Monthly Archives: May 2003

Clean up

I’ve got a few things to mention today:

1. We had a lovely Memorial Day weekend on the Island. It was cold and windy and rainy, but we filled it up with road races, mini golf, Mario 3, and Scattergories. Check out the pics, okay?

b. Congratulations to those of you who discovered the secret new blog feature. For those of you who need a little more help… step 1:Drag your mouse over my head. step2: click.

3. Last night was the begining of another of my favorite shows : The Amazing Race! I think this is one of the most fun “Reality” shows to watch. Last night’s episode was pretty good. It was also kind of predictable. The unfit older couple was eliminated in the first round, but I’m holding out hope for the team of circus clowns!

The producers have made sure to fill out the cast will all the predictable couples, “we’re friends, but maybe this trip will make us more” and “shhhh! we’re gay!” and “dad and son out to bond” and “when will he ask me to marry him!?!” and possibly the most annoying, “we never get along at home so why should we get along here?”

Does anyone else out there watch this? Let me know what you think.

Site Outage and all of its services were completely down today from 10:25 a.m. to 11:35 a.m. EDT. The cause was a fire in the data center that our shared server is located in. The fire was effectively supressed, but the power was taken down as a precaution during the firefight.

Any email sent to a user during that time period may not have been delivered, so I’d recommend re-sending any correspondence from during that period.

For those who don’t know, the website is located on a machine that is shared with several other websites. This machine is administered by Site5 Internet Solutions, and all of Site5’s servers are located at the Network Access Corporation data center in Parsippany, NJ. So when NAC has a problem, Site5 has a problem, and when Site5 has a problem, has a problem. 🙂

In any case, everything is back up and running just fine now.

Let me know if you notice any other problems.

Head’s up!

Well folks, I’ve gone and made a little change to the site. (with a wee little help from Peter)

I had fun creating this little addition and I think everyone may get a little smile from it.

Here’s the catch. You, the reader, must find this exciting feature. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think of it. Good luck and Godspeed.

Going Globe-al

Read the Boston Globe lately? You never know whose name might turn up… 🙂

In other news, yesterday I saw a report that Massachusetts ranks 2nd to last among the states in percentage of people who fasten their seat belts while driving – 51%. Only Rhode Island is lower (don’t know what their percentage is). The national average is 72%. I don’t know about all you folks, but I never go anywhere in the car without buckling my seatbelt. I simply don’t feel safe if it is there fastened securely. How can you possibly think that you’ll be safe if you don’t buckle your belt? Becky and I were rear-ended a couple of years ago, and I don’t want to think about what could have happened if we were not both securely buckled in. Please, Massachusetts folk, help bump up the average and make sure you and everyone else you know is buckled up when they get in the car. Starting May 19, there will be a nationwide “Click It or Ticket” campaign, for stricter enforcement of seatbelt-wearing laws. If you are pulled over for a violation and you were not wearing a seatbelt, you *will* be ticketed. Do it for your safety, or do it to avoid getting a ticket – I don’t care. Just do it. 🙂


Yet another weekend away from Beverly. Not a bad thing! This weekend we were in Troy, New York to see Corey graduate from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ( pictures here ). The weather was beautiful for commencement on Saturday. The program was about three and a half hours long. The highlights:

  • Commencement speaker Benjamin S. Carson. Excellent, excellent speaker. One of the best I’ve ever heard.
  • Flyover by a B-2 Stealth Bomber – amazing! It actually made two passes of the field. The first time, it dipped its wing and flew right around the field. The second time, it flew directly over the field! It was one of the most impressive things I’ve ever seen, hands down.
  • Corey walking across the stage (that’s what we were there for!)

Saturday after graduation, we ate lots of food at the post-graduation picnic. Saturday afternoon was relaxing, playing around in the pool and hot tub at the hotel. That night we had dinner at Cracker Barrel. One of my key observations from the trip: Cracker Barrel’s menu is ridiculously hokey and contains far too many occurrences of “n”. For example “Fixin’s ‘n’ Such” or “Chicken ‘n’ Gravy”. Their food is decent, but wow… the menu be needin’ some fixin’ up! I guess it’s b’caus’a da country style ‘n’ all, but anyway…

Today we helped Corey move the rest of his stuff out of his dorm, then Becky and I took the long drive back on the Mass Pike. It was actually a very pleasant day for the drive. The weather was again very clear, but unfortunately the closer we got to metro Boston, the less green we saw. 🙁 Now we’re back in Beverly for another week, and then it’s yet another weekend away – this time on the Vineyard!

I leave you all with perhaps the best picture of the graduate from this weekend:

Corey at his best


Did a little housekeeping this afternoon. I updated the photo guide, so it now has our most recent adventures. Check it out if you want an easier-to-digest guide to what exactly is in our photo galleries.

I also changed around the names in the right side nav bar – they are alpha by last name now, and I’ve changed Will’s link from his older webpage to his more recent (and recently discovered by Becky) blog. I also added links to a few of the discussion board websites I frequent, as well as a link to the BeatBlog, a group blog run by Will and some of his Hillsdale cronies.

At the moment we don’t have any major site changes planned. Everything seems to be working well. Perhaps a few minor formatting tweaks, but nothing dramatic.

Keep visiting!

shake your town

The final two albums will be discussed in the same (final!) entry 🙂

Monday Mom, Dad, Kirsten, Mark, Peter and Becky took a little field trip to Shaker Town at Pleasant Hill in Harrodsburg. It was a nice little walk through history.

We saw a little movie, did some shopping, watched a sheep being shorn, heard some beautiful Shaker music, and generally had a good ole time.

Later that day on our way to the airport 🙁 we stopped for lunch at a local favorite watering hole, Ramsays. Pics are Here


Part deaux:

Much of the weekend was filled up with parties and get togethers.

Saturday afternoon the Carter family and Mom and Dad Wood came down from Mount Vernon and we had a big swimming, cookout and hot tub party.

Sunday was spent celebrating. At lunch we had lasagna and gave Kirsten her graduation gifts. And we celebrated Mother’s day 🙂 After dinner some of Kirsten’s closest friends from Asbury and their families came over for cake.

Very fun! Check out the pictures!