March 30, 2004

The game didn't count

As didn't the previous few weeks worth. Victoria, Victoria. Today was only opening day for the Yankees and Devil Rays, and that was in Japan. Sure, the Sox played today, but the result didn't count. The Sox don't kick it off until Sunday night. Which means on Monday, half of Red Sox Nation can write off the season as a loss already. The rest will be standing in line to buy World Series Tickets seven months early. As for Vikki, she at least gets the consolation prize of the real Opening Day being televised on ESPN.

Don't Wear All Black at Night

There is a curve near where we live that goes underneath a rail bridge. This area has no street lights and gets very dark at night. As such, it can be hard to see things in that area. However, this is a fairly major road, and I take it when picking Janet up from work each night. Last night, I was driving down the road, thinking to my self, "Wow, it's dark here, I hope I don't hit anything," when I caught a shape out of the corner of my eye. I swerved slightly to the left to avoid hitting it, and pondered the stupidity of what I had just witnessed. A person was walking in the road. It was the side of the road, but they were totally in the road. It's not like there wasn't a space to walk off the road, they just seemed to like the road better. To top it all off, this person was dressed head to toe in black. Black pants and a black long sleeve shirt made up this outfit. I've had a day to think about it, and the idiocy is all the more clear to me after some thought. Any number of things could have made it better. First, don't walk in the road. Second, stay out of the dark places at night. Third, don't wear all black at night. I'm telling you, this place is not big on roadside safety.

Similarly, there isn't a day that goes by when a I don't see a woman walking across Western Blvd. with what looks like a five year old in tow. It's different women, too. They all cross this six lane road with their little kids dragging along. The worst part of it is that they never, ever use the crosswalk or cross at a traffic light. They just take their chances crossing wherever they happen to be at that time. It's a wonder there aren't more accidents.

March 29, 2004

New Title Bar

I decided the title bar was in need of some personalization. Isn't Photoshop fun?

March 28, 2004

Steak Update

Turns out, I made some steak tacos. Absolutely delicious. Even Janet loved them, and if you know her, you know that means they were all kinds of yummy. Lots of leftovers, too, so there's lunch tomorrow.

Also, chicken was on sale this week, so we stocked up. This is good, since our last chicken stock up was for the prefrozen stuff. These breasts aren't as good as the ones you buy fresh and freeze yourself. They're just not. Something about thin, flash frozen chicken breasts just can't measure up to the real deal. Even though I'm a cooking genie, I can only do so much with what I'm given.

Steak on Sale

Some beef was on sale this week, so we picked some up. I'll let you know how it turns out later tonight after I pan sear it to medium rare perfection.

March 27, 2004

It's a Beautiful Day

The last two days have been all kinds of nice here in the South. As stated previously, I got to wash the car, and take it for a little spin. I drove all the way around the Beltline yesterday to do a little engine break in at higher speeds. All that stop and go driving makes the car a little cranky, so I took it out on the highway and opened her up a bit. I eat SUVs for lunch. Sure, they can tow your house, but they can't hang with me. Thus, James has nothing to worry about. It was windows down and sunroof open all weekend so far. Unfortunately, some storm clouds have rolled in, but that's ok.

I spotted another MINI today in the Cameron Village parking lot. We exchanged the customary wave and went about our business. Didn't get the chance to talk to the other driver, but hey, that's the breaks.

Lastly, we mailed our state tax returns today. It's good to finally be done with that. I filled out six tax forms this year, two for me and four for Janet. We filed as married filing separately because it saved my dad a truckload of money. Then, Janet had to have a return for NC, VT, and PA. I just had NC. Next year, I'm looking forward to only doing two. It's funny, since Janet is the one that always had money from inheritance and whatever, but she never knew anything about the taxes, and has never filled out a tax return. She always just signed her name. Then she tried to tell me that she never got a refund or anything in one breath, while explaining in the next that she never looked at her returns. I just showed her the numbers and told her that everything was fine, and it's all cool now. Now I can forget it for another year.

March 26, 2004


I washed the car today. It's now a bright, shiny shade of blue, just like when we brought it home. It had gotten a bit grimy with a few rainstorms and more than a few birds using it for target practice, but all was washed away. Yet another nice thing about the car is this: it doesn't take very long to clean it. I remember washing Janet's giant teal truck over the summer, cap and all. That behemoth took a long time to clean, and I couldn't reach the top without standing on something. Full size trucks (all right, trucks in general) are for suckers.

