Ok, today was the ALA exhibit at McCormick Place in Chi-town… so I had to get up early… which I don’t like doing. The trip there was an hour and ten minutes, not bad for Chicago traffic… we get to McCormick Place and out of our nicely air conditioned into the stifling heat (in reality it was like a 30 second walk but still), and we actually get inside, and we have to pull out our badges (but most of the staff don’t’ realize this) to get into the exhibits… most of the staff are all clumped together… while Jewel and I just keep walking right along, let the rest of the staff ask for help….

anyway, I didn’t realize how big the exhibit hall was huge… there were so many exhibits to see, and so much free stuff you wouldn’t believe it… Free books, bookmarks, graphic novels, product literature, and the like…. Jewel and I ended up with 3 full bags each… I must have 15 or so books… all free… some advanced copies, some not… I’m going to keep the signed books for myself….

I ran into a former librarian he works for a shelving company… I like the shelving, it moves for space saving… it would work well in archival areas…. our main library has a basement that I think it would work well in….

We ended up walking around the entire exhibit area, many places twice, but I’m pretty sure we saw every exhibit that was available for us to see….

the product that I want the most is the Canon scanner we saw a demo of…. it can scan up to 25 pages per minute in black and white, and 13 pages per minute in color… it comes in two parts that would allow somebody to buy just the scanning portion, or just the flatbed portion…. and a bonus is that the USB cables comes with the scanner (not typically done in today’s market).

I did meet Bill Barnes of Unshelved. He seems nice… I would have liked to have bought all three of the Unshelved volumes, but I do not have the money right now….

Lunch options for the day were minimal, McDonalds, or we would have had to lug all of our stuff around the city (no way was I doing that, I don’t think Jewel was going to either) So Eric, Jess N, Jewel and I all went to Mickey D’s for lunch, but Jewel managed to spill her drink all over the floor, I saw it happening too…

Jewel and I were in search of “bling” today, which was a flashing button that we couldn’t find….

The trip home took almost 2 hours, and we went from I55 to Illinois 126… although we had several opportunities to use alternative routes… but we ended up going down 59, which wasn’t too bad until we got close to home…

It was my first time going to ALA exhibits, but I have been to exhibits in DC if you recall. It was also Jewel’s first time going to ALA, she had a blast, despite the heavy load of materials we were carrying…

Well after ALA, I still had school… I stopped to get gas for my car, and it took 50 minutes to get to school… never good… I would have gone up to labs, but I didn’t feel like walking up the stairs, after driving for that long, and walking all day, so I just sat and talked to two guys from class….

Class was OK, I kept coming up in the discussion because I’m so far ahead in class… only have chapter 11 labs and then I’m done with this class… Class got out early tonight, around 8:30, so I called Erin…

She wanted ice cream, so I picked her up an we went to Oberweis and she got ice cream, so I drove her home… we had just parked when a cop pulls up to her house asking “Did you just call us?” and we responded no, we didn’t, since we were unsure if her dad did, she ran inside to ask… but no, he didn’t either.. So I dropped her off and went to Meijer to get some shave gel, and what do I see laying there… her cell phone… so I called her house phone to tell her that she left her cell phone in my car… I drove her cell phone back to her house… by this point I hadn’t had anything to eat since about 12:15 or so I was exhausted and I had not eaten anything in almost 10 hours, so I finally went home…

And that’s where I’m at now, typing this up… I’m going to wait for a little bit and take a quiz, maybe I’ll post on that tomorrow… we’ll see…

There’s supposed to be a meeting tomorrow morning at 10:00, I’m not sure if I’m going to go… we’ll see… it is a scheduled day off, so I will see what I decide… I do have my alarm set, but I might just turn it off when it goes off…. who knows…

Off topic: On the topic of school, I need to buy a switch for next class, buy the books for next class… and I need to sign up for classes.

I’m planning on starting a page of stupid quotes…

The Day

Well today at work was rather typical… helped a few people, read my book, I managed to get an entire chapter done at work… and I just finished chapter 9….

while working on reading I got to thinking about why I couldn’t telnet into my router… I figured it out… there was no default route telling the router where to go if it can’t find the address…. wonder why I didn’t think about it until tonight… I think I’m going to go and change some of the colors on my blog setup now….

the day

Well today I managed to switch around two laptops and batteries to allow people to use the laptops…. Then after church road, I headed to Eola, I managed to get some stuff done out there, well Jewel and I helped oh so many people today… 4 total… but somebody was playing a game… typer shark… here is my screenshot of how well I did tonight when I tried it

while at Eola, I noticed that Jewel didn’t have her car today, so I offered to drop her off at home. I already knew her mom from when she worked at Main, she’s always nice; anyway, Jewel gave me a tour of her house… nice house, I like the sun room (which is a new addition if you read Jewel’s blog, and the stress the sunroom has caused her). I didn’t plan on spending so much time there, almost an hour, but hey, I wasn’t doing anything else. Jewel’s dad came home… his first comment, “Nice Car”, now for those of you who know, I drive a Chevy Lumina.. Jewel’s Dad also drives a Chevy Lumina… same year as mine… with twice as many miles though, nice paint on his though, still shiny, unlike my rusting car 🙁 But he seems nice.

