RIP, Bob Heavner

| April 13, 2009

One of the most decent, finest, best of men I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing died suddenly and unexpectedly yesterday. “Devastated” is an understatement.

Close shave

| November 14, 2008

The first thing I did when I woke up today was listen to a voicemail left by an old roommate from college and early career days, who was concerned about the fire in Santa Barbara, and was asking about my mom. I called my mom for an update on the fire situation. Apparently, the winds […]

Egads

| November 13, 2008

Just found out there’s a fire in Santa Barbara that is forcing my Mom, sister, and brother all to evacuate their homes. I just called my sister — she couldn’t talk, they’re busy packing what they can as fast as they can. Westmont College, roughly midway between my Mom’s and my brother’s houses, has been […]

Moving on

| August 22, 2008

I haven’t said anything about it, but as of a week ago, I have a new job. Well, OK, it’s the same job I’ve been doing for the last three years. The “new” part of it is that I’ve been converted from “contractor” status to “regular” at Major Telecommunications Company Which Shall Remain Nameless. Technically, […]

Occasion

| June 8, 2008

Today is my little brother’s birthday. Happy Birthday, Brad. Have a steak or something, will ya?

Mothers Day

| May 11, 2008

A year ago, I was losing the ability to walk, and had resigned myself to having — at the minimum — an incurable disease (MS), and was trying to come to terms with possibly having one that would have been terminal (ALS). I was rapidly becoming unable to take care of my home, my cat, […]

Naming conventions

| April 11, 2008

My brother’s wife’s brother’s son is a Marine, newly stationed only an hour or so away from where I am. I’ll be seeing him tomorrow as he comes up to relieve me of the burden of having one vehicle too many. He’s getting the Blazer. What does one call one’s brother’s wife’s brother’s son? I’m […]

D Minus 6

| November 13, 2007

I think I’ve mentioned before that one of the things I’ve been inspired to do lately is to dispose of much of the accumulated cruft taking up space in my attic. Having been on the verge of being diagnosed with a fatal disease tends to put things in perspective. Much of what I’m disposing of […]

What’s All This Then?

| October 18, 2007

You might have noticed the button I’ve put up on the site. And surely you’re asking yourself, “why, in this day and age, would a person not have medical insurance to cover those costs?” Long, convoluted story. Or maybe not so convoluted. I’m a contract employee with no benefits; in the tech industry, this isn’t […]

Golden Day

| August 23, 2007

50 years ago today, my parents were married. For the time being, celebrations are being kept to a minimum. We’ll have a big shin-dig once all of us can gather at the homestead in Santa Barbara. Still, it’s a good day. The only thing that could make it better would be if Dad was still […]

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