March 25, 2004

Politics is crazy talk

Howard Dean is politely toeing the political line these days. I remember back when he was going to take back America and represent the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party. Now he's getting all huggy with John Kerry. A mere month ago, he was quoted in Time as saying, "Once again, we may have to settle for the lesser of two evils." This was after being asked about John Kerry as President. Today, though, he said this, "I know who I trust. I trust John Kerry, and that's who I'm voting for and that's who I'm working for." Somebody tell me what's going on here.

The torrent never ceases

Unfortunately, it is true. My blogging has taken a backseat to my schoolwork. In fact, it isn't even in the same car, that's how busy I've been. I spent hours yesterday trying to get an assignment finished. I finally got it done around 11:30. Makes me long for the days of Messiah College, where homework was done early and we just kind of hung around and talked or watched TV or did nothing at all. I could stand some nothing right now. I think that's what I will do tonight. I might just stare into space and see if anything appears there.

This has been an interesting week in terms of the news as well. Two people have died on the NC State campus since Sunday, though neither of them were students. First, someone apparently committed suicide by jumping out of a six story academic building on campus. Then, two days later, a support fell during construction of the new pressbox at the football stadium, taking three people along with it. Two of them survived with injuries, but one construction worker did not.

Still waiting on a job call back. If I don't hear from MCNC tomorrow, they will hear from me.

March 20, 2004

Grocery Getter

Went to the grocery store today in the new car. It's no station wagon, but it fit the groceries nicely, thank you very much. We even went to T.J. Max and got some stuff beforehand, and we had no trouble at all. Granted, it's not a car for the family, what with two doors and all (carseats aren't the best idea in it, I'd imagine) but for me and Janet, it's just right. It helps that I can accelerate with some zip and corner like a banshee, assuming banshees can corner.

Earlier today, we went to Lake Wheeler, where the birds are really friendly. They want to be fed, and we had seagulls flying around us and ducks so close we could touch them if we wanted. It was quite a scene, and we didn't even have any food.

March 19, 2004

First week back

It was a whirlwind of a week back from Spring Break. Most of the tough stuff was self inflicted, but hey, that's the breaks. Prbobably should have worked a little harder over the break, but it's water under the bridge. Part of the problem had to do with my social calendar. Never thought my social life would get in the way of my studies, but alas, even I am not immune. It started with the crazies this past Saturday who made it a long Friday night awake with anticipation of their delayed arrival. It continued on to the next day when we made the trip to Winston-Salem to pick up the new car (which is a blas to drive), but that took most of the day, and we were all worn out when we got back. Then, Sunday was at least somewhat productive, but not a lot of homework was done over the weekend, since test preparation took the priority. Then, Liz came on Tuesday, which forced me to (gladly) forego homework that night so I could spend time with one of my long lost college friends. This all led to the frantic Wednesday and Thursday of frenzied academia. Today's day off was a welcome break, though I did manage to get some things done (I designed a shifter and a 32x32 adder in Verilog, and they both work). I hope to have a productive weekend to preclude any more crazy weeks like this last one, the best part about which is that it's over.

On another note, MCNC has not called me back yet about the internship. At the end of the interview, the guy said he'd call either way in about two weeks. Well, this past Monday was two weeks, and this coming Monday will be three. We'll see what happens. I haven't been too worried about it, since I'm also waiting on the Infineon job, but we'll see what happens there as well.

March 17, 2004

Salary Negotiations

Janet sent me an interesting article yesterday. It's all about salary negotiations in a job. It was a pretty good read for someone who may or may not be looking to have a job offer. I'm hoping they want to hire me, and I'll likely take it unless the salary is really low, but still, I will want to try out some of the things I've read in the last two days should they make an offer. At the very least, I can ask if the number they say is the best they can do. I don't want to push it too much since I'm a little light on the experience side, but I also don't want to throw away a chance at a higher salary just for lack of asking. It's a fine line to walk, but I would be counting on the job offer meaning that they aren't going to go hire someone else just because I asked for more.

March 15, 2004


I caught the last half of Jeopardy! a few minutes ago, and I was impressed with myself. Not only did I know every answer in one category, I also aced the Final Jeopardy! question. Maybe someday, I'll be on that show. Of course, probably shouldn't be too cocky since the solutions to the category I swept were, in order: Led Zeppelin, Steppenwolf, Van Halen, Metallica, and Def Leppard. The clue for each was a list of three of their songs. Any self respecting classic rock fan could answer those in their sleep. The trickier question was asking who owned the .38 caliber pistol used most famously in 1963 that was sold in 1991 for $220,000. The answer, of course, is Jack Ruby, and he use the gun to kill Lee Harvey Oswald. One of the people said Oswald, though it's pretty unlikely he shot the president from an office building with a pistol.

