Thursday, November 30, 2006


Run! Run!

White stuff is falling from the sky!

Uhhhhh right...

What is Cali Saying?

OK, so I am going to introduce a new part of my blog called "What is Cali Saying?"

Looking at the picture below, try to figure out what Cali is saying to me.

Is it:

A: The Cheeseburger was THIS BIG!
B: What is that on the wall behind you?
C: I should have flushed it.
D: Look, look, this is my Drew Bledsoe impression

Leave your ideas in the comments for some interactive fun!

Wednesday, November 29, 2006


OK. So I am waiting on a SUPER complex test to be concluded by a buddy of mine. Funny enough one of our Senior Engineers asked him to set the test up for him because he didn't know one of the applications. My buddy sets it up and then finds the Senior Engineer is now on a road trip and my buddy gets to solve the problem for him.


Meanwhile I twiddle my thumbs as three of our lab PBX's are tied up...

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Sue Young's Recital

I just got back from my friend's recital for her Master's Degree in music. I just want to say how floored I am. Her boyfriend played Bass for her while she played Piano with a Drummer, Sax player and Guitarist. The musicianship they displayed was amazing and I cannot express what an honor it is to get to play music with her every Sunday morning.

I told her I would get her to autograph her program for me Sunday, and that she would have to dedicate it to "Her other Bass Player."

It's Lunchtime

Hey, what do you know, I finally got to take a break for lunch.

Too bad I ate at my desk while working on a project. I should be writing a 100 word story, or updating the church web site... but I am kind of out of it.

Tired, my head hurts and I have a feeling the poo poo is going to hit the air circulation device as I have not heard from people I am supposed to hear from on certain issues.

I will note I just got a call from a gentleman I have been working on an issue with for two days. He has yet to go out to the site and work on anything since I have been working with him and keeps asking "What's next?"

I keep replying "Get me a modem that works."

Not to be a butt here, but I am offering to do his job for him because I know this problem is a real pain. All I ask is for him to get me a modem that works. A couple of REAL hours of his time.

Oh well.

No Current Rants

OK, well. Quiet day for the moment. I was woken up at 5:45AM by a support call. Nothing big, the guy just didn't know he was supposed to do a step to finish the process. Fortunately for him I knew what he was supposed to do.

It seems like people (ie: Management) thinks anyone can work on phones. I guess it is a lack of technical understanding. They don't understand the PBX is not a living breathing thinking thing, it DOES NOTHING unless you tell it to. Just like your car, if you point it at a cliff and stomp on the accelerator, it will happily plunge over the side without a single complaint. The reason why it is a tool (a dumb tool to be specific).

I wonder how many people would complain to Ford or GM after launching their car into the Grand Canyon that the car should have stopped them from doing that. I guess it could, but Ford and GM expect you to understand your car will go over a cliff if you drive it there.

Food for thought.

Monday, November 27, 2006

The fun of my job

Part of the fun of my job is the "Mission Impossible" aspect I sometimes get.

While it is fun and rewarding to fix a problem (real or otherwise), when a problem is self induced and someone says, "The PBX shouldn't let me do that," or "Well it's your problem because we had it programmed wrong on two different PBX's and yours failed and the other one didn't so it's obviously a problem with your PBX," life can get frustrating.

So in order to keep a happy face on our company I am now troubleshooting a problem that we know is programming, have told them how to avoid it in the future and they know and understand it is a problem, because it caused one of our PBXs to crash and not another manufacturers we have to look into it.

I would laugh, but it is upper management telling me to do this.

Oh well.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Returning from Thanksgiving

Hi there. I'm back.

Basically I have been sleeping all weekend due to the huge amount of Turkey I ingested.

As far as the 100 word stories Weekly Challenge... I currently have 1 (one) mercy vote.

Please go check it out and if you like my story (with voice talent provided by my son Christopher) vote for me so I can pick another obscure and annoying word (oddly enough that one was not very popular, Once again, sorry Laurence, sorry).

