Romantic Dinner
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First watch, 8 bells (12:21 am)

Well L went all out tonight, and made a wonderful dinner for us. We went to the "other" house, and she had made pot roast. Before we got there, we rented a movie (Uptown Girls, it really wasn't too bad). There was a fire going in the wood stove, and candles on the table. We had a nice dinner, then sat down to watch the movie. After the movie, we had dessert (mmmm, chocolate pudding, banana, and whipped cream sundaes). Then she continued to read the second Harry Potter book to me. It was about 11pm when we called it a night, headed back to the inn. It was a perfect date, and I can still faintly smell her perfume, *sigh*.

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Sound Trouncing
Afternoon watch, 8 bells (4:06 pm)

Yesterday MP and I played 3 games of racquetball (since JP keeps forgetting his clothes and backing out of his repeated requests to play cutthroat with us). I schooled MP on all 3 games, and even scored 15-2 on one of them. I think next time it will be a tough grudge match.

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Lobster Barbie
Afternoon watch, 4 bells (2:00 pm)

This story makes my Cool list.

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Bad Servers
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Afternoon watch, 3 bells (1:41 pm)

Well, if you read about my last week, you'd think my bad server mojo would be exhausted and things would work fine for a little while...

How wrong you (and I) are.

Today our fileserver ("Gandalf") died. I worked on it for a little while, pulling out cards, reseating CPU and RAM, etc, all to no avail. I swapped the power supply, still nothing. Finally I replaced the motherboard with a spare I happened to have and things came back up. So it didn't take as much time as last week's server death, but still wasn't very nice. So now I call it "Gandalf the White", since it came back from the dead. 🙂

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The Next Book
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Afternoon watch, 3 bells (1:38 pm)

Last night I went back to L's to start the next Harry Potter book, or rather, to let her start it, since she's the one reading it (to me). She was out with her mother running errands, so I hung out and watched the State of the Union address with her dad. When she arrived, we got started on the 2nd book. After a short break for L to get some dinner and me to help her mom out with some computer issues, we got back to the book and made it about 130 pages or so before I had to call it a night. I got home around midnight, and was able to get to work today at a reasonable time 🙂

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Out Late Again
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Forenoon watch, 8 bells (12:15 pm)

I was out with L last night having fun. I got to her place at 7, and we watched the first Harry Potter movie (we had to go downstairs because her sister had to watch Seinfeld—it's not like it's a new episode or anything. I never watched that show anyway, never found it very funny, but I miss most TV shows and have an odd sense of humor sometimes). In any case, we watched the movie, then explored the 2nd disk until we could unlock the deleted scenes (deleted scenes are what should have been in the movie but were cut for some silly reason—some of them were quite good). L was making brownies when I showed up, and when they finished cooking she set them out to cool. When we finished the movie and went up for a bite, they were mostly eaten, but there was enough for us and an extra one to take to her uncle. Which is where we headed off to next, although there was some surprise from her family. I'm not sure why, I didn't ask. We watched cartoons for a couple hours, when L pointed out that it was after 1am, and time to go. I got home around 2, and came in a little late to work. Not that that matters very much. I always put my full time in. And it was worth staying out late, I had a wonderful time, as I always do with her.

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Band Logos
Forenoon watch, 5 bells (10:40 am)

I've never heard of this band, don't know even what kind of music they play, but they have a cool logo:

Kitty Kat Dirt Nap Logo

Life’s guarantees: Death and Taxes
Forenoon watch, 5 bells (10:37 am)

I know doing taxes is boring, but this is a bit extreme. It bothers me that nobody realized he'd been doing the dirt nap for two days.

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Car Thief
Afternoon watch, 1 bell (12:56 pm)

Well, as stupid as the Denny's Streakers were, I think the guy that boosted their car was cool. I'd like to shake his hand and say Good on ya, mate. Now that's quick thinking.

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No Honor Amongst Thieves
Afternoon watch, 1 bell (12:54 pm)

This story out of Spokane (just next door to me) is great.

Lesson to be learned kiddies? Always make sure you have a getaway driver. And don't leave your car running when you're not in it. Doesn't matter where you go, or what you're doing...

