July 22nd, 2006

Drop Ship

Voice Post Sequal

One for the archives!

So I get to the airport an hour and a half early the next day, after only two hours sleep. Security, stand in line at McDonalds for the gazillion-calorie McSkillit, meander back to my gate - they're calling final boarding at the half hour mark! No wonder I missed my flight - even though I arrived 45 minutes prior the day before, they'd already boarded. This flight, too was booked and the standby passengers were trying to prevent me from approaching the boarding ramp!

The Travel Agency got me back good for missing the flight the day before - they put me in the very back of the plane. I'm talking the very last seat. You know those rejects you always make fun in the back of the plane? Yeah, I was sitting next to them. So we get all strapped in, I settle in with my book, and we taxi out and stop. Then the plane makes a complete circle. The plane makes another complete circle the opposite direction! Ultimately, we come to a complete stop in a 'maintenance area' where we sit for an hour and a half while they change a spark plug.

The rest of the flight was uneventful. I arrive in STL, the bus drops me off at work and I get in my car and text galinda822 who has had approximately 10 hours of sleep in the last three days getting STL up and running since the storms Wednesday. We've both been on phone calls nearly non-stop for the last several days and she got the last thing fixed while I was in the air. I run home to shower and change clothes. I have an eleven (11) minute commute. Between the time I got in my car, and made it home, another storm hit, knocked down more trees, and blew the power from both sites again. So it begins, again. No rest for the wicked. I fully expect a conference call at some point today where instead of looking at redundancy options, we relocate both exchange servers temporarily to our secondary location (which has since been restored with power). Of course this won't give them VPN or blackberry, simply web-access only email. I'm pushing for either the redundancy option, or alternately, a back-up generator.

After Carla got the sites shut down, and I escallated the whole mess, I did get a nap in. I figure I got a good 45 minutes between a text message from celtmanx and one phonecall each from photogoot, drax0r, and a guy at work. Decided the hell with it, cancelled Movie Night and grilled a medly of vegetables for dinner, put the kids down, read about a quarter of Dan Brown's Deception Point, and went to bed sleeping a full 10 hours. Ah, blissful sleep!

Awoke this morning, kissed the wife goodbye over a cup of coffee, and saw Carla briefly as they went out shopping. I had a little shopping to do myself today. $275 later, and not wanting to leave the house again, I walked away from Best Buy with a PS2, a second controller, two memory cards, GT4 and Racing Italino. My boy's favorite so far is Vigilate V8, and Ridge Racer 4 (both PS1 games). I haven't cracked the two new games yet, mostly because GT2 frustrated him to tears. He also enjoyed Test Drive 5 and N20, two other PS1 games I had sitting around the house.

In order to pacify little girl, and not have her monopolize the television, I headed for the PC games. She wanted Cinderella's Dollhouse for $20. I chose Disney's Magical Dress-Up for $10. She cried. The Dress-Up game was not only cheaper, it was geared more toward her age-group. We got home, I cracked the box, and was astonished to find, "Cinderella's Dollhouse." In a surprising move of situational ethics, I loaded it and she's been playing all day. Perhaps I was incorrect about the age-group thing.

Carla and my wife won't be home until late, we'll probably end up ordering out and watching a movie, but I can't wait just to go to bed again - provided that is, I'm not up overnight moving servers...


Carla and the wife arrived earlier than I expected. We did indeed order out (China Fun) then Garrett and I cracked open GT4 while the girls smoked cigars on the back patio. They had started painting the bedroom, and were waiting for the first coat to dry.

The intro to GT4 was incredible. I can't wait to play the 'game' outside of Arcade Mode. However, as my son and I were going head-to-head, that's all I've played so far. Still, I'm very impressed. Head and shoulders above GT & GT2. I settled on an oval track to help curb my sons frustration, and to help him learn how to drive in a straight line (not necessary for Vigilante V8 for example). My first race was in a silver 1969 Dodge Charger. The replay of that race brought a tear to my eye...seeing that awesome car glide around the track. After about a dozen or so different cars, I gave my son the advantage by choosing a circa 1970 19-horsepower Mitsubishi. He nearly lapped me. Its cool to play video games with your son.

At 2130 the call came in that the power had been restored at our primary location. As Carla and my wife were back inside painting, I snatched her and we headed out. Facilities showed up and restarted the Liebert unit, and 15 minutes later I powered on our backup server, the only Sun Microsystems in the building.

I think I'm going to bed now.