A few new photos

Sandy took some neat pictures of some geese that stopped traffic on the road recently.  There were at least 3 babies and 4 adults walking in a line.  Check it out. They’re in this “Misc. photos” set.  I also used one of them for my website banner.  She also just uploaded some cemetery photos during this weekend’s Memorial Day visit.  Those are right here.

The makings of a future ‘geek memoir’, perhaps?

While searching through my oldest documents I recently stumbled upon an old text database containing hundreds of postings from my website.  For me, this is exciting.  It’s a chunk of my past that I thought was lost forever.  Tiny glimpses of day-to-day things, just ramblings mostly, akin to short Facebook or Twitter posts (which weren’t even possible back then).  I have been carefully going through them (there are a lot of spam postings in there as well) and grabbing everything significant, and re-posting it on my site here.  They start in January, 2001, over 10 years ago!  This is when I first put up my website as jimtrottier.com–right near the end of 2000 and into 2001.  I’m pretty sure I was still in dialup back then!  This was very shortly after BBS’s went away and I was no longer a “sysop” of my own BBS–if anyone out here remembers those days.

There are some elements still missing–including nearly all links & photos, but I’m still adding a lot more over this weekend.  All of the photos were in various places on the web back then, and not on Flickr as they are now, so the links are missing, but the references are still there.  Some images were actually embedded in the site themselves though, and amazingly, I was able to recover some of those, but others, I’m afraid, may really be gone forever.

If you’re interested in reading these flashbacks, the easiest way to jump back there is to drop down the “Archive” list in the right sidebar on this site, then pick a month and year.

Zombies invade Lincoln Middle School!

UndeadKev - BeforeKevin’s really having a good time with his Theater Arts class this year.  First he scared the crap out of us when he came out of school with horrible head, arm and hand injuries.  This week he came home Undead!  I really got a kick out of it.  So much so, that we both decided to take it even further and digitally enhance him even more.  I used Kai’s Power Tools on his teeth (yikes! Sounds painful!) and google image searched for “scars and cuts” and found some decent skin disorders to copy.  Believe me, the ones I actually used were extremely mild compared to the horror that I found in those search results!  Take a look at the before and after photos.  He took a copy of each photo to school today to show them off.  On the back of the BEFORE photo I wrote “Dawn of the Dead”.  On the back of the AFTER photo I wrote “28 Days Later”.

Miscellaneous Weekend

Breaking in the new fire pitWe finally got a new fire pit after our old one fell apart last year.  Dennis had given it to us, and we gave it many good feedings until the fencing around it just crumbled and fell apart.  We love to cook hot dogs and marshmallows (burnt & crunchy is best for both) and just sit around the fire and keep warm.  It also allows us to quickly get rid of all of our excess cardboard boxes.  Kevin and I assembled it this morning and we were very proud to see how he handled the work.  He didn’t complain or whine about it, did what he was told to do, and I think he enjoyed the whole experience.  I know he especially enjoyed the “breaking in”, when he got to tear up the cardboard box and packing for the fire pit itself, put it inside, and watch it go up in flames.

Kevin’s had more free time to do other things lately, now that the Playstation Network is down and he can’t play with his friends in Little Big Planet.   He was pretty disappointed the first week, but now that we’re entering the third week of it, he’s been moving on to other things.  So I guess it’s not a completely bad thing, at least for us.  I can’t help but think there are millions of other people out there experiencing something similar with PSN down, so I have some concerns that this is going to impact Sony and the PS3 in a huge way moving forward.  It was our favorite gaming platform before, but I’m not so sure any more.  Kevin’s still playing other games on it now–mostly Portal 2–but we’re just not as into it with such a huge part of it disabled.  No updates for anything, no communicating with anyone in any game, Kevin tries on dad's glassesand the worst part is no video chatting.  We especially enjoy the latter when Tyler comes over for a weekend… He has virtual visits with the AZ half of his family every time he comes, and we all enjoy that.  I heard yesterday that hackers actually attacked PSN twice in the past two weeks, and they were planning a third attack this weekend, so who knows when it’ll be back up again.  Kevin dutifully checks it once or twice a day and keeps me posted.

Kevin also tried on my glasses this morning and had to pose for pictures.  Take a look.

Old Photo Album 12 is now up!

Old Photo Album 12I just finished scanning Album 12 from my dad’s old chest.  This poor album had nothing at all to identify any of its photos.  Luckily, I recognized a lot of its contents, so I added all the details I could.  There’s some great photos from one of my mom and dad’s vacations to her father’s place – The Little Buckaroo Ranch in Modesto, CA.  I remember them deciding to take Elizabeth on that vacation, but they couldn’t afford to take anyone else with them, so I had to stay home.  It was her first time flying, I believe.  Other photos include various family members and relatives in Kenosha, and a few more mysteries.  Enjoy!