Update August 18, 2009
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I just tried Google Maps for the first time in a while and it is really nice. I was amazed at how well I could see our home in England when we were in the Air Force. The above address it 34 Adastral Close, Felixstowe, Suffolk, England. It is phenomenal how clear and close you can zoom. I am not talking about Google Earth, but rather http://maps.google.com. It lets you save your own maps publicly and private as well as trips. If you make them public, others can search and find your own maps. Also I have been playing around with Google Reader, and Friendfeed since there has been so much hype about the Facebook takeover of Friendfeed.
It is interesting that despite my many railings against Google Fanboys, I have become one. It seems that every time I turn around there is another free toy that I can play with. In fact I am typing this using the Google Chrome browser. My phone has a Google sync application that syncs my Gmail address book, and calendar. Anything that I put on the web, suddenly comes to my phone. This pains me to become a fanboy because I have always had a soft spot for Yahoo since I have been with them from the beginning. It seems that Yahoo has decided to join forces with Microsoft’s Bing.com. Bing is also pretty good at search. I do like to have all of them succeed because I believe competition is always good for the consumer. If you have one dominant player then creativity can suffer. This is funny that I talk about creativity when I am the least creative person on the face of the earth. I am hoping that Bing and Yahoo can finally get to a point where they are competitive again soon.
This morning it rained as I went to work but as usual it was clear and sunny when I got off work. I really hoped that it would stay around until I got off work so I could enjoy it. Our lawn mower broke down or maybe I should say it was purposely destroyed this weekend. I will not elaborate on here as to not embarrass the person that did it. Now we need a new mower just so we can mow the lawn and it is getting tall. I am just hoping that we do not get a fine before we can get the mower replaced.
UPDATE: 19 Aug 2009
I owe this person an apology. No one broke the lawn mower but rather it vibrated some screws out. Since the drive shaft is slightly bent, the mower runs out of balance and vibrates as it runs. I tightened that bolt and mowed three strips and the bolt came back out. So I just wanted to say that I was wrong.
I will be going to Illinois in a couple weeks on a personal trip. I will only be spending the night and then heading back the next day since I need to get back to work. I was supposed to be going to San Antonio on a work related trip this week but I was cut from the list due to financial concerns. I am actually glad I was this time because there are things going on at home that need to be dealt with.
My work has been so overwhelming lately because there are so many things going on as well as having new trainees. It is interesting that I am supposed to be training them and I am a trainee myself. I guess on the bright side, it shows that my supervisor has confidence in me. I will think the glass is half full . With so many things going on at work I often forget where I was. I am the kind of person that likes to take notes and do things in an orderly way. Unfortunately I work in an environment where we put out fires through email and the phone. There is always a crisis going on somewhere in the world that needs our immediate attention. My orderly notes and to do list has degenerated into a pile of yellow sticky notes all over my desk. I hate disorder and confusion. I like to complete a task before starting another but that is impossible in my office. It is amazing how a letter from a General can get our whole office in an uproar. It is similar to stepping on a red ant bed and then watching the swarm. Everyone stop what you are doing and focus on this hang nail the General has. I say this with some humor but there is some truth to it as I guess it should be in this type of environment. Despite my talk about being outside of my comfort zone, I love my job. I feel that what I do is important and I try to do my best. I just wish everyone could be as blessed as I am. I will be in class the next two days so I should be able to see some calm before returning the hyper crazed zoo that is my office.
Well I thought I would post a few words since I have not posted much lately. I love blogging just for the heck of it. Sometimes I vent like a crazed lunatic and sometimes I just want to tell the world about my day. It is funny how I come across people that are polar opposites. Some people are so private and think I am crazy for posting my personal thoughts online. I have people that tell me that “Big Brother” is listening it so you should not post online. I got over that long ago when I found that you could search for ham radio call signs online. Also the County Assessor’s office has pictures of everyone’s home online. There is just too much going on in the world to worry about “Big Brother”. Others think it is cool and wish they could do it themselves. I considered taking the blog down a few days ago but I think I will leave it up. If nothing else, it can be used as comedy when I get into one of my rants. For those that do read, I appreciate it.