Tis The Season

It’s that time of year!! We haven’t started decorating yet, but we plan to do some this weekend. We had talked about putting up lights outside, but since we are getting a late start, we decided not to do the outside. We’ll just decorate the inside of the house a bit, put up the Christmas Tree, and things like that.

I did get my computer decorated this morning, and if I go home for lunch, I’ll grab my camera and take a few pictures of what the ladies have done here at the office. So anyway! Here is a screen shot of what my desktop looks like this morning. Warning, the image is actual size.

Kevin's Desktop

Kevin's Desktop

Ultimate Bass

As some of you may know, I dabble at playing the bass guitar. Mostly it is an off and on love affair, but lately it’s been off due to the bass I have at the house. I used to have the Church’s 5-string bass and Ampeg amp setting in my office and I loved playing it and practicing (Mostly when Laura was not around :> ). But the Church is using the bass again, so it stays at the Church, and I have been messing with an old 4-string guitar that has intonation problems, loose electronics and an uncomfortable neck.

Last week I mentioned to Laura that I wanted to get rid of it (she suggested putting it in the alley way, which is what we do with junk we don’t want and can’t sell). Anyway, I’ve been looking at basses lately and I think I found the one I want!!

Nice Eh!? :) Actually, no, I don’t want that one. I will settle for a nice 5-string again, but I just wanted to post that picture :)

Ultimate Bass

As some of you may know, I dabble at playing the bass guitar. Mostly it is an off and on love affair, but lately it’s been off due to the bass I have at the house. I used to have the Church’s 5-string bass and Ampeg amp setting in my office and I loved playing it and practicing (Mostly when Laura was not around :> ). But the Church is using the bass again, so it stays at the Church, and I have been messing with an old 4-string guitar that has intonation problems, loose electronics and an uncomfortable neck.

Last week I mentioned to Laura that I wanted to get rid of it (she suggested putting it in the alley way, which is what we do with junk we don’t want and can’t sell). Anyway, I’ve been looking at basses lately and I think I found the one I want!!

Nice Eh!? :) Actually, no, I don’t want that one. I will settle for a nice 5-string again, but I just wanted to post that picture :)

Plug for Neal Morse

It’s Saturday evening, I am finishing up some work for a DATA-COM client, coding away, listening to Neal Morse. Over the last 44.5 years, I have had a lot of favorite bands and musicians. Some have stood the test of time (Megadeth and Maynard Ferguson), but none of really touched me they way Neal’s music does. And, to top that off, since he left Spock’s Beard, all of the stuff that he has put out has been all Christian music.

Every single CD he has put out is just simple amazing. And they are not all the same. Most of them are progressive rock epics. He also has a couple of worship CDs released as well. But I really enjoy the Prog stuff the most. One of them called “Sola Scriptura” is about the life of Martin Luther. Luther changed Christianity like no other (except Jesus himself of course). Neal captures the whole store of Luther in an EPIC prog CD, consisting of only 4 songs, but lasts around 70 minutes! Simply amazing.

Anyway… I recently got the “Sola Scriptura and Beyone Live!” DVD, and it is just as good as all his other stuff, but LIVE… mistakes, improv and all. I wanted to post this here so that maybe someone else would get interested or may have never heard of him and would like his stuff. So, here is the trailer for the DVD.

If you are a fan of Prog Rock, check it out. Probably the upper top of musicians.

Enjoy!

Plug for Neal Morse

It’s Saturday evening, I am finishing up some work for a DATA-COM client, coding away, listening to Neal Morse. Over the last 44.5 years, I have had a lot of favorite bands and musicians. Some have stood the test of time (Megadeth and Maynard Ferguson), but none of really touched me they way Neal’s music does. And, to top that off, since he left Spock’s Beard, all of the stuff that he has put out has been all Christian music.

