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Friday, 2002/01/04 10:28:00 PM - [Link Back]
The New Year represents Opportunity, baby!Take a look at this! The Weblog Review has finally reviewed my site. They gave me a 4, based mostly on my content, because they weren't overly impressed by the page design, and you know what? I agree with them. I would never say I was a designer, but given a good design, I can implement it. I guess I've never been the artsy fartsy type. Sheggy, now, she is good at design. I will have to prevail upon her to come up with a better look for the blog soon. Anyway, check out my review, and remember, you can vote for my site yourself... They rate sites from 1 to 5. Read up on how they score and then vote for a score for my site too. Let your voice be heard. Click here

Yesterday I mentioned resolutions... Heres another. I plan to stop going to work late. Why? Because being late is evil! Click here to see why...

Wednesday, 2002/01/04 05:25:38 AM - [Link Back]
The New Year represents Opportunity, baby!Well, the New Year is already four days old and I'm just now coming up with some resolutions. Better late than never, right? Doesn't the New Year represent new opportunity for us to dedicate ourselves to change something for the better? Let me lay one of my resolutions on you now. This year, I want to pare some pounds from my waist. I want to eat more healthy foods and get more exercise.. Lets see how I do with that one. I haven't done a drop of exercise since the year started! Tch tch... poor start.

Seems UPS was able to get the software (mentioned in the previous post) shipped. Its due to arrive in the island today. Now lets see if the Borg (Jamaican Customs) allow it to be cleared early enough to be delivered to me today.

Well, between November 21 and midnight of December 31st, I got 588 hits on this Blog. Although the counters were added late in the day, I'll just call that the number of hits for 2001. Low number, huh? Lets hope 2002 is a great year for the blog too... See ya!

Thursday, 2002/01/03 06:13:27 PM - [Link Back]
I hear they're having some wicked snow storms up there in the U.S. Pschaw, whats that to me? I'm here in sunny Jamaica, experiencing 85 to 90 degree days, am I right? WRONG!!!I'm working on this project at work. I'm responsible for all the technical aspects of the project. We're about to start training, having invited down the trainers, set up the training sites, etc. and now we need to install the database software... which by the way is on the ground in the U.S.... And we can't start training without that software. I tell you, the world is getting smaller and smaller. Global events DO affect what happens in whatever region you're in, and you've got to consider that whenever you're making plans, you know what I'm saying?

Wednesday, 2002/01/02 09:48:00 PM - [Link Back]
Can you imagine paying US$170 to go to a party? Its a bit on the edge for me, but thats what I did. Natty and I went to the Frenchmen New Year's Day party. Its held at a pretty big house in the Jacks Hill area (nice house, dude!). For that money you get plentiful drinks, tons of food, (lobster, shrimp, and other stuff, all delicious) and the opportunity to mingle with some of the best looking people in Jamaica (trust me, there were foxes aplenty, both male and female)! The party vibe was high. My major problem there was that the Frenchmen (so called because they started out giving some famous parties at Frenchmen's Cove way back in the day) were giving out good havana cigars at the party, and every Tom, Dick and Harry was lighting up, and I didn't like the smell much, but all I had to do was move to another location and there, problem solved. In the words of Francois (Fame FM), "A good time was had by all"! When I decided to go, I thought it would just be a one time experience, but now I feel that it could become a yearly event for me. We'll see...

Tuesday, 2002/01/01 03:33:51 PM - [Link Back]
Natty has this old jewellery box that she no longer uses, with some old fake jewellery in it. MB. Jr. got his hands on this loot and was playing with it. Natty was glad for the respite from MB. Jr.'s constant demands for attention, so she let him play with it. Dr. D happened to drop by while MB. Jr. was playing with it. At first he was surprised that Natty had let MB. Jr. at the jewellery box, but after watching him for awhile he decided that he wasn't being destructive or anything. Eventually he took off his own (NOT CHEAP) ring and gave him to play with. I left the room to make a couple of drinks and when I returned, I heard Dr. D. say "You threw away the ring??!!??". MB. Jr. smiled up at him angelically and said "Mmmm Hmmm...", as though this clearly was the natural order of things. The funny part was Dr. D. gave him the ring before he had even had his first drink, can you believe it?

