It’s always sunny in…

Philadelphia! Greetings from Philly, Dear Reader. It’s about midnight Eastern time and I can’t sleep…well, I mean, I could sleep and was asleep, but not now. I went to bed at 9pm Eastern because I’d been up since 3am Central. And now I’m up at midnight…figured I’d write to see if I can go back to sleep.

I’m in town for our annual disaster recovery exercise where we pretend that our office is no longer operational and we have to bring it back to life somewhere else. This year, it’s Philadelphia. We’re staying right across the street from City Hall so we’re really close to lots of stuff, but I’m not sure how much we’re going to be able to see. If all goes well, we’ll have a decent amount of free time, if not…well, I’m not going to say it because I don’t want to jinx it.

After getting something to eat, we headed back to the hotel. Several of the guys were headed towards the historic district which is about 8 blocks from here. I didn’t really feel like walking so I passed. After about 2 minutes of staring at the walls, I changed clothes, headed to the hotel’s fitness center, found an empty treadmill and, uh…walked.

We had dinner this evening at the Capital Grille and it was awesome. Most of the guys ordered the 24oz porterhouse, but, and I’m amazed that I’m saying this, it was too much for me. I just didn’t want to waddle away from the table, filled to the gills with meat, so I got the 14oz filet instead…medium rare. Oh man, it was gooooood. Truly a great steak.

Afterwards, a buddy and I wandered to Tower Records. I’d never been before and wanted to check it out. Several people I know have bragged on the place. Uh, it’s just a big record store…with overpriced CDs. $18.99 for Don Henley’s Greatest Hits? Um. No.

Wandered back across the street, wandered into Borders, and heard a reading by John Grogan, author of Marley & Me. Couldn’t really here him very well…lots of people, bad microphone. Didn’t stay long because, by this time, my happy ass was whipped. Wandered back to the hotel, grabbed my book and made it about 3 pages before I was asleep. Woke up at midnight and here we are.

UPDATE: The original closing paragraph to this post was lamenting the fact that I had no one to call when I landed. Um…I was reminded this afternoon that someone did in fact check to see that I arrived safely. Then I remembered that I got email from a few others who also checked on me. So…this new paragraph is an apology to all of you. Turns out that I do have folks checking on me and I appreciate it very much. Howard




There’s a note on our Coke machine that lists the names and dollar amounts of people who’ve lost money trying to get a Coke. Everyone on our side of the floor knows the machine sucks, yet there are 5 names on that list. One for each day of the week last week.

Jail Break

I’m driving down my street Monday after work and notice a dog in front of my house that looks suspiciously like Trey. I then notice another dog behind him and think that one looks exactly like Fancy. Before I can process this information, they spot me and go hopping ass up the street.

Shit. Slam on the breaks, throw the car in neutral, grab the emergency brake and door handle and leap out. I’m yelling for the dogs and they’re ignoring me. Maybe yelling, “GET YOUR THREE-LEGGED ASSES BACK HERE NOW!” is not the best way to coax a dog back home.

I finally run up the street after them. The cross street to my neighborhood is really busy and I was afraid they’d get out into traffic. I’m able to get them turned around and headed for the house. The run right past me, smiling of course, and head into the back yard like nothing is wrong. Seems the gate was opened somehow. No, they couldn’t have done it…it’s a son-of-a-bitch to open with two hands, let alone one paw.

First thing I did was put the lock back on the gate and hide the key from those two. They’re smarter than they look. They’re pretty tight lipped about the whole incident. No matter how many times I ask, “How in the hell did you get out?”, neither one is saying a thing. Sneaky little bastards.


7:30 Can’t find keys. Look everywhere.

7:55 Find keys in trashcan. No idea.

8:15 Get to work late

8:30 Production SQL server dies. Reboot. It’s working.

9:00 Production SQL server dies. Reboot. It’s working.

9:45 Production SQL server dies. Reboot. It’s working.

10:30 Master database is corrupt. Restore DB. It’s working.

11:15 Intergity check on master db reveals errors. Resolution? Rebuild server

12:00 Rebuilding server.

The only good thing? Resolved several major problems on my own because our #1 guy is out of the office and am finally using my brain again.

A tip for you…if you think you’re right, do it your way. Otherwise, you’ll end up doing it their way…only to do it your way in the end.

July 3rd and 4th

Not sure why I even came to work on Monday. We had one help desk call the entire day. We kept waiting for someone to tell us we could leave early…until we realized that there was no one here to let us off. Next year, I’m not coming in.

Went on a July 4th bike ride sponsored by our local bike club and it was a blast. I ended up teaching a bike safety class to kids, which I enjoyed. My buddy Gary was supposed to do it, but he hates to speak in public, so he got me to do it. I only made one error…while going over the ‘agenda’ with the Safety Coordinator for the bike club, he said, “Be sure to tell them about stop signs,” to which I replied, “Oh. Yeah. I need to remind them to slow down and look both ways.” His response, “You meant to say stop and look both ways’, right?” Uh. Yeah. Stop and look both way. Right…that’s what I meant.

We then took the kids and parents on a 10-mile fun ride (Gary and I’d already done a 15 mile ride earlier where we averaged close to 18 mph…including a 31 mph pedal-your-ass-off downhill).

The fun ride was S L O W! I was the sweeper, which basically meant I hung off the back and made sure no one was dropped. I ended up doing the ride with a guy and his daughter, neither of which had any water. This was just stupid on his part. It was hot and muggy and I was sweating like a pig, even going this slow. Fortunately, I had two water bottles, one with water and one with grape Powerade (much, much, much better than Gatorade) that we shared. It took us about an hour and a half to go 10 miles.

It was a fun day…I sweated my ass off, got to ride my bike (which I should do more often), and got to see some people I hadn’t seen in a while. Not a bad way to spend a Tuesday.