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Mortality

My dad is going in for another stent or two on Thursday. It's preventative this time and not the result of a heart attack like he had last year. My dad has not been so healthy these days, but he's not on his death bed by any means.

Regardless, I'm facing discussions of mortality with my parents. I suppose it is a good idea to be prepared emotionally and financially, but it doesn't make for a comfortable phone call at 8:00 in the morning. Now I'm investigating options for assisted living.. hopefully to be reserved for a time in the distant future.

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Resolutions

Just under a year ago, I posted some resolutions I wanted to achieve. I've knocked off at least two of them:
  1. "Work out and lose weight (190lb target). I just signed up at Club Fit in town and have a tentative goal to spend an hour a day, five days a week there."
    Not done, not even close. If anything I gained weight this year. This is going back to the top of my list for 2007.
  2. "Formalize my freelance business and build a veil of financial protection."
    Negative. I'd like to blame it on how busy I was this year, but it really comes down to not wanting to do all the paperwork. I still need a business bank account for tax purposes, but I'm not so gun ho about this one anymore.
  3. "Bring freelance business into the black."
    I don't know. I think I've done pretty well this year overall, but I haven't actually compared my expenses yet.
  4. "Obtain an 11% raise at Canby Telephone."
    Well, it's a lot more than 11% but it is not at Canby Telephone. I'm going to say it counts anyway.
  5. "Graduate from the Art Institute with a BS in Interactive Media Design."
    Done! Finally, though the reality of it still hasn't set in yet.
I'm actually pretty happy about what I accomplished. The two resolutions I did achieve are pretty significant, life altering events.

What I hope to achieve in 2007

  1. Spend more time with family and friends.
  2. Get back in shape, lose some weight, and be more active in general.
  3. Manage my free time better.
  4. Build a koi pond and deck in my backyard.

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December has been a very busy month for me. I have started a new career, celebrated a five year wedding anniversary with my amazing wife Stacy, and graduated with a bachelor of science from The Art Institute of Portland. Throw in the typical holiday hustle and bustle and you have the recipe for a bewildered and displaced anti-social.

As disoriented as I may be I have nothing to complain about—so many wonderful things have happened to me in these past few weeks. Making the decision to leave Canby Telcom was stressful, but I believe whole-heartedly now that it was the right one.

For a little competitive entertainment Stacy and I decided to compare the companies company names we've worked under in the last decade:
David Frey Stacy Frey
  • CTA Communications
  • CTA Service Corp
  • North Willamette Telecom
  • Canby Telephone
  • DirectLink of Oregon
  • Canby Telcom
  • Edge Design
  • OPB Store
  • Fred Meyer
  • Petite Sophisticate
  • Koala Blue
  • Gymboree
  • Bath and Body Works
  • Franklin Covey
  • Cost Plus World Market
  • Washington Mutual
  • Brighton Collectables
  • Anthro
I have no chance of winning this race, even with my 6-1handicap.

I really love what I'm doing at my new job. So far I have worked on 7 completely different web sites with their own unique challenges to boot. To top it off, the owners decided to close the office for the week of Christmas as an extra week of paid vacation for all of us. Sweet.

I have a hybrid mac/pc workstation I'm trying to get configured and personalized. I now have two 20" wide-screen Dell monitors. Once I get a new graphics card for the PC I'll be able to have the two systems working side-by-side. Synergy is my new favorite app in that regard. I can use one keyboard+mouse between the two systems with ease.

I'm ending the year without any regrets, though I do miss lunch time with the sparrows. Hopefully I'll be able to start working from home once a week pretty soon.

Soooooo Goooood

This morning I'm sitting in my class, patiently waiting for all of the other students to get back from registration.

ehem..

Here's one who's really committed to the role:

[16:27] Weird Science Lab: Human/
[16:28] intuitiveye: oh no
[16:28] intuitiveye: he's back.
[16:28] Weird Science Lab: I have search many databases and I have found one who I feel may be on my level
[16:28] Weird Science Lab: Can you help me to contact your leader?
[16:28] Weird Science Lab: http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/xp/wenn/20060815/13/2923437296-hasselhoff-returns-baywatch-costs-7.jpg
[16:28] intuitiveye: oh yes
[16:28] intuitiveye: he's one of the greatest minds this world has ever seen.
[16:28] intuitiveye: and he's my best friend.
[16:28] Weird Science Lab: He has existing man/machine communication
[16:29] intuitiveye: here's is IP 1111.2222.3333.4444
[16:29] Weird Science Lab: Thank you human
BTW.

First update in.. a long time.

http://intuitiveye.com/

Oct. 24th, 2006

Stacy and I partook in a little pumpkin carving tonight. Here are the results. Let's see if you can guess who carved what.


Exhibit A


Exhibit B

I am so smart S-M-R-T, I mean S-M-A-R-T

So I've decided that I need to learn some C. I'm not exactly sure where I should start. C++ seems to be the way to go since it is inherently object oriented, but I really have no idea where to start with compilers. I'd prefer something free. If any of you have any recommendations, I'm listening.

Henry's on a School Night

Henry's TavernFor anyone that wants to join, a group of us are getting together for drinks at Henry's Tavern in Portland tomorrow night at around 7:00 p.m. Actually, this is a research trip for NWBrew.org so if you show up, you will likely become an NWBrew volunteer.