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I have more posts about Easter than any other holiday, maybe because I’m out of town a lot for Easter?

Written By: Gary on April 4, 2010 No Comment

So this is my Easter dinner and I’m pretty excited about it. We haven’t had McRib sandwiches in Michigan for the longest time. I heard rumors of them in Florida but we couldn’t find them anywhere we looked when I was here last summer.


I heard these were in the Orlando area and I didn’t even have to hunt for one. Teresa called around for me and found this one in Daytona Beach. My McRib has no pickles on it (yuck!) and it’s awesome!

Written By: Gary on April 9, 2008 No Comment

So when you take digital pictures, it records the date and the time with the picture. I’m a little slightly obsessive compulsive about the settings on the date and time and when my two cameras are both set for different time zones and neither of those are the correct time zone it tends to annoy me.

So from now on I’m keeping my camera’s set to GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) so it’ll always be consistent. If you don’t know, this is the time zone where the clocks are set at “0”, for example when you set you clocks to EST (Eastern Standard) it sometimes says “-5” hours, that’s 5 hours off from GMT. I’m not sure how this will work for me in the long run but for now it seems like it will be consistent for me.

The biggest problem I see for now it is that other devices like my camera phone will till record in the current time zone. But since its a phone, the time on that should always be correct, unless of course I’m traveling in a country where I don’t have reception and the clock would be wrong…

Written By: Gary on May 16, 2007 One Comment

It’s been extra cRaZy lately:

  • We’re nearing the end of the school year and it just plain gets hectic around then (even though I work year-round).
  • The superintendent just retired, he’s been in the district 44 years(!!!), so there has been work to wrap up and a variety of celebratory events (admin building, district-wide, just administrators, etc.). He sure knew a lot of people, many whom came back for some of the celebrations.
  • I just starting teaching a class at a local university and getting everything started always takes time (even though I’ve done this same class before); plus I’m trying to do more on-line with this group.
  • Life in general has been a little busier lately from Mother’s day to days off and other things.
  • I think I’ve missed at least an extra day a week at work for some meeting and/or conference every week since before Easter and had to take a few vacation days here and there too so it’s been busy for those reasons too.
  • I’ve got a new boss, which is great(!), but it’s stressful figuring out how they want things (what things I should ask about and what things to just do) there’s no problems, it’s just I figured all that out with the old boss and had a good grip on these things.
  • I’ve been having sleep problems too, but I bet that’s partially due to the above and the crazy weather changes affecting my allergies.

    Hmm… Putting them all in a list I realize there are more work related items than life in general, have to think about that…

    I go have good stuff going on, most (all?) of the busy personal stuff has been good, it’s just been making life busier. I haven’t spent as much “fun” time on the computer as usual, certainly not much time blogging lately, but I think things will calm down soon, but we are still getting into the end of the year crunches at work. That’s all for now, just a life in general update, not too exciting but you know I’m alive…

  • Written By: Gary on May 6, 2007 2 Comments

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    Post edited to not incorrectly refer to “today” as Mother’s Day…

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    Written By: Gary on January 6, 2006 One Comment

    Mskeyboardmouse-1I was lying here (not sleeping) and I saw on the clock it was almost one o’clock in the morning (Eastern) which means there’s a Woot item for sale. Woot puts one item for sale clearance a day at this time every day. Whenever I’ve checked it’s either sold out (usually in the first 10-30 minutes) or something I don’t want. But tonight…

    I ended up with a Microsoft wireless keyboard and optical mouse for 22.95 (+$5 s & h). And it’s Mac compatible!

    Check it out. It’s a different item every day sometimes a $10 item, sometimes and $2000 plasma TV. You never know (although it’s always $5 for shipping) for sure what you’ll see (some times it’s refurbished, which is okay with me).

    They even have fun stats like how many people bought how many and how long they’ve been woot-ing….

    And they do a podcast too.

    UPDATE: They sold out after five hours and fifty eight minutes. They sold one every 7.703 seconds. That was a total of 2796 keyboards/mice…

    Written By: Gary on August 29, 2005 No Comment

    FYI – Here are MY FALL 2006 descriptions (I see the search engines keep picking up this older page and it’s 2006 now…).