Every single CD he has put out is just simple amazing. And they are not all the same. Most of them are progressive rock epics. He also has a couple of worship CDs released as well. But I really enjoy the Prog stuff the most. One of them called “Sola Scriptura” is about the life of Martin Luther. Luther changed Christianity like no other (except Jesus himself of course). Neal captures the whole store of Luther in an EPIC prog CD, consisting of only 4 songs, but lasts around 70 minutes! Simply amazing.

Anyway… I recently got the “Sola Scriptura and Beyone Live!” DVD, and it is just as good as all his other stuff, but LIVE… mistakes, improv and all. I wanted to post this here so that maybe someone else would get interested or may have never heard of him and would like his stuff. So, here is the trailer for the DVD.

If you are a fan of Prog Rock, check it out. Probably the upper top of musicians.

Enjoy!

Gas back to Normal?

Well, back to normal as to what we would call normal down here. This picture is hard to see, but unleaded gas price at 23rd and Nolana, $1.49 per gallon. Not too shabby :)

I took this photo on the way home from work yesterday from my ubah cell phone. I should have had my new camera with me, but that’ll have to do (click to see a large view, still rather blurry though).

After getting home and changing clothes, I finally went out and had my eyes checked. Not big change in Rx, I just needed to get new glasses really. So, after the eye exam, I awaited my darling princess (LJ) who would put up with me for over an hour as we tried to select some regular frames and then some frames for some sunglasses. Why was I waiting for LJ? Well she works there at the place, so not only did she help me pick out some great frames, that’ll make me look SEXAH! but, we got the family discount on them as well! :) It also gave us a chance to chat and catch up since we don’t see each other too often these days.

My new regular glasses will be ready today, I’ll pick them up after work, but my sunglasses were special order, so they won’t be ready until the 13th.

I am glad it is Thursday! Weekend is almost here, not that it really means much anymore! I had planned on some serious coding today, but as usual, I got side tracked early in the morning and have not been able to get back on track yet.

Gas back to Normal?

Well, back to normal as to what we would call normal down here. This picture is hard to see, but unleaded gas price at 23rd and Nolana, $1.49 per gallon. Not too shabby :)

I took this photo on the way home from work yesterday from my ubah cell phone. I should have had my new camera with me, but that’ll have to do (click to see a large view, still rather blurry though).

After getting home and changing clothes, I finally went out and had my eyes checked. Not big change in Rx, I just needed to get new glasses really. So, after the eye exam, I awaited my darling princess (LJ) who would put up with me for over an hour as we tried to select some regular frames and then some frames for some sunglasses. Why was I waiting for LJ? Well she works there at the place, so not only did she help me pick out some great frames, that’ll make me look SEXAH! but, we got the family discount on them as well! :) It also gave us a chance to chat and catch up since we don’t see each other too often these days.

My new regular glasses will be ready today, I’ll pick them up after work, but my sunglasses were special order, so they won’t be ready until the 13th.

I am glad it is Thursday! Weekend is almost here, not that it really means much anymore! I had planned on some serious coding today, but as usual, I got side tracked early in the morning and have not been able to get back on track yet.

Wow, Christmas Already

It really struck me yesterday morning. I stroll into the office around my usual 7am time. No one else is there yet, which I think is great! I get a lot done between 7am and 8am. Anyway, as I was doing some of my morning things, I noticed Musak had Christmas music on, then it struck me! Ack! It’s Christmas time! Well, at that certain time, I was not too excited about the holidays, but the holiday feeling is slowly starting to seep into my system.

So, I’ve got my TSO (Trans Siberian Orch) backgrounds up. Last night I searched the DirecTV listing for Christmas shows to record on the DVRs. I added my regular old christmas sugar cookies to the grocery list (The ones you just pop in the oven for 20 minutes, they have like Christmas trees on them). It’s take Laura a week or two more before she gets in the spirit, she has to wait until classes are all done. But, I’ll probably coax her into putting up the tree this weekend.

Health wise, I am doing better. It’s been kinda rough without the caffeine, but I am surviving. I haven’t had any headaches in the past day or two, so that is getting better. Wednesday after working I am going to have my eyes checked (finally), it’s been probably 5 years since I had them checked.

Until Next time!