March 14, 2004

A non-car moment

This is in response, well not in response, but inspired by, Vikki's post about Ben Affleck.

Does this guy deserve to be taken seriously anymore? His two most recent claims to fame are that he let himself get pushed around by Jennifer Lopez and that he starred in one of the worst movie failures in recent memory (Gigli, in case you were wondering). He's really not that good of an actor. He was good in Good Will Hunting, and he's been riding that horse for a while now. Basically, his last year has gone like this: 1. Bennifer 2.Gigli 3. Paycheck. That last one was a movie about a guy who can't remember the last few years of his life and people ar chasing him (by the way, Ben, that movie was already made a few years ago. It was called The Bourne Identity. Perhaps you've heard of it?). The only thing holding this guy's career/life together is his self assumed role of the mascot of New England/Boston. Unfortunately, New England/Boston hasn't quite figured out what the rest of us have, so he remains oddly famous. His opinions on the Red Sox are somehow relevant (to New Englanders) and find their way into the Boston papers (speaking of which, if the Sox don't win the World Series this year, Dan Shaughnessy will be able to retire early - I'll admit, it takes a special kind of fan to understand that last comment). This is my plea to the city of Boston (and the rest of Mass. that thinks it's Boston): please stop giving this guy reason to think he's important. Vikki put it all together with this quote: "The opening skit was the one with the white trash Bostonians, and there were more New England references flying around than bags of peanuts at Fenway." I'm sure this is all very amusing to New Englanders, but there are a whole lot more of us than them.

This car is nearly illegally fun to drive

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March 13, 2004

New Mini

Here's a first look at the new car. More to come....

Car Talk

We'll be leaving in a few hours to get the new car. I'm understandably excited, but still a little nervous. I'm sure anyone who has ever bought a car can relate to that. I just want everything to go right, and to have a safe trip back to Raleigh with the new ride.

Which way?

The hardy band of nine weary travelers stumbled in the door last night around 3am. They're so hardy, that they left the next morning at 8. I guess the beach is calling to them, and it's not what I would call hot around here. The bad part about it all is that they left Grantham, PA, at 4:30pm, and didn't roll in until nearly 3. For those of you scoring at home, that's a ten and a half hour trip. For reference, Janet and I pulled the same exact trip off in 7 hours a few months ago. The clueless crew spent a few hours driving up and down US-64 since they misread the directions and thought they would only be on it for 12ish miles, when the reality was more like 45. I told them that they probably could have solved this issue if they had brought a map that wasn't a pocket atlas along with them, but hey, you learn some things the hard way. I graciously let them have our southeastern states map for the rest of the trip in case they have any trouble finding the ocean. They woke up this morning, and I made some biscuits. They they went their happy way after I explained the best way back to I-95. I suppose it's a good thing they seem to like each other, since they're spenind all kinds of time in enclosed spaces together. Perhaps I will see them again when they return to Pennsylvania, and they feel like they need a stopover in the City of Oaks.

March 11, 2004

Good Luck Vikki

I hope it went well.

So, how did it go?

It seemed to go pretty well today at the interview. Infineon is a large company headquartered in Munich, Germany, but with a large number of people stateside. The work seems like it would be interesting, and everything seemed to go swimmingly. We'll see if they decide my stuff was good enough. I think I did fairly well on the presentation and hit it off, to a degree, with some of the people making the hiring decisions. Janet told me I have to take the job if they offer it to me because it will involve some trips to Germany every now and then, and she thinks she gets to come. Of course, she probably will, if she's willing to buy the plane ticket over there. Then I would have my own personal translator, assuming that she still remembers any of her German.

My job would be developing test procedures and such for memory chips. I think it would give me the feeling of design, even though it wouldn't technically be product development. Basically, I don't want a mindless, repetetive job, and it looks like this job wouldn't be that at all. I'll keep you all posted on the latest news as it arrives. I should hear from these people in two or so weeks, they said, so that's a good thing.

