Wayfaring Stranger

Cold Snap

We had a blue northern storm thru here this weekend. There were a couple of days that didn't even get into the '90s! In Texas! In July!! Wow. Feels great. We have had 1 or 2 100 deg days, but a good summer so far.

I updated the "world" on my gentoo box at work (see gentoo.org). Well everything went pretty smoothly, but I have been having ugly font problems in my browser (opera). And it seems to only effect opera. Gonna hav'ta find out what it going on. My work PC is setup identically to my home PC, same video card and all. But opera looks great at home. Grrr.... Fonts in xwindows is just about the *only* thing I don't like about un?x.

Gotta go,

Team outing

Today was great. My normal work hours are 8:30 to 5:30 (but 6-6:30 is more the norm). So I get to work at 8:30am, read a few work emails and news articles, check some processes on the system, yada, yada, yada. At 10:30 I start preping some food for a picnic lunch at the bbq pits. 11am the picnic lunch starts. At 12:30 we head off on a scavenger hunt. The goal is to get digital pictures of all the listed items. So we hop in a car and head out. We are almost all of the way thru and our camera battery DIES. It wont even close the shutter, D-E-A-D dead.

But luckily we ran into a team mate, on a competing team, and talk him out of his camera. We go and reshoot all of the pictures we had already made. There are a few items that we had photographed at headquarters so we are pulling back into the parking lot at work. And we realize that a few of the re-made pictures did not meet the rules. Doh! And since the other teams are already heading to the meeting spot, we concede defeat and go join the group (last I might add).

The meeting spot is at SpeedZone, a gocart / minigolf / arcade type place. Management had gotten a group package which included a card w/unlimited play on it ... cool! So we play a couple of games, ride the gocarts, race each other at the drag strip, and race the clock at the grand prix. You get 3 runs at the drag strip and guess who took all 3 rounds, if you guessed me then you're a winner too! I took best track time at the grand prix too. Kinda makes up for the whole camera / booby prize incident.

After that was over a bunch of us stayed around and hung out to let rush hour traffic die down.

Oh yeah, the winners of the scavenger hunt get another half day off. What a cool place to work for ... are ya jealous?

Other Stromlund's out there?

Are there any other Stromlund's out there besides JR and I????

Hey, JR, one home school group and also our Sunday School class tried this type of website. I'm glad you found one that didn't constantly send pop-ups!

The bad news is that no one in the home school group or Sunday School group visited the website often enough to keep it up-to-date.

The Sunday School group asked me to set up an e-mail group which I did at Yahoo. The e-mail group is really working out better because everyone gets the e-mail in their in-box and generally everyone checks their e-mail every day or two. We've had lots more input from members of the e-mail loop than we did on the website.

I must admit, I'm usually in a time crunch, I check e-mail, but do little else unless its working through some computer program. So, I feel in the category of those who checked the website generally every week or two. I missed a couple of announcements about meals to class members because I hadn't kept up-to-date.

I have 3 home school e-mail groups set up at Yahoo Groups. Their ads included in e-mails now are annyoing to say the least; however, Yahoo's front page website for the e-mail group, file upload area, and especially the calendar is the best free service that I've seen. For the home school groups and the Sunday School Group, the calendar is awesome because it sends automatic reminders before the date of the event.

My largest home school group (N/W AR) is hosted at www.topica.com. We don't get ads from them ... YET.

I've also checked out several Christian e-mail hosts, one of them that was recommended, www.injesus.com, started charging a monthly fee last I checked. The Christian hosts didn't offer as many free services or as much archive space as the other well known names in the industry.

Didn't mean to be discouraging. Just sharing my past experiences ........

Thanks for your work!


Hmmmm.... you mentioned something about "looking for script enabled free hosting". I'll have to go to the Cox website and see what services are offered through my high-speed internet connection. I've been meaning to check into "newsgroups"; somewhere I read that I could host one. I have no idea how that works and haven't taken the time to investigate. Would that relate in anyway to what you were referring to??

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