ebay: A Rant

What are Fridays good for if not getting a good rant off your chest? This is something that’s been bothering me for a while, and I find that I frequently write it in e-mails, so I figure I can write it once here, and in the future when I need it I can simply point folks to this entry.

I purchased my first ebay item back in october of 1998 (if memory serves, it was for a Furby). Been using it for a while. While I’ve sold a few items on ebay, I’m primarily a buyer. As a buyer, nothing torques me off more than this:

When you receive your item, please leave feedback for me and then I’ll do the same for you.

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Hello 40′s

just a quick update… the weekend camping excursion was a blast, and pitching the tent proved to be far less arduous of a process than i had expected (altho a few NSFW words were involved).

since a picture is worth 1000 words, i’ll let the photos speak for themselves.

also posted a 1 minute youtube video of my daughters feeding a wild turkey, which was fairly comical.

Good-Bye 30′s

Today is the last day that I’ll be “in my 30′s”. When I wake up tomorrow, I’ll have hit the big four-oh.

I’d like to think I won’t be too weirded out by it all, but it’s already hitting me a little bit. Feeling kinda… dunno really. Just weird :)

My company gives employees the day off on their birthday, so a three-day weekend will be nice. Taking the family camping (our first camping outing). There’s a nice campground not too far from here. It’s about a 40 minute drive. 20 minutes horizontally, then 20 minutes vertically up a mountain. We drove there a couple of weekends ago to scope out the campsites, and reserved one that overlooks a lake.

Should be a fairly serene setting to reflect on being old. I’ll be completely “off-the-grid”. No computer, no internet, and no cell (I’ll have the phone but I’m not expecting any signal). The serenity may not actually start until i finish pitching the tent (which i expect to be wholly comical and probably contain some NSFW language). But the rest of it should be pretty cool.

40. Ugh.


New York Giants are World Champions

I watch one sport. Football (American football to be specific). 16 weeks a year, my wife graciously allows me my Sundays (and the occasional Monday or Thursday or… well, Saturday) to watch my Giants play.

It’s been a while since I’ve been really happy about that. I mean, they’re my team (I was born and raised in New Jersey), so I stick with ‘em through good and bad… but past few years there’s just not been much more than infrequent flashes of “good” surrounded by pretty consistent ….well… not so good.

We last made it to the Superbowl in 2000, and were embarrassed 34-7 by the Ravens. Since then, we got a new coach (who was on the verge of being run out of town last season), traded the farm for Eli Manning, and in spite of making it to the playoffs the last 3 years, never advanced past the first (wildcard) game.

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Saw Battlestar Galactica: Razor

A couple of weeks ago, the folks behind the re-imaged Battlestar Galactica announced that they were going to hold advance pre-screenings of their upcoming made-for-tv Battlestar Galactica: Razor movie in select cities. As luck would have it, the San Francisco area was in the mix, and I registered my wife and myself for a showing in Walnut Creek (about 20 minutes north of us here in the East Bay).

Last night was the showing, and it was pretty frickin’ amazing.

I got into BSG relatively late. Caught some of the early eps when they first aired, but I wasn’t able to get into it. It might have been expectations… I was expecting more of the old show… "traditional" sci-fi. But this new show leaned towards being more drama than sci-fi. While there were action sequences, they were few and far between, and I thought the pacing of the show was a bit slow. so I didn’t stick with it.

After a few seasons, the show was still around, and had garnered a lot of acclaim (both from critics and fans), so my curiosity was piqued. I picked up the old episodes from the first miniseries through the end of season 3. This time, I was watching with a different set of expectations. I knew it wasn’t going to be a fast paced action show. And this time I got sucked in. We’d watch episodes back-to-back (to-back-to-back). Sleep was for the weak. We burned thru all of the episodes in a couple of weeks.

Then the well went dry.

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On the Road Again…

Well, that didn’t last long.

We got to Redlands in September of last year (after having moved from AZ to FL in Jan of 2005). This coming September, we’ll be hitching up the wagons once again to head north.

I recently accepted a new position at Amcom Computer Services in sunny San Ramon, California working with Tariq Ahmed. It sounds like it’s going to be an exciting opportunity, and I expect to learn a few new things along the way (Flex!). They’ve already bought a Flex book for me (thanks, Tariq!) and I’m working my way through the chapters (the book is The Essential Guide to Flex 2 with Actionscript 3.0 by Charles E. Brown).

Not really looking forward to making another move… but the good news is that we still haven’t fully unpacked from the last one (procrastination for the win!). But everything about the move seems right. Everyone I’ve met at Amcom seem nice and genuinely interested in not only the success of the company, but the successes of each other. I think the Bay Area (ok… East Bay Area) is going to be a bit easier to tolerate than the heat of the southern California desert (this same type of heat was the reason we originally left AZ). We’ll also be closer to places like Tahoe and Yosemite… both of which are high on my wife’s list of favorite vacation spots.

Should we start a pool on where I’ll be moving to next September? :)

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