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It has been pointed out to me recently that, indeed, I really suck at updating this thing. *shrug*


Back in California…

Wine Barrels

I came home to California to find eight barrels of wine in the garage. My folks give me the stink eye every time I so much as glance at the stash, and I think this may explain why my mother has switched to buying me only the half-size little red cocktail straws. (Little do they know I have aquarium tubing in my closet, muahahahaha!)

But no, really, as good as their wine generally comes out in the end, this stuff isn’t done yet. Just kinda wild to come home to EIGHT BARRELS of high quality grape. The wine from my folks’ co-op always used to be stored elsewhere – never got to witness the whole process before.

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a new neighbor

Meet ‘Stumpy’ — the resident lizard. He lives somewhere around the condo and I routinely see him chillin’ out on my way to/from the car.

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introductions, farewells

I’ve been putting off writing this entry for quite a while now, but, I think the time has come. In early July, Mango was hit and killed by a car in front of Rust Op Twist. It was the second time my mother has been the first to see a family cat along side the road, and the second time she has rushed out as I scrambled for my shoes (to avoid the inevitable). We buried Mango on the beach side of the house, and, appropriately, planted a mango tree to mark her burial spot. The mango tree is doing well, and should bare (bear?) fruit as soon as next year.

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Patrick (a family friend) and his buddy Kennith came to spend a week on island. Below are a sampling of pics.

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We rented a bobcat to do some stump removals. Patrick knows how to operate heavy equipment, so we thought we would take advantage…

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I had my fun with the bobcat too. I’m filling in the hole post-olive-tree-removal. This is also post-DPNR ‘smack down’ where we got in trouble for moving some beach rocks without a permit. Crap. Potentially big fine. They had police men with guns and everything. pretty exciting…

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For our rain-forest adventure, we took the windows off the jeep, safari style. Here’s Patrick posing as a tourist.

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Then we paid a visit to the turtles up in the rain forest.

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Happy turtles indeed.

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Herds of them, in fact. Here they are stampeding.


Settling in

Nap Time
Nap Time

Mango is underneath there somewhere

its a long way down...
They both like exploring the Gallery.
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Believe it or not, they’re sleeping.

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wow, I did that?

I just got a request recently to add some features to a PostNuke module I developed for a client about 2 years ago — my first PHP project ever… I was kindof dreading the whole process. But low and behold… I’m finding things like:

// include ‘modules/’.$modinfo[‘directory’].’/pnincludes/swtypes.php’;
// include ‘modules/’.$modinfo[‘directory’].’/pnincludes/manufacturers.php’;
// include ‘modules/’.$modinfo[‘directory’].’/pnincludes/software.php’;

Holy Cow! I commented the daylights out of this project. Yay for me.

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New Years Resolution

Hrm… I think this might quite possibly be one of the most unoriginal blog topics ever. And now to continue with some astoundingly unoriginal content…

  1. I will get my blog up and running, and POST to it at least three times a week
  2. I shall not let my development server go to the dogs
  3. Beach visits, once a week, minimum.
  4. Start snorkeling off the house
  5. Work solidly 9-5, and then STOP.
  6. do yoga.
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Theme Hell

I’m not a big fan of this theme, but I can’t settle on anything I like better at the moment… I’m almost considering trying my hand at a custom theme. I need either excellent colors/textures/type OR a really strong header graphic with a clean layout. I don’t know if I can pull it off. I may just end up hacking at this theme.

Arrangement of author/date on posts
side bar “about”
scale/font of text

hash grey diagonal lines everywhere
capital letters on sidebar headings
orange/red links gotta go
search? i don’t need that

so… we’ll see. seems like there are more cons than pros :/

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Down Island…

Posting from St. Somewhere… actually just checking out a new authoring tool, then I’m off to make dinner.

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