Monday, 2001/12/31 01:51:31 PM - [Link Back]
What a weekend! Prior to this weekend, my Christmas was fairly quiet. Friday night, I went to sleep, as I had been waking up really early and going to bed late during the week. On Saturday, I went to two things. A friend of mine is getting married, and the I guess his wife-to-be forbade a stag party. Instead, they merged the stag party with the customary shower (I guess you could call it a "Shag" party). The food was really good, and the co-ed shower games were interesting. (Let me tell you, every woman there was sleek and fit. Not an ounce of extra weight on any of the women there, not even the parents of the bride and groom to be, or even the parents' relatives or friends. Hard to believe, huh?) The other event was the "Night Flight 003" party put on by the Air Jamaica Pilots. It was an Oldies Party featuring music from the '70's, 80's and 90's. The party had potential but it was never realised, unfortunately, as the DJ's spun some really foolish music! . Still, the party was extremely packed, I'm sure they had about two thousand people there, and I had drinks with lots of friends I hadn't seen for a long time, so I had fun anyway.

During this season, most Jamaican's visit with family, where they eat and drink in copious amounts and chat and hang out, or as some Caribbean people say, lime. I was no exception. I went to my cousin's and to Natty's cousin's to dinner on Sunday. I had a lot of fun, even if it was a pretty busy weekend. Tonight, several of us are going up to Sheggy's to bring in the New Year, then tomorrow, I am to go to another cousin's for brunch, then to the (expected-to-be-fabulous) Frenchmen Party. I'll tell you all about that party after the fact.

So, New Year's is upon us, and it finds Natty, MB. Jr. and I sick. Natty and I have colds, and MB. Junior has an ear infection. What a way to start the year, eh? Anyway, y'all have a great time tonight and have a Happy New Year!!! May you attain at least the more important of your dreams in the coming year. Bye, everyone.

Saturday, 2001/12/29 06:38:03 AM - [Link Back]
Again, I'm up early... this time, the coffee has already been quaffed. You know, I really love coffee with creamer and sugar, it rocks, but its bad for the heart, so I've stopped drinking it that way. I find I don't like it nearly as much with sugar and milk, or with condensed milk... Maybe I'll remove it from my daily routine. Anyway, I reflect.

Already, I've been to several sites, some of which were interesting. Some were interesting because of design, some because of content... a couple for both... All in all a good morning scouring the weblog universe.

Now, let me tell you of my thoughts on some of the things I have seen... I have quickly come to despise quizzes. A lot of bloggers are doing them and posting the results to their blogs... Well, its their blog, but it seems to me to be a cop out. If you don't have anything to say, don't say anything. I've done two myself, but I won't do anymore, unless its a really outstanding quiz. I'm not saying don't do the quizzes, just don't post the results.

I'm getting a bit jealous of some of these blogs I'm encountering. I want to use comments on my site too. I have been investigating cgi_comments, but the cgi setup at Tripod is a bit strange. The test perl script runs, but it cant see the perl module CGI, although its in the same directory with it. The same exact script runs elsewhere... (** shrug **) I guess more digging is required. I will just feel more of a sense of accomplishment when I get the bugger working.

Ok, I've noticed something else. Much of life is tawdry and dull, or at least, not outstanding. Many blogs contain lots of routine, normal entries which entertain you for a while only, and eventually you will move on out of boredom. (mine is no exception to that, by the way). Thats why the occasional gems that you find are so inspiring and rewarding. Anyway, I spotted just such a delicious morsel, and thought I'd share it with you : Knock yourself out! Check out this entry at akacooties.

Now I really hope you'll check it out. I've noticed that a lot of people will read a blog entry and blow right past the links in the entry. Y'all know who you are. When you do that, sometimes you're missing out on the essence of the entry, and maybe on an even more interesting bit of info. I implore you, check out at least some of the links whenever you read blog entries, and check out this one in particular. Oh, and why won't you sign my guest book... Oonoo sign di %$#@*/ guestbook nuh? Nuff said. I'll let you get on with your lives...

Thursday, 2001/12/28 05:00:27 AM - [Link Back]
Yeah, I'm up already... Coffee is on, I'm listening to the good old percolator noises going, the gurgling, clicking noises... Familiar. Another day, another dollar. I reflect.

When I was little, I used to sleep in a single bed, but there was lots of room, because I was little. I slept in such a bed comfortably until I was about 23 or 24. Then I began to sleep at my girlfriends house. I was still comfortable, most of the time. She had two single beds and we used to push them together. As long as you went to bed to sleep you were alright. Once you were doing anything related to more than one person (hugging, making love, rubbing her back, etc.), you had to deal with The Crack (where you pushed the two beds together). The Crack made this arrangement a bit uncomfortable. Eventually, we got married, and we got a queen sized bed. I don't advise anyone to get a queensized bed. It can work, but its just a bit too small. Limits the range of bedroom acrobatics y'all can get up to somewhat, if you know what I mean.

