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When Nature Attacks!

Posted on 2007.08.02 at 10:55
Current Location: 75070
Current Music: Barbra Streisand & Barry Gibb: Guilty Pleasures
It was a busy day yesterday - so much so, that I chose to stay signed off of all my Instant Messengers, much to the chagrin of some of you. For this, I apologize. I've been reverse-engineering a blog application we use as a guestbook of sorts at work. During migration, I updated the app rev, which has become troublesome.

At the point it was time to leave work, the Data Center lost power. A crack of lighting over a nearby sub-station dropped house power. We were here only an additional hour. Then another of our facilities had a direct lighting hit to a building-wide chiller - dropping HVAC in that server room. Storms never end, it seems...

After work I joined a co-worker and his wife for dinner and a movie. He was going to grill, but the rain prevented that. So they were going to order pizza, but the phone lines were down. So he was going to Air Card in his order, but the Sprint cell tower was also affected by the storm.

I'm no longer going to support my negative view of Blue-Ray. We watched Pirates of the Caribbean II: Dead Man's Chest in the theater room on the LCD projector via a PS3...it was fantastic. The picture was clear, bright, and the 7.1 surround sounded great - I so enjoyed listening to the score throughout the show, having seen the movie some months before I got the soundtrack and not since. It was a magnificent night. Until the power went out.

We sat in candle light visiting until midnight, eventually rifling through his geek collection, starting with an EMC bumper sticker accolading Data Domain's near-line storage that the common man wouldn't understand, 'Tape Sucks, Let's Move On' (why would you advertise that on a car?) and ending with what I personally found the most humorous, a wind-up walking SGI Origin 200 server:




I left home with a bag of goodies from his wife and stopped at Wal-Mart at midnight for cat food. Daisy's now healed, but she hasn't touched her cat food in a week - I can feel her bones. She's just ended her 10-day run of antibiotics, so I'm guessing that has something to do with it. To combat this, I got her a can of Fancy Feast Elegant Medley's "Wild Salmon & Whipped Egg Soufle with Garden Greens" (she only eats IAMS dry normally). Verdict? That did the trick! She ate the ENTIRE thing in one sitting. I got several cans, so I'll feed it to her again tonight. I need to get her strength back up before I depart to Wichita tomorrow for a weekend trip.

Comments:


Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-08-02 16:05 (UTC) (Link)
I'm no longer going to support my negative view of Blue-Ray.
I'm so glad you decided to leave the Dark Side. The tribunal was about to begin and we were going to vote you off the island.

I'm glad you had a good time last night.

The toy is cute.

Have fun in Wichita.

P.S. You might consider meeting up with one or both of our mutual acquaintences from the area.
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-08-02 17:08 (UTC) (Link)
Outside of that tea-bagger, danzigfried I don't know who you're referring to.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-08-02 18:08 (UTC) (Link)
What's so hard to understand?
Codekitten
codekitten at 2007-08-02 17:19 (UTC) (Link)
yea! the kitty is feeling better. that's fantastic.
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-08-02 18:20 (UTC) (Link)
You're avatar - Cat Scratch Fever? HA!
galinda822 at 2007-08-02 17:38 (UTC) (Link)
Glad to hear Daisy girl is doing better! How's Niobe?

Have a safe trip this weekend - sorry I can't meet up with you all! :(
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-08-02 18:25 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!!! Oh, and Niobe's doing just fine - getting a little lonely being segregated from the rest of the house though...
irulan_amy at 2007-08-02 20:28 (UTC) (Link)
I've been logging into LJ Gizmo more frequently lately with the hopes of catching someone, but alas, no one's ever logged on.

I want a storm, could you please send one this way? That is one of the things I miss the most about the midwest.

Hehe, the wind up server is too great for words.

I'm glad Daisy's better and eating. With a name like that, the food is probably pretty dern tasty. ;)
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-08-02 22:15 (UTC) (Link)
...but alas, no one's ever logged on.
I've had a real problem with logging on myself since I left STL. Perhaps, just perhaps, once I get my house.

I want a storm, could you please send one this way?
If I had the power, I would turn the winds around, I would roll in the fog, I would bring in storms, I would change the polarity of the earth so compasses couldn't work...

Hehe, the wind up server is too great for words.
You're cool because you think that.

With a name like that, the food is probably pretty dern tasty. ;)
With a name like that I wanted to try it myself!
Elizabeth Krumbach
princessleia2 at 2007-08-04 11:50 (UTC) (Link)
Daisy's now healed

Hooray! We wish her the best as she continues to regain her strength :)
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2007-08-05 06:34 (UTC) (Link)
What a pussy!!!!
JaceMan
jaceman at 2007-08-05 23:50 (UTC) (Link)
"It was a busy day yesterday - so much so, that I chose to stay signed off of all my Instant Messengers, much to the chagrin of some of you."

What an ego!

All of the direct lighting hits that you suffered, I'm assuming, were direct lightNing hits since a little "stage lighting" never hurt anyone.

By the way... what's the resolution of the projector you mentioned?
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-08-06 02:39 (UTC) (Link)
1080 I believe.
(Anonymous) at 2007-08-06 02:29 (UTC) (Link)

Glad you visited

Come over anytime to sort through Ernest's pile of toys.
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-08-06 02:40 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Glad you visited

Thank you ma'am, you were as delightful as you were generous. I hope soon to help with the 'clean-up' effort and get that heavy UPS rack-mounted so you can get your front porch back ;)
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