Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Technology

As an adult, I have always been the one to lag technology & style trends. I refuse to pay the “new” technology / fashion price. I don’t own Abercrombie & Fitch. I never thought about buying an IPOD.

The last couple of years I have purchased a few computers and a digital camera. I don’t spend a huge amount of time learning “how” they work. I just want to use them as they are advertised. I recently purchased a Palm TX. This is supposed to be the Mac daddy of non-phone gadgets. I would love to have a Trio. However, I am not paying monthly moneys to cingular or anyone else for that toy. I am spending more and more time – figuring this thing out than in technology past.

The Palm TX. This puppy rocks. It does the normal calendar, contacts and solitaire. It has a great list of extras: SD card expansion (games, books, music, pictures), Wi-Fi for those hot spot layovers, Speaker and headset jack, MP3 and other music capabilities and a huge color screen.

I am still learning all this thing will do. I hope to interweave this into my Geocaching hobby. Using the internet and storage capabilities to be able to view the cache pages while out on the trail. This will surely beat lugging around a notepad or a laptop.

The SD card slot is awesome. I have already downloaded all of my 2006 pictures and ripped all my CD music onto a 2 Gig card. I have now lots of family photos and an MP3 player to go with me at all times. Speaking of MP3. I told a friend about its capabilities of MP3 and my travels through learning how to create, save and listen to it. He went out and purchased an MP3 player and immediately I was looked upon as the expert. That hasn’t happened in a while. Me an expert on Technology? – don’t laugh too hard. I was able to help him and now he has rock n roll to listen to.

The Wi-Fi is awesome. I can link up to a wireless network and surf around – even checking both internet mail and business mail. I was online last night on CMT trying to get it to play some videos from that website. Maybe it has limits but I didn’t figure out how. The best thing was it was a cinch to figure out the security set-up with the wireless at home. Now, if Full Tilt will create a Palm Internet Poker program – I will be set.

Tonight is Poker night. Jason and I have agreed to meet up and take the tournament by storm. I am not sure what strategies I will employ. It really depends on how I feel when it starts. Sometimes I am not really in the mood to play and get really aggressive. Usually this works to build a chip stack and then I have to stay and play while not in the mood. If I want to try and last in the tournament, I will play like scared money and lose it slowly and miss the cut-off. Tight the first couple of rounds and tight/aggressive in the middle rounds and tighten back up near the end. Maybe this is the style I will employ. Any comments?

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Birthday Party photos


Little One = What?


Mom and Little one - Wheee!!!


It's my party and and I will smile if I want to.


Best Friends!


The Gang


I am ready to be in the military!

Yes - I am Queen.


My Castle

Friday, January 12, 2007

Catch up

Topic 1 – Garmin stock
The stock slide I mentioned earlier is in full swing. The stock is down a little over 3 dollars a share from its late 2006 high. I am closely watching it and hoping to pick it back up around $48 ~ $49 dollars a share. The slide was initially fairly steep just after ringing in 2007. However that slide angle is growing less and less. This is leading me to believe that the stock may not make it back under $50. If it does, I am going to have an itchy trigger finger. We’ll see.

Topic 2 – Aaron (outdoorliving265) and his dating endeavors into Match.com. You’ve seen the ads and you have discussed it around the water cooler. Hear first hand accounts of a man’s trek along this information age dating avenue. Aaron is a good writer and opens his heart and mind for all to see. A true blogger is he. Go check this blog out. It’s a good read and will tempt you to look into your own soul for truths that may or may not come to the surface often. I was fortunate enough to meet Aaron one day and spent the majority of that day with him and his friends. They are true honest souls walking this earth, living the life and enjoying their ride.

Topic 3 – My life. The wife, being the ladder climbing corporate accountant she is, I have had an increase level of house and family duties this week. A lame excuse for me not blogging. I have cooked dinners, washed dishes, washed cloths, gave baths, disciplined, watched over homework, played games, ate out (because I can), generally cleaned house and I am plum tuckered out. When is my wife coming home….. Lovely wife of mine – I do so sincerely appreciate you. With good fortune, she will be home today at a decent time. I think I will reward her with her choice of anywhere on the planet to go for dinner. I need her. I want her. Little one wants her. Little one needs her. Our house / home is hanging on but I am not sure it will continue without her womanly ways. Okay – enough of my whining.

On the brighter side, I have a game plan for accumulating our tax documents. I said I have a plan, I don’t know if it is a good plan or not. We will see in a month or so. I am sure my follow through of the plan will fail before anything. Child care, stocks, mortgages, 2nd mortgages, employment, and side employment –how are common folk supposed to keep track of all this stuff? I am the type that likes to deliver all my documents to our tax accountant in a neat and orderly manner on February 1st. I think it is the thrill of the return check I expect. I know when you pay as much mortgage interest as I do, I better get some back! I am thinking of a nice weekend trip to the Pocono’s with the return. I am sure my wife is thinking of fattening up of the savings account. That’s our battle. I am sure she will win. Oh phooey!

