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Vacation - Days 1 and 2 - Hurry up and wait to get to your vacation destination

by crivers In reply to t3h bl0g

<P>This vacation has started off to a crazy couple of days.</P><br /><P>We left yesterday (around 5:30pm on Friday, April 1) and as of writing this we are near Vienna, Georgia.  We're driving a stunning 3 mph (assuming we aren't stopped).  </P><br /><P>Last night (around midnight) we stopped over in Murfreesboro, Tennessee to grab a bit of rest.  We thought we could "camp out" in the van -- boy was I wrong. (yes my idea - DOH!)  I got a total of about 2 hours of somewhat fitful sleep.  I woke up around 3:30am and was unable to sleep anymore in the uncomfortable position I was in.  Half my body was snuggled up on the portion of the laid-down back seat which was our bed. The other half on items we were taking on our trip.  Shoes are no fun resting snugly against your kidneys.  After chugging down a quick gas station hot chocolate and half a pop tart we started on our way again.  After about an hour and a half we hit a small rest stop outside of Chattanooga and I had to take a break -- Thank you Lord for giving me the brainpower to remember the wetting tears/solution for my dry eyes!  We caught a fairly lengthy bite of Cracker Barrel goodies for breakfast and then began driving again.  We hit Atlanta around ... hmm, must be the afternoon heat.  I don't know when.  But Atlanta was pretty cool -- felt a lot like Chicago.</P><br /><P>For lunch we met up with my parents in law and ate some sandwiches.  I don't really remember much about lunch because I was somewhat out of it with the lack of sleep and lack of nutrients (aside from the hot chocolate and pop tart).  We got back on the road... or so I thought.</P><br /><P>...time passes...</P><br /><P>As of right now -- 5:25pm -- somewhere up the road about 5 miles is supposedly a huge wreck that has claimed some lives.  (find link)  People here are driving crazy and I'm suprrised we haven't seen MORE wrecks.  I thought people from my hometown in Indiana were nuts.  The wind has been gusting to 40+mph here and cars have been swerving all over the road going 70-80mph (saw a Corvette doing 100mph easily).  Thank you God for your protection thus far and I pray that you continue to protect us as well as the others around us for the course of our vacation.  </P><br /><P>So yeah... it's a hurry up and wait to get your vacation destination kind of day.    Thankfully I have this new snifty GPS device and some software to go with it.  It's been a big help and beats the mac and cheese out of a plain old paper map.</P><br /><P>Before I close... Jeb Bush, if you're reading this, come help us out!  Disney (and our tourist tax revenue) compels you! </P><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://t3h.blogspot.com/2005/04/vacation-days-1-and-2-hurry-up-and.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Vacation - Days 3, 4 and 5

by crivers In reply to t3h bl0g

<P><STRONG>Day 3</STRONG></P><br /><P>Sunday was a day of relaxation after a crazy few days of travel.  We spent time prep'ing the condo for living in it and finding out what all was available to do in the area.</P><br /><P><STRONG>Day 4</STRONG></P><br /><P>Monday - out first day of Disney!  We went to the MGM Studios.  We rode on the Movies ride and saw the Muppet Vision show.  </P><br /><P>After nap time we went over to Epcot and walked around for a while.  We grabbed some Mocha Frost, a cappucino, and some goodies to eat and watched an awesome fireworks show.</P><br /><P><STRONG>Day 5</STRONG></P><br /><P>Tuesday - we went to the Animal Kingdom and saw all sorts of animals and a few shows and rides.  We saw some show about bugs (which didn't go over too well with my son) and the ride was about dinosaurs.  The dinosaur ride was pretty scary but my son wasn't as scared of that as he was of the bug show. </P><br /><P>Later that evening we went to the Magic Kingdom to take a look at some things and rode the Dumbo, Peter Pan, and It's a Small World rides. </P><br /><P>...</P><br /><P>So far Disney has been pretty good.  The kids have really enjoyed it and that's what matters right now.  This is my first time to Disney too and all of the things meant for kids as well as adults have appealed to me.  </P><br /><P>Tomorrow we will be going to Cape Kennedy/Canaveral to see what we can see there.  I've heard that a military rocket is planned for launch, but it's fairly windy today and it may not fly.  That would be awesome though if it did!</P><br /><P>TTFN!</P><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://t3h.blogspot.com/2005/04/vacation-days-3-4-and-5.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Vacation - Days 6, 7, 8 and 9