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More from Dave (yes, Barry)
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Forenoon watch, 5 bells (10:35 am)

A project called Laugh Lab has set up an Internet site in an effort to find the world's funniest joke. They have so far rated this as the funniest: "Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are camping. They pitch their tent under the stars and go to sleep. Sometime in the middle of the night Holmes wakes Watson up. 'Watson, look up at the stars and tell me what you deduce.' Watson says, 'I see millions of stars and even if a few of those have planets, it's quite likely there are some planets like Earth, and if there are a few planets like Earth out there, there might also be life.' Holmes replied: 'Watson, you idiot, somebody stole our tent!'" Now, I'm not saying this is a bad joke. I'm just saying this is not even close to being the funniest joke in the world. It would be funnier if Holmes woke Watson up and said, "Watson, there's a weasel chomping on my privates!" I'm not sure where the joke would go from there, but you can't go wrong with a setup like that.

You can find Laugh Lab on the 'net, but there isn't much there, they want you to buy their book.

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Nice weekend
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Forenoon watch, 4 bells (10:21 am)

Well, I posted a little about my weekend yesterday, just wanted to reiterate that it was a nice one, one of the best weekends I've had in a long time. Had a nice time at church, too. I ended up reading through the lesson material in case I had to fill in for a teacher again, but it wasn't necessary. I did have another class to teach, though, and it went extremely well. Our branch president even said my lesson was "masterfully done". I was very flattered. I think teaching is fun, though, when you have people that are willing to listen and participate.

After getting home, I called TB in Ohio to say Happy Birthday (she and I went to high school in Oregon together). It was nice to catch up on each other's lives. She seems very happy, in spite of being a small town girl living in a big city (Cincinnati). After that, I was on my computer catching up on some email and ended up chatting on MSN with LC from Taiwan. We talked about relationships, which was unusual because the Taiwanese people tend to be very closed-off with their emotions, and generally untalkative when it comes to personal things. Granted, they're not always like that, but in general, that is the tendency. She thought it was amazing that I would keep a public blog, for anybody to read that passes by. Of course, I don't put everything I think in here, so it may be a bit boring sometimes, but just the fact that I would do this at all was nigh incomprehensible. Why doesn't it bother me? My answer is: Why would it bother me?

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Up Late
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Forenoon watch, 3 bells (9:30 am)

Friday night I was up late, until 3am or so. L was reading me the first Harry Potter book. She is an excellent reader, she has voices for the different characters, it was really fun. She read more than half the first book that night, when I finally was so tired if I stayed up any later I would be worried about the drive home. Yesterday (Saturday) I got up and did some laundry, then L called me for some help moving furniture. So around noon I headed over there and didn't leave until almost midnight. After moving a dresser and hutch (the dresser actually fit in my cruiser!), she finished the book and we went bowling with JT & M. I was sure L was going to stomp us all (we played 3 games). JT won the first one, I got 4 consecutive strikes in the second game and came out with a 190, by far the best game I've ever had, and I forgot who won the last game. It was a lot of fun. After taking L back home, they were just getting ready to play more Trivial Pursuit LOTR edition, so we teamed up. L's sister C and her husband dominated the first (short) game by winning before anyone else got a turn (L and I were the only team out of the center hub). Crazy. The second game went longer, when L and I almost had a shot at winning, but C's team still beat us. I had loads of fun yesterday.

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Your Car and Your Dignity
Afternoon watch, 5 bells (2:48 pm)

Okay, dignity lesson #1: This guy is a total loser.

Yes, I like the whole Star Wars thing, but come on, dude, it's your car...

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Remedial Coding
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Afternoon watch, 5 bells (2:37 pm)

Well for some retarded reason, our shopping cart shouldn't display numbers with decimal points anymore (I guess we're past having things for $n.95 or $n.97 on it). They wanted me to remove all the decimals from displaying. So I had to modify the database that stores them all. I set it up to handle integers, figuring that's what they want, that's what they get. Unfortunately, they want to sell just one item at $15.95. It is now for sale for $16. Exceptions to the rule tend to get overlooked.

Also, we had to have commas showing the thousands place in larger dollar amounts. Apparently the majority of people out there don't understand $1895, and need to see $1,895. So I had to write a function (in PHP) that converts integer amounts into formatted strings so they look nice:

function stringprice($price) {
  $s = (string)$price;
  $m = $s;
  if(strlen($s) > 3) {
    $m = substr($s, 0, 1);
    $m .= ",";
    $m .= substr($s, 1);
  return $m

Obviously, this makes some pretty basic assumptions, such as not having numbers higher than the one's place in the thousands. But that would mean someone was spending more than $9,999 at our online store (note the comma for readability). So today's lesson, kiddies — hack away. It doesn't matter...

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