We eventually stepped up to a kingsized bed when MB Jr. was born. It was great. There was acres of room. We have enjoyed this state of bed-size bliss up to the present time. Now Natty and I share the bed with MB. Jr. I loved him being in the bed. I actually was the one who took him out of the crib and brought him into the bed with us. It was really cool... But, unfortunately, every fruit has its season. You see, there is a fatal flaw to this arrangement. MB. Jr keeps growing. The kingsized bed that was so large a year ago is now too small. Why, he nearly stuck my eye out while moving around in his sleep just this morning. We're going to have to get a bed for him. We need to find rails for the bed too, apparently. Where in blue blazes does one find that? Anyway, MB. Jr. is going to have to take the first major step toward becoming an adult. He is going to have to start sleeping in his own bed. Boy, isn't he going to be pissed!

Thursday, 2001/12/27 07:44:34 PM - [Link Back]
Hey, I saw where some people had created a webpage which linked you to the favourite posts from their blog. They judged them to be the favorite posts by the number of times the entries had been read by their site's visitors. I thought I'd copy them, only I'm not yet sure how they got the info necessary to do it. I guess their web hosts give them statistics on page views by each entry. I don't have that info... Still, I wanted to give you all a nice gift for Christmas, so I decided to put a different spin on it and give y'all access to my favourite blog entries! Yup, I went through my own archives and critiqued them myself. I then put them on my "Postings List" page. I plan to update it regularly with my current favourites. By now, you must be beside yourselves with joy. Anyway, eventually I hope to allow you to vote on your favourites and reflect the results there. For now, enjoy them.

Now, I'd like to big up somebody... She has endured much over this Christmas! She was thrown off her web server (for the second time). She got depressed. She considered chucking it all. But you know what? After a brief period of self pity, she threw off that apathetic feeling and she has taken the bull by the horn. (No, thats not what I meant. Y'all have got some filthy minds. ) She has moved her stuff to another server and you know what. I prefer her new look! And theres more in the works! Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the ONE, the ONLY HOSTILE REDHEAD! The HOSTILE REDHEAD, ladies and gentleman! Show her some love! (click the link to her new page, stupid )

Tuesday, 2001/12/25 11:04:44 PM - [Link Back]
We had a very successful Christmas morn. MB. Jr. got some nice presents, but he did have his favorite. Natty went out and bought a very nice locomotive for MB. Jr. Take a look at it. It drives around by itself, it takes different routes to go around obstacles, it has a loud train's whistle and makes noises simulating running on tracks, it has a bright headlight and it emits "steam" from its... "stack", I guess you could call it. MB. Jr. absolutely loved it. The first time he heard it's horn, he went crazy! This really is his first Christmas where he understands whats going on, and as a result of the locomotive, "Santa Claus" is his close personal buddy now!

The locomotive is a big battery buster. It simply eats batteries for breakfast... I've decided that both MB. Jr. and I will derive some utility from the locomotive. He can play with it, while I am going to use it to perform an experiment. I will use different brands of batteries in it each time its refilled, say Duracell first, Energiser second, etc. and then tell you which brand really is best! Lets see if that "doggoned wabbit" really keeps on going and going and going...

My sister-in-law gave me three Stephen King novels as a gift. I really used to love his earlier books ("Carrie", "The Stand", "Kujo", and "Pet Sematary" are good examples ) "Salem's Lot" was my absolute favorite. Then for a while, his books started to annoy me (a good example is "Thinner", and the others were so nondescript, I don't even remember their names. ) and I simply stopped reading his books. Some time after, I heard that he had gone through a period of drug addiction. I assumed that that was what had happened to those books. It really made a difference in the quality of his writing. I heard that he had triumphed over his drug problem, and I hope it'll show in these books. Have any of you read "Rose Madder", "Insomnia", or "Delores Claiborne"? Drop me a line and let me know if they are worth a read nuh? (please) I really don't have time to waste.

Monday, 2001/12/24 10:46:43 PM - [Link Back]
I'm would like to wish all the people who visit this site a holy, happy Christmas. Yeah, you'll give and get lots of presents, you'll eat lots of food, drink large volumes of alcohol, and party your asses off. These are good things, make no mistake. At the same time, take a little time out to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas: the birth of Jesus Christ.

Spend at least five minutes to reflect on how lucky you are to be enjoying the Christmas. As I write, Portland and St. Mary are facing an onslaught (more rain). Some flooding is going on, and some kids are going to have a wet, miserable Christmas. Pray for them.

Again, have a great Christmas. If y'all drink, don't drive.

Monday, 2001/12/24 07:02:49 AM - [Link Back]
I can see where I'm going to have to implement a true comments system. I wonder if there are any such tools out there? Just for comments, I mean... Shower me with your suggestions nuh? Pleeeaaase?

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