    Here’s a grid for the Fall 2005 TV lineup: We’ve got Eastern/Pacific and Central.

      Here’s my issues (because I know you care) with the lineup:

    • Two and a Half Men is still on at the same time as Las Vegas.
    • Commander-in-Chief is on the same time as Sex, Lies, & Secrets (and Supernatural and Bones, but I’m not so sure about these).
    • Veronica Mars is on the same time as Lost.
    • Smallville is on the same time as Alias (and Joey, although I can live without).

    There is a lot on there that I don’t know what they are so that may be a few more issues for me. I may have to learn how to set up BitTorrent to download my shows automatically if they are going to have so many conflicts….

    Stolen from Melissa.

    Written By: Gary on April 7, 2005 One Comment

    So when I listen to these radio shows and podcasts on my iPod sometimes they’re a little old when I listen to them so the news is a little old too. Sometimes this is disorienting. I’ll hear someone mention the Pope is ill or one other news fact and it throws me off a little bit. When I think about getting the news late, it’s bothered me a little bit and I’m not sure why?

    But I’ve been catching up on the TiVo and it’s the same thing when I see ads for the evening news and it’s old too (especially when it’s the weather for tomorrow). The odd thing is the TiVo delays don’t bother me so much (and I recall the same when I used to use my VCR).

    So why do the iPod shows bother me more? One big difference is they get mentioned in the actual show (and not in an ad) Adam Curry will mention the Pope or Leo Laporte will mention it’s Easter. I guess maybe that reminds me I’m listening to something old…

    Written By: Gary on April 3, 2005 One Comment

    So I went to Target (a department store) today to pick up a few things and to get a price adjustment (the price went down since I bought it and I wanted the savings back). They were fluorescent light bulbs (the ones you screw into a regular bulb socket) that had 3 in a pack that I bought a few for $8.88. The next week they were $6.21 (not worth taking them back), but this week they were on clearance for $2.21, now that was worth taking stuff back. Now they always have odd return rules that change so I brought a few packages of the bulbs with me (but I left them in the car). Of course they said price adjustments are only good for 14 days, so you need the item with you (and what they do is return it and you immediately re-buy it). I only had two packages (but I had bought three) so I tried to sweet talk them into letting me do all three but no luck (but I got $16 for the two, that’s more than I spent today), they said I’d have to return it later (later just means get back in line) but the line had grown. Maybe next week when I go back for something else (I’ll get another $6 then).

    BTW, Easter stuff is 90% off, so I got some Cadbury Creme Eggs for five cents each!!!

    Written By: Gary on December 11, 2004 No Comment

    Chile-EasterSo this isn’t exactly a post about Easter Island, it more about the map of it at MapQuest. The 3 legged armadillo (3LA) did a post of useless roadmaps (post no longer on-line) )and I thought it was pretty funny. The amount of detail is incredibly lacking. One of the maps the 3LA links to actually has some detail, made me wonder if Mapquest is actually working on it as we speak…

    Written By: Gary on June 20, 2004 No Comment
    1. when was the last time you cooked for friends?
    Probably Easter, I had the whole family over, probably about 15 of us?
    2. what did you cook?
    Ham, but all I really had to do is reheat it.
    3. what is the dish/meal/course that you prepare exceptionally well, and what makes it SO good?
    People generally like my spaghetti (meat sauce, bread sticks, etc.). Nothing super about it but it’s just that there is generally nothing wrong with it. I make waffles for a good breakfast but that’s always hard to coordinate.
    4. the girl who cooked for my sorta-bf brought her sister-in-law over to help her cook. they both wound up burning themselves all over the kitchen. when was the last time you gave yourself a good burn in the kitchen? do you recall what you were preparing?
    Probably trying to pull something out of the over I was reheating on a piece of foil instead of on a pan.
    5. the s-i-l wound up putting cheddar cheese on a chicken, and calling it the main course. since my sorta-bf and his friends are israeli, they didn’t understand the concept of ruining a bone-in chicken with cheddar. what was the last meal you ate that really confused you – maybe you thought you were ordering one thing, but got something completely different, or a friend/lover cooked something you’d never seen before?
    I don’t really cook with recipies, but I just eat the basics so if it’s got more than a few ingredients and someone else cooked it I’m sure I looked at it funny.
    6. how old were you when you first began to cook?
    Little, I grew up with a single mom so I’m sure I was still in elementary school. Maybe 9?
    7. what are your thoughts on cooking? love it? hate it? take it or leave it?
    I’m fine with it, it’s cooked exactly the way I like it when I do it!
    8. if your SO suddenly developed 5* chef-quality cooking abilities and he/she was to cook you an amazing romantic meal him/herself, what would you love to have them prepare for you?
    Something they thought I would like.

