Tuesday, February 06, 2001

Ding Dong the Spec is dead
Or
The 8th to tie my stomach in a knot, yeah that works for me

Hello all. Ok, I’ll give you the reader’s digest version of what’s going on in my life. Good news: I’m moving to Menlo Park. After not getting the place in Palo Alto I was hoping for I was pretty bummed. But I got a place that’s going to work out much better! It’s less than a mile from work, at least it will be when my group moves from the Palo Alto office to the Menlo Park office in March. My room is rad! It’s a converted living room at the back of the house so it’s really big, it has access to the backyard and it has a fireplace.

Other news: I’m scheduled to have surgery on March 8th. Say goodbye hiatal hernia and hello to no more pain! It’s a laproscopic procedure, which requires a 3 day hospital stay and about a week of no work. I’m looking forward to the no work part. I called my insurance company to find out how much of the cost I have to cover. I’m happy to say it’s covered 100%. I have really come to love my insurance company. They have covered everything without any hassle. Every once in a while things really are easy.

Bad news: Last night the spec died. Well it didn’t really die, just got injured. The clutch is totally gone and needs to be replaced. An expense I could have done without, but oh well. After flip-flopping about it for a long time, I’ve decided to buy Ron’s motorcycle. Just in the nick of time since my car is out of commission until I get it fixed.

As far as the trip to Dublin that everyone keeps asking me about. Anthony (my boss) has a meeting with our technical recruiter tomorrow to open reqs for the Dublin and Hong Kong personnel that I will be training. So it looks like the trip shouldn’t be put off for too much longer. It’s dependent on finding qualified candidates though so who knows how long that will take. I’ll keep you posted.

I’m going to get back in the habit of updating Confessions at least once a week again. So check back soon, and I’m going to be posting a bunch of new pics as soon as I have the time.

Friday, February 02, 2001

Gastrointestinal Motility = Suppress your gag reflex, and endure this horrible pain.

Hello all! Sorry I have not written for a long time. I’ve been really busy, oh, and I’m lazy. I have a bunch of stuff to catch everyone up on and I’ve got some new pictures to post. But I’ll do all that in my next post (which will be soon). For now I just want to tell you about the Dr. appointment I just had. It may well have been the most uncomfortable hour I’ve ever spent. I’ll give you a blow by blow:

Dr.: This will not take long
Translation: This will take 45 minutes
Dr.: I’m going to put some gel in your nose to numb it so I can put a tube down your throat. It may burn a little.
Translation: I’m going to put Napalm down your nose and tell you to inhale as your head bursts into flames.
Dr.: This is going to feel strange, but keep swallowing
Translation: This is going to hurt like hell, but keep swallowing painfully as I shove a tube down your throat.
Dr.: I’m going to measure the pressure in your throat, don’t swallow, just breathe normally and relax.
Translation: I’m going to giggle this tube around until you’re in so much pain you are seeing two of me.
Dr.: Ok, now swallow
Translation: Don’t throw-up
Dr.: Ok, now don’t swallow for a little bit
Translation: Don’t throw-up

And on and on, you get the idea. Not fun! The only plus from the whole thing was that the chick doing it was cute and she had an accent. Anyway, check back soon, as I said before I have a bunch of stuff to catch everyone up on. Talk to you soon.

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