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Good to see you again, son.

Posted on 2006.08.08 at 09:46
Current Location: 63134
Current Mood: FANTASTIC!
Current Music: The Fly/The Fly II soundtracks on repeat...
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You are walking down a country road. It is a quiet afternoon. You look up and far, far down the road you see someone walking toward you. You are surprised to have noticed someone so far away. But you keep walking, expecting nothing more than a friendly nod as you pass. He gets closer. You see he has bright orange hair. He is closer- a white sating suit spotted with colored dots. Closer-a painted white face and red lips. You and he are fifty yards apart. You, and a full-fledged clown holding a bicycle horn are twenty yards apart. You approach on the lonely country road. You nod. He honks and passes.
-- Steve Martin, "Cruel Shoes"

The core switch in our facility which is the fiber-backbone of our entire network blew out this morning bringing everyone down. This is not a small thing. Fortunately, the day before, we had identified a burning smell coming from the switch and it was hot to the touch, so we contacted the remote network guys and asked them to overnight us a new one. It arrived this morning, 30 minutes after the switch blew, fully configured. Swap GBICs, power on the unit, total downtime: 40 minutes. A severe outage that actually made us look good, like we know what we're doing. I love it when a plan comes together.

My back stopped hurting yesterday about 1500. Well, it evaporated to the point it was no longer my main focus. As I was mostly inanimate that day, my newfound evening-time energy level was over-the-top; a rare occurrence indeed. My wife was shell-shocked and hiding in the basement when I got home. Apparently, she stopped drinking coffee and had only decaffeinated tea during the day. She was completely listless. No worries, Super-Dad was home! I did a little of this, a little of that, danced a dance, then smoked some salmon on the grill. It was so good that both the children ate all of theirs, and asked for seconds. WOW! Later that evening, after I'd read to the children and tucked them into bed, the wife and I stayed up and played HGTV's Mission: Organization in the basement and tried to maximize our living area by shifting our paradigm of expectations and events. Even straight lines became blurred as we laid out the battlefield! At 0045 it was time to throw in the towel with much progress having been made.

From a meme on swashbuckler332's site:

Made out with someone on your friends list?
No... but I certainly wouldn't mind with some of them... (stop looking so hopeful, ehowton, I'm not talking about you).

Alas, shot down again...

How cool is this: My wife asks me about digitizing all our music, and making it available wirelessly throughout the house. Wow! What a dream come true! I start with the plasma HDTV required for the new mac mini using iLife '06 and it's built-in wireless, sharing out the second 160GB drive she suggested I purchase to hold our (approximately) remaining 10,000 songs. I explained that most of the infrastructure was already in place to do this, we'd just require the second mini and the television as the big-ticket items. Her goal, in part - was to get rid of the physical media, my 2500 CD's. I explain corporate backup strategy and relate it to the CD's being our 'backup' in case of catastrophic failure, conceding that I would gladly pack them up and store them away for archival purposes. I also explained the time involved in bringing such a project to fruition. She wasn't disenchanted with any part of my oration, which is always a good sign. She also wanted to move toward a better surround-system, which I managed to talk up a more expensive version of what we currently have, without breaking the $500 range. Ta-friggin-da!

I'm sorry. My responses are limited. You must ask the right questions.


This Is Me, Ten Sticks
lehah at 2006-08-09 00:38 (UTC) (Link)
Happy to see your choice in music! Can't wait to see what you think
ehowton at 2006-08-09 02:12 (UTC) (Link)
I usually require multiple listenings before I attempt to judge a piece - especially the more subtle ones. I want to be able to pick out the underlying riffs and recurring themes first, and memorize the arrangements by track. Knowing I wasn't going to get a chance to listen to them even once uninterrupted, I took the CD's to work and ripped them on my computer there. Alas, Monday I was so busy I didn't get to listen to them at all. Today, I drug both albums into its own playlist and put it on repeat all day. So far, I'm enjoying the Shore more than the Young - the latter initially seemingly more heavy, but I'm also enjoying Young's threaded tracks which I've noticed over Shore's. I listened to A Beautiful Mind every day for several months to integrate myself with the score and listen to nuances of the orchestration, something I plan to do with these two as well.
bigdog_etc at 2006-08-09 15:02 (UTC) (Link)

my newfound evening-time energy level was over-the-top; a rare occurrence indeed

I too had an unusual amount of energy last evening; allowing me to get a lot of little jobs accomplished around the house.
ehowton at 2006-08-09 15:29 (UTC) (Link)

Re: my newfound evening-time energy level was over-the-top; a rare occurrence indeed

True dat, homey. Makes the wife happy too. Alas, last night (since I was without pain during the day apparently) I was back to my morose self yesterday evening.