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

I wont live this down for a while

I got a cellphone call, looked at it and by the caller ID thought it was my wife.

I call the number back and this guy answers, I think it's my oldest kid and say, "I'm looking for Jen (my wife)". He says, "Hey Houston, this is Glyn."

I am shocked. I then say "Oh, hi, Glyn," and try to have a conversation but I found it difficult to because my buddies are all laughing over the cube wall at me. All because they hear me call my wife and some guy answers my wife's phone and then I try talking to him...

Yes. I AM an idiot today.

Tony Romo

OK, so is he or isn't he dating Jessica Simpson?

Who cares? You are the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, you are actually liked by the fans AND you have enough sense to keep your mouth shut (unlike Quincy), you aren't throwing 100,000 interceptions a game (unlike Vinny) or appear to be a statue erected to yourself in the pocket (unlike Drew).

I like you already, just for that.

Turkey turkey turkey

OK kids, sing along...

Turkey for me,
Turkey for you,
I love to eat the Turkey
In my big brown shoe.

Gobble Gobble dee,
Gobble Gobble dye,
Sammy Davis Jr,
Only had one eye.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Thanksgiving is just around the corner

You know how I can tell?

By the pictures of running turkeys being held by little girls.


OK, life is interesting. Much drama at the house this evening. I could share but I would be beaten senseless.

Tomorrow I have a treat for everyone in honor of Thanksgiving.

Random stupidity

All your Tots are belong to us...

OK, sorry. Back to work.


OK, I would like to clarify something. If I get frustrated with someone and mention a specific problem on this blog, I would like to clarify, this DOES NOT reflect how I feel about everyone.

99% of people who call in are trying and just need a push in the right direction or another set of eyes to double check their own. These people are why I do the job. It's challenging ans rewarding.

The other 1% are the ones who are such egomaniacs that they feel they couldn't have possible made a mistake so they are just going to you "Because they have to" or are looking for something for free. We also have the guys who are looking for us to do it for them, or keep playing engineer roulette trying to get someone to tell them what they want to hear.

Please make sure you understand, I don't throw everyone into the same boat.

With that being said... Back to the sarcasm.

Monday, November 20, 2006


Oh well, I think my choice for the Weekly Challenge will be met with less than enthusiasm.

Here is my thinking, take an obscure word and throw it out there. Even if you don't know what it means, write a story about not knowing what it means.

Anyway. My story this week involved potty humor and Elves. What can be more fun? Besides, it's me playing with special effects.

Why not join in the fun? It's only 100 words... How hard can it be?

Friday, November 17, 2006

11 Years

Today is my 11th wedding anniversary.

My wife has given me the nicest and most precious gift I could ever have.

Her love and our children.

Thank you Jen.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Wow, I think this class will be a success

Cool. I have 3 and 1/2 hours to go and I think this class will be a success. Somehow we have managed to stay on topic and on schedule and the students have responded well.

Looks like I worried prematurely about only having two students.

Of course I still have 3 and 1/2 hours to crash and burn. LOL.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006


OK, my back hurts. It's cold outside.

I am looking forward a nice warm fire and a nice cold beer with my wife at my side and our kids playing (arguing) in the house.

Can I get any closer to heaven on earth? I think not.

Weekly Challenge

Last weeks 100 word story was so much fun I am having trouble following up...

I am thinking of a "Facts of Life" Reunion with Ms. Garrison having an embarrassing problem.


If I come back, I want to be a cat

Here is why...

It must be nice. This is our second cat Nancy lounging around on the couch mashing the cushions flat while some of us have to work for a living.

Think how nice it would be to bask in sunbeams during the day and play all night while your owner tries in vain to sleep.

And if anyone makes you mad, you can poop in their shoe.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Another day in the salt mines

OK, so nothing exciting is happening at the moment. If you have come here looking for entertainment and/or snide sarcastic remarks, I hope to accommodate you soon, but for the week I am instructing a class and that pretty well sucks up all my free time.

