Home Improvement by on December 4, 2007 0 Comments
Another Day in the Life

This place stinks. I mean, it really does. I woke up this morning with a plan. My plan was that I was going to make a plan…no, I mean it. I am talking about the kitchen. I’m sorry, but whenever I think about sanding and spackling walls, I get very demotivated. It’s helpful to think […]

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New Video Units For the Blog

Filed in Blogs by on December 3, 2007 2 Comments

If you’ll take a quick look to the right, you’ll notice a cool new feature for this blog…video units. I have to say that this is pretty entertaining. I like that fact that when a visitor takes a look at one of my pages, they are offered the content that I wrote as well as […]

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Hey, It Snowed Today

Filed in Animals, Winter by on December 2, 2007 0 Comments
Hey, It Snowed Today

As I said in the title of this post, hey, it snowed today. This is the most snow we have had all season. I would say it was about an inch. I was laying in bed this morning, going through (in my mind) what had to be done today. Hmmm…let’s see. Get up, pour a […]

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New Category Feed Links

Filed in Blogs, Websites by on December 1, 2007 0 Comments

I recently added small orange “RSS” images next to each category on this blog. Those images link to each category feed. If you are into feeds, these are a few more you might be interested in collecting.

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Using a Belt Sander to Sand Walls

Filed in Home Improvement by on December 1, 2007 0 Comments
Using a Belt Sander to Sand Walls

Ok, I am sure you all think I am rather crazy at this point. If someone told me they wanted to use a belt sander to sand their walls, I would think they were nuts too. That’s why I am writing this post. To show that actually, you are the crazy ones. Just kidding. I […]

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Kitchen Demolition

Filed in Home Improvement by on December 1, 2007 1 Comment
Kitchen Demolition

I have to do a few things today. One of them was to take a few cabinets in the kitchen down. One of them held the fan that goes above the stove. I took quick action and they came down fairly easily. Poor Simon was eating while I started removing one of them and got […]

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Goodbye, Au Revoir, Adios

Filed in Family & Friends by on November 30, 2007 0 Comments
Goodbye, Au Revoir, Adios

Goodbye, Au Revoir, Adios, Sayonara, Auf Wiedersehen, Bis Dann, Arrivederci, Hejdo, Ciao, Le’hitraot, Sampai Jumpa, Paalam, Zai Jian, Zoi Geen, Farvel, Namaste, Fir Melenge, Feri bhetaula and Do zobaczenia. To the friends I have made over the past five years, I will miss you. I really will. Anyway, until we meet again.

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How To Remove Painted Wallpaper

Filed in Home Improvement by on November 30, 2007 0 Comments

As you may be aware, we are starting to remodel the kitchen. Yesterday, I removed most of the floor and moulding around the doorways. As I was removing one piece of moulding, I noticed some 60s looking wallpaper underneath. I immediately put my hand up to my forehead and slid it down my face. I […]

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A New Kitchen Ceiling Fan

Filed in Home Improvement by on November 30, 2007 3 Comments
A New Kitchen Ceiling Fan

I really hated the kitchen ceiling fan/light that came with the house. Not that it is a bad unit, it’s that it hung about an inch too low and was a nice target for the top of my head. Oh, how many times can a man that is six foot, two and three quarter inches […]

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Remodeling the Kitchen – Oh No, It’s Begun

Filed in Home Improvement by on November 29, 2007 1 Comment
Remodeling the Kitchen – Oh No, It’s Begun

I had to run down to the tile place today to pick up the extra tile that wasn’t used on the bathroom floor. It was a whole box. I got it and put it in the basement for safe keeping. While I was there, I struck up a conversation with the fine lady about remodeling […]

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Installing Dreamweaver CS3

Filed in Business, Computers, Websites by on November 28, 2007 4 Comments
Installing Dreamweaver CS3

I went to Staples today to get the latest version of Adobe Dreamweaver, which is Dreamweaver CS3. Just to let you know, I only bought this software after I searched online for open source alternatives to Dreamweaver. I think I came across the top alternatives, but each one had a fault that I didn’t really […]

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Blogging, Careers, Online Storage and Mobile

Filed in Internet, Websites by on November 28, 2007 0 Comments

There’s No Money In The Long Tail of the Blogosphere In a recent post here, we examined the reasons that people feel compelled to blog. From the post and the comments it received, it became clear that quite a few people are blogging to make money. The reality is that it is difficult to make […]

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Files on Server Won’t Delete

