Friday, February 29, 2008

Treacherous Drive

So we are heading to the snowy mountains of MD. What's funny is that our friends back in dc won't see any of this snow. For us... We get snow.

The Big Day is Here...

... and I'm all packed up. Whether or not I'm going to be appropriately packed for this mystery weekend is an entirely different matter. I guess we'll have to wait and see what is in store for the big bachelor!

Given that I have no clue as to where we are going, I am unsure if I will be able to blog about the weekend as it is happening. If I get a phone signal, I'll try and post some pictures. If not, I'll recount as much as I can on Sunday when we get back.

For those of you joining me on this excursion, I want to extend my thanks for taking the time off from work to spend this time with me. I know what it's like to work around busy personal and work schedules, so this means a lot to me.

To everyone reading at home... have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 28, 2008



Looks like someone in the building is offloading some computers... That, or some very clever thieves are making off with the goods...

Annoyances of the Day

1) In an effort to further control the speeding that is happening in the parking lot here at work, the property management company has decided to raise the speed bump total from 20 to 40 (rough estimates) in our parking lot. Keep in mind that the original 15 are of the short but severely sharp kind, and the additional 25 are wider and a tad shorter. While this doesn't really bother me in the 4Runner, I am annoyed that this could have been nipped in the bud originally by posting stop signs at areas where traffic patterns cross rather than influence traffic patterns by arbitrarily throwing speed bumps down. I'll try and take a picture at some point to give you an idea of what I'm talking about, but for those of you working at WeatherBug, you KNOW what I'm saying...

2) My Outlook has up and decided not to work anymore. My "OST" file is "corrupt." As a company that relies on Outlook for communication and schedule management, not having Outlook since I got in working has been a real pain. I understand that there is a web version available, but it's just not the same... and I appreciate some of the suggestions, like "use your BlackBerry to do email" but in an effort to conserve my thumbs, I will pass.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Big Weekend Ahead

Big Weekend Ahead

Well, despite being a few months away from the big day, it's been decided that my bachelor party will be this weekend. And while it is technically my weekend I have been uninvolved in the planning. Traditionally, these type of things are more fun for the married friends than the bachelor or bachelorette, so we'll see how different this one is. I've received my official instructions as seen below...


Your surprise weekend destination could require a multitude of clothing
requirements.  Here are a couple of things that you might want to throw in
the ol' duffel bag:

Swim trunks
Pair of shorts or two
Clothes that can get gooey
Clean underwear
hiking boots
flip flops
Government Issued ID
Some cash

So it appears that I will be going to a lakeside marshmellow fluff factory on top of a mountain that MIGHT be across some international border.

Hopefully, if I can get the photoblogging worked out I can keep you all posted on the events... It should be fun irregardless. These are my peeps and I'm pretty honored and psyched that they can all get away for a weekend with me.


Figured I'd keep you posted on the ever-growing Milestone Center Industrial Park area here in burgeoning Germantown. For those of you who do not traverse up 270 you would have no idea how many companies want to move into this area (I had no idea either). But apparently there is enough interest to justify another building.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Pulled the Trigger

Pulled the Trigger

I did it... Upgraded to the BlackBerry pearl yesterday. So far so good. I figure I'll test it out for the 30 days and decide if I want to keep it or change to a phone with a full keyboard. I'll keep you posted.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

West Virginia Weekend

View from the Backyard
Originally uploaded by psubuzz

We have a friend who has a cabin in the West Virginia mountains and we were fortunate enough to tag along with him this past weekend. The cabin is seriously in the middle of nowhere (couldn't find it in my GPS), and at night, it is about as quiet and dark as you can get. It was so dark and quiet in fact, I almost freaked myself out standing outside on the balcony Saturday night.

In any case, this is the view from the mountain that the cabin sits on, after a very steep 25 minute climb. Based on some of the maps we had, I think this is about at 3,200 ft. facing east towards VA.

It was really nice to get away from DC for the weekend and truly unwind, and the amazing part about it is that it is only 2 hours away. Pretty cool.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

The BlackBerry Saga

As some of you know, I have been jonesin' for a new blackberry for a few months now because: 1) this one is getting old and is much thicker than the new ones, 2) I want a phone with a camera so I can be cool, 3) I want to photo blog from my phone, and 4) everyone else has one.

Well, my anniversary date is February 22nd and I've tried everything I can think of at the Verizon store to get them to move it up without a fee and nothing has worked. When I say the phone doesn't work they give me a new one, when I say I'm spending a lot of money with them they don't care. I've even gone as far as to say that I am personally responsible for building the weather content on their phones, and they think that is cool, their standard response is, "call customer service."

But, the more that I think about it, the more I am inclined to switch carriers all together and go with someone that has the Curve so that I get the full keyboard AND has a camera. I'm not totally set to go this way, but as I am experiencing with Comcast (more on that in a forthcoming post), it may be time to move away from the incumbant. And no, this is not going to spiral into a political post as I am kind of getting sick of all of the primary coverage... Which by the way, thought it was interesting to hear this morning that the Chesapeake region (Maryland, DC, and Virginia) is a battleground area for Obama and Clinton. Our little area is finally politically relevant. Funny. But I digress...

Just in typing this alone, I had to spell Virginia 10 different times to get this small keyboard to figure out what I was typing so maybe it IS time for a switch... Though sources are saying that Verizon will be releasing a curve lookalike in the next few months... Should I wait? What do you think? Just think of all of the fun pictures you'll get once I have a camera on my phone!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008


Who Me?
Originally uploaded by psubuzz

One of our birthday presents to my brother was babysitting for a little bit tonight so that he and his wife could go out for dinner on his big day. While it was only an hour and a half or so it seemed longer... We had fun though... We love the little guy!

Happy Birthday Bro

Happy Birthday Bro

My big (and only) brother turns 36 today! Happy birthday Steve! I'll have to dig around for a recent picture of him to post... Which I'm sure will thrill him tremendously.

Wedding Planning Update

For those of you who are nice enough to actually keep up on my blog, I thought I would let you know that we ARE actually listed on under our first and last names and we ARE working on our registry. I was actually surprised at how complicated and exhausting it is to put together the darn registry, but after switching ideas of where we want to register a few times we have settled on 2 stores, of which details will be posted on the knot and my blog once complete. Should be in the next week or two.

Also, the save the dates are finally in (got them yesterday) and we will be putting together the packet and sending them out in the next week. We truly appreciate your patience, but this also took longer than expected.

That's the latest... More to come as we enter the final six months...

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Nobody is Perfect

I don't know about you but I had mixed feelings Sunday night during the game as I watched the Patriots quest for perfection end in a last minute loss to the Giants. On one hand, I was rooting to witness history, and on the other, you couldn't help but he sucked into rooting for the overwhelming underdog. As funny as it sounds, I was at odds with myself and it took some of the enjoyment out of the game for me and left a bittersweet taste in my mouth when Eli escaped the clutches of not one Patriot but THREE Patriots and completed that pass. Don't get me wrong, we all screamed and shouted when they scored, and yes, I was happy for Eli, but I am so sick of the damn 72 Dolphins that I was hoping that it would all end Sunday night. Oh well...

By the way, did anyone else see how hammered Shockey looked in his box? I believe Joe Buck said, "Shockey must be worried about his job" (in reference to how well the rookie Boss [I had mis-typed Voss - thanks Gene] has performed in Shockey's absence) when he must have wanted to say, "geez, that guy is loaded!" I mean, did you see all the empty cups around him??

Thus begins the countdown to next season... Thank God MLS starts in 6 weeks...