Teaching is very odd for me, because it's one of those things I don't like (my anxiety kills me even with medication), but I do at least get satisfaction from it when the day is done.

Stand by for sarcasm.

Sunday, November 12, 2006


Well, the Cowboys managed to pull one out and Tennessee dropped one to Arkansas. Strange. I might be living in Bizarro world.

The 100 word story for the weekly challenge is up so if you haven't yet, go check it out at

Any guesses who I want you to vote for? Also many Thanks to Russ Martin who inspired me this week. Russ, you are a genius.

(If the Cowboys keep up, maybe I'll have my own version of "Fake Jerry Jones" read one.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Count to 10

1, 2, 3, 4, 5...

Sorry, got a little frustrated about some of the work issues which pop up around here. Tech support is a stressful job (if you care about what you are doing) and it gets even worse if you stack vague orders and organizational structure on top of it.

It really seems like upper management creates management positions so they can make more paperwork and have more meetings to keep from doing real work.

OK, honest assessment, if you REALLY want things to run smoother and make a profit there is no need to hire more directors, GMs and VPs. Make the ones you have operate in different ways or get rid of them.

Back to being a tech support dweeb.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

News day

OK, so the Democrats now control everything. This means gas prices will drop, my wages will go up, war will disappear, I will lose weight and... something else, just insert your feel good thing wherever you like.

Don Rumsfeld also resigned. I nominate Nardo from Laurence's site.

I think he can do a good job. Ask any lizard.

My cat is a raccoon

OK, so my middle son's cat Nancy trashed the downstairs last night. Going on a feline version of a crank induced frenzy. As my wife observed, she is like living with a raccoon (the cat is like a raccoon, not my wife)

She shredded some aluminum foil that was left out and spread artificial sweetener across the counter tops in what suspiciously resemble lines (no rolled up 100 dollar bills, but then again, she doesn't have a job and I am a phone man).

She topped off the evening by stealing candy from the kids trick or treat bags.

I am very suspicious as she is now begging for attention and laying at my feet as I blog.

Is there a 12 step program for this?

Monday, November 06, 2006

Teaching, molding young minds

OK, so I get to teach next week. Normally this is annoying, but not too terribly. This week I have two students.


The outline for my class is for 4 days of instruction aimed at a class of adults numbering from 4 to 8 (preferably, not inconceivable to have 10 or so). A fifth day is allocated for testing as well as any kind of catch up work left over from the class.

Two makes it a little difficult to fill out the time for the full 4 days. I figure three days max and I'll be dancing on the fourth day trying to fill time. I usually find classes with 4 students are tough to fill out through the full fourth day.

Sigh. Perhaps I should investigate the Food Services Industries.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Day is done, time for beer

OK, so my day is officially over, but I am waiting on my carpool buddy to get off his shift to head home. I have had a fun and exciting day playing with QSIG and studying ECMA Standard 178 (Call Transfer Supplementary Service), specifically Call Transfer by Join and Path Replacement (ANF-PR).

Apparently this box which is connecting to us is complaining because we are using Call Transfer by Rerouting instead of Call Transfer by Join. So I am testing to make sure we know how to kill the Call Transfer by Rerouting.

Never mind their box never invoked either of these, but I'll have my proof come Monday.

(Evil laugh)

Ugh! So much to do.

Ugh! I have so much stuff to do and so little time to do it. Unfortunately everything i need to do is related to my personal life, so I can't do it at work...

I guess I should be doing it now on my break instead of blogging.

Oh well.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

HA! A Benchmark!

You know, it's not every day when you are the number one search result on Google. Of course it's even less of every day when you are the ONLY search result on Google.

My wife is a genius.


Oh, to start my morning off with irony like this.

You have to know where I work to get the joke. Sorry.