Filed in Internet, Websites by on November 27, 2007 0 Comments

I was doing some changing around of things last night, when I came to the point of having to delete some files and folders off a few of my servers. The funny thing is, when I went to delete them off my old server, everything disappeared just fine. When I went to delete them off […]

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I Installed OpenOffice.org

Filed in Computers, Technology by on November 25, 2007 0 Comments

I have to say, I am quite impressed…quite impressed indeed. I really didn’t think the programs would be this good. When I was writing my previous post about open source applications, I kind of thought the applications would be clunky or amateur looking. They aren’t at all. So far, I have used OpenOffice.org Calc for […]

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The Bathroom is Almost Done

Filed in Home Improvement by on November 25, 2007 4 Comments
The Bathroom is Almost Done

Well, that wasn’t so bad. A few weeks of a bit of work here and there and I have gotten myself to the point of (almost) completion. All I have to do now is caulk and paint the moulding that goes around the inside of the bathroom door. I did a few odds and ends […]

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Kayaking at Bull’s Bridge, Housatonic River, Kent, CT

Filed in Travels by on November 24, 2007 0 Comments

These are some old videos of a time when Laura and I went hiking on the Appalachian Trail near Bull’s Bridge, Kent, CT. As my old post said, we like to go to dinner every Easter at Fife’n Drum in Kent. Afterwards, we go hiking on the trial just for a few miles. It’s nothing […]

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The Covered Bridge in Woodstock, Vermont

Filed in Travels by on November 23, 2007 0 Comments

Along the same lines as the post right before this one (and an earlier post), this is a video of the wooden covered bridge located in Woodstock, VT. I was standing on the bridge with Laura and I decided to take a short video. It’s not the greatest, but it does give you a good […]

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Block Island – Old Harbor, Rhode Island from the Ferry

Filed in Travels by on November 23, 2007 0 Comments

I am sure (oh yes), sure that you all remember one of my very first blog posts. It was about our colorful visit to Block Island, RI. Well, if you couldn’t have guessed it, I have a video from that trip. This is with my new camera, so it is more clear than the last […]

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The Field Behind the Silas Griffith Inn, Danby VT

Filed in Travels by on November 23, 2007 0 Comments

I wrote a post a while back about Laura and me visiting the Silas Griffith Inn, in Danby, VT. The Silas Griffith Inn is a very nice bed and breakfast in the most peaceful place you could ever ask for. I took a bunch of pictures, which I included in the old post, but I […]

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Thanksgiving at the Red Lion Inn

Filed in Travels by on November 23, 2007 0 Comments
Thanksgiving at the Red Lion Inn

Wow, what a night. Laura and I had a great Thanksgiving dinner at the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, MA. This is becoming quite the tradition with us. I while back, Laura and I decided to start a new tradition of going out to eat at different inns and restaurants located in different parts of…the […]

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The Bathroom Tile is Done

Filed in Home Improvement by on November 22, 2007 0 Comments
The Bathroom Tile is Done

The tile guy came over at 8AM this morning to finish up the tiling. All he had to do was the grout. I must’ve gotten up about eight times last night for various reasons. I do this all the time when I am expecting someone to come over early in the morning. I heard a […]

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Bathroom Tile Installation

Filed in Home Improvement by on November 21, 2007 1 Comment
Bathroom Tile Installation

Well, that was pretty quick. The tile guy came at about 9AM and left around 11:30AM. I am pretty happy that there were no hiccups. When he first showed up, I went outside to greet him. I told him that I was going to be the best little helper he ever had. Then, I came […]

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Antigone at S.U.N.Y. New Paltz

Filed in Education, Entertainment by on November 20, 2007 0 Comments

Laura and I went up to New Paltz this past sunday for another show. This time, the show was called, “Antigone.” Now, you may think it’s strange that I wrote it that way, but I have actually never heard of this. Here is a short description… “One of the great tragedies of the ancient Greek […]

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Crossing the Newburgh – Beacon Bridge

Filed in Travels by on November 20, 2007 1 Comment

I continue to play with the video portion of my camera. I took a few more videos of the cats and dog, but I didn’t think any were worthy of the blog. I did get 18 views of the fat Simon cat one so far on YouTube. I was going for a drive the other […]

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Video – This Is NOT Going To Be Good

Filed in Animals by on November 17, 2007 4 Comments

Here comes trouble. I was talking to Craig this morning on the phone about maybe getting a video camera. He told me that his digital camera does a pretty good job of taking video. Ohhh yeah, I forgot mine does too. Oh, this isn’t going to be good. I took a sample video this morning […]

