Here We Go Again!
Friday August 1, 1997
I spent the day at work integrating databases
into my intranet prototype without writing any CGI stuff. They are simple
databases created with Access. I have been using the IDC wizard in FrontPage.
I am using one of the databases to set up a password lookup to limit access
to certain areas. The project took most of the day, and it works like a
charm! Frankly, I am impressed with these new rapid application development
(RAD) tools. After work, I met up with baby downtown. This will be her
last day at her current assignment. We took the bus to Ala Moana so baby
could pick up her paycheck. We also had iced coffee at Gloria Jean's and
looked around Ala Moana. We missed the bus we wanted to take, so we ended
up taking the long way home through a variety of connecting routes. We
got home late. Moms bought Chinese food from a place in Kaimuki. It tasted
good even though it was cold.
Saturday August 2
I bought a memory module for my beloved notebook
computer. At first, I was going to spend about $170 to get 20Mb of RAM,
but I thought better of that idea. Then, I found out that I could get an
8Mb memory module for $15! However, it cost $15 to ship it. I now have
a modest increase in RAM for very little cost. It helped speed up my computer
a little bit. At least I bought a little more time before I really need
to buy another computer. The prices of computers should be going down significantly
by the end of the year anyway. Well, the cop examination is tomorrow morning.
I am so tired from my week of wage slavery that I can barely think. I don't
know if I will ever end up as a cop, but who am I to say? I may not be
able to cut it in the world of computer nerds. Sheesh! Finally, many thanks
to Allison (Barekoala@aol.com) and Vuvis Bowlslaw (firstname.lastname@example.org)
for writing in!
I took the cop exam early this morning. There
were over 60 people present. There are some shabby looking characters trying
out to become cops. One could have easily mistaken the event for a police
lineup. Sheesh! The exam covered reading comprehension, spelling and grammar.
Notification of the results will be in four weeks. However, this was only
the first part of the recruiting process. There will also be a physical
examination and a complete background check.
Sunday August 3
Moms wanted me to take her to Koko Marina to do
her weekly shopping. So, moms, baby and I drove there in my six-four. Baby
and I ended up going to Ala Moana again. Naturally, we had our usual iced
coffee at Gloria Jean's. She bought a muumuu (a casual long dress
with Hawai'ian prints) from Liberty House. Now, she won't look so much
like a haole on Aloha Fridays. We returned home briefly before leaving
once again, this time to Kahala Mall. The bus was late. The driver meandered
along the highway and missed the turn into Aina Haina. He had to go in
through the back way to pick up any waiting passengers. Then, he picked
up the pace (not the picanté sauce). Do you remember that line from
The Loser Living Upstairs? Sheesh! We ate dinner at Burger King
(99-cent Whoppers, our way!) and ended up at Barnes & Noble. We drank
more coffee. I perused the usual computer magazines. Baby wrote letters.
Speaking of letters, I have noticed that my e-mail response turnaround
is over a week now. I must apologize for that. After spending all day at
the computer, I have been reluctant to spend much time on my own computer.
My bro and sister-in-law both went to work today.
They seem to be driven by a new goal to make some quick dough. I'm not
sure whether that goal is a new car or a new house. Baby seems convinced
that they will not be able to qualify for a loan, especially if they have
not saved any dough. The loan people will be skeptical of the conspicuous
absence of savings in view of their low living expenses. Oh well. That's
their business, not mine.
This morning, I took the recycling to the local
collection bins and washed my six-four. Baby and I then went into town,
first stopping at Down to Earth. We went to Ala Moana for the third consecutive
day. As usual, Ala Moana was crowded and people made their way through
the crowds like a herd of crazed cattle. When we returned home, there was
a message that the Cardinal had called. I called him back and made plans
to meet him in Waikiki. He and his daughter are staying at the Park Shore
hotel. Moms made a delicious dinner. She cooked a variety of entrées
in the kamado. We ate a quick dinner and left for Waikiki. We found
the Cardinal's hotel room. He left a note that he was at the Chinese restaurant
next to the ABC Store. Well, as you recall, the ABC Stores were The Bull's
favorite place to shop, and they are everywhere! In fact, there was an
ABC Store right in the lobby of the Park Shore. We looked inside the restaurant
next to it, but the Cardinal was nowhere to be found. Finally, we walked
outside and found another ABC Store within a hundred feet of the hotel.
There was a dungy Chinese restaurant next to it. We walked in. The Cardinal
recognized us immediately. We had a nice time talking about the usual stuff
including all of the old cast members from the gym. I'll give out tidbits
as I hear 'em. The Cardinal asked me about the Bishop. I then realized
that the Bishop never called me back last week. I must assume that he has
gone back to Cali early to make preparations for his move to Monterey (where
his babe, Shannon, lives). The Cardinal will be in Hawai'i until next Sunday.
