April 2003 Archives
Sorry about the slow updates recently… everything's been so busy I just don't have any motivation to post much the last couple of weeks. I'm hoping to read a couple of interesting books in the next two weeks or so and review those.
Anyway, Matt's service was very nice. Jenny has several posts that are highly worth reading (the weeks of 4/13 and 4/20), so I won't try to out-write the writer, but I will say that I wish I'd had a chance to meet Matt before his shunt collapsed.
The house hunt is going well; our realtor has dug up at least a couple of houses we'd like to look at in person. All sorts of vast home improvement projects are springing to mind… though Jenny is puncturing many of them with her usual impeccable logic. :) The job hunt is going not-so-well… apparently the market in Austin is rather tight at the moment. I'm trying to remain optimistic about it, though, as there is still time.
We had a pretty good day yesterday, though we were both pretty exhausted after all the driving and the emotional rollercoaster of the weekend. Right after work we headed out to the Boeing Employee Roller Hockey Club. Jenny got a little intimidated and decided to watch; I'm hoping that next week she'll feel a little more confident. I played, though, and boy am I out of practice. The knee feels like it was never injured, though I'm not going to stop wearing my brace or anything. ;) After that we hit Blue Hill for dinner and a beer (it's just amazing how wonderful that can be), and hit the sack by 10. 9 hours later I felt quite a bit better (if a little stiff in a couple of places), so hopefully I won't be so tired today.
What a crazy beginning to the Stanley Cup playoffs… the Wild beat the Avs in their first ever playoff game, the Mighty Ducks take the Wings to triple overtime and win… only one team wins the first game at home. Oh, and the Blues shut down the Canucks six-nothing.
Osgood wasn't brilliant, but he really didn't have to be; the Blues played great defense. Ozzie made the stops he had to and let the defense worry about the rest. Much the same thing happened when he won the Cup with the Wings; if the Blues can continue to play the way they did last night—including not taking stupid penalties, which has been a big problem for them this year—they could do some real damage.
I know, I know, the first game is often not indicative… but it did my heart good to see the Avs get beat by the Wild. It would be fantastic if Minnesota actually managed to win the series.
It's been eleven years since Mike Resnick published Santiago: A Myth of the Far Future. The original was a galaxy-sized frontier tale, the Wild West set among the swirling spiral arms of the Milky Way. This year Resnick published the sequel, The Return of Santiago. The question is whether the author can live up to the vivid characters and style of the first book.
So yes, we're moving to Austin. Texas, y'all.
Actually I hear Austin's a pretty cool town, so I'm looking forward to it… especially the bit about having a house. I'm not sure I'm so keen on the summertime high temperatures, though. Of course, 70-80 degree weather in November might make up for some of that.
Of course it means job hunting. If I could just work from home I'd probably stay with Boeing, but they seem to want me to work in an actual Boeing facility, which complicates things—seeing as the nearest Boeing facility appears to be in San Antonio and doesn't have any other programmers there. So we'll see.
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