I tried playing stronghold 2, but I managed to die… since then I’ve been playing with Packet Tracer for class… I need to read the rest of chapter 8 tomorrow, and chapter 9…. we’ll see how that goes…

I sent out MP’s wedding RSVP yesterday, but now Erin can’t go, so I had to tell him that tonight… nobody to go with to MP’s wedding… that’s ok, it makes it easier… anyway, off to do something….

My Day

Who expects to be in one place doing labs for 4 and half hours? I didn’t expect it to take that long to do one chapter of labs, it’s not like they were that difficult, because they weren’t, it was just time consuming I guess…. On to read chapter 8…. TCP/IP Suite Erro and Control Messages…

anyway, I was doing updates at Eola today, it’s always a blast doing updates, particularly when there are 3 restarts before I was finished… always frustrating..

I did however manage to make it to school within 45 minutes, that included stopping for something to eat, so I can’t complain there. But I was in school until 10:30 doing labs, so even now I’m tired, I’ve been home for less than an hour… contemplating between bed and reading… I might play a game too… I can always read tomorrow….

I need to find a switch and buy the next set of books for class…. should od that soon….

Monday is ALA… we’ll see how it goes… at least it shouldn’t be too bad… Jewel’s going along with the rest of our bus… so it shouldn’t be too boring…


Well today at work I managed to take some inventory of some new equipment we got a few months ago… I know it was a while ago… but we’re working on it….

I had to copy a hard drive today, I wonder if it finished…. I think it did… it should have by now…

I did manage to get a couple of computers updated…. however I had to find which updates they needed…. not good… windows update wouldn’t work… it’s broke again… it was fixed for a couple of months anyway…

I went to go see Mr. and Mrs. Smith with erin… was a pretty good movie, considering I thought it’d be a chick flick… however I did think the last scene of the movie would make an excellent Counter-Strike: Source map…. if anybody is looking for ideas….

sometime this weekend I need to read the next chapter for school… maybe I’ll be able to do that tomorrow night or sunday….

work and today

well when I was setting up a phone across the hall the other day I managed to disconnect the public fax machine… oops… well I fixed it tonight. I also did entire inventory of the phones, and what phone jacks they’re in, and what number they’re connected to and the like… so now we should know….

well this is how I feel now:
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Three names you go by:
1. Wayne
2. Webguy
3. Winn Dixie

Three screen names you have had:
1. Webguy
2. webguy_2000
3. WaynesWorkshop

Three physical things you like about yourself:
1. Height
2. Hair Color
3. Height

Three physical things you don’t like about yourself:
1. Poor eyesight
2. My allergies
3. my build

Three parts of your heritage:
1. German
2. Norweigian
3. Irish

Three things that scare you:
1. people’s driving habits
2. heights
3. death

Three of your everyday essentials:
1. access to the internet
2. caffeine
3. stimulating conversation

Three things you are wearing right now:
1. khakis
2. white t-shirt
3. my watch

Three of your favorite bands or musical artists:
1. Billy Joel
2. Alan Jackson
3. Lucky Boys Confusion

Three of your favorite MOVIES:
1. Shawshank Redemption
2. Schindler’s List
3. Fahrenheit 451

Three things you want in a relationship:
1. intellectualism
2. fun
3. commitment

Two truths and a lie:
1. if I won the lottery I’d quit working
2. I watch Desperate Housewives
3. I was picked on during high school

Three physical things about the opposite sex that appeal to you:
1. Eyes
2. Smile
3. Personality

Three of your favorite hobbies:
1. Website Development
2. Building computers
3. building furniture

Three things you really badly want to do right now:
1. Get a CCIE Certification
2. buy a new car
3. win the lottery

Three places you want to go on vacation:
1. Ireland
2. Germany
3. Prague

Three names you like:
1. Saramani
2. Alexa
3. Dominique

Three words you think are good:
1. lathargic
2. antidisestablishmentarianism
3. kindness

Three things you want to do before you die:
1. Build my own house
2. develop an operating system
3. Have a copy of every operating system ever developed

Three ways that you are stereotypically a chick/guy:
1. If anybody can tell me one
2. let me know
3. I can’t think of any at the moment

Three celeb crushes:
1. Natalie Portman
2. Julia Stiles
3. Ashley Judd

Three people I would like to see take this quiz:
1. Jewel, But she’s already taken it
2. MP
3. B

school and work and what not

work was ok today, I did some running around because we fixed one computer, only to have another crap out, the joys of buying a bunch of systemax pc’s…. we’ve only had problems with the last bunch we bought…

school was somewhat interesting, I managed to get all the way through chapter 5 labs, doens’t seem like much, but we’ve only on chapter 3, so yeah… I’ll probably do chapter six on monday, and possibly start chapter 7, except I have to read both of those chapters first…

I need more content for my website, if anybody has any suggestions let me know.


Well, isn’t it always fun when there’s no air conditioning at work…. today there wasn’t any so it was like close to 90° in the computer lab, and I never made it downtown to do anything. I was running around like a nut, and now I’m exhausted, but of course I have school, so I will probably be leaving for that shortly…. after I grab some things to drink and eat something….