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Long Overdue Update

tyedye.jpg I’ve now been living in Tucson, Arizona for almost a month. Jenny and I moved into a three bedroom, two bathroom house that we purchased after seeing it for approximately 20 minutes sometime in May. Homeownership is more demanding than I originally thought it would be, but it’s also more rewarding than I ever imagined.

We’re still getting settled into our new home, but I think by the end of next week we may actually have started a consistent routine. That will be nice.

Yesterday was spent at the Annual Boberg Tye-Dye Party. A tremendous event that’s well-known by friends (mostly other chemists) and now relatives (us). We had a great time dyeing sheets, pillow cases, and a beach towel, then hanging out in the pool, eating lots of food, playing cards, and playing a few games of outdoor ping-pong. It was a very fun and relaxing day. Definitely something that I’ll look forward to next year.

On Thursday this past week, we drove down to Mexico. Nogales to be specific. We were shopping for some outdoor decorations and some nick-nacks for our “Southwest” style spare bedroom. We found both, and although I’m sure we could have haggled for cheaper prices, I know we got a much better deal than if we would have went to some of the stores here in Tucson.

It took a while, but we finally got hooked up with a high-speed cable provider (and telephone). Cox Communications won out over the Qwest service. Partially because I’ve had DSL before and this time I wanted to see what cable internet would be like, and mostly because of the installation costs. Cox was much cheaper. We’ll see if they hold up well on the service end of things. So far so good.

So now that I have internet access I have lots to catch up on. I gather that something big is going on with this whole open blog format thing (Atom, Pie, Echo, or whatever it is eventually going to be called). I really enjoyed Tim Bray’s piece titled “The Web’s the Place” and his follow-up. Larry Wall’s State of the Perl Onion speech looks interesting. Part I and II of Evan Goer’s XHMTL2 explorations look good.

After surfing for many hours, I’ve finally concluded that the biggest news of all while I’ve been away from the online scene is that my first cousin once removed has started blogging. Let me introduce you to Smurch Manor, a blog that will be much more enjoyable to read than the half-hearted techno-mumbo-jumbo posts that I publish.

One final thought. I hope to get some type of redesign done over the next few days. An important part of that will be to better organize my photos that have been strewn about over the past several years. Until then I should link to my patio building experience, and photos of our move to Tucson. Hopefully, everything will be easier to find once I’m finished with the site redesign. This might be the last major bit of web development that I embark on for a very long time, so I’ll try to do my best.

Originally published on Sunday July 20, 2003 at 4:49 pm

[1] Comment

AJ

Glad to see your back online. I hope all goes well with getting set-up in the new house. If you guys will be ready next week that's great.... We've been in our house going on 6 years and we're STILL not unpacked....

No baby yet!!! but it seems like it will be any day now and you'll have another first cousin. I'll be sure to let you know when and what sex it is....

John

John Simmons said this 14 years ago §

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