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How To Be Environmentally Friendly Without Being a Grinch

Filed in Current Events, Environment by on November 17, 2007 0 Comments

I have had this post on my “todo” list for some time. I am not really sure how to write it without people getting mad at me. It seems like every time I write about something that threatens people’s ways of life, I hear about it. I can understand that, because I wouldn’t want someone […]

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Recent Windows Update

Filed in Computers by on November 17, 2007 0 Comments

I run Windows Vista. It’s ok. I am not the kind of guy who goes nuts over operating systems out there. I am sure there are some great features with other ones, but I needed a computer because I have work to do. I have been pretty happy with Windows Vista, although there are some […]

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Some Video Please…

Filed in Blogs, Entertainment, Internet, Websites by on November 17, 2007 0 Comments

I have been going back and forth for some time on this issue…whether or not to go video. I know I take a lot of photos for this blog and that seems to be working out well. I just think that people would enjoy video a whole lot more. The benefit is that people can […]

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Changing the Oil and Rotating the Tires – Honda Accord

Filed in Automotive by on November 16, 2007 1 Comment
Changing the Oil and Rotating the Tires – Honda Accord

Oh, what a day. Have I ever told you that I hate wind? I never used to until we bought a house. I am sure you can guess why. Anyway, as I mentioned earlier, I was going to go out and do some routine maintenance on my 1998 Honda Accord, which I did. I changed […]

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STABIL – Fuel Stabilizer For My 1993 Suzuki GSXR 1100

Filed in Automotive by on November 16, 2007 1 Comment
STABIL – Fuel Stabilizer For My 1993 Suzuki GSXR 1100

After I changed the oil in my car this afternoon, I had a nagging little chore to get finished up. It’s like one of those things you keep saying to yourself, “Oh man, I forgot to do that again.” I had to pull out the motorcycle, add fuel stabilizer to the gas and take it […]

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Upgrading to Outlook 2007

Filed in Business, Computers by on November 16, 2007 1 Comment
Upgrading to Outlook 2007

I have had this on my to-do list for a few weeks. The other day, I ran up to Staples and grabbed the latest version of Microsoft Outlook. I wanted to upgrade because my previous version, Outlook XP, was becoming a little buggy since I got Windows Vista. On the calendar, instead of showing one […]

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Deleting Some Categories

Filed in Blogs by on November 16, 2007 0 Comments

Now that I have installed the Simple Tags plugin for WordPress, I can begin deleting some categories. As you may have noticed, I have a lot. I don’t mind that, but it is becoming tiresome writing a post and having to scroll through all those categories to check off my choices. It’s actually quite redundant, […]

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The Day’s Chores

Filed in Business, Home Improvement by on November 16, 2007 0 Comments

It’s a little windy outside. I am not looking forward to changing the oil in my car all that much. I have to do the oil, rotate the tires and add windshield washer fluid. I should actually clean the car out as well. It’s quite the mess. Also, today I have to follow up on […]

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Honda Accord V6 vs. BMW 528xi

Filed in Automotive by on November 15, 2007 1 Comment

I have been beating myself up over this. I flip flop more than…some politicians I know of. Just the other day, I came to the realization that I am a boring human being. The reason I keep considering what type of car I want next is because I have never bought a brand new car […]

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Tempering Valve to Stop Toilet From Sweating

Filed in Home Improvement by on November 15, 2007 2 Comments
Tempering Valve to Stop Toilet From Sweating

If you starting seeing my hand in magazines, don’t be surprised. As you can see, my hand is model quality and I hope you appreciate it. Back when I was taking up the tile in the bathroom, I noticed that the sub-floor to the side of the toilet was a little wet. I thought this […]

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New Campbell 7 Gallon Air Carry Tank

Filed in Automotive by on November 15, 2007 2 Comments
New Campbell 7 Gallon Air Carry Tank

I went to the auto parts store yesterday to get some oil, an oil filter, some windshield washer fluid and an air tank. I have wanted an air tank for some time because I am getting a little sick of filling things up with a bicycle tire pump. I went to AutoZone in Beacon, NY […]

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What Happens To a Pellet Stove When the Power Goes Out?

