January 16, 2010
Hola, amigos. It’s been a long time since I rapped at ya. The standard statement of “I know I haven’t blogged in a while, but…” really applies here. My last posting was February, 2009. That’s almost a human earth year. I mentioned my busy life on some of the KDE mailing lists (and tagged off to Troy), but to others I simply vanished. And I’m sure there was much rejoicing. What happened in Wade’s version of 2009 to keep him away from his beloved community?
- Weeks after Camp KDE in Jamaica, Sebas presumably won the laptop longevity contest. He and I had purchased nearly identical Thinkpads years ago. In February 2009, a cat who shall remain nameless who belongs to a wife who shall remain nameless – said cat knocked over a glass of water on my laptop sending it to an early grave. One machine down.
- Then my desktop PSU died and memory along with it. Other machine down.
- Next, I found out the hard way that Marcus Hanwell’s wife Louise had a contagious pregnancy in Jamaica. I didn’t contract this condition, but my new wife Molly did.
- In June, I snuck out to NYC for a weekend to see Franz. Good times. Pictures to follow.
- Nesting instincts immediately kicked in, and Molly prudently decided that our current neighborhood was no place to welcome a new child. Heroin dealer? Yes. Down-on-his-luck military veteran in hiding before he gets a call from the government to take on a new generation of Yakuza? Possibly. New child? Not really. We spent all spring and summer completely renovating the house: every single room in the house got new plaster walls, ceiling and refinished hardwood floors, the kitchen was remodeled, the exterior painted, new landscaping and a new roof. I cannot tell you how time-consuming and bank account consuming this effort was. Ask me sometime about Wade + machete vs. 3 meth heads in his back yard.
- On July 3, my German Shepherd Falco died unexpectedly due to intestinal twisting that larger dogs can get. Anyone who knows me well knows how much I freaking loved this dog. He was only 5 and it really sucks. Molly and I were really excited to see how he’d be a big brother to the new kid.
- Also this summer, at work I received a sizable promotion. Because life at the office wasn’t busy enough. Taking care of a couple Duggar families worth of developers? Exhausting. Enough leverage to begin changing the mindset of a Fortune 25 company with like-minded leaders? Compelling.
- Triathlon life continued: Did several and expanded to Half-Iron distance. I’m now training for the 2010 Ironman in Nice. If my body stays healthy.
- In the fall, Molly and I got a new house much more suitable for family life. Where is it? Hint: It is the city that the Walsh family was originally from in Beverly Hills 90210. (Protip: Two mortgages at the same time is not as the fRench used to say: supercool)
- On November 15, I got a son. Blake is awesome. And healthy. Sleeping on the hospital bed though, threw my back out in the most painful way (weeks of muscle relaxers). Molly for some reason was not interested in hearing about the pain I went through during his birth. Women.
- That brings us to the holiday season. Mayhem.
So here we are. This was easily my busiest year ever, and the only computer I had was my work PC (which they lock down to the point of worthlessness). Even my hosted email server wasn’t (and still isn’t) functional for most of the year. I have to apologize for those that have sent me emails only to get dead silence. I saw Markey ask about a new Amarok splash screen opinion far too late. Which one was picked? I still don’t know. I saw Anne ask for some updated art work. Hope I can respond soon. In total, the only social access I had was via a facebook app for my iPhone. Crazy. In the short term, if people need to contact me, use my gmail address. The others are not yet working again.
Well, the home PC is currently running (for how long we don’t know) and I have internet at the new house, so I figured I had better post in this narrow window of opportunity. Next next steps are to post the seriously outdated Jamaica Camp KDE photos and those documenting Franz’ NYC journey. Just because I’ve been silent doesn’t mean I haven’t been thinking about you all. Give yourselves a hug for me. Zack, get to second base with yourself for me. Hopefully the new year brings some much needed sanity and time for KDE.
Family subtractions and additions (RIP FALCO!):
This year’s goal is to subtract two cats and add one German Shepherd puppy.