March 10, 2004

Wish me luck

The big interview is tomorrow. My presentation is ready to go, so I hope I can deliver it with aplomb. I'm sure to look dashing in my three button suit with my off white shirt and a stylish tie. My hope for this interview is that 1)it goes well 2)I like the job 3)They like me 4)They pay like they like me. These would all be good things.

T minus 2 days and counting until the MINI

9 crazy spring breakers are crashing here Friday night. In the event we survive, you'll get my report on Saturday, assuming I'm not out driving all day and all night.

March 9, 2004

Sweet Fancy Moses!

Ladies and Gentlemen, let me introduce you to the Wendell H. Murphy Football Center at NC State University. I'd heard of this place, but never been there until I joined the wrestling team for practice there today. They don't usually practice there, but the water was shut off in their normal facility. The first word that came to mind was "ridiculous." The place is massive, and it's brand new. The picture included with this post is a shot that gives a good look at the weight room, which overlooks the football stadium. You can see more pictures of this monument to excess here. It's fairly obvious that they've spared no expense putting this place together. I just walked around it in awe of the size and expense. It's one of the perks of knowing a few people in the right places that me, some schmuck grad student who's been at the school all of seven months can go strolling around in this brand new, off-limits kind of place, and be welcome doing it. It is arguably the best facility of its kind in the nation, and it shows how much the people here love their football. That's the other amazing thing. This giant facility (just look at the pictures) is solely for the football team. It's a 100,000 square foot gem of a building that 99% of the students at the school will never see the inside of, let alone use. It's a good thing that the $32,000,000 cost for the center and stadium improvements was paid by private donors. It is a bit sad, however, as you see students protesting and writing letters over a $300 tuition increase. I think that tuition increases and wage freezes implemented in the recent past could be avoided if the donors dropped some of their cash on academics, rather than football. In state undergraduate tuition and fees at NC State is $3970 for one year of full time study. For $32 million, those donors could have given full scholarships to over 8,000 students for an entire year or made other investments in faculty salaries and the like. However, those people have the right to do what they please with the money that they have earned, and NC State athletics is not supported with any taxpayer money, so they must have funding from somewhere in order to operate, and the football and basketball teams make a lot of the money that the other sports use to pay their bills. Let's just close this little spiel by saying that I was, and still am, in awe of that place, and I would give NC State a second look based on that alone if I was a talented high school football player.

Financing Your MINI

Finally, the financing of our new car is taken care of. All we had to do was get quotes from three different places and fax stuff around. Anyhow, we could get 4.75% from NCSECU, 4.99% from MINI, and 3.99% from Windsor County South C.U. (VT). Then, after telling the MINI dealer that we could get 3.99%, he said, "Let me check around." He called me back later to say that we could have 3.82%, which is what we're planning to use. All in all, it wasn't an entirely unpleasant experience, and it may have gotten us ready for the next time, should we ever decide home ownership is a good idea. For now, we'll stick with car ownership.

Another interview

I've found my way to another interview this week. I have to give a presentation on myself for 20 minutes. I can't say I've ever had an interview quite like that, but I think it's a good idea for companies. That way, they can see what the candidate thinks they are good at rather than the company have to ask a lot of extraneous questions. I'm sure there will be plenty of questions, but at least I get the chance to "go on the offensive" as my Dad put it. I think I generally give pretty good presentations, so this should work in my favor, I would hope. The next job now is to actually put the thing together. Wish me luck.

March 8, 2004

Buttermilk Biscuits

I made some biscuits last night, on the inspiration of Alton Brown's TV show Good Eats. They turned out to be very good, even though I substituted butter for shortening. I think the trick was recognizing that I would need to add more butter than the replaced amount of shortening because butter has a significant amount of water in it, while shortening is all fat. It's the little things you learn watching that show that can make all the difference in the world. A recipe alone won't get the job done. If I was just going with a recipe, I would have had to give up. Instead Janet suggested using butter instead, and I remembered the part about the water. Anyone can follow a recipe, but to truly cook, it takes a bit of a deeper understanding. Cooking is just chemistry (albeit chemistry mangled by the French, as so many things are), and that realization opens the door of cooking wide open to people who had previously viewed it as some grand secret.

March 7, 2004


So, Janet was reading an email from her mom today, and she mentioned something about snow. It took me back at first, since we've been sailing along in the 70's here for the last week or so, but I guess that it's still cold in some parts of the country (what am I saying? it's always cold in Vermont). Technically, it's still Winter on the calendar, but nobody told the weather around here. I could get used to this. Winter is overrated. People can go ski, which is fine, but if there are no mountains, there should be no snow.

