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Sore muscles, tired mind...

May 5, 2008 11:17 AM

Helped some friends of mine take down two very large Boxelder trees on Saturday and man am I sore. The good thing though is that as soon as I get a space for it I will have a good amount of firewood for winter. That will likely save me quite a bit on the heating bill this winter. We still need to get the fireplace and chimney checked out but we have time for that.

In mundane events I mowed my _own_ lawn yesterday. The mower is second hand but in fairly good condition. I forgot to trim in a couple of places but I can handle that tonight when I get home.

Have a training class on Cisco router installation Wednesday and Thursday which requires me to go all the way down to the Hilton right near Grant Park in Chicago. That’s going to be a fairly large expense as I have to take the train both ways and a cab each way to the hotel. So I figure $50 for the cab easily and then another $30 for the train. Between that an lunch both days I’m expecting to spend about $100 - $120. Oof. And people wonder why I don’t have more training certificates under my belt. It’s not just the cost of the classes but the cost of the lost time at work, the money spent on travel and food, any course materials, etc. It adds up to quite a bit.

This is also why I absolutely HATE training for Microsoft products. You pay for the class ($$$), you pay for the materials ($$$), you pay for all the incidentals during the class ($$), AND you pay to take the test ($$$$). $$$ + $$$ + $$ + $$$$ == Too Fucking Much.

And companies often won’t pay for it either. Especially if the training runs into the thousands of dollars. It’s a big roadblock to anyone who wants to get some paper under their belt. There should be an “Current I/T Professional Grant” that gives you money to take these classes if you work full time in this industry. *grump*

Thankfully work was nice enough to pay for this one. I wouldn’t be able to afford it easily on my own.

Speaking of routers I can’t seem to get the wireless link to the garage working. The stupid dd-wrt box I’m trying to use as the endpoint is not acting as a bridge properly. Notes online suggest it never will so I might just toss it out and buy two WAP54G boxes that IIRC still have bridging capability. I don’t know. I’ll try one more time and see if I can’t get the two dd-wrt boxes to talk to each other again first before I even think about spending the money. I’d love to run a wire out there but I still haven’t heard back from the city on if I need to trench or not.

I’d hate to have to trench because that means paying for permits, inspections, rental on the trencher, etc. and that will likely not be a small amount of money.

Hmm...I wonder if I’m going to have to re-ground that garage when I re-do those circuits out there. Regardless of if I have to trench or not I intend to use non-conductive conduit so other than the wires there will be no grounding back to the house. I’m betting I will have a ground loop if I put a grounding rod on the garage circuits but I’ll have to consult an electrician. Which I’ll likely have to do anyway just to make sure it’s up to code.

Still not sleeping like I used to. Far too many things to get done and I’m up late again. Not to mention I’m still waking up at 3 a.m. for some damn reason. Last night at went to sleep at 10:30 p.m. or so and woke back up and was awake at 3 a.m. and then fell back asleep on the couch. I just suppose I’m going to have to do less and get more sleep. I hate that dammit. There’s always more stuff for me to do when I get more sleep.

It’s like I get enough sleep to function properly and in the meantime things pile up all over the place. Then I run around and tire myself out dealing with those things and...I’m not getting enough sleep again. Grrr...




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