I hope that we will be able to see more of him than we saw the Bishop.
Monday August 4
Last night, the Cardinal wondered why we didn't
get any fortune cookies with dinner. The restaurant wanted 35 cents each.
Sheesh! Well, the Cardinal managed to talk the hostess into giving one
to each of us. My fortune read, "Life is what happened while you were making
other plans." Whassup wi' dat? I have been drinking a lot of coffee at
work. It is about the only real diversion I have from eight hours of sitting
in front of my computer. Naturally, the coffee is of the robusta variety.
No doubt, it's Fodgers. I will have to locate where the ground coffee is
stored to confirm my suspicions. I have been looking at a lot of Windows
95 stuff lately, and I found an enhanced version of Notepad. Naturally,
I had to bring it home and install it on my beloved computer. Am I livin'
large, or what?
Tuesday August 5
I have had a slight sore throat for two days now.
I think I can attribute this malady to all the people who have been coughing
on the bus every day. It seems that, the more crowded the bus is, the more
sick people are riding on it. Baby rode on the express bus with me this
morning. She had a two-hour interview and orientation with a mortgage firm.
She was excited at the prospect of working there. Hopefully she will hear
Wednesday August 6
I had a distressing day at work. Somehow, I disabled
my Personal Web Server (PWS), or should I say I detached it from FrontPage.
I tried a variety of solutions including installing the software from scratch.
Still nothing. The problem seems to be with the FrontPage Web server administrator.
It no longer recognizes PWS. It was looking for Internet Information Server,
which has never been installed on my workstation. I frantically installed
the FrontPage Web Server and set it up for port 8080. Tomorrow, I will
see whether FrontPage will recognize it. You see, without a Web server,
FrontPage cannot function. Sheesh! I just hope I didn't flush a whole month
of work down the toilet. Well, to relax I came home and installed the updated
TCP/IP drivers for Windows 95 on my beloved computer. Well, hey! I'm a
I spent the whole day deleting and installing
FrontPage and its associated programs and extensions. The FrontPage Web
Server had less than desirable characteristics so I had no choice. Finally,
just a few minutes before pau hana time, I had everything restored
and running. I suspected that the problem was a server conflict. FrontPage
apparently could "see" the Windows NT Web server. It just did not know
how to resolve the server's address. I rebooted my computer, but I did
not log on the LAN. Sheesh! Baby met me downtown after work. We took the
bus to Kahala Mall. We ate a very late lunch at Burger King (99-cent Whoppers,
our way!) before going to Barnes & Noble. We returned home after 8
o' clock, just in time for our walk. Baby and I still take our nightly
walks. We are not able to take any extended journeys, though. We usually
walk to the park and, if time permits, we walk down to Koko Marina. The
waterfront next to the shopping center is peaceful and relaxing, especially
in the evening. Finally, many thanks to Chris (email@example.com)
for writing in!
Thursday August 7
As I stood waiting for the express bus at 6 o'
clock this morning, I saw the rain coming from the direction of Koko Crater.
Within seconds, it started pouring. The rain lasted about five minutes,
and I was the only one standing there without an umbrella. After the rain
stopped, the bus arrived. I was soaking wet. Naturally, the air conditioner
was on full blast on the bus. What a loser! I uploaded the prototype of
the intranet site onto the server. I didn't want to take any more chances!
As it turned out, I can now access the site with FrontPage right from my
workstation. Well, I had to reward myself with a game of Windows Solitaire
for a job well done. Sheesh!
Friday August 8
Baby has not gotten any assignments this week,
which has been a little discouraging for her. She also received her first
slam letter. She has been spending several hours a day using the training
facility at the employment agency. She wants to increase her computer skills
to broaden her job prospects. Unfortunately, that is the way things are
here in Hawai'i. Many people end up working at two jobs just to make ends
meet. Hawai'i ranks as the most expensive state to live in. Yet,
for all the negatives, Hawai'i is still a nice place. Honolulu even has
some redeeming qualities. Well, this is our home now, so we will have to
make the most of it.
My cold has gotten worse. I felt terrible all
day. There is nothing like having a cold with a stuffed up head while it
is 80 degrees outside! I called the Cardinal and made arrangements for
all of us to meet this evening. I also called baby to let her know the
plans. She said that she had to go to work in the afternoon, so she would
meet me downtown afterward. I met baby at the usual spot and we took the
express bus home. The traffic was terrible today. We didn't get home until
after six o' clock. The Cardinal called to ask where we were. We walked
to the bus stop to catch the bus to town. After waiting for 15 minutes,
I grew impatient and decided we should drive to Waikiki. Traffic was still
heavy, but my six-four made it Waikiki. We found parking near the zoo,
then met with the Cardinal and his daughter outside his hotel. The Cardinal
wanted to know of a good place to eat. I suggested an all-you-can-eat place
within walking distance. I had heard that it was a good place. Boy, was
I wrong! The ambiance was nice but the food was terrible. I was so embarrassed
to have even suggested that dump. And, the worst part was that it was not
a cheap place. After dinner, we walked back to the Cardinal's hotel and
bid him and his daughter farewell. They will be leaving for Convalescent
City on Sunday. It sounded as though they had a good time, although the
Cardinal expressed his surprise at how expensive everything was. All in
all, it was nice to see one of my homeys from the good ol' days.