March 6, 2004


To Jake Clackett who finished he wrestling career last night in the NCAA tournament in Dubuque, Iowa. He won one of his three matches to fall just short of placing, but he ends his career with over 100 wins, putting him in the top five in Messiah History. I'm sure he'll be feeling the same things next year about this time that I am right now. Most people miss the excitement, but have to move on, and I'm sure he'll be no different.

Seriously Kooky

Yes, I'm talking about my friends, who have done it again. You see, there was a bit of a birthday party last night in the bustling town of Coplay, Pennsylvania for my friend Amy. I knew about it, but was unable to go, since it was in Coplay, Pennsylvania. Around 8:30 last night, I get a call from the party. It wasn't one of my friends, who were at the party, but rather, it was Amy's Dad. Now I've talked to Amy's dad before, but he's never had the chance to call me. He offered me anything I wanted in Pennsylvania if I got him ACC basketball tournament tickets next year (like I have that power). Then, he put me on the phone with some guy. I still don't know who it was, but he did harass me about not going to the ACC basketball tournament. I then proceeded to talk to my friends in attendance, each one trying to pass the blame for me being called. I came to the conclusion that it was a team effort, and they're all guilty. I did learn one thing: apparently, there is a bike game between Duke and UNC today, though I didn't have the heart to tell them that I care a lot more about what happens in the ACC wresting tournament today.

March 5, 2004

Interesting Read

This is an interesting article about the President, and it echoes some of the things I have been thinking and saying for a while now. For example:

He [Kerry] has been telling Democrats Bush is "the biggest say-one-thing, do-another" president ever. Yesterday Kerry's campaign responded to Bush's ads by accusing the president of "unsteady leadership." In the Democratic primaries, this accusation worked for Kerry, because liberals think Bush is a liar. But most voters don't, for a good reason: It isn't true. If Kerry makes the election a referendum on Bush's honesty, Bush will win.


President Bush. Strength and confidence. Steady leadership in times of change. He knows exactly where he wants to lead this country. And he won't let facts, circumstances, or the Constitution get in his way.

This is the sort of thing that drives liberal Democrats crazy. They desperately want to believe Bush is a liar about nearly everything, but the facts don't even back it up. Even the media (in the above story, for example) can't sell that Bush is a liar, so some of them, at least, have stopped trying. The fact that he can't go after Bush's credibility with any sort of success probably keeps Kerry up at night. I don't mind when people want a new President for actual reasons, but when people try to slander the President and say things like, "I would vote for Saddam Hussein before I would vote for Bush," it undermines the political process (by the way, that was an actual quote in a Reuters news story yesterday).

The President is doing his best to lead the country, and he isn't lying to the American people (like his predecessor that all these complainers voted for). If a person disagrees with his policy decision, then exercise the right to vote. Otherwise, I'll be sticking to the facts.

For Crying Out Loud

I am simply trying to go to the Loras College website to find out results of the Division III National Wrestling Tournament. This is the first time in 4 years that I haven't actually been there, so I would like to know if Jake won his first match. That is all.

March 4, 2004

Found in the MINI Owner's Manual

Do not remove the protective lens
and avoid staring directly at the unfiltered
beam for several hours, as inflammation
of the retina could result

(Who is staring at the interior lamp with the cover off for several hours?)

Spring Break for Andy (Alternate Title - Adam Smith was Right: 800 Words on Global Economics)

I have all kinds of time off right now, which is a nice thing to have since I have all kinds of boxes to unpack to make this cavernous apartment look like a place someone wants to live. It also gets me that much closer to having my car, so that makes me happy. I hope to pick it up a week from Saturday, and then I'll be on my way with a smile on my face.

Some people might not be into the MINI as much as I am. That's OK, I've decided. It's definitely not the car for everyone. It has won a slew of awards, but so have other cars. People that don't like the MINI are probably people that want a bigger vehicle, and that's just fine for them. The beauty of capitalism lies in the both the choices it allows the consumer and in potential to make a better life for oneself.