Filed in Home Improvement by on November 15, 2007 0 Comments

Well, we found out last night. Back when I was trying to make my decision between purchasing either a pellet stove or a wood burning stove, I heard that a major benefit of the wood stove is that it will keep burning if the power goes out. Ok, that was a factor, but not a […]

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The Remaining Wood Pellets Have Arrived

Filed in Environment, Home Improvement by on November 14, 2007 4 Comments
The Remaining Wood Pellets Have Arrived

I am a little hot. I just finished bringing the remaining two tons of wood pellets downstairs to the basement. There were one hundred forty pound bags. I don’t even know how many trips I made with the wheelbarrow. I brought down six bags per trip. I am sure if I did a little math, […]

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Why Work From Home?

Filed in Business, Environment, Ramblings by on November 14, 2007 0 Comments

To save gas. Well, it’s good for you too, for a little while. We all need to get out of the house, but I am sure that killing that two hour commute each day would leave a little hair on your head. So much happens during that commute. I don’t think I need to explain […]

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A Nice Day For An Autumn Walk

Filed in Animals, Autumn, Environment, Gardening, Summer, Trees & Shrubs by on November 11, 2007 0 Comments
A Nice Day For An Autumn Walk

We were going to go for a hike this afternoon, but I feared the ground would be swampy when we got to our destination. I wanted to hike down to a pond a few acres away. I think we’ll get to that another day, but for today, we stuck with our usual walk down the […]

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Putting Up the Deer Fencing

Filed in Animals, Autumn, Home Improvement, Landscaping, Trees & Shrubs by on November 10, 2007 1 Comment
Putting Up the Deer Fencing

I have to say, my days have been pretty full and this blog has been helping. I really enjoy doing things in life and writing about them. Perhaps I should’ve been an author. Nah…the minute someone expects something from me, I don’t want to do it anymore. Half of the fun of writing here is […]

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Is There an Alternative to Microsoft Outlook?

Filed in Technology by on November 10, 2007 3 Comments

That’s the question. I have Outlook 2002 installed on my computer and it’s time to upgrade. I can get the newest version for $89 – $129, but I would like to use something else if available. Oh, there’s one thing…I don’t use it for email. I use it to sync up my Verizon Wireless Treo […]

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Alternatives and Open Source – Firefox

Filed in Computers, Internet, Technology by on November 10, 2007 0 Comments

In my new effort to get on the bandwagon of open source and alternatives to Microsoft, I downloaded and installed Firefox last night. People keep telling me that Firefox is so much better than Internet Explorer, but I just ain’t seeing it. I mean, it’s nice, but it is very similar to IE 7 I […]

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The First Snow in Our Little New York

Filed in Autumn, Trees & Shrubs by on November 10, 2007 0 Comments
The First Snow in Our Little New York

This is getting pretty bad. I woke up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. I noticed there was snow on the ground and immediately thought about writing a blog post about it. Yes, I probably should pursue therapy. In any event, yes, it did snow last night. It was the […]

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Web 3.0?

Filed in Current Events, Internet by on November 9, 2007 0 Comments

Do you remember my rant about web 2.0? Well, guess what…it’s here (Web 3.0). I knew it wouldn’t be far behind.

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We Caught the Deer

Filed in Animals, Autumn, Trees & Shrubs by on November 7, 2007 0 Comments

Well, Laura did anyway. She was letting Holly, the dog, back inside this evening, (which is now dark by the way) when she heard something in the leaves. She told me about it and grabbed the flashlight. I told her I was going to go out the front door and we would surround whoever was […]

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The Deer Ate My Crabapple Trees

Filed in Animals, Autumn, Trees & Shrubs by on November 7, 2007 0 Comments

I know, I know, I complain about the same thing every year. I kept forgetting to spray my three new crabapple trees with the Liquid Fence deer repellent spray. I sprayed them before, but it seems like every time I do, there are heavy rain showers. Even though the spray claims to stay on in […]

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FileZilla is FAST

Filed in Websites by on November 7, 2007 0 Comments

I really used FileZilla for the first time last night. Man, it smokes my other FTP applications. I am not sure why, but it reduced the download time of about 435MB from five hours to about a half hour. Now, that’s a difference. I should’ve been using this little (free) FTP program all along.

