Party & Parade

We had my 40th birthday bash Saturday.  Sandy threw a great party, made lots of great food, and everyone had a great time.  I think I had a few too many wine coolers myself, because I ended up with a splitting headache.  My bad leg was also a bit sore from all the walking around throughout the day, but that was expected.  The surprise “giveaway” sale at Bear’s neighbor’s house was a nice bonus. I think EVERYONE ended up taking a gift or two home from the party! Kevin was cute–as we left the neighbor’s house with a bunch of toys for him he said “Daddy, can I get some more toys at the NEXT house??”

Today was the Kenosha Civic Veteran’s Parade.  We watched from our usual spot on 60th Street and Sheridan Road at First United Methodist Church.  We sit there because they have a Strawberry Festival at the church the same day, and we love the brats, hotdogs and strawberries and ice cream!  It makes a great lunch, and then we’re early enough for decent seats when the parade starts.  The parade was pretty nice and I took over 140 pictures.  I’ll post them soon for everyone to see, as well as the photos from our trip to the Circus this week.

It’s a done deal

I’m finished. My career at CirQon ended at around 11:00am this morning. I was dismissed. I, along with a few other remaining co-workers, stood around the office and watched in shock as the movers carted away the desks, cabinets and chairs that were once part of our home away from home. They were amazingly swift today, as if the end of the day today was some sort of deadline and they just realized they were out of time. The other four days of the week were very quiet in the building and all of a sudden it was bustling with movers in nearly every department at once!

As a few co-workers and I waited for our “walking papers” we watched them clearing each room and moving on to the next. We even had to switch to different rooms to wait in because the furniture was being moved out all around us most of the time!

If you’re not bored to death by this yet, read on for some photo highlights…

Wow, are these exciting. Take a look.

BootDisk (23k image)

This was my Weapon of Mass Destruction for the past two weeks. I think I reformatted about 40 hard drives containing a total of around 175GB of information before carting each one out to the dock to be loaded onto a tractor-trailer.

NoServers (60k image)

This is where the two servers were that sat next to me for years. Mark Stricklin, my former supervisor, added the countertop. It was attached to a desk on the left, and held up on the right by a fire safe. Mark got out of IT and went into politics and construction over a year ago. He was smart enough to get out before he was forced to…

LastWorkstation (66k image)

There it is. My lonely workstation before I was told to pack it up and move it out early this morning. The screen and keyboard at left aren’t attached to a computer–they were key conspirators in my use of the aforementioned Weapon of Mass Destruction… I would wheel each computer in on a gurney, hook up the IV’s (keyboard, mouse, monitor), and then procedure to fry all of it’s data. Can I be indicted for war crimes?

I have more photos of more empty rooms, empty shelves, and nothingness, but this is getting too depressing. Time to move on….

Ghost Ship

It’s eerie (eery?) here. Each morning when I come in to work it sounds a little quieter. Less whirring of machines. Fewer hard drives spinning. Less fans keeping things cool. Emptier offices. What once was an active manufacturing plant buzzing with activity and production has been reduced to a quiet, empty shell of a building. Even the two network servers that lived and worked right beside me each day for years are now gone, moved to a server closet with the rest of the network hardware. It’s depressing. All that remains in my cubicle are empty shelves, 2 empty desks, an empty fire safe, and my workstation in the corner. I’m afraid if I’m not alert enough or take too long of a break one day this week I’ll return to find my own workstation has been packed up and shipped out! All good things must come to an end, as they say… or as I like to say: “Working at CirQon has been swell… but the swelling is going down now…”

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Stairmaster Swimming

Kev and I went swimming last night. Rec-Plex is amazingly uncrowded this time of year. Everyone must be doing outdoor activities instead. It was good to get back to it though. We love swimming, so I always try to go at least a few times a week but with the leg problems I’ve been having, the swims have been few and far between. The leg is looking almost completely normal now, and feels pretty good.

Kevin and I did 4 trips down the huge waterslide, which was no easy accomplishment (for me, anyway). It’s like a giant stairmaster, then a 15-second looping slide back to the bottom. It didn’t phase Kevin though, he was ready to go several more times if I had let him.

And check out my new toy… Briggs and Stratton engine… right outta Tool Time! Arrr arrrr arrrrr.

1 down, 1 to go

Sandy’s last day of work was yesterday. It was the last day for many employees of our company, so the employees threw a nice potluck lunch. Everyone was thoroughly stuffed after lunch, and there were a lot of sad goodbyes, handshaking, and hugs. Hopefully it’s on to bigger and better things for everyone. I also received my notice yesterday, so I’ll be done next Friday myself.

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Fed up!

Ok, now I’ve had it. My allergic reaction is now reoccuring, just as my original infection reoccured before it. I’m caught in some sort of loop here. I saw the doctor today and he stopped the antibiotics. Turns out I’m PROBABLY allergic to all of them I guess. So now I’m on Benadryl to treat the allergic reaction and I’m off the antibiotics completely. The doctor says if the infection comes back go back to the ER. (And I imagine we’ll repeat this whole scenario once again–Why does it feel like I’m my own personal version of the movie “Groundhog Day?”) Hopefully the infection is dead enough for my body to continue to fight it, otherwise I’m screwed. The doctor said even if he sends me to a specialist, the specialist will just prescribe more antibiotics… Sheesh.

He said most people who get an infection can get rid of it in a few weeks, but since my circulation in my legs is so bad it takes ME months instead. He suggested some foot exercises to increase circulation, and lots of elevation of the leg. I sure need to do SOMETHING different, that’s for sure. Guess it’s time to start doing the treadmill again and take off some weight.

Spam Test

As I understand it, spambots (not to be confused with SPYbot) automatically scan all HTML pages on the web and harvest e-mail addresses. I’d like to test this theory and see if it works. Since these blog entries are stored as html files, all I should have to do is refer to TheSpamminator@jimtrottier.com or someone familiar like Cletus@jimtrottier.com or maybe Zoltan@jimtrottier.com or CaveDweller@jimtrottier.com and then just sit back and see what happens. I have already setup a “catchall” mailbox to grab all the mail sent to my domain that isn’t directed to a real mailbox, so we’ll see what happens and how long it takes. It should be interesting to see the types of ads too, so I’ll post stats when they start arriving. I’m expecting Winkie enlargements and Viagra ads to be the winners though…

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Happy Father’s Day!

Sandy and Kevin took me out to breakfast this morning, and Sandy’s cookin’ out right now for supper… Got some Cajun Sausages for me! =) Kev and I went to see Nemo yesterday. That was pretty cool! See my “30-second” review in our Forums for more information. Other than that, the leg seems to be healing well, a lot of the pain has gone now…and seems to have been replaced with a boatload of ITCHING! I just try to keep it coated in moisturizer and anti-itch cream, and that seems to help a lot.

What’s up, Doc?

My doctor didn’t have much to say during yesterday’s visit. “Well, it looks better…” was about it. He gave me another week of antibiotics and some pain pills and said if it doesn’t clear up this time we’ll have to take some x-rays. He said that last time too, and I thought it DID clear up, but it came back anyway. I have to see him again in a week. We’re just a bit concerned with the timing. We’ll be out of work a couple weeks, and we had hoped to be done with the whole mess by then but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen.

Well, Sandy got her notice this morning. Next Friday is her last day of work. 🙁 Here it comes…