    From saturday8.

    Written By: Gary on April 12, 2004 No Comment

    The idea is to come up with twelve thoughts and one pic to describe your weekend. easter04b

    1. Chocolate.
    2. “Yes Mom, I have the ham”
    3. Lots of stairs (I’m on the third and fourth floors).
    4. “Gary! Watch me Gary!”
    5. Lots of Ordevores and Desserts.
    6. “Why do you have so many remotes?”
    7. ’13 Going on 30′ was really fun.
    8. Lots of Cleaning needed to be done. (Now I need to sort the piles I hid in the closet.)
    9. Four kids and eleven adults at my condo. That might be a new record.
    10. Lots of Coca-Cola
    11. Spilt Milk, down a flight of carpeted stairs and all over the wall.
    12. Chocolate.

    From Baker’s Dozen.

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    Written By: Gary on April 11, 2004 One Comment

    It was a blast today, I had everyone over for Easter Dinner. Seven households from one to four people in each, fifteen total, four were kids. They were a blast and they liked all my computerized toys and remotes and such.easter04

    After we ate, I took the kids down the street by city hall and they went nutty with me taking pictures. What a bunch of hams. Speaking of… we had a really good ham from the Dearborn Meat Company (or something like that).

    No incidents, no broken bones, scrapes, fights, etc. Until they were leaving and one of the kids had a cup (with a lid and straw) of milk and dropped it down the stairs. I had splash marks 6 feet up the walls! My ‘little green machine’ wasn’t enough to have it, I dug out the rug shampoo machine I bought a few months back (but never used) and clean the stairs (and the walls) that probably needed it anyways. Can’t complain too much, last time they were over I accidentally rolled Kendall’s head up in the electric window in the car. I still feel pretty bad about that one.

    Written By: Gary on April 11, 2004 One Comment
  • How often do you go grocery shopping? Once a week, maybe every other but it still requires a quick stop somewhere for the perishables (cantelope, eggs, milk, etc.)
  • What is the last thing you bought for yourself? Some wire and mounting stuff for my speakers, I’m rearranging the living room and want thinks set up differently. Oops, item 4 made me remember this. I forgot I bought the Guide to Mastering Regular Expressions. I’ll actually use this as long as I don’t forget where I put it.
  • What do you like shopping for most often? Electronic Gizmos.
  • Are you an impulse shopper? Sometimes. Usually not for the expensive toys. Impulse on book purchases on offbeat topics that I might never use.
  • What is the last item you purchased? Easter Napkins and an Easter Tablecloth.
    From Sunday Brunch.

  • Written By: Gary on April 10, 2004 No Comment
    1. Boxing:: Joe Louis
    2. Lewis:: and Clark
    3. Bodyguard:: POTUS
    4. Burnout:: Smoker
    5. Cruising:: Woodward
    6. Easter:: Egg
    7. AA:: Alcoholics Anonymous
    8. Research:: Paper
    9. Redemption:: Hero
    10. Snickers:: Caramel

    From Unconscious Mutterings.

    I had problems with ‘redemption’, I think of a movie when the main character screws up and either fixes it before the end of the movie (or goes back in time and it never happened).

