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June 30, 2001 on 10:28 pm | In Main | No Comments

Another hot day today, although cooler than yesterday. The high was 112 degrees. I used the pool 4 times today. The water temperature is very near 90 degrees, so I turned on the little aerator for the first time this year. The aerator is supposed to cool off the pool, but I think it is just a decorative fountain. Still, I leave it off until the water temperature is warm enough for Cortney to enjoy.

We has some friends over for dinner tonight, and afterwards, Sean put on a real show. He can now stand up and walk on his own for about a dozen steps or around 10 feet. If he didn’t rush everywhere and didn’t enjoy falling down so much, he would be walking now. I don’t understand why, but he loves diving down onto his hands or crashing down onto his knees.

I had a nice enjoyable run this morning. Without putting in too much effort, I was able to complete my 3 mile run in 2 minutes less time than last week. I’m already close to my time in the race for the cure last year. I think part of the better time may be due to the weather. Yesterday’s high temperatures really dried out the air, where as last week the high humidity kicked off this year’s monsoon season.

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June 29, 2001 on 10:02 pm | In Main | No Comments

Today was the hottest day of the year, so far. The high was 113 degrees. It was so hot, Cortney went into the pool twice; once with Sean, and once just by herself.

More fun at work. Something on my computer or the network is causing invalid logins, locking up my accounts, even though I have not made any login attempts myself. My trouble ticket was raised to level 2, which is work stoppage for one person. This might be related, or just a coincidence; one of the attached network drives on my computer had the fun love virus. From what I could read about this virus, it can cause real havoc on a NT network. We’ll see what happens on Monday.

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June 28, 2001 on 8:15 pm | In Main | No Comments

At work, I’m still locked out of the change management tool. The IT service ticket is a level 3, which applies to a performance loss to an individual user. The response time for this level is supposed to be 4 hours, but the problem has gone unfixed for a day and a half. That’s still better than my old job, where in order to meet the time goals, they would close out the ticket, even if they didn’t fix the problem.

Interesting ruling today on Microsoft. The news is reporting that Microsoft won’t be broken up, but when I read the ruling, it seems to say the Judge Jackson should be disbarred for making his opinions public during the trial. But, the finding of fact that Microsoft broke the law will stand. The lower court will decide what the punishment will be handed out. Given the behavior of Microsoft, I don’t see how any Judge wouldn’t be swayed by their arrogance. Let’s see what happens.

It was a hot day today, with the high around 109. It seemed like it was humid, but when I checked the weather stats, the relative humidity was only 8% at the hottest point in the day. Of course, we had to cool off in the pool. Sean learned a new trick. I would set him down on the ledge, where his head and shoulders are out of the water. He would then dive off towards me, and then I pick him up out of the water. He doesn’t seem to show any fear of the water.

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June 27, 2001 on 7:54 pm | In Main | No Comments

Somehow, most of the archive pages disappeared. I have no idea how this happened. They’re back now. Thanks to Leslie for pointing this out.

Very frustrating day at work. I lost some work while using our change management tool. When I tried relogging into the database, I not only could not get back in, but my network login was locked. A call to IT fixed the network login, but I still can’t get back into the database.

Sean is making some improvement in his walking; he can now walk about 4 feet unassisted.

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June 26, 2001 on 8:50 pm | In Main | No Comments

Even if you think global warming is occurring, here is good article that explains why the Kyoto accord is a bad idea.

We took Sean to baby time at the library tonight. He loves the songs, but has a tough time sitting still for the stories. An interesting thing happened while we were waiting for baby time to begin. They have a small play area in the children’s section of the library, which includes a wooden toy train set up on a table. When we arrived, there was a boy at least a year older than Sean already playing with the trains. When Sean went over to the train table, the boy actually claimed that Sean hit him, and started crying when Sean reached for one of the train pieces. Fortunately for me, the boy’s mom was on to this behavior. I even think she was a little embarrased. Sean wasn’t phased one bit.

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June 25, 2001 on 8:02 pm | In Main | No Comments

Very unusual day today. It was cloudy, which is rare in Phoenix, and it actually rained when I drove home from work. The temperature when I drove home was in the low 80’s, about 20-25 degrees cooler than the usual drive home.

I have been making journal entries for over one month now. If you have not read them all, check the archives! I can check on the amount of traffic that my journal and website generate. I’ve been averaging around 2-3 visitors per day, and unless people are visiting more than once, as many as 6-7 visitors on weekend days.

Tonight, Sean was walking back and forth between Cortney and me. He still will only go about 3 feet by walking. Otherwise, he drops to his knees and starts crawling. He stands up quite a bit now. Sometimes he starts spreading his feet apart wider and wider, and just when I wonder if he is trying to do a split, he drops to his knees again. He certainly exerts a lot of energy through the combination of crawling, standing, and walking.

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June 24, 2001 on 8:30 pm | In Main | No Comments

I spent the day doing yard work and getting caught up in my reading. I’ve almost finished the learning python book. I’m anxious to get started on my programming project.

Sean is making a little more progress towards walking. Now, when he stands up, he usually takes a step or two before dropping onto his knees or diving forward onto his hands.