Saturday August 9
you guess that we ended up at Ala Moana again? As usual, the place was
extremely crowded. We just stayed there long enough for baby to pick up
her paycheck and for us to get our iced coffee at Gloria Jean's. We walked
to a hobby warehouse that specializes in ceramics. Baby bought a slab of
clay. She will be making a replacement part for moms' kamado. The
poor kamado has seen better days. At first, the guy at the ceramics
warehouse thought that baby wanted to make a complete kamado. Sheesh!
That would take about a hundred pounds of clay! He did happen to do some
research and found that the kamado is no longer being made. So,
he didn't think that baby was losing it after all. Later in the evening,
baby and I went to Kahala Mall. I wanted to look for barber shears. Baby
said that she would cut my hair. My hair has grown out quite a bit and
the heat is cooking the ol' lavahead. We found Norelco barber shears on
sale at Long's Drugs, but I decided to hold off. However, I did buy a lantern
battery for my big flashlight. Baby wants to hike up Diamond Head tomorrow
Sunday August 10
We spent the rest of the evening at Barnes &
Noble. On the way back home, there were two psychos on the bus. Baby told
me that one of the psychos was at the same bus stop a week ago. He was
the one throwing things at baby and muttering stupid crap. I may need to
get some pepper spray for baby to use on these fools. Actually, I may use
it myself. I will have to get off the bus at the same stop as the psycho
and follow him. When we are out of public view, I will spray him in the
face with the pepper pray. Then, I'll knock him down and kick him in the
groin as hard as I can. Do you see why I need to become a cop?
Baby and I got up early and caught the bus to
Diamond Head. She wanted to hike up to the top of the ridge again. The
place was packed with tourists. We felt as though we were at Ala Moana.
The trail is narrow in some spots, and the concept of yielding to others
seems alien to most people. We made it to the top and headed back down
almost immediately. There were too many people up there. Overall, it was
good exercise. We caught the bus home and washed off. Then, we left again.
We went to town and stopped off at Down to Earth. Baby wanted to pick up
her weekly supply of edibles. We decided to stay in for the night. We have
been running around too much just to avoid staying at home. Can you blame
us, though? The fun and games have started up again with my bro and sister-in-law.
Frankly, I don't have time to deal with that charade anymore. I don't seem
to have time to do much. The weekends go by so quickly. Most of it seems
to be spent in time waiting for the bus.
Monday August 11
I leave the house at six o' clock to catch the
express bus. I transfer to a regular bus and finally make it to work at
7:15 or so. Then, I sit in front of the computer for over eight hours.
I make the return trip home and it is already six o' clock in the evening
when I take my shoes off and plop down on the couch. I usually go to bed
by 10:30 so that I can get enough sleep. Alas, gone are the days when I
used to burn the midnight oil. I'm just glad that I don't have to worry
about Loser (you remember him?). Sheesh! I have fallen way behind with
my correspondence. Lately, I have spent very little time on my own computer.
After eight hours in front of the computer at work, my brain is strained.
Tuesday August 12
Baby only worked half of one day last week. She
was a little stressed out about that. She did not get an assignment today.
So, she went in to the employment agency and continued with her training
sessions. She met me in the afternoon. I got a haircut at the beauty college
right up the street from the Fort Street Mall. It turned out to be a nice
haircut. Moms goes there for her haircuts, so she recommended the place
to me. I probably will purchase the hair clippers anyway. The monk haircut
seems to grow out rapidly, especially in hot weather.
For some reason, I embarked a new project for LoserNet.
Originally, I merely wanted to prepare the files for the LoserNet mirror
site. Somehow, I decided to use the Netscape Navigator Gold editor. I wanted
to see if it did anything that was similar to FrontPage. As it turns out,
I was impressed by the editor. I decided to clean up all of the LoserNet
pages. I know, I know ... a bit overzealous. I spent an hour on that project
after I got home from work. Baby wanted to go to Barnes & Noble in
Kahala Mall to buy a book to read during her lunch breaks at work. Yes,
she got another assignment for the rest of the week!
I downloaded the new Internet Explorer today,
and I installed it on my computer at work. I now have an idea of what Windows
98 will look like. It is somewhat impressive at first. However, after using
it for a few minutes, I grew tired of all the bells and whistles. Since
it is a "Preview Release," it also crashed my system about every ten minutes.
