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Week Two

Posted on 2007.05.12 at 04:27
Current Location: 75409

drax0r and I are helping build a Data Center. This will be my third. Four of us have been very busy setting up racks and racking servers. This included two full days of drax0r and I crawling around on the floor pulling power whips to diversify power feeds to create redundant dual-fed PDU's. Most of this time was spent flat on the belly reaching into the sub-floor. At least computer rooms are well cooled. We were so sore after the second day, the architect brought us some top-of-the-line injected gel-filled knee-pads. After that, life was good. He'd also purchased some very nice tools which made completing our task that much more enjoyable. Namely, the Hitachi DB3DL. What a joy! Ion-lithium battery, LED 'spotlight' and a straight/bent operating mode complete with torque control (great for using with rack screws). Working together, the four of us managed to get most everything which needed to be done finished in four, 10-hour days. Thusday we jumpstarted a Fujitsu PrimePower from a SPARC laptop, and today we watched the architect run the fiber and zone the SAN switch so it could see the drives. After work we grabbed a beer and set our plans in stone to begin moving to Anna, TX starting at 0900 Friday:

I'm still tweaking my kubuntu laptop, here recently installing beryl on princessleia2's recommendation (its GUI-tastic!), and finally getting the Sprint AirCard to work with the operating system. That was an uphill battle. As it stands, 7.0.4 runs pretty damn fast on this 1.8GHz Core Duo with 2GB of RAM, though I still can't get VMware to see attached USB devices outside of the mouse.

Our house in STL has been shown twice this week, its first week on the market, and there are tentative plans to show it three more times over the weekend. That's good news. I'm ready to be with my wife.

We moved two full storage sheds and a garage onto a 26' U-Haul & 16' trailer. It took us part of last weekend, and all of Friday to get this accomplished. We've now moved into the new rent house, a mere 12 miles from work. r0ckin! Then, as we were unloading, I finally had the pleasure to meet crowy. She was more delightful than I'd imagined - and once we all started drinking, became even moreso:

drax0r purchased a 12-pack of Shiner Bock and bought me a 5-litre gravity-tap keg of Paulaner Hefe-Weizen. I drank enough to be hungover the next day, which is a damn rare thing for me. Picking up little girl to bring her to Anna overnight to play with drax0r & jesskd26's boy. They're both very excited about this and spent an ample amount of time on the phone yesterday planning their reunion. I'll pick up my dry cleaning and change the cat's litter box & food today while I'm in Boyd.

Until next time...

Happy Mother's Day!


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ehowton at 2007-05-14 20:30 (UTC) (Link)
Well, its tough moving all the time, but this time I was going to move CLOSE to where I worked. To help assist me in this endeavor, I don't plan on leaving again!
snapper521 at 2007-05-13 23:10 (UTC) (Link)
I'm ready to be with my wife. <-- thats good to hear. ;-) Husbands SHOULD miss their wives. ;-)

Sounds like you, have been quite busy... as usual. :-)

You know, and have met, a lot of people :-P
ehowton at 2007-05-14 20:37 (UTC) (Link)
You know, and have met, a lot of people...
You should read my latest post for more on this subject.
snapper521 at 2007-05-14 23:02 (UTC) (Link)
Hmm... :-P Sounds like you've met more people. I'll go read in a minute. Or three. :-P
ex_crowy at 2007-05-14 01:48 (UTC) (Link)
It was a pleasure to meet you as well, Mr. Howton.

Nice to know I am kinda hot.
ehowton at 2007-05-14 20:39 (UTC) (Link)
The pleasure was all mine. And for the record, this married man never suggested as much - the majority of my readership, however...
ex_crowy at 2007-05-14 21:49 (UTC) (Link)
I only meant that in reference to the comment, Sir.

By the way, staying up until 6 am drinking Buffalo Trace while playing Karaoke Revolution and then passing out face down on an air mattress while you have a slight sunburn is a very, very bad idea.

Just for the record.
(Anonymous) at 2007-05-15 11:19 (UTC) (Link)
Miss Crowy is to miss innocent. Few see disaster coming and you are not thinking with your brain! The icon for this post is perfect! Within the cutesy humor lies the reality..and your destiny?
ehowton at 2007-05-14 23:09 (UTC) (Link)
BTW, schpydurx didn't care for my expression in this photograph. I think you should kick his ass.
galinda822 at 2007-05-14 17:44 (UTC) (Link)
I'm still heartbroken that you and your family are moving away! I'm going to miss all the good times!

Try to take it easy. Just a couple more weeks and your family will be whole again.
ehowton at 2007-05-14 20:42 (UTC) (Link)
It's Tricky to rock a rhyme, to rock a rhyme that's right on time
It's Tricky...it's Tricky; Tricky.
galinda822 at 2007-05-14 22:59 (UTC) (Link)
Sometimes your replies make absolutely no sense to anyone but yourself! :)
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-05-18 03:28 (UTC) (Link)
I've got three words for you:


The End
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-05-18 03:27 (UTC) (Link)
your expression reminds me of some mover/comic in some movie, but I can't quite place who. Give me a while to think about it.
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