Monthly Archives: December 2006

Almost Christmas


It’s been almost a month since my last blog and a lot has happened since then. We moved buildings at work. We went from half a floor to 3.5 floors next door. It’s so nice to have a real office. Speaking of the office, I watched my first full episode of The Office two nights ago. It was the rerun of the Christmas office party and it was hilarious. I think it’s time to jump aboard that train. Work has been crazy busy, so I am looking forward to having the next 10 days off. I need to get my head out of the vise.

I made oven handles for family and friends this year. Paul made those for the women in our family when I was a kid, so I can’t take credit for the idea. I bought a long piece of fir and cut it to size. I then used my circular saw to notch the front and side. I took my Dremel and sanded the notches and and some character to each handle. I made about 25 and I have handed most of them out. I gave them to Mom, Amy, Cari, Ashley, Elisa and Cindy last night. I gave one to some neighbors and Melissa, Amy, Rita and Liz and work. It gave me an excuse to play with my tools in my garage.

I broke my derailleur cable on my Gemini about three weeks ago. I was riding on the concrete barrier around the playground when my back tire slipped off and the derailleur hit the barrier. That is the first time I’ve damaged a derailleur in almost 14 years of riding. I want to switch over to a SRAM derailleur anyway, so this might be the time to do it.

I posted this picture of Washington, DC, because that is how it looks here right now. We’ve had quite a bit of snow already. I really miss DC. I wish I could go back there. I had wanted to go there since I was a teenager, but I had no idea that it would have affected me like that. It just feels different from most places I’ve been. Italy was like that. I would wake up in the morning and I could feel that something was different. I miss that place too. Hopefully I will get back to both of those places soon.

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Casino Royale



I went to see Casino Royale Wednesday night after a hard day at work. I think that movie is a great remedy for those days. That is the best Bond movie ever. I loved the raw nature of the Bond character. He didn’t rely on the latest gadget that happened to get him out of a jam before he met his demise. He got beat up even though he came out ahead of his violent encounters. The movie reminded me of Bourne Supremacy with its dark and ruthless storyline. Which begs the question- who is the baddest between James Bond, Jason Bourne and Jack Bauer? I refer you to Agent Peck’s blog on February 1, 2006 at pickapeck.blogspot.com. He considered the same question when Bond was a gadget man, not a hardcore agent. Now it’s a serious debate. Jack Bauer is willing to sacrifice everything he has, including people close to him, in order to stop the threat. That makes him dangerous. Jason Bourne relies on instinct to use the training he didn’t know he had, which makes him dangerous. James Bond uses his training to become a “00” and seek revenge. He has no ties to family or friends that would make him hesitate, which makes him dangerous. As much as I hate to do it, I think I would have to give the edge to Bond or Bourne because they are rogue. Jack Bauer is awesome, but he is bound by the law or what the President will let him do, even though he finds ways around that most of the time. Bond is bound by the British government, but he often acts on his own with little consequence. Bourne is completely independent because the government trained him to be that way. Bottom line, all three are cool and either of them could kill Ethan Hunt in two seconds.

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