Baby met me at the express bus stop when she got off work. We actually
made it home early. We went for a nice walk after dinner. Then, I spent
about two hours on my beloved computer. I continued to work on the LoserNet
site. I have found some interesting quirks with the Navigator Gold editor.
It adds HTML tags where it shouldn't. I guess I will have to design the
whole document with the Gold editor to insure that these quirks do not
appear. FrontPage does the same thing when a formatted HTML file is imported
into it. Tagging errors are easy to spot using the Gold editor, and I had
quite a few of them. Well, I think my days of writing HTML documents manually
Wednesday August 13
I spent most of the day configuring and tweaking
my version of what I now call Windows 98. The "My Computer" window on the
new Active Desktop environment kept crashing. I got some kind of protection
fault error. It was bad enough that I had to power down the computer each
time to restart it. I met baby downtown after work. She wanted to go to
Ala Moana. There is a kama'aina promotion going on. Every store
is having a drawing for prizes for the next three weeks. We had the obligatory
iced coffee at Gloria Jean's. We returned home a little before nine o'
clock. We ate a late dinner. I worked on the LoserNet pages for another
two hours. I also rewrote the entries for the last few days. I managed
to get some e-mail out, but I am still way behind in my correspondence.
Thursday August 14
I have been surviving on about five hours of sleep
a night. Baby has been doing the same. By the end of the week, we are exhausted.
Somehow, we always make it to Ala Moana. Strange things. I have a short
work week since Friday is a holiday. I would rather make some dough, but
I think an extra day off would be real nice. Unfortunately, baby has to
work that day. Perhaps I will be able to do something with moms.
More Windows 98 fun! The crazy Active Desktop
interface started working again. Don't ask me what happened. I'm just glad
that everything is functioning again. The whole concept of Windows 98 is
interesting. The Active Desktop could certainly keep a computer nerd entertained
for hours. However, I am using a 166Mhz Pentium-based computer at work.
The operating system now runs a little slower than it did before I installed
the new components. One really needs to draw the line on this technology.
How much more do we need?
Friday August 15
Good news! I am getting paid for the holiday tomorrow.
Unfortunately, baby has to go to work. She is not having a good time at
her current assignment, although this was the same mortgage firm she had
an assignment with about two weeks ago. The assignment has turned into
a nightmare because she is being overworked for very little pay. Basically,
she is filling in for two positions. The firm offered her a longer term
without consulting the employment agency that baby is contracted with.
Apparently, they were trying to cut out the middle man and save some dough.
Needless to say, she will not be working there next week unless the whole
mess is straightened out. She has been offered a new assignment, although
she must be at work by 6:30 in the morning. Not having much choice, she
will have to take the assignment.
We came home early last night, but I ended up
going to bed fairly late. I continued to work on the LoserNet files. If
you were to peruse the files, you will probably not notice anything different.
There are some minor changes ... you can now see the little accents in
words like "résumé." Isn't that great? Now, if you are using
Lynx, you will see "résumé." I will most likely continue
to use the Navigator Gold editor. It is easier to use, and I will be less
prone to make any blatant tagging errors (e.g., turning ten paragraphs
into a hyperlink).
Saturday August 16
I woke up early this morning even though I was
not going to work. Baby took the later express bus into town. I logged
in another four hours of time on the LoserNet project. So, I expect to
have the mirror site up and running before the weekend is over. My bro
had to go to work today, but my sister-in-law was home with the little
whiner. I took the bus into town and met baby right after she got off work.
We took another bus to Ala Moana. Baby stopped in at the employment agency
to pick up her paycheck. Then, we had our iced coffee at Gloria Jean's.
Baby made the rounds to turn in all her entries for the kama'aina
promotion. I looked around the Sharper Image store. We bought a plate of
Chinese food at Patti's and shared it for dinner. On the way home, we stopped
of at Down to Earth. Baby bought her food supplies for the week. Essentially,
we have completed all of the necessary errands for the weekend.
Baby left early for Kaimuki because she had an
appointment. Just before she left, we were privy to about 30 minutes of
fun and games as my sister-in-law tried repeatedly to get the Ninja Turd
in the mood to go somewhere. Twice she started up the car and made it look
like she was leaving without the Ninja Turd. He was apparently indifferent
to that charade. Finally, they left. I had peace and quiet for about an
hour. Then, they came back. I took the bus to Kahala Mall immediately.
Baby met me there at one o' clock. We looked around for about an hour.
Then, we returned home. We walked to Kuapa Kai for something to do. Otherwise,
we would have to stay here and listen to the nonsense that is seemingly
getting worse. We eat dinner separately from the Ninja Turd family. They
like to eat first, so we sit around in the "warehouse" (where I also sleep)
and wait for them to finish. We are then permitted to eat, along with moms.