    Written By: Gary on April 8, 2004 No Comment

    1. Do you keep in touch with most of your family (internal and external) members? Why/why not? Here and there, I think I keep in touch less now that I moved back to the Detroit area.
    2. If you’ve lost touch with some of your family and friends, is it time to call them up and find out how they are, or do you even care? I haven’t seen them much lately but I’m doing Easter at my place this year so that’ll be fun. Many of them haven’t even seen my place.
    3. Are you afraid to contact someone that you haven’t had communications with in a long time? Do you think they’ll be pissed that you haven’t called in 5 years? Or do you think, “better late than never”? Better late than never. Sometimes it’s hard when you wonder what they are expecting, or vice versa…

    Bonus Question: How do you react when someone (friend or family) that you haven’t spoken with (for whatever reason) in years contacts you? I always like it, it’s fun to catch up and see what people have been up to when you haven’t talked to them for a while.

    From 3x Thursday.

    Written By: Gary on March 28, 2004 No Comment

    Free association from Unconscious Mutterings.

    1. Pitbull::Mean Dog
    2. TD::TB (Too Bad)
    3. Carter::Jimmy
    4. Japan::Flag
    5. 50::Ways
    6. Streak::Blue
    7. Rifle::Skeet
    8. Trap::Bear
    9. Easter::Bunny
    10. Mitt::Baseball

    Okay so it’s the first time I did one of these… Not so sure I feel it’s as insightful as some of the other meme things I’ve done…
    I like some of the previous ones so I’ll give it another try sometime.

    Written By: Gary on March 21, 2004 No Comment

    The calendar says it’s officially spring –

    1. Do you get a spring break? No. But most of the teachers and staff leave so it’s a nice time at work to get things done.
    2. Some of us are pretty casual about spring cleaning. Others go to it with a lot of gusto. Which are you? I’m due. My house is the absolute worst it’s every been! (It’s messy not dirty)
    3. Is planting flowers or a vegetable garden on the agenda? I’ll hang some on the railing of my condo (maybe). They better not need any water!
    4. Do you suffer from allergies and do they get worse in the spring? Yes I do. They generally do, but the seasons in Michigan haven’t been very cut and dry lately which doesn’t help any.
    5. How will you celebrate Easter this year? The family will get together most likely, generally a smaller gathering but many will be there. Maybe kidnap some kids to color some eggs and do the regular “stuff”.

    These questions are from Sunday Brunch.

    If you really want to know what happens at the equinox

    Written By: Gary on December 18, 2003 No Comment

    Joan_ of Arcadia is on Friday at 8 PM (Eastern) don’t forget to watch it!

    Joan is a normal girl who meets God one one day and God gives her tasks to do.

    Joan is what motivated me to start blogging (from an earlier entry):

    “She gets these incredible tasks and she does them because it’s God. But I’m not sure if it’s faith or knowing that it’s all going to turn out okay (or is that faith?). Sometimes she’s done bad things to make things be good in the long run, but no one understands why it’s the ‘knowing’ that makes her stick to it, but I’m not sure if this ties into the faith since she ‘knows’. Is it a sign from god if you don’t have to interpret the signs?”

    Written By: Gary on December 12, 2003 No Comment

    Can I tell you how much I like Joan of Arcadia? I like it enough that it got me to finally set up a blog. Joan is a normal girl who meets God one one day and God tells her what to do. Not unlike the voices in people’s heads she generally doesn’t tell people why she is doing these things.

    God tells (suggests) her to ask ask the school trouble-maker to the “Crystal Ball”, the semi-formal, and (of course) does not tell her why. This really comes down to preconceptions (the series deals A LOT with them) about people. She defends him and listens to him and and even ties his tie for him. She was nice to him. In the end she saves the world or at least the world of a few people, just by being nice. It’s not so hard being nice and it’s a lot more fun than the other. And of course she gets grounded for it.

    She gets these incredible tasks and she does them because it’s God. But I’m not sure if it’s faith or knowing that it’s all going to turn out okay (or is that faith?). Sometimes she’s done bad things to make things be good in the long run, but no one understands why it’s the ‘knowing’ that makes her stick to it, but I’m not sure if this ties into the faith since she ‘knows’. Is it a sign from god if you don’t have to interpret the signs?

    I’m sure I’ll talk more about the show later, but for now, it’s where you should be on Friday nights (at 8 pm Eastern), unless of course you have TiVo.

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