Montecristo Captain Quixote


The World Line of the Horizon Star

Some would say I was a lost man in a lost world

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Montecristo Captain Quixote

Someday, somehow, gonna make it all right!

I have a house! I got the house! Yes! Vanessa, my new landlady, called around 2:00 this afternoon and gave me the good news. I am celebrating! I broke my rule of never drinking alone and got into the rum for a rum 'n' Coke (yeah, okay, ladies drink -- so sue me!) and had one of those. Tonight I ordered pizza. This is fantastic. I was almost sure that I was going to have to put my stuff into storage and live in a motel until I could find a place. The relief is palpable. I feel so damned much lighter now. I am now going to be living in Livermore, starting March 1st! Yes!

This house is not the first choice in Livermore. I had been looking at a two bedroom, one bathroom house for $150 a month less. That one was a bit nicer and the yard was a bit more work, although that was nicer too. The one I will be moving into has three bedrooms, one and a half bathrooms a fireplace in the livingroom and a water chiller on the roof to keep the place cool in the summer. It's already wired for cable. I don't know what kind of cable services I'm going to get turned on when I get there, other than my internet. Fortunately, I can keep my same ISP and account. It's a nice house, and a lot more space than I need, but that's okay. Maybe one day I'll get a roommate, if I get my territoriality under control. Right now, I'm still getting used to being single again. That's another good reason to be moving. This house is so full of memories. Bleah. Well, for better or worse, it's gone with the end of the month.

I'm taking the day off tomorrow to start the transition. I have so much to do. I have to shut down all the utilities, forward the mail, start up the utilities at the new place, shop for a mover, see about moving my cable account. In the case of that last problem, fortunately, I can move my account from here to Livermore without too much hassle. That way I can keep my e-mail and web space et. al. I also have to start the preliminary packing and that should be going on all next week, after I get home from work.

I don't know how much longer I will be able to maintain this journal before the move, and I don't know yet how soon I can get everything up and established at my new place. Perhaps my friends will wonder what has become of me for a week or two, but given the infrequency of my posts, I don't think that the absence will be noticed, even if I had not mentioned it here. The real problem and irritation is that I can no longer post from work unless I do so by e-mail. I've got to learn how to manage that little trick or I am going to be out my LJ for however long it takes me to get the cable account moved. Of course, being able to make entries via e-mail is not really going to help all that much, given that I won't be able to read anything anybody else writes, nor will I consequently be able to see comnents or make any either. For this, the IT department where I work should be flogged with wet noodles.

The out of control IT department has deemed several domains "off limits" and have installed a block on them. LJ is, unfortunately, one of these. They have also plugged the firewall hole which allowed YIM to get out. Paranoid, officious, power-drunk, trolls. The glorified cable-pushers have hosed up my new machine for me on the pretext of "helping me" by implementing a bunch of policies enabling them to micromanage everyone's "computing experience" like control-freak Socialists on a bender. Bah, string them all up with Cat-5 patch-cable, starting in Chicago, from whence this idiocy percolates down. I despise having to fight my employers in order to enjoy the privilege of making them money, and I am not alone in this sentiment. Furthermore, XP, the Bill Gates monstrosity which has enabled and encouraged all this hands-on, fingers-in-everybody's pie, IT behavior is in danger of converting me from a closet Linux admirer to a full-blown fantatic and zealot. I have never had so much trouble with a computer until my Windows 2000 box was replaced with this XP machine, and it is the foolish IT policy dinking that is doing it. I've had more problems with this XP box in a matter of days than I've had with my 2000 machine over the last couple of years! Ack! Enough bitching and revolution fomenting. It's not like I have to deal with it before Tuesday again. I certainly have enough on my plate, and I have too much to be celebrating to let this harsh my buzz.

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Great news about the house, shitty news about your very own Network Nazi. I had a similar experience some years back, and it escalated rather nastily. :-/

But a house! Cool.

Yeah, sounds like you and Ms. Monster ought to think about a house -- that way you guys could feed the pet sky-rats all you wanted and nobody would complain!

Being a network Nazi myself, I'm going to just keep my mouth shut on that topic...

But, congratulations on the house! When's the housewarming party?

Well, you know I've thought about it...

I really don't know! I suppose it depends upon how fast I can get unpacked and if I think anyone would show! I have friends hundreds of miles away whom I know aren't going to be able to drop in, and all of my local friends are up to their ears in alligators. I know maybe half a dozen people who could theoretically show, but only I could say that it would not be problematical for only two of them. Heh heh. I'll have to think about it. Of course, after I get moved in and set up, anyone and everyone I know from here to Scotland is welcome to drop in. I'll be sending out new addresses presently.

Re: Well, you know I've thought about it...

Well, if it happens to be in early April, I will likely be in the area for some training anyway, so you could add one to the list.

Re: Well, you know I've thought about it...

Well, you know you'd get an honorary invitation, even if you were holed-up on the East Coast and couldn't make it anyway. Certainly, you'll be one of the first to know, if I can put something like that together.

In all honesty though, I really must confess that I've never thrown a party in my life, so I'm totally clueless. Shocking admission, eh? I'm thinking about it.

Network Nazi? I would hardly think so.

I suspect that you're the exception. I've just seen too many of the IT people (and more importantly, their supervisors) who experiment around with "The Policy of the Day" and have no idea how to implement what they want, assuming that what they think they want is advisable in the first place! I have no doubt that you're an exception.

congrats on the house hun!! :D if you have a housewarming party, i am SO there. :)

Well, at least I know where to get some good music advice! Of course you were one of the half dozen local people I was thinking about! It almost goes without saying, what kind of party would it be without Jessicka? I'll keep you posted! Frankly, never having thrown a party of any kind before, I'm both mortified and intrigued by the idea. Heh heh. It would be on a weekend in April if I can work up the time and the nerve!

Re: Really? Hey cool!

sweet. it doesn't have to be a full out party. . . at least have a drunken gathering of local friends to break in the new place (and that way i can finally meet you!!)

I figure it's about time I said hi, rather than lurking--and no, I'm not just trying to get invited to a housewarming party. ;) You caught my eye on sfbayarea a while ago and I've been following your journal since.

What attracted my attention this time was your note about Linux. I wouldn't call myself a zealot, but I made the switch a little more than six months ago (thanks to testing4l), and I highly recommend it. It's not as hard as you think, and there isn't as little software for it as you think (and it's practically all free for the downloading).

Don't mind my little bit of a plug. Congratulations on the house :) may it serve well and long.

Unix is your friend! Heh heh.

Oh, I'm not a Unix-phobe. I have a degree in Computer Science and work as an embedded systems engineer. I've put together Minix OS'es before from source code. No, it's rather that I just want to be sure of running all my games and applications. I work on microprocessors/microcontrollers so much, I hardly pay a whole lot of attention to what is going on in the PC world other than to play games and run compilers and word processors etc. Windows is what I use at work, and all of the in-house applications that have been implemented to interface with the products were written for Windows platforms. I've always thought about setting up a Linux box though, but I just never get around to it.

Thanks! I'm sure glad to have it out of the way now.

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