Finally, after getting our chance to eat, we left for an evening at Barnes
& Noble. Sadly, the only enjoyment we have is away from the house.
Poor moms, though. She has no choice but to sit there and tolerate that
nonsense. It is easy to say that moms should just evict them, but moms
is very worried that Ninja Turd family will not be able to survive on their
own. Life around the house has been strained considerably. The Ninja Turd
family has not bothered to say anything to us, so we have decided to do
the same. Baby has tried to be nice to them on occassion, but now she just
doesn't bother. After all, they do not reciprocate. It sounds childish,
I know. Perhaps another anecdote is in order. Baby's mom just had cardiac
surgery this past week. Her mom called the other day from NY after she
was released from the hospital. My sister-in-law answered the phone, called
out baby's name and just hung up the phone. Baby did not even have time
to pick up the other line so, naturally, her mom was disconnected. This
is now the level of pettiness that the whole situation has regressed to.
Sunday August 17
We were supposed to hike to the top of Diamond
Head again today, but we never made it. Baby wanted to go early this morning.
I wanted to go later in the afternoon to avoid the crowds. Instead, baby
and I went out in search of Mariner's Village. She has seen several listings
for rental units under that name. We took my six-four and drove to where
we thought it was located. There were several housing complexes in the
area but no signs to identify the names of the complexes. We happened to
see one of the tenants outside sweeping her walkway. We asked for her assistance.
It turned out that we were standing right in the middle of Mariner's Village.
There are three separate complexes. She even gave us a tour of her apartment,
and she also gave us some helpful information. We left for Pearlridge right
after that. Pearlridge is another shopping mall located near the Pearl
Harbor area. We spent a couple of hours there and left just as the rains
started. I drove toward Waikiki, hoping that the weather would clear up.
We found parking near Kapi'olani Park. The sky was a dark shade of gray,
but we decided to take a chance and stroll around the park. It turned out
to be a pleasant afternoon, although the rain clouds remained ominous-looking
all throughout that time.
Monday August 18
Libby, the woman we talked with yesterday in Mariner's
Village seemed to think that the terms of the lease would be negotiable.
The buildings are about 30 years old, although it is hard to tell at first
glance. The apartments are large townhouse-styled units, and the overall
floor plan definitely had ample square-footage. Of course, since neither
baby or I have permanent employment, we will only be looking at a variety
of places to get an idea of what is available and how much it costs.
Tuesday August 19
Baby left at 5:30 this morning. She took the express
bus to work. My sister-in-law got up to make breakfast and prepare my bro's
lunch at 5 o' clock. Baby wanted to drink her coffee and eat a power bar
for breakfast, but she was made to feel as though she was in the way. My
sister-in-law believes that she and my bro are the sole breadwinners in
the house. That supposedly gives them the right to throw their weight around.
I left at the usual time. Baby got off work at 3 o' clock. She came home
before I did. When I got home, I noticed that my sister-in-law's Grand
Cherokee was parked in the garage. As it turned out, she and the Ninja
Turd were home all day because the little whiner was allegedly sick. There
were toys everywhere. The Ninja Turd sure didn't look sick to me. There
was also a big bag of Micky Dee's food laying around. No doubt, my sister-in-law
wanted to insure that a proper diet would aid in the Ninja Turd's speedy
recovery. Baby and I managed to take a short walk after dinner. That remains
our only refuge from the madness.
Baby is working for a teleconferencing company.
The temporary assignment will last between one and three months. However,
her supervisor wants to hire her for a permanent position in sales. Baby
seems a little apprehensive about a multi-level marketing sales position.
I don't blame her. Sales can be very hard work, and one's income is a function
of what one sells (i.e., commissions). My sister-in-law did not go to work
again today. Baby seems to think that she was terminated. I'd say that
if she is still home on Friday, then she is most likely unemployed. The
Ninja Turd was home, too. He was running around and throwing his toys all
over the place. One would be hard-pressed to be believe that he was sick.
He be chillin' but he ain't illin'! Baha! Ha! Ha! Haaaaa!
Wednesday August 20
Baby got off work at 3 o' clock. She went to Ala
Moana to distribute a few more kama'aina contest entries. She also
brought the clay piece for moms's kamado into the ceramic warehouse
to have it fired in the kiln tomorrow. Baby hopes to surprise moms this
weekend with the new kamado part that she made by hand! We took
our nightly walk a little earlier than usual. That will be our regular
time, now that baby has to get to sleep earlier. I stayed up a little later
with my beloved computer. I have been trying to catch up with e-mail correspondences
that have piled up over the last two weeks. I also have to write regular
letters to Caroll and Big John sometime soon. Sheesh! I have become derelict
in my duties.