I've been thinking a good deal about capitalism these last few weeks as I've followed the insane Democratic candidate selection process. I've been thinking about it lately because Senator John Edwards (perhaps you've heard of him?), and to a lesser extent, Howard Dean, have been vehemently opposed to free trade. It's a popular position to take here in North Carolina where there have historically been a large number of high paying factory jobs available to workers with less than a high school education. That is changing, however, as companies open new job markets where the standard of living is much lower than in this country. For that reason, these uneducated workers find themselves unemployed as Indian and Chinese workers take their place in newly built Asian factories. A restriction on free trade would theoretically make it more difficult for foreign countries to do business by imposing tariffs and taxes on imported goods. This would either drive the cost of imports up or increase the expenses of the manufacturer. If prices go up, the difference between goods manufactured in America and those manufactured abroad decreases significantly. If the tariffs increase manufacturer expenses dramatically, the advantage of outsourcing jobs to other countries is diminished.

I have a problem with this protectionist idea. The problem lies in the American perception of the world, not the global market. For a long time, it has been seen as some sort of God-given right to have a job that pays enough for a comfortable life regardless of your education or skills. It is exactly this sort of anti-capitalist ideology that got us into this mess in the first place. It is the sort of thing liberals love to get all in a fuss about. People write books about it (Nickel and Dimed: On Not Getting by in America is one such book), and Democratic Presidential hopefuls rail against it in passionate speeches to union members (unions are a topic for another day). I believe that the United States will never be what it once was, as described my previous statements about low-skill jobs providing for entire families. The rest of the world has nearly caught up, and the word nearly means more than it seems at first glance. The fact that they have not caught up all the way means there is a lower standard of life and, therefore, lower wage requirements for workers in the countries that have been catching up. When those countries catch up (or at least come closer; China and India will never be the United States in any sense), the pendulum will start to swing the other way as workers in those countries demand higher wages and better working conditions. When that happens, I predict that some of the jobs will come back (especially tech jobs), though it will never be like the good old days of the 1950s.

In order to combat the weakening of the American economy in comparison with the rest of the world, it is up to the American people and their elected officials to lose the sense of entitlement and start to focus on the things we still do better than everyone else. These things include the design of many of the things that are manufactured in other countries. The American workforce needs to streamline itself. People need to realize that it will never be the way it used to be, so it is important to make oneself valuable to potential employees. This means a greater focus on education and choosing to develop the skills and talents necessary to compete in a global economy. Not everyone has to be a hotshot engineer or a finance whiz, but the sense that we are owed a certain standard of life has to go away if the American economy will be able to stay at the top of the food chain. Good old Yankee ingenuity may be the most powerful weapon in this fight, so we ought to cultivate and encourage it. While Americans should not see themselves as entitled, they ought not to give up on the idea of a high standard of living. The only idea that has to go is that someone owes you or I something. Once we do that, then we can go about figuring out how to use what he have and what we know to better our own situation. Reflex actions like canceling free trade will not solve a problem that requires a more creative solution. It is time for us all to take more responsibility for our own well being and stop relying on the government to take care of everything. The people in Washington have only so much influence on these things. It is up to the people who live it every day to enact change. Voting in one person or another will not change your individual situation. Get out there and change it yourself.

March 3, 2004

It's Blue and it's Coming

The ship with my MINI on it has left Charleston, which means one of two things.

1. The car is in Charleston and will soon be at the Vehical Distribution Center
2. Some sailor stole my car

I'm betting on the first one, if for no other reason than the fact that there were 200 or so other MINIs on that boat and the chances of mine catching the fancy of some sailor is pretty slim. Also, he can't exactly put the car in his pocket and walk off with it. Some people may beg to differ with that last statement, but I say, even though it's the shortest car on the road (on this side of the pond anyhow) doesn't mean it's pocketable.

March 2, 2004

Cold Messes With Their Heads

Two Vermont notes today:

1. The city of Killington recently voted at a town meeting to secede from Vermont and join New Hampshire. I wish this were a joke, but it's not, it's some sort of property tax law dispute. It would be less funny if Killington weren't 25 miles from the New Hampshire border.

2. In the Vermont Presidential primary today, the good people of the Green Mountain State voted for Howard Dean, who dropped out of the race weeks ago. Perhaps the news didn't make it up that far north yet? (....and then we're going to Washington, D.C. to take back the White House......Yeaaaagh!)

March 1, 2004

Janet Blog Update

She updated today again.

They found me

Some guy from Ventura, CA called me today and he was a technical recruiter. I have no idea how he found me. I must have sent or made available a newer resume since this guy had my cell number instead of my parents' number. He acted like we had spoken before and he knew that I had recently been married. I have no idea how he knew any of this, but I think I will call him and try to find out at least a little bit more about what he's up to.