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Holy Low Taxes

Filed in Ramblings by on November 6, 2007 3 Comments

So I drove down to the gas station this morning to get some cash, gas and coffee. I walked in the side door…the area where the old men are usually hanging out doing nothing. These are the type of guys who have lived in the area forever and burn their garbage in their backyards. The […]

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Super Ring for Closet Flange – New Toilet Bolts

Filed in Home Improvement by on November 5, 2007 2 Comments

I just got back from Home Depot. I bought a “Super Ring” to place over the exisiting closet flange (part of the toilet drain pipe). I am not sure I needed this part, but I wanted to have it on hand, just in case I notice a problem when I remove/replace the toilet after the […]

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FileZilla – A Free FTP Program

Filed in Computers, Internet, Technology, Websites by on November 4, 2007 0 Comments

Over the past few years, I have downloaded my fair share of free trial versions of various FTP programs. As a web designer and now a web…whatever, you can imagine my need for a nice FTP program. Each of those programs were pretty good, but their expiration usually prompted a quick deletion from my computer. […]

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Downloading OpenOffice.org

Filed in Computers, Technology by on November 4, 2007 1 Comment

I have heard about some of the open source software floating around out there, but haven’t really used any of it, beyond what I install for some of my sites online. I never actually downloaded and installed anything to use on my PC. I really like the open source stuff that I do use because […]

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Under the Bathroom Sink

Filed in Home Improvement by on November 4, 2007 0 Comments
Under the Bathroom Sink

I thought I should take a few pictures to show you what I was talking about in the last post when I mentioned that I was having difficulties with moving the vanity, due to the water feed pipes. From my previous post… Well, then I hit a snag. I opened the doors to get under […]

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Removing the Bathroom Floor

Filed in Home Improvement by on November 3, 2007 3 Comments
Removing the Bathroom Floor

Well that sucked. I thought this was going to be an easy job…just unscrew some stuff under the sink, pull it out and take off the toilet. That’s all there is, right? Wrong. I got half the floor up and was cruising along beautifully. I was doing well under the baseboard heating (not viewable in […]

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Notice Anything Different?

Filed in Blogs, Websites by on November 2, 2007 2 Comments

Ok, fine, I put the word “Jay” in front of the domain name for this blog. In other words, I moved this blog to a new domain. Why? Because it was becoming apparent that the kwaree.com domain is all business these days. I have business stuff on that site. I kinda didn’t want someone who […]

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My New Dremel 400 Series XPR Rotary Tool

Filed in Home Improvement by on November 2, 2007 4 Comments
My New Dremel 400 Series XPR Rotary Tool

This is pretty cool. Last night, I picked up a new Dremel 400 Series XPR Rotary Tool from Lowes. I needed this because I bought new switches, GFCI and covers for the bathroom project. The plates are a little too wide for some of the tile, so I need to grind the tile down. The […]

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New Medicine Chest and Shower Rod

Filed in Home Improvement by on November 2, 2007 2 Comments
New Medicine Chest and Shower Rod

Here is an exciting post. It’s about the new medicine chest and shower rod we bought last night. We had to go down to Sam’s Club anyway, so we decided to hit Lowes first. We needed a few things, with the medicine chest being the most important. The shower rod and the little chrome thing […]

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The Bathroom Remodel Continues

Filed in Home Improvement by on November 1, 2007 1 Comment
The Bathroom Remodel Continues

I have gotten quite a bit done. Laura and I decided last night that we are not going to buy a new vanity. We will keep the white one we have. We don’t love it, but we keep thinking that the next people who move in this house won’t appreciate all the time and money […]

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Hanging Crown Moulding in the Bathroom

Filed in Home Improvement by on October 31, 2007 0 Comments

I tackled the crown moulding in the bathroom last night. Have I told you that I really hate hanging crown moulding? The room is almost exactly 5’x9′. It’s not too big, so I couldn’t cheat with two pieces of moulding per wall. I had to cut one piece each. This was easier than I thought, […]

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Does Spinach Make You Stronger?

Filed in Family & Friends by on October 30, 2007 3 Comments

I was just thinking about this really funny thing that my friend, Rob and I did when we were younger. Rob and I do some very funny things together and this is one of them. One day, Rob walked up to my house. I forget what we were talking about, but “Spinach” came up in […]

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A Simple Day

Filed in Home Improvement, Websites by on October 30, 2007 0 Comments

…and I hope it stays that way. I hate surprises. Just a nice day to writet a post about what’s in my head. Nothing too much has happened today. I am starting to have some issues with the second server with the horrible hosting company I choose not to mention. The server was unavailable for […]

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The Mighty Fall of the PageRank

Filed in Blogs, Internet, Websites by on October 29, 2007 0 Comments

This is getting rather entertaining. Well, I think it’s entertaining because nothing beyond some sites losing PageRank has happened yet. I don’t think anyone has lost any traffic. One thing is for sure, there are more than a few people who have lost faith in the whole PageRank thing. I was reading this great article […]

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