A Little Bit of Down Time

For the past several years I have been using IX Web Hosting to host all of my sites. I have been relatively pleased with their service overall. As with any hosting company there have been some minor glitches but nothing that would lead me to move to another hosting company. Recently I have been having intermittent problems getting to my sites. After working with the technical support group of IX Web Hosting it was determined that the server I am currently on needs to be upgraded. As luck would have it, there is a planned outage as servers are moved into a new data center. As a result many of my sites will undoubtedly suffer intermittent periods where they are unavailable. Please don’t worry, the sites are not going away, they are merely moving to hopefully newer and more powerful servers. The sites affected include

Please bear with me during this time. I’ll attempt to update the blog with entries to catch up where necessary once service has been restored. These outages should all be resolved by March 31 at the latest (assuming DNS propagation occurs normally).

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Wii Got Hurt

After seeing the crowds of people camped out the day after Thanksgiving I vowed to myself that I would not be caught up in Wii-mania. After all I am not much of a game player whether it is on the computer or on a console. I mean I have not seriously sat down and played a computer game since the Atari 2600 came out. Oh the days of Pong, now there was a real game! My kids of course think I am crazy as they would never even classify that as a video game. But just because I am not a game aficionado does not mean that my kids have grown up deprived of electronic goodness. Quite the contrary, I think we have owned pretty much every game system developed or at least it seemed that way. There was Nintendo and Super Nintendo, there was Ninetendo 64 and XBOX. I think at one time we had a Sega and I am not positive but I think there was a Playstation briefly in the house too. Last Christmas all Dakota wanted was an Xbox360 so now we have that too. And when the kids received Guitar Hero III, they spent their entire Christmas break strumming and rocking away. But after watching Trina who is much more coordinated than I am struggle to press buttons and flick the guitar (which only comes right-handed by the way what is up with that?) I decided to keep what remaining dignity I had and gracefully decline the children’s offer to play. But I truly thought we were finally up-to-date with game consoles and therefore would not be having to deal with the Wii phenomena; as always I was wrong.

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Me and My Peeps

Every year I eagerly await the passing of St. Patrick’s Day. It is not that I have anything against St. Patrick’s Day it is just that I know that once that is over it can mean only one thing; Easter is just around the corner. Easter is like a ninja holiday. You never quite know when it is going to show up then BAM! there it is. I often wondered why we had an Easter Bunny. It would have been much cooler if the icon would have been this little ninja guy. Any chicken who didn’t give up eggs gets a couple of ninja stars to the beak. Wouldn’t it be more believable to think of a ninja creeping into your house one night and hiding your eggs rather than a six foot rabbit without opposable thumbs? So you may be asking yourself, what is it about Easter that gets me so jazzed. Is it the religious implications? Could it be the celebration of the return of spring signifying a new beginning? Is it that I just have a thing for Easter bonnets? While any of these answers would be justification enough to love Easter (well maybe not that last one but the others are ok); these are not why I like the holiday so much.

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Blu-Ray Rocks

The day after Thanksgiving is always chaotic around our house. On Thanksgiving evening Trina and I sit down with the newspaper and plot our plan of attack. You see Trina is the queen of the door busters. If it is possible to save three cents by standing in line for four hours you can bet that it makes the list..I am slightly more pragmatic than that. Unless it is electronic, a new gadget, or something to do with the Diamondbacks I probably don’t care. So as Trina was going through the stack of newspapers trying to find someone who had socks for a quarter I sat there motionless trying to appear interested. One store that Trina had on her list was Best Buy. I love Best Buy. There is just enough technology there to keep me interested and I just love going in there and making the Geek Squad feel like idiots (which by the way isn’t really that hard since most of these guys have only gotten through the first chapter of the Owner’s Manual for any piece of software or hardware in the store). The newspaper had several door busters that I would actually stand in line for.

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Sometimes Birthdays Don’t Suck

I remember as a kid I always looked forward to my birthday. First off it was awesome to see my little brother cry because he wasn’t getting the attention he wanted. Second, I usually got really cool stuff for my birthday. There was the baseball gloves and bats, the toy guns that always seemed to shoot some kind of projectile that would be banned using today’s standards, and then there were the bikes. Early on it was a sting ray with ape hanger handlebars and a banana seat. Then it was a Schwinn 10-Speed road bike. Finally it was a carbon fiber downhill mountain bike. And then there were the cakes. My mom always made awesome birthday cakes with cool decorations. There were car cakes, baseball cakes, a Spiderman cake, and countless other shapes and sizes. About the only time I had a bad birthday cake was the year I wanted to make my own cake.

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That One in the Nursery is Mine

After getting the call that my new wheels had arrived for my Harley-Davidson 2005 Softail Night Train, I made arrangements to have them installed. I dropped the bike off at Chandler Harley-Davidson on March 6. It was two wheels so I just assumed that the bike would be done either that day or the morning thereafter. Now what was that saying about never “assume” anything? Yeah, I seemed to have forgotten that. Maybe I was being unrealistic. Maybe I am being impatient. Maybe I just have no clue how long it actually takes to install a couple of wheels. No matter what the reason, it wasn’t done. Instead I got a call this morning saying that the bike was ready to be picked up. All that was left to do was have it washed.

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Staking Claim

Driving traffic to a blog whether it be a commercial endeavor or a personal web log such as this can be a full time job. I know some authors are obsessed with the ranking of their blog and the size of their readership. Personally I don’t write to a blog to develop a readership. This is most often just a cheaper alternative to going to therapy. That being said, I am not opposed to people reading my entries. In fact I welcome anyone to read and comment wherever they think appropriate. To help assist me in managing this blog, I have included this site in my Technorati Profile along with my other blogs Diary of a Diehard and 1 Photo 2 Share. I’ve found Technorati to be beneficial and it helps me to maintain what little sanity that I have left.

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They’re Here!

Oh how time flies when you are having fun! I had ordered a new set of wheels five days ago with the assumption that it could take up to two weeks for the wheels to arrive. Today when I got home from work there was a message on my answering machine from Chandler Harley-Davidson saying that my wheels had arrived. Even before the message finished playing I had grabbed the keys and headed for the door. I wanted to get down to the dealership to check out the wheels and schedule an appointment to have them installed.

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The Wheels of Fortune

“With this modification now complete I think my work for 2008 is done.” I wrote these words just two short weeks ago and already I am contradicting myself. I did truly believe that once I put the new forks on my bike that I would be done for the year. After all, the things left on my list were pretty high-dollar changes and I didn’t expect I would be dealing with them. Instead, a series of events occurred that have allowed me to change my mind and do one last set of changes to my Night Train.

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