Some things are not meant to last...
leonardii at 2006-08-09 17:07 (UTC) (Link)

#2 Excellent! Fucking excellent! Good job soldier.

#3 Mmmmmm. How did you prepare that fish?

#4 Don't fuck your friends - it ruins the relationship. Just snuggle with them - that's how you bond!

#5 Buena Suerte!
ehowton at 2006-08-09 20:39 (UTC) (Link)
#1) Well, we were all set for a long winter. We got the wood out; we got the animals barned up. It was the last of November and we felt winter coming and suddenly we saw the storm start to hit, and it was fierce. We rushed inside and got the fire goin', and Ma started some broth. Then about nine minutes later, it was spring. Dangdest thing I ever saw. There we were, standin' outside in our mufflers an' sheepskin coats, seein' the birds chirpin' and the flowers bloomin' and it was ninety degrees. Then, we all just looked at each other for about two weeks.


#3)Smoked. Encrusted with roasted garlic. Jack Daniels's smoking pellets.

#4) I'll keep that in mind dude...uh, thanks.

#5) Danke.
leonardii at 2006-08-10 00:45 (UTC) (Link)
#3)Smoked. Encrusted with roasted garlic. Jack Daniels's smoking pellets.

Any marinade or oil with that? Is that fresh garlic and is it crushed/grated/minced or what?

You must forgive my persistence.

Lena's bringing home some fish - I don't know what it's gonna be. Probably will be salmon, but she's looking for something different. I just wanna be prepared.
ehowton at 2006-08-10 03:32 (UTC) (Link)
Dude. Sam's Club. I buy those LARGE containers of spices. Cayenne, Crushed Red Pepper, Black Peppercorns, Chili Powder, Roasted Garlic! It's not the garlic powder or garlic salt - I saw this for the first time the last time we went. They make a fantastic Chipotle blend spice. This is the roasted garlic equivilant.

Lay out your fish. Coat the everlivingshit out of them with your spice of choice. Spray Olive Oil Pam over your creation.

I stone-clean my porcelien-coated cast-iron grates (prior to every meal), remove the smaller of the grates (which I keep on the far left side) fire it up, coat the remaining grates with Pam for Grills, and close the lid. I place a 6x6 folded aluminum foil packet with a half-cup of Jack Daniels Smoking Pellets and a single hole on the left-most burner, and turn it about a 1/4 of the way up (hot enough to get the pellets to smoke like mad, yet keeping internal temperature right at 300-degrees) and - once smoking, place the filets atop the unlight burners and let the smoke do it's thing. The smoke runs out in about 20 minutes. If the slices are too thick (I'm not making lox here) I turn the remaining three burners on 'low' and give them about 5 minutes.

Dude - it was you taught me that salmon was to be grilled!
leonardii at 2006-08-10 04:21 (UTC) (Link)
Dude - it was you taught me that salmon was to be grilled!

Yes, well - thank you. :) It was you who taught me about smoking pellets. Being from Texas, we would be embarrassed if we didn't know how to handle the grill.

I was just interested in your spices and marinade. Which - you've just answered! Roasted garlic spice?? Never seen it - but now I will look for it. It sounds delicious.

It makes me so happy to see my girls enjoying (and devouring) my recipes and creations from the grill.
ehowton at 2006-08-10 17:45 (UTC) (Link)
No other reason to do what we do...
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2006-08-13 18:13 (UTC) (Link)
Your hat makes me think of the Dukes of Hazzard for some reason. Is this just coincidence?
drax0r at 2006-08-14 08:33 (UTC) (Link)
To Jesse: Dude - it was you taught me that salmon was to be grilled!

I dunno, I've found that burning some salmon covered in butter, paprika, garlic, salt, pepper, cayenne, and cumin in a very hot, dry pan, is really quite nice.
ehowton at 2006-08-14 20:46 (UTC) (Link)
Blackened. Very nice.
drax0r at 2006-08-14 08:22 (UTC) (Link)
Made out with someone on your friends list?

Heh, I'd have to answer 'four' if I were taking that survey. I'll leave it as an exercise to the reader to figure out which four.

How cool is this:

That's amazingly cool. I might try to parlay this into using your existing mini and an external hard drive as the media server to justify the purchase of a new Mac Pro.

P.S.: I've seen the Bose Acoustimass 15 5.1 system for as little as $215 on ebay.
ehowton at 2006-08-16 19:14 (UTC) (Link)
Parley? Damn to the depths whatever man what thought of "Parley".
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