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June 23, 2001 on 9:57 pm | In Main | No Comments

Sean is 16 months old. Actually, he was 16 months old yesterday, but I forgot to mention it in the journal entry. Today, we all went to the Paradise Valley Mall. Paradise Valley is where many hollywood stars built mansions in the 1960’s. It remains a fairly exclusive area, so the mall is more upscale than the one near our house. We bought Sean his first pair of real shoes. Real, as in real expensive. He is just starting to learn to walk, so we didn’t want any shoes that might harm his physical development. His foot size is 5 1/2 (toddler); we bought him a size 6 to allow room for his foot growth. After the shopping, we went to dinner at the Red Lobster, which is one of Cortney’s favorite restaurants. When we came home, we all went into the pool to relax. Overall, it was a good day.

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June 22, 2001 on 9:26 pm | In Main | No Comments

Slow day today. The highlight of my day was coming home from work and hearing Sean squeal in delight that his father was home. He is definitely starting to stand up more, but he still doesn’t feel comfortable walking. We had another nice family evening in the pool. The water temperature is now up to 88 degrees, so Cortney isn’t complaining as much that the water is too cold.

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June 21, 2001 on 7:36 pm | In Main | No Comments

Sean was in a good mood today. We all went for a nice swim in the pool. He was very comfortable going under the water, so I let him stay under for several seconds. He loved it. After we got in, he was back to standing up when we asked him to. He walked a little bit, but not much.

I’m considering running a personal web server on my computer. If I do this, it will be to allow access to all of Sean’s photographs. I still plan to maintain this site. There are several free services that will register a dns address for a dynamic ip address. For my broadband access, the ip address is static, but I don’t own it, so the ISP could change it at any time. So my web address would be something like http://123.456.789.123/index.html or http://barrylp.dyndns.org/index.htm.

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June 20, 2001 on 8:15 pm | In Main | No Comments

Sean was a little out of sorts today. When I asked him to stand up, he usually would, but then he would immediately get back on his hands and knees. He would cry when I tried to stand him up. He wasn’t very active today, so I think he might not be feeling well.

A criticism of blogs. After reading this, I thought about what my goals are for this journal. I came up with the following:

  • Improve my writing skills
  • Tell other people about the things that brighten my day.
  • A written history of Sean’s growth and development
  • A written history of my personal growth and development (hopefully I will have some personal growth)

I will leave it up to the reader to decide if I meet my goals or not.

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June 19, 2001 on 8:38 pm | In Main | No Comments

Less than 2 days after the front yard was neat and trimmed, it is now covered with mesquite bean pods. I braved the heat tonight to clean some of them up. The high today was only 107, but it was a little more humid today. At noon, the dewpoint was over 55 degrees. If this happens for two more days, it will be the official start of the monsoon season. All this really means is that there is the possibility of thunderstorms.

I got home from work late today, and we took Sean to story time at the Library, so we didn’t have time to work on his walking skills. He did play fetch with one of Zip’s toys, but he crawled to get the toy rather than walked.

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June 18, 2001 on 7:28 pm | In Main | No Comments

Sean is getting better at walking. He can now stand up on his own and walk a half dozen steps or go about 3 feet. He even has a little game he plays with himself. In the dining room/hallway area, he crawls over to the tile, then stands up, then takes a couple of steps, then dives onto the carpet. He repeats this over and over again. He must think the carpet is softer than I do.

Here’s what the media doesn’t want you to know about global warming. At least one member of congress understands (warning: I’m not an advocate of this site, and this transcript may have been edited). My own view point is that I don’t see how any scientist (as opposed to a politician or bureaucrat) can state with certainty that humans have caused any significant warming of the planet. Yes, temperatures may be increasing, and yes, carbon dioxide levels may be historically high (whether or not due to human activity), but it doesn’t mean these two facts are related, and it certainly doesn’t make any sense to reduce the standard of living in the US over the issue.

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June 17, 2001 on 8:35 pm | In Main | No Comments

Just tonight, Sean took his first few steps. For most of the weekend, we started playing a game with Sean. We would tell him to “stand up”, and he would stand up without holding on to anything. Then we tell him to “touch your toes”, and he would bend down, place both hands on the floor, then stand back up again. We would repeat this over and over again. But tonight, I stood him up about a foot and a half away from me while I was sitting on the couch. He would then take as many as 3 or four little steps before crashing into me. Tomorrow, I’m going to see if I can put him futher away and still have him walk toward me.

I worked on the yard for a few hours this morning. Finally, I think everything is looking good all at once. I trimmed the front hedges, and swept up all of the mess under the mesquite trees in the front yard. The lawn is looking very healthy in the back, and all of the plants around the pool look healthy. Some of the plants in the back are starting to show the effects of the sun and heat, but they should come back this fall.

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June 16, 2001 on 10:24 pm | In Main | No Comments

We had a nice chicken barbecue meal tonight. If I turn on the misters on the porch, it’s actually quite pleasant outside doing the grilling, even though the temperature is well over 100 degrees.

I installed the new UPS I got from my parents for a birthday present. I installed the old one on Cortney’s computer. The main feature I needed for a UPS that I didn’t have on the old one was four outlets on the battery — one for the computer, monitor, broadband modem, and one for the antenna power (Sprint wireless broadband). The new setup is great. If we have a brief power outage, both Cortney and I can continue to use our computers and also use the broadband internet connection. Thanks Mom and Dad!

We took Sean to see Winnie the Pooh at Barnes&Noble this morning. Here is a picture of Cortney and Sean posing with Pooh:

Sean must be growing; it seems like just a few weeks ago I was thinking that it would be awhile before I would have to worry about Sean pressing the buttons on the TV. Yesterday, I found out not only can he reach the buttons, he now knows he can make things happen by pressing them.

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