Archive for August, 2007

A friend of mine walks into the doctor’s office…

August 22, 2007

A girl walks into a doctor and says, “Hey, my stomach hurts. I hope I don’t have cancer.”

The doctor, a kindly fellow, responds, “Let’s see what’s going on.”

After an ample amount of poking and prodding — and chatting about family histories and such, the doctor offers the following options:

1) A CT Scan.

2) Do nothing.

“Those are two pretty drastically different options, doc,” she says.

“Well, yes, they are, but let’s assume we find something with the CT Scan. You’ll be uninsurable,” and then he mumbles a bit about pre-existing conditions and such. “Oh, and for further information, renal cancer isn’t too bad if we catch it early, but it can be a real bitch later on.”

Her head begins to spin.

“It’s really up to you,” he kindly says, knowing that the options he’s offered both suck.

“Well that’s pretty messed up,” she responds, not saying ‘messed’ but a slightly less classy word befitting the situation that begins with the letter ‘F’.

“Yes it is,” the doctor states, “but it’s a better alternative than you’d have in most of the world.”

Is it? IS IT?

The Road Less Travelled

August 22, 2007

I’ve been at Avenet for nearly six years and today I tendered my resignation. It’s been coming for quite awhile. I spent a lot of time thinking about it on vacation last week and decided that I needed to make the move sooner rather than later (when we’re deep in a build phase) — for the sake of all of my good friends.

For those of you who don’t know, I started a software firm last year with an old friend. We’re busy with internal projects and with a couple of clients. It’s very difficult to fit all of that into the 8PM-2AM time slot, keep the day job sacred, and have time to spend with the family. I’m looking forward to bringing the “night job” into the daytime and learning what it means to get eight hours of sleep again.

This is something I’ve wanted for many years and I’m excited/nervous to get going. My last day is September 7.

Spent a Week In Alexandria

August 18, 2007

stingray sunsetWe just got back to town after a week of boating in Alexandria, Minnesota. It’s our nearly yearly pilgrimage back to the lakes. This time with the new boat, we had an exceptionally good time. Lots of swimming and such and I even picked up a knee board which was a lot of fun until I dug the nose in crossing the wake at about 25MPH. My face was going much faster than that when it hit the water.

After recognizing that I still had the use of my legs and arms, I figured my nose must surely be broken, but the absence of blood proved that wrong. Turned out I was fine (apart from not being 17 years old for the last 20 years). My back is still sore, but I’m none worse for the wear.

I look forward to getting out a few more times during the boating season.

We stayed out on the water late on Sunday night with hopes of checking out the Perseid Meteor Shower, but the kids got tired before the show started. I caught about a dozen of them in the sky and reflected in the water as I cleaned up the boat and snapped on the cover.

I love the lake.