Topic 4 – Geocaching. Plain and simple. I haven’t been. I haven’t hidden and I haven’t researched. Review topic 3 for hints why. I am itchy to get back out there and hunt for these darned things. I was picking up the occasional micro urban cache. However, most of the ones around the house and along the work route are done. There is a meeting of us GPS geeks in a couple weeks in Columbus Georgia at Port Columbus. I am aiming at attending this one. It is on a Sunday afternoon. I will push for it to be a family event. We will see how the family thinks of this idea. Tomorrow will mark 7 days in a row without a cache find – unbelievable!

Topic 5 – Birthday plans. Little one turned 6 this week and Saturday will be filled with family and friends and party goers. My family in coming down from Dalton. The wife’s family is coming in from Alabama. A wide and excited ride for all will be had. Unless I pick up a cache that is over near the “pump it up” in Tyrone, it will be 8 days without a Geocache.

Topic 6 – Poker. I haven’t done a lot of this either lately. I have played a few sit-n-go’s online. I have some good showings. Some getting my hands caught in the cookie jar. I can’t relate it clearly now – days later. But, I was in a 48 player sit-n-go and got caught early in a hand I should have known better in playing. I was caught with second best 2 pair and lost 80% of my starting chips within the first blind level. I took 285 tournament chips and a lowest 47 position and worked it all the way to a 2nd place finish. The blinds were still low enough I could wait for a hand. I moved in a couple of times and about the third time I tripled up and got back even with the rest of the field. From there I worked wonders with the chips and by the 3rd level was swapping the lead with another player at a different table. I picked up hands and I was stacked repeatedly by players thinking I was bluffing. Who me? I was not pleased with the 2nd place finish. I went to heads up a slight chip leader. I was totally juiced about making up the ground I had lost in the beginning of the tournament. However, I could have not got more lousy cards than I got in heads up. If I made top pair, my opponent would have an over pair. Nothing was coming my way. That was so upsetting. To have come so far only to be thrown out to the dogs in a fleeting moment was unsettling.

Well, I guess that sums up a week past and a few days future. I will catch up to you peeps later.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

At Peace

How is everyone?

Okay, I started with a question. Did you answer the normal – without a thought – "Im all right." Or, did you think for a few minutes and come to a formative conclusion about your true state of being? This Sunday afternoon I am good. Things are good in our life. 2007 is starting out on good notes. My wife and I have good jobs. We are making enough money to pay our bills and everyone in our close and extended family has relative good health. I truly hope 2007 is starting off very well for you also.

I recently was out Geocaching in Peachtree City, GA. On this recent outing, I traded for a rubber bracelet. I normally don’t take to fad items – like the yellow lance Armstrong rubber bracelet. The traded for bracelet hit a spot with me. The inscription on it is “LIVE LIFE LIKE YOU MEAN IT”. I am taking this statement into 2007 and I am going to live life like I mean it. I may look like an idiot wearing an outdated fad item. However, when you see me with it on, I should be living life like I mean it.

We had one more beautiful Saturday in Georgia. Near 70 degrees and the sun was shinning. Next week is supposed to turn cold and produce highs in the 50’s. That should put a brick wall around the Geocaching front. Next week will also be the first week back to normal with work and Little One’s school.

We do have Little One’s birthday party next Saturday. Can you believe it? She will be 6 years old. We have reserved her party at Pump it up. An interesting place of jumbo jumps and items. We went to Publix’s last night and ordered her birthday cake. She picked out a “Castle” cake. Should be a good cake.

Well, I will drop a few photos of Christmas and be done. See you later!
Little One
Rakethetable
Little One, Landen and Tanner
Kim and Trent
Little One
mom/wife



Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Year

It's 2007 and I have started getting more organized.
I went to Lowe's today to finish off a gift card and
purchase some shelves. Our computer desk had been
getting pretty messy lately. I have now put them
together and set things on the shelves and we are back
in business. Feels really nice to sit here and not have to
knock over 10 things to grab a pen or to place my drink
down.

Little one is spending a couple of days at Granna's house.
Mom and I go back to work tomorrow and she is still out
of school for 2 more days. I should get a few things done
around the house done - more organizing.

I mentioned last blog that I haven't played much poker
lately. Well, I ventured online at Full Tilt yesterday. I managed
to loss a couple of 1 table sit n go's. Then I settled into a
3 table sit n go and really paid attention. I went to the final
table as the short stack and turned that into a WIN baby!
Glad to know I can still nickle and dime them when I am down.
I won the thing with a full house. Sweet baby!

Tomorrow starts new management circus at work. We will
see how it goes. Should be good for a while. I don't see anyone
making any big moves until they are settled down a little bit.

Geocaching: I have done a little over the last couple days. Not
enough to write about and take up your time. I have placed a
few more and still have two ammo cans to place somewhere.
Those require a little more thought as they are large and must
be hidden much more cleverly.
This photo was taken on Dug Gap mountain in Dalton, GA.
My father and I saw this view while Geocaching during
Christmas Break.

Thanks for stopping by - hope you have a great 2007.