The Hunt Ends? 
Tuesday, 13 March, 2007, 01:42
During our house-hunting expedition on the 10th, I believe Julie and I found our first house. We're heading back over there to make an offer on Thursday. There are two possibilities, but they're very similar: both are townhouses, both have 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms, both have two-car garages, and both cost the same. One comes out to about $1000 more per year after taxes and assessments. That's the one we're going for, mainly because we get more of a "privacy" feeling out of it. The other one feels more like a "forced community" type of thing, and Julie and I aren't really "community" type people -- we like to keep to ourselves.

So ... offer on Thursday. I hope we get it. True, it's not our dream house, but we need some place to get started. It seems like the two places will be good for us and up to 2 kids; we don't plan on having kids for a while (4, maybe 5 years), so if I had to guess when we'd start looking for new housing again, I'd put it at about 10 years. Wish us luck :)
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Weekend Update 
Saturday, 3 March, 2007, 18:32
The house hunt continues ... not exactly the most successful hunt, I must admit, but it's continuing nonetheless. We saw 14 houses last week and are going to look at more next week, since Julie is working today and tomorrow. The search is narrowing down, though, and we'll probably end up being closer to Orland Park than to Des Plaines, if only because most of the listings we actually like are in that area.

We've finalized our wedding invitations as well (and I happened to leave the sample invitation at Bob's condo yesterday). They're a more modern design than what I would have expected -- the first time Julie and I went to look at invitations, we were looking at all of the "classic" designs, but I guess that changed :) They're very red, and the letters are easy to read so you know exactly what's going on, when, and where.

Jumping back in time to the February 12th post -- my upgrade attempt was a success, but I was kind of forced into Windows Vista. I installed the HighPoint card I had ordered, updated the system BIOS, and my computer totally forgot it had Windows XP. Luckily I had loaded Vista on that 250GB drive and was able to pick up pretty much where I had left off. I upgraded the CPU after that in order to extend my system's life (socket 939 is dead, so I just upgraded to dual-core and called it a day). I think this is probably the last upgrade I'll do on this particular computer -- my next desktop will most likely be an iMac, seeing how I use my MacBook Pro more frequently than my "main" machine.

On the work front, I met with a bunch of customers at our WMS conference back on February 23rd. I am running with implementations for three of the customers I met with; the fourth implementation on my plate is on hold because we don't have a signed license agreement yet.

That said, the week of February 26th was pretty crappy because, despite the fact that the customer in question decided to go live on the 23rd, they changed their minds and basically said "we'll go live when we're good and ready." While I see where they're coming from, I don't believe they're making the right decision -- they claim that the WMS software is not ready yet, but they were singing a completely different tune when we had the two WMS product managers on site. I am 100% convinced that they did not go live because their IT director did not want the extra burden of maintaining their newest server.

Tomorrow marks the 7th anniversary of my first date with Julie. It's been a wild ride to be sure, but things are falling into place and the wedding is in August. Good times. We decided that, after we're married, we are not going to celebrate the anniversary of our first date, but I highly doubt that will happen :) Similarly, I also doubt we will stop recognizing the anniversary of the day we first met, just because we're both total saps like that.

That's all I've got for today ... lots of text to chew on.
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It's the 27th. 
Wednesday, 28 February, 2007, 04:30
You know what that means ... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BOB! :)

Okay, it's mine too, but it didn't really feel like one. Work, school, stress, just like any other day.

Still don't have a house yet, but I've been working on it with Julie. We found a townhouse that is pretty nice, but it's a little too expensive for what we need -- for the cost of the mortgage plus the assessment, we could be in a single-family home instead.

Anyway, the search continues. I have set a goal -- make an offer by the end of March. That's it. By the time finals roll around, I will be living in my own place.
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February Rocks 
Tuesday, 13 February, 2007, 03:37
I like February because of the Chicago Auto Show. My birthday coming at the end of the month is okay too, but the Auto Show is far cooler. My favorite cars were the Lexus IS (IS-F was fantastic) and the Lotus Exige.

After sitting in an IS, I have determined that I will my next vehicle will be one. Nothing against the RAV4, it's a great vehicle. When I bought the RAV4 I told myself that this is kind of a trial of the whole SUV experience. I didn't want to get a ginormous beast, and I didn't want to get a car, so I got something in between. However, this being a trial of sorts, I know that I can go back to a car. And, after sitting in the IS, I know I will be going back to that car.

Other good stuff ... I used a 250GB Seagate hard drive to load Windows Vista Ultimate x64 on my computer. Problem is that my Serial ATA RAID card isn't supported under the Vista operating system. Many thanks to Promise for not updating my RAID card's drivers since 2003, I greatly appreciate it. I also appreciate the prompt response (read: nothing but automated "we got your message lol" email). I have a 500GB RAID 1 on that card that contains images of all of the CDs I have bought over the years, home videos that I have converted to DVD, and all of the digital pictures I have taken since the time the IBM UltraStars failed on me. I've decided that I will grab a HighPoint card tomorrow, assuming Promise doesn't respond to my support request. That means I'll have a spare RAID card again.

That's all I've got at the moment.
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Two Thousand Seven 
Tuesday, 16 January, 2007, 02:33
Okay, that was a pain. I had a nice post typed out, and when I clicked Post I got a ton of permissions errors. Looks like this script still doesn't like the file system. Oh well, I've created all of the directories and set the proper permissions so it shouldn't be an issue from now on.

So ... watching 24, lovin' the snow, school starts tomorrow. I'm all caught up with Bleach, which is pretty good stuff (though I hear it gets a bit emo down the line).

At work, I'm doing implementations, which means that I'm the single point of contact until the customer is trained and goes live. Not nearly as busy as I used to be in support, but I think this role is a bit more critical to the success of support down the line.

That's all I can type in a commercial break while thinking of other stuff simultaneously. 24 is back.
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