What a hectic time since my last post.
* my brother got married
* my wife and I found out we were expecting a child
* I got a new job (as a contractor)
* our son, Desmond, was born
* our second cat (Felix) passed away
* I got hired as a full-time employee
Desmond is asleep now, and my wife and a friend are watching Glee from the never-ending netflix / roku font. I'm guessing I have another hour or so until Desmond wakes up and I'm summoned to head to bed.
I'm in my basement going through old hard drives, identifying the dead ones for recycling, reformatting, doing some limited benchmarking, doing some updates, and generally trying to
dA is still around. hopefully it's thriving. it's been long enough that I don't know if I'd recognize $mccann if I ran into him on the street. $pinguino is apparently a friend of a guy I went to high school with. $sylderon seems to have disappeared. (I only knew him through his photos.)
I started visiting dA a bit over five years ago when $dv8it was doing some consulting for them. I still have a whiteboard with his plan for reorganizing dA's network here in my basement. I've taken photos of it, but I don't know if I could bring myself to erase it. there are still some things of his that I still haven't completely integrated into my
nicked from *LDLAWRENCE (https://www.deviantart.com/ldlawrence) without his permission, inspired by :iconsylderon: . I hope neither one minds...
How did your train addiction begin? What made you interest in this kind of transport?
I was born in Chicago, and until the age of three, lived in St. Charles, just outside Chicago. my old man was a big fan of the crab orchard & egyptian (COER), which ran steam on their shortline in Illinois until the mid 80s. a couple great uncles on my father's side were railfans. I think a bit of it rubbed off on me, and I vaguely recall dressing up as an engineer, complete with cardboard-box steam train for halloween when I was four or five.
I have at least six rolls of film to develop, some over a year old. tomorrow we'll see if my XTOL is still good. then we have to scan them. it's no wonder I don't post anything here anymore. it's not the effortless digital sneeze that so many are accustomed to these days. "I shot > 1000 photos last month". not here.
Kris is in Dallas for the annual Audiology Now! conference, so I'm left to my own devices which consist of staying up a little too late, drinking a little too much beer, and ruminating.
Ben passed away four years ago (plus a few days) and around this time of year I tend to get a little moody. my departed mother's birthday
I'm still here, barely.
mccann is never on IRC anymore, so the only thing that reminds me of dA is Ben's passing and birthday, both which got me to drop in, but honestly the dA UI becomes a little stranger every time I'm forced to use it. I tried to resubscribe tonight but was told to wait five minutes for system maintenance or somesuch. I'm more than happy putting a stack of bills in mccann's pocket every year.
Kris is out of town to Australia for roughly the next week, so it's time for heavy introspection and possibly some photography, so long as I don't succumb to WoW, which is her fault too, for getting me a hot laptop for my birthday