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LOG UPDATE FOR May 2001

Thursday, May 31, 2001

Homecoming night at the New York Lesbian & Gay community center.  The Imperial Court of New York is a donor so several of us were volunteers at this big party for the Center.  They have been undergoing renovations.  The building was originally built in the mid 1800's.  Big party with lots of donors there.  Had a great time.

 

Tuesday, May 29, 2001 - 8:00am EDT

Last night went to a movie called Jones' Diaries.  It was funny.  Enjoyed it.  My friend Jeffery and I saw it in Manhattan and then went to this Mexican place for dinner.  It was a nice change.  Had been at work for several hours yesterday.  Going to meet up with Jeffery later today to work on a mailing that needs to be sent out.  Going into the City to find a something for someone's birthday back in Oregon.  Want to get it now so that I can mail it in time.

 

Monday, May 28, 2001 - 11:00am EDT - MEMORIAL DAY

At work doing a few things.  Went to a little Memorial Day parade in Hasbrook Heights.  It was all of 10 minutes but was cute.  Stopped off at Starbucks and now I am here.  Working on two of my projects a bit.  So much easier than doing it from home.

 

Sunday, May 27, 2001

Drove over to Weehawken and walked along Alexander Hamilton park which overlooks the Hudson river.  I think this was the site where Hamilton (found on the $10 bill mind you) was shot and killed in a duel some 200 years ago.  But could not find any plaque which indicated it.  The fleet is in over in New York.  Watched them for a few minutes from the park.  Drove around Jersey City and took down some phone numbers to call on Tuesday or Wednesday about available apartments to rent.  Drive does not appear to be back from there.  Only about 20 miles away and much more convenient to get into the city with the PATH trains right there.

 

Saturday, May 26, 2001 - 9:00am EDT

Just sitting at Starbucks waiting for Costco to open.  I've got mouthwash and soda pop on my shopping list.  The case price for soda is much better than what I get in the store so it's well worth the wait.  Plus, I get a bit of time to myself to update this web site.  I can't post it until later when I get to the lab.  But details.  Anyway, have been real busy with work but yesterday I took off and went to the 4pm opening day show PEARL HARBOR.  Oh, my, god.  What a GREAT !!! movie.  I would give it 5 stars out of 5.  I had tears at so many places, it is a movie you will want to take your tissue with you.  Anyway, the movie starts back long before December 7, 1941 and follows the lives of two fly-boys.  The movie is powerful and very enjoyable.  I would go see it again very soon.  It was that good.  AND - I got in at the discount price of only $5.75 because I was before 5pm.  What a deal for this area.  Normal movie prices are $8 now.    It's about quarter after now.  Need to get on down to Costco.  Have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day Weekend.

 

Friday, May 25, 2001

Spent most of the day sorting out the new HomeSite software.  They had recommended FrontPage which is what this is created in.  Now they have changed their mind and have almost totally abandoned FrontPage and recommend HomeSite for web pages.  So, I get to learn that now.  It is much more HTML intense instead of the user friendly FrontPage.  Makes sense, coming from full time intranet and internet web masters.  Use poor local boys are just out to lunch.  Oh well.  So far it is rather straight forward.  Some kinks I have figured out.  Basically I am going to have to rewrite the entire site.  Oh boy!!!  Once I get going on it, it should go rather well.  Now that I have figured most of the hard stuff out.  Thanks to my friend in Lyndhurst, I got a javascript template file which takes care of a major problem.  I have a common navigation bar on my intranet site.  I had to repeat the code in every page and it was a major problem to keep it up to date.  Thanks to this javascript file.  I can not call this script (as it's called) and have all of my pages reference it.  Then, when I need to make changes, I only have to change it in one place.  All pages automatically are updated.  This was one of my biggest fears that I was not going to be able to do this.  Thankfully, we discovered (it's not in the documentation) that this was available.  She copied me it and I sorted out how to make the needed changes.

 

Thursday, May 24, 2001

Spent most of the day down in Lyndhurst talking with an associate there.  We sorted out many details about the new intranet templates and standards that were just introduced.  As usual, then did not provide overly helpful information.  Some of it was confusing and double talk.  So she helped me put it all into perspective and

we talked with several other people to find out the story behind the documents.  Wish they would take a class in PLAIN TALK 101.  These web designers down in Lyndhurst at the Corporate I.T. group think that everyone who is going to read their documents are people who understand all of their lingo.  They do this stuff 100% of their day.  It's their job.  For me, it's just one assignment out of some dozen.  I spend less than 5% of my overall time on web stuff.  But to do it right, I dedicate some 90% when it's needed and leave the other projects to fend for themselves.  That is why I needed to find out how to do it right.  I'm planning on taking the weekend and working on the business units intranet site.  Especially since it is supposed to rain all weekend.  Got the new evaluation software download that they recommended, now I have to figure it out.

 

Tuesday, May 22, 2001 - 8:30am EDT

Sorry, have been very busy and have not had time to update my web site.  Just got back from the Buffalo (New York) Coronation.  Here is a brief update of what has been going on.

 

Monday, May 21, 2001

Flight back was good.  Made it in before the rain hit.  Later in the day I heard upwards of 90 minute delays on arrivals at Newark.  We flew in with no problems, just some turbulence.  Got the mail, said hello to Tiffany (my cat) and did some grocery shopping.  Also did a rehearsal for Tuesday night "Tough Drag" event which will be at the Web in downtown Manhattan.

 

Sunday, May 20, 2001

Buffalo, New York - After Victory brunch, took a nap then went down to the Buffalo Naval Park.  Went through the exhibits had toured the Light Guided Missile Cruiser Little Rock which was commissioned in 1945.  She had been refitted and then retired.  Also tied up there is the Destroyer The Sullivans named after 5 brothers who all perished aboard a Naval Cruiser during World War II.  

 

Saturday, May 19, 2001

Buffalo, New York - Had rehearsal for our Command Performance over at the Buffalo Convention Center where the Coronation will be tonight.  Coronation was interesting.  Sound was to loud because the carpeting had been taken away due to someone tripping on it a week earlier and filing a lawsuit against the place.  Fog lifted.  A very nice, warm day.

 

Friday, May 18, 2001

Flew to Buffalo, New York - Plane flight was fine.  Made it into Buffalo through the clouds and fog.  Took a tour of the Theodore Roosevelt Inauguration house where Teddy Roosevelt was sworn in after the death of William McKinley.  Also saw the site where McKinley died several days after being shot at the 1901 PanAm Expo here in Buffalo.

 

Wednesday, May 2, 2001 - 9:00am EDT

Been very busy.  Business as usual.  Have a meeting in the City tonight.  Over the weekend, had a great time walking around and taking in the pretty flowers and trees that are in bloom.  Later we had lunch at "The Barking Dog".

 


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