Hey! Thanks to all the guys who asked about where I've been, and to all the folks who have welcomed me back. It's nice to be missed. . .even if it was only a little.
I posted here more than a year ago that I had gotten my dream job for my dream company. Well, that story I can't tell in too much detail, because (like my last employer) this employer has a policy against participating on boards of this nature. It is OK as long as I do not associate myself with my job. So, let me just say, the company I work for now is not the same company I fell in love with all those years ago. It has been a stressful time, but things are going well, and my employer is happy with my results.
Shortly after moving into this house, we discovered the front wall was leaking, and discovered rotten wood, mold and mildew, and patches where the previous owner had hidden the damage. It took more than three months to get it all repaired, during part of which we lived with nothing between us and the great outdoors but a sheet of plastic. They took roughly 1/3 of the front of my house completely OFF, and repaired it S-L-O-W-L-Y. It was already repaired before we discovered the extent of our liability. . . . .$1,000! Yeah, I dodged a bullet on that one. My insurance company, who originally told me they would cover nothing, eventually sued the previous owner and their realtor, and paid everything but the $1,000.
My dad, the only hero I ever had, contracted cancer in his bronchia, and after the treatment cured that small cancer, they discovered he had liver cancer. He was diagnosed with liver cancer in August and died at home on September 15, during hurricane Ivan. His home was badly damaged by the storm, and one of his out buildings was completely destroyed. My mom needed to fix the place up so she could sell it, and my brother and I took care of all that.
My home was in the path of three hurricanes this year, but fortunately, none of the damage was bad, I was able to repair it all myself.
The boat I bought in Oklahoma has been a source of great joy to me, and I have discovered many wonderful things about boating in the local waters. For instance, if you are going 65 MPH across the local bay, 1000 feet or more from the nearest land mass, and the depth finder says, "0.8," do NOT, under any circumstances, slow down to see if it is correct. The suddenly applied friction of your engine engaging the sandy bottom will stop you faster than disk brakes, and once you get yourself unjammed from between the seat and steering wheel, you'll have a L-O-N-G way to drag the boat back to deep water.
My yard was neglected by the previous owners even worst than the house, and I have spent countless hours trying to nurse it back to health. It still looks like crap, but the neighbors are swearing to me it looks better than it ever did before.
We're still homeschoolig our boys, my 10 year old is in the 5th grade, but tests on a 12th grade level. My 13 year old (who is now taller than me and weighs 165 pounds) is testing on a second year college level, and studying extra credit courses. The home school takes up a lot of time, and it requires a lot of computer and bandwidth. Our secondary computer dumped a motherboard this past spring, and I am too cheap to buy a new computer for the brats, so we are limping along on one computer till I gather enough parts to build another.
My wife and I will celebrate our 18th anniversary in April, when we hope to take a trip to Washington D.C.
Other than that, I haven't been up to much. How about you guys?