I met baby at Kahala Mall after work. I took a
regular bus since the express bus does not stop there. It took over an
hour to reach my destination. The bus was packed with people, and I could
swear that each and every one of them had eaten at least one bottle of
Kim Chee before boarding the bus. Baby had a hard day at work. Apparently,
no one there was in a good mood today. You know, work is bad enough, so
why do people have to make it worse by being in a bad mood? I had my usual
kind of day ... eight hours in front of the computer. Well, that's not
really true. We had a group meeting which lasted almost two hours. I really
don't like employee meetings. Some people seem to love them. I should have
worn my gangsta shades and taken a nap. Sheesh! Baby and I sat in the air-conditioned
mall for a few minutes. Then, we walked to Barnes & Noble. Baby composed
a few letters. I read up on nerdish Windows 95 Registry nonsense. We took
the 7:15 bus home. We did not want to get home late. Baby has to be in
bed by 10 o' clock. I stayed up a little later and worked on my backlogged
Thursday August 21
Somehow we managed to get our nightly walk in.
Baby overheard my sister-in-law talking on the phone. My sister-in-law
is using vacation time to stay home with the Ninja Turd. Frankly, even
I was surprised that she was not fired. My sister-in-law constantly makes
vitriolic comments about her employer and especially her immediate supervisor.
I suppose it really is the duffer syndrome at play. My sister-in-law's
superiors are probably not too excited about training a new clerical gopher
so they tolerate my sister-in-law rather than terminate her. Now, if that
was the ol' lavahead acting up at work ... Booyah! I would have been outta
was another hot day here, although the day did not start off well. Moms
told me that my sister-in-law blames baby for the tense situation. She
alleged that baby has been responsible for how cold I have been acting.
And, baby has also been very unfriendly. The truth of the matter is that
we have been cordial but there was never any reciprocation. We just decided
to wash our hands of the whole affair. It doesn't surprise me that my sister-in-law
decided to use the time she spent at home (supposedly to nurse my nephew
back to health) for nefarious purposes.
Friday August 22
Baby called me at work to tell me that she would
be leaving early since the computers were down at her job. I mentioned
the conversation I had with moms and I also told her that I wasn't sure
if my sister-in-law went to work or not. When I got home, I found that
my bro had taken the day off to nurse my nephew back to health. Apparently,
my sister-in-law went to work. My bro and sister-in-law were somewhat talkative
this evening, particularly to baby. I surmised that moms had a talk with
them after I set the record straight this morning.
It has been another long week. I spent most of
the day looking for common gateway script resources. I found a few, but
I will now have to install ISAPI software in order for the scripts to run.
A computer nerd's work is never done. Sheesh! Baby worked a full day. She
said that the former owner of the firm came in to apologize for the state
of disarray of the last few days. Although he no longer owns the company
(he sold it to a large mega-corporation), he is still being retained to
oversee the operation. I met baby at Ala Moana after work. She has made
it a habit to pick up her paycheck from the employment agency on Friday
after work. We returned fairly late so we decided that we would stay in
for the night.
Saturday August 23
My sister-in-law has only kept up the charade for
one day and only in front of moms. If moms is not around, my sister-in
law will ignore baby and I. Baby seems to get along better with my bro.
He seldom says much so it is hard to tell what he is really thinking. For
the time being, baby and I will just leave well enough alone. There are
too many other things to think about like the almost $900 in taxes I paid
for only six weeks of work. Sheesh! I may be better off working at Burger
King. Actually, my net income may end up being the same.
Today was somewhat of an uneventful day. Baby
and I attempted to walk to Koko Crater. She wanted to hike through the
botanical gardens. However, it was so hot outside that I was about to suffer
from heat stroke. We had made a wrong turn into a subdivision. I thought
the road went through to the next subdivision. Ultimately, my "shortcut"
led us about a half-mile to a dead end. We walked back to the main road
and followed it a little further and discovered why. As it turned out,
there are several apparently vacant fields in Hawai'i Kai. These fields
have been vacant for over 30 years and some are designated as "dust control"
areas. So much for that.
Sunday August 24
After dinner, baby and I took the bus to Kahala
Mall. We did a little shopping and ended up at Barnes & Noble. As usual,
baby wrote letters and I read the gamut of computer nerd magazines. It
seems that the Internet hype continues to grow. LoserNet is lost in obscurity
as there is no way it can compete with all of the megabuck Flash-enabled
sites out in WebWorld. LoserNet is an old albatross ... a relic from the
days long gone when static HTML was all there was. No one reads anymore
these days. No pictures, no animations ... no interest. Plain and simple.
And, what? No database? People love to input options into those silly forms,
click on the submit button, and get a list of junks for whatever
purpose. The only time a database may come in handy is to catalog hurdy-gurdy
I tried to upload this journal last night. Unfortunately,
there was an error message saying that LoserNet no longer existed at that
URL. I have no idea what the problem is. This latest incident may provide
me with enough incentive to upload LoserNet to its proposed mirror site.
