Saturday, December 15, 2007

Colorado Day One

Drove to CO today. Long day driving. Stopped at a few places to pick up Christmas gifts. The mountains on the way to Price, UT were just being plowed. I-70 West of Green River, UT was windy and I couldn't get my speed up. Grand Junction it started getting better, but I was about 90 minutes behind by then.

On the way out of Grand Junction I saw this in my rearview:

So I stopped to take a quick pic.

East of Eagle it started snowing and cars went off the road in front of me, and on Vail Pass one lane was closed for a car spun-out against the retaining wall.

Finally got to the condo at 6:50, unloaded the car, checked to see that my new boots fit my skis (perfectly) and then got changed and drove over to Keystone. I got on the Gondola at 8:00 and rode up with a scientist from Quebec who lived in California and now Missouri doing research. He agreed about the ice and driving in Missouri (his assistants live as far away as Lawrence KS and driving in the ice is awful for them). I talked about Wisconsin and Missouri and while I don't miss WI he misses QB.

I managed to do some nice turns before I got tired, and at only 4f had to pull my balaclava face up and tuck it under my goggles to keep from freezing my nose. So hopefully new boots is all I need for this year!

Drove back to the condo and unloaded the car some more, changed, had some hot chocolate and headed out to Tesoro and City Market for gas and groceries. Got a bunch of chips and crap for when Tif n' Ty come out (well, I was hungry as well and it made a good excuse) though I did make sure it was mostly healthy crap...

Have RSNx in the background - had First Ascents and Dosage II again, but who can get tired of Didier and Dean?

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Holy Crapamoli what a freaking fun day

The work on the new server for LYB has been an epic, to say the least. After two months of "trying to do it right", early this morning, while tossing and turning in bed, I came up with the brainstorm of "just copy it over the way it is and make it live, worry about the rest later". So when I got to work I started syncing it and fixing up the messed-up folders.

At the same time, Dave3 was running a script that wasn't doing what it was supposed to and it stalled. I was logged in and decided to check to see what it was that was running nuts. But it stalled on me. Kyle came down and complained that he couldn't get anything to happen either. Road trip time.

While Kyle and Dave3 ran up to the datacenter I was going to get the new server up and set the IP to the old server's, and hopefully we wouldn't cross paths and trash the router. But error messages all over told me I wasn't ready. Fortunately (lol) they couldn't get the old server started - failed on reboot fsck. That means the hard drive is thrashing. Usually fatal. They brought it back.

Of course, we picked on Dave3 about his script destroying the server. Fun fun. So while I hacked away at numerous stupid errors (we really had no clue what we were doing using such crappy code and thinking we were so clever) caused by the new O/S not appreciating the laxity with which we treated our programming practices, Dave3 tried to recover some data while Kyle hacked away at his list of errors.

For tomorrow we'll be spending about 8 hours each plugging holes, but at least it's mostly up. Too bad about not being able to spend money on this at the appropriate time. Anyway -- late night, ate too much when I got home to make up for not eating for about 8 hours straight, dehydrated - same excuse, and no workout today.

Too much fun for one person for one day.

til tomorrow and more adventure....

Monday, December 10, 2007

Goals Update

Anyone remember from a couple months ago I made up a really good list of goals and step-by-step plans for attaining them? I used to make fun of people who did that, and finally decided to join their exclusive little club. Well, the deadline for the achievement of this batch of goals was Dec. 8. Two days ago. With the two days slack how did I do?

· Lose 10 lb. = gain 7 lb.
· Do cardio every day = do cardio twice a week.
· Rehab wrist every day = rehab wrist every other day.
· Climb 5 5.6 routes in Rock Canyon = climb 2 5.6 routes on the Draper Red Rock.
· Climb all the 5.6-5.8 routes at the gym = climb one 5.6 route at the gym.
· Hike once a week = um, uh, hiked three times up Rock Canyon.
· Eat cleaner = eat about the same (so at least not worse).

That pretty much sums it up - I think I had a few others but my notebook is in my work bag and I don't feel like digging it out for more gory details.

Been really struggling with my wrist and fingers. Sucks. I've just started (do we ever remember pain?) to redo my working out today - did double cardio (felt great) and did some really light weights for my legs - trying to rebuild tendon and joint strength since that seems to be my weakness right now. But I had triple servings of the spetzle DW made tonight - drat!

If I do that for a year or two I should get my strength back to what it was a few years ago and start climbing again. That'll feel nice. I hope.