by crivers In reply to t3h bl0g

<P><STRONG>Day 6</STRONG></P><br /><P>Wednesday - We went to Cape Kennedy for the day to take in the sights and awe in the accomplishments of some of the bravest people on the planet.  It sure brought back a bunch of childhood memories of wanting to become an astronaut.  (at least until I felt the greater call to raise a family)  Perhaps my son will take that dream somewhere.  We talk frequently about rockets, the stars, the planets, and travelling.</P><br /><P><STRONG>Day 7</STRONG></P><br /><P>Thursday - We went to our last day of enjoying Disney Land.  We spent the entire day in the Magic Kingdom.  Baby girl wasn't feeling too well and I ended up playing "find a diaper" game.  We ran out of diapers as we hit the halfway-through point of our adventure in the Magic Kingdom.  I tried going to the baby care center in Disney, but no one was available to help me with anything there.  There were supposedly diapers available but I wasn't so sure.  I snooped around a bit and found some "for sale" (more like for a fortune).  Disney does a good job of getting you trapped into their magical marketing schemes. *grin*  Just to get to the Magic Kingdom you have to take a ferry or a monorail out to the area (after you park your car or take the bus there).  </P><br /><P>In all, it took me nearly two hours to leave the park, take a monorail to the tram, take the tram to the car, get the diapers, get back on the tram...  Once I got back to the area where you can get on a ferry or monorail, things got crazy.  There was a bad storm brewing and everyone that wanted to ride the monorail was being told to take the ferry.  (not sure what the deal was there, storm + boat = bad)   After getting to the ferry dock, we were told that the ferry wouldn't be running due to the storm.  At this point I was getting pretty upset and I went to go talk with one of the workers.  Somehow they were able to get a ferry out for "one last chance" to get to the other side.  By the time I got back to my family, I was soaking wet and it was time for fireworks.</P><br /><P>The end-of-the-night fireworks show made up for all the trouble I suppose.  I was happy with it.  I got to snack on a cookie and a cappuccino and taped the whole thing, including the kids' reactions.  I can't wait to get that setup for digital video on the computer at home.</P><br /><P><STRONG>Day 8</STRONG></P><br /><P>Friday - not much to say for this day other than wake up, pack up, head out, and drive for 14 hours (Florida to Chattanooga).  Oh... and don't ever ride through Georgia.  That state has serious transportation issues (at least on I-75, both north and south bound sides)</P><br /><P><STRONG>Day 9</STRONG></P><br /><P>Today -- Saturday, we are travelling home.  I'm writing this entire posting in Nashville.  I just handed the wheel over to my wife so I could get some sleep after I got about 2 hours of unrestful sleep.  I guess it beats the sleep I had last week when we were travelling down to Florida.</P><br /><P>We will be home in about 6 hours.  </P><br /><P>Oh look... more traffic!</P><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://t3h.blogspot.com/2005/04/vacation-days-6-7-8-and-9.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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CNN.com - First cell phone was a true 'brick' - Apr 11, 2005

by crivers In reply to t3h bl0g

<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">A nice article on a bit of the history of cell phones. We (wife) just got our first cell phone. <br />
<br />I've had one through work for a time, but currently don't carry one since my employer has started making employees handle the bills and then ask for "stipend". I'm fine with being a bit less connected!<br />
<br />I always used it for text messaging anyway (had servers/switches notify me when they went offline or had troubles).<br />
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<a href="http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/ptech/04/11/motorola.first.phone.ap/index.html">CNN.com - First cell phone was a true 'brick' - Apr 11, 2005</a>
</div><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://t3h.blogspot.com/2005/04/cnncom-first-cell-phone-was-true-brick.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Human Hibernation To Treat Critically Ill People?

by crivers In reply to t3h bl0g

<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">An article that gives some interesting, but also frightening, looks into the future of healthcare. Does anyone remember the movie Coma?
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<a href="http://www.healthtalk.ca/hibernation_042305_89321.php">Human Hibernation To Treat Critically Ill People?</a>
</div><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://t3h.blogspot.com/2005/04/human-hibernation-to-treat-critically.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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REVISITE The art of being content

by crivers In reply to t3h bl0g

<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Today's been a constant reminder of this post I wrote late last year. See, recently I've been really struggling with my career -- ambition, satisfaction, plans...
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<a href="http://t3h.blogspot.com/2004/11/art-of-being-content.html">t3h bl0g: The art of being content</a>
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<br />I used to work in a small business (which I later bought and sold with a <a href="http://holyllama.blogspot.com">good buddy</a&gt where job satisfaction was a direct result of the work YOU put into it. I'm not so much talking about the "instant reward" as much as I am as the feeling and knowing that your work made a difference somewhere in the world.
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<br />Where I am currently, I don't see, know, or feel as if my work really makes a difference except for the once-a-month deposit of a paycheck. Now, mind you, this has nothing to do with money. I know and rely fully on God's provision for my family's needs.
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<br />Lord, what is it you want me doing in my current job? Is there something more waiting elsewhere? Is there something more waiting right where I am at? In your timing I pray you show me.</div><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://t3h.blogspot.com/2005/04/revisited-art-of-being-content.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Click here if you're listening

by crivers In reply to t3h bl0g

<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">If you're listening, just leave me a comment. I'm curious to see who actually reads this blog. I have a silly traffic tracker, which doesn't do much, to try to see how many people actually poke their virtual heads in to this spot on the 'Net.<br />
<br />So humor me... (humour -- just for you <a href="<br">http://christ-web.com/sorahl/blog.html">Sorahl</a&gt<br />
<br />Leave a comment. I'm curious. :)</div><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://t3h.blogspot.com/2005/04/click-here-if-youre-listening.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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CNN.com - California to ban hunting over Internet - May 4, 2005

by crivers In reply to t3h bl0g

<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">NOW THIS IS COOL! A totally geeky way of getting out in nature, but without the nature part!
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<a href="http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/internet/05/04/internet.hunting.ap/index.html">CNN.com - California to ban hunting?over Internet - May 4, 2005</a>
</div><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://t3h.blogspot.com/2005/05/cnncom-california-to-ban-hunting-over.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Checkershadow Illusion

by crivers In reply to t3h bl0g

<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">I wear glasses. This royally messes with your eyes regardless of impairment. <a href="http://web.mit.edu/persci/people/adelson/checkershadow_illusion.html">Checkershadow Illusion</a>
</div><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://t3h.blogspot.com/2005/05/checkershadow-illusion.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Wrists that go ouch... I think I have some proble...

by crivers In reply to t3h bl0g

<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Wrists that go ouch... I think I have some problems with my right wrist. Going to do the usual -- switch hands for mouse usage, write more (thank God I have a tablet PC at work), and do more exercises to see if that will help relieve the pain.</div><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://t3h.blogspot.com/2005/05/wrists-that-go-ouch.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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