In fact, that may become the new home of LoserNet.
Monday August 25
Baby and I spent an uneventful day doing basically
nothing except ride the bus. We took the bus to town and caught another
bus to Manoa Valley. We were planning to hike to Manoa Falls. Unfortunately,
it began raining extremely hard. So, we stayed on the bus. We ended up
at Ala Moana. Does a week ever go by that we do not find ourselves there?
Sheesh! Since we were just there a few days ago, we decided to visit the
Aloha Tower Marketplace. That turned out to be uneventful as the novelty
of window shopping has worn off for us. Many of the shops have closed up.
The same has been true of the Dole Cannery Center. I guess that even the
tourists are getting tired of seeing the same overpriced junks at
ever corner. No wonder tourism is down. Most people want a vacation in
Paradise. They come here and discover that Hawai'i is essentially a shopping
mall with a beach. Well, that was our weekend in Paradise. How was yours?
I was finally able to upload to LoserNet. However,
I decided that it was time to set up the mirror site, so it is now up and
running. Don't forget to bookmark the URL! In case the access is slow at
our main site, you can rest comfortably knowing that you will not be denied
the LoserNet experience. Sheesh! Actually, I find it somewhat humorous
that a pathetic Web site such as LoserNet has two different URLs. Can the
competitor make the same claim? Speaking of which ... what is the competitor
up to these days? Baby and I have not read the competitor's journal in
about a month.
Tuesday August 26
When I got off the bus downtown after work, I was
surprised to see baby. She had some errands to run after work. When she
completed her errands, she decided to wait downtown for the ol' lavahead.
We took the express bus back to Hawai'i Kai. Upon arriving at home, moms
told baby that she had won a prize from the Louis Vuitton store in Ala
Moana. The running around she has been doing to submit those kama'aina
contest entries has paid off. Why can't I win a new computer?
Baby picked up her prize at the Louis Vuitton
store in Ala Moana Center. She also had her picture taken. The prize was
a $450 folio. She also went to the ceramic warehouse and picked up the
kamado part that she made. She gave the part to moms. Moms was extremely
happy that someone had thought that much of her. I, on the otherhand, had
a junk day at work, although I managed to get quite a few things
done. I wrote a few short scripts and they all ran perfectly upon some
minor tweaking. I don't think that my boss is real happy with me. I am
the only guy he never really talks to. There were two of us that were hired
for the six-month term. The other guy is doing the database application
conversion using PowerBuilder. I guess no one really finds much value in
the intranet. Most people think that it is simple stuff. Well, it certainly
is simple when compared with, say, C++ programming. However, I have been
incorporating some fairly complex junks into the intranet. I wish
that I could incorporate some of those features in the LoserNet site.
Wednesday August 27
Everyone has been saying that baby and I will get
used to the wage slavery, but I am still having a difficult time with it.
Perhaps I just don't make a good slave. I don't really mind the commute
anymore. I just don't like sitting in front of a computer for eight hours
straight. I'd rather be pacing around the "palace" ... well, errrr ...
maybe not. I still haven't gotten the results back from the cop exam. I'm
still considering that option. I noticed that there is a Pacific Blue
division in the Honolulu Police. That would not be too bad. At least one
could get a workout while biking around on the cop version of my six-five.
Lord have mercy!
The end of the month is coming upon us rather
quickly. Basically, the Summer is over. I'm still sleeping on the couch
in the back room. Did I mention that I eat a bowl of guava sherbet every
night? No wonder I'm turning into a slob! Sheesh! Baby had a bad day at
work again. Apparently everyone is losing it at that teleconferencing dump.
There have been massive computer problems, which may or may not be the
source of all the tension. Life is just too short to spend in frustration
over work. Some employers seem to think that they are paying too much for
the hired help. Well, how much is an hour of one's life worth?
Thursday August 28
I met baby at Kahala Mall after work. We spent
a couple of hours at Barnes & Noble. That seems to be our Wednesday
ritual. Moms had to attend a meeting, so she was not home. And, rather
than get in the way of my sister-in-law, we can do something relaxing.
We have determined that my sister-in-law is the culprit with the major
problem. I think that she is resentful because she must do more than she
used to in order to not look bad in front of moms. Why does she bother
doing anything at all then? If one does anything, the motivation should
come from the heart. Who am I to judge? I am the perpetrator of much nonsense
as one can easily deduce from the journal. Ho boy!
The month of August has gone by extremely fast.
I have done nothing that I said I was going to do, such as scanning some
photos and joining the gym. I think that baby and I need to evaluate our
time managment skills. Part of the problem is our commuting time. Baby
has two hours of commuting time total. I have three hours of commuting.
Of course, many other people have been doing the same every day for years.
Friday August 29
All of a sudden, there have been a number of raw
documents piling up in my e-mail at work. I can only assume that my boss
is becoming a little anxious about the intranet project. The documents
are a mess. They are stored in an old DOS WordPerfect format that Office
97 had some difficulty translating. Then, there is the issue of file-naming
conventions. Apparently, whoever typed the documents decided to use the
actual section numbers in lieu of real file extensions.
Saturday August 30
Baby went to Ala Moana after work to pick up her
paycheck. She also put in a request to be assigned to a different job.
The teleconferencing job has turned into a total nightmare. She will continue
to work there until a suitable replacement for her is found. I don't know
if the job situation will improve. In fact, I am beginning to worry about
what I will do once my time is up at my present job. I sure hope that I
qualify for unemployment benefits. Sheesh!
Baby and I went to Ala Moana. This time, we had
a purpose. There was a special preview showing of the Bose Wave radio at
the Bose showroom located about a block from Ala Moana. Baby did some shopping
at Ala Moana first. She bought some new Hawai'ian-print shorts to get into
the Aloha spirit. We also got our usual iced coffee at Gloria Jean's, although
that should go without saying. If we go to Ala Moana, we always stop off
at Gloria Jean's. We walked to the Bose store. As you may recall, I have
always wanted the Bose Acoustic Wave system. It is a small all-in-one stereo
system, but it knocks the socks off of the K-Mart all-in-one and many expensive
home systems. The Bose Wave table radio is a smaller version of the Acoustic
Wave. The table radio basically looks like a clock radio. By the way, baby
says that the Acoustic Wave looks like a room humidifier. Actually, it
does. The demonstration lasted about 30 minutes. Then, we were able to
play with actual units in the part of the showroom that was set up like
a typical home. I was sold! However, I did not want to spend $350 on a
clock radio. So, we left. We went back to Ala Moana to look around again.
I decided that I wanted the Bose Wave.
Sunday August 31
We walked back to the Bose showroom. As it turned,
baby had purchased the Bose Wave for me while a salesperson kept me occupied
with one of the larger Bose Lifestyle systems. We picked up my new Bose
Wave and walked back to Ala Moana to take the bus home. I could not let
baby spend this kind of money, so I wrote out a check to her for the amount
and made sure that she deposited it. I appreciated the thought, but she
needs to save her money for the tough times that lay ahead. She wanted
to pay for the portable CD player, so I reluctantly accepted. We spent
the rest of the evening listening to the Bose Wave radio. Well, at least
we have some tunes to listen to and drown out the Ninja Turtles video that
is played several times a day. Ironically, though, our favorite radio station,
Smooth-FM, had changed formats today. Baby had joked with one of the salespeople
at the Bose showroom that we did not need the Bose Wave if we didn't have
Smooth-FM. Sheesh! Look like it is time to get back into rap music!
Baby and I wanted to get out of the house to get
away from the constant ambient noise of a dysfunctional family. We walked
to Koko Marina. I decided that it was time to purchase a gym membership
for the two of us. We stopped in at the gym and signed up. We took advantage
of a so-called couples special. Five months cost $300 for the both of us.
We have no choice since this is the only gym between Hawai'i Kai and town.
We can just walk down to the gym after work. There are better gym deals
in town, but it will take too much time to commute there and we will still
need to take the bus home.
More To Come!
I wanted to go to Waikiki and go to the zoo. Baby
wanted to go to Ross and shop for some necessities. So, we ended up at
Ross in Kuapa Kai. Babes can spend hours in a place like that. I had to
sit down after the first half-hour elapsed. We walked back home after that.
After dinner, we went to Kahala Mall. We stopped in at Star Market to pick
up a package of Taro leaves for moms. As it turns out, moms is going to
supervise baby in the making of Lau Lau tomorrow. We spent the rest of
the evening at Barnes & Noble. I read more computer magazines, and
I also checked out a few audio magazines. Well, hey! I now own a Bose Wave
radio! Baby wrote several letters. As usual, we drank coffee at the Starbuck's
Café in the bookstore. When we returned, I finally broke out my
beloved computer to do some work. Baby and I sat in the "warehouse" (where
I sleep) and listened to the Bose Wave radio.
Finally, many thanks to Annabelle (Annabell@pjmi.knaw.nl)
for sending the ol' lavahead a Virtual Flower Bouquet from The Virtual
Florist. Thanks to Paul (firstname.lastname@example.org) for writing in
about his first taste experience with my all-time favorite meal, Bush's
baked beans! Also, thanks to JonnyX (email@example.com) for
reminding me that I am overdue with my Pidgin English lessons! How
could I have forgotten? Sheesh! Baby also wanted to extend a hearty hello
to everyone out there in LoserLandtm, too!
The Keeper of Lost Lives: Hele On, Braddah!
The Keeper of Lost Lives ... Tralfaz
Moms ... Herself
Baby ... Herself
And a cast of thousands!
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