Happy Holidays

November 29, 2006

Turkey Day went well here in Tulsa.  My relatives from Texas came up to meet my Sister and Borhter-in-law from NM and my parents from IA at my Uncles house just south of Tulsa.  FOr the last few years it has been a regular event and good times are had by all.  I ate way too much food every day including a feeding frenzy at a sea food place to change things up.  Argh, I still feel lathargic from the intake.

On the job front: still nothing to report.  The whole staying at home all day thing was kinda fun for a week or so, but its getting really boring now. I need a job on so many levels ($, future, routine, something to do, contacts). When I left my former employer, there were 6 people that still worked there.  Yesterday I got a call from one with an update on the gossip; now there are 4.  One of the people that quit had been there for 14 years and tendered her two weeks.  She walked out the door without so much as a card for all her years working there, that’s kinda harsh.  I’m guessing by the end of the year it will be down to 3 (which includes the owner and his wife).  Glad to see it wasnt just me.

On a colder note, winter has finally landed in Oklahoma.  It has been in the 60′s and 70′s up to this point, including when I took the boy to school at 8am today (68F).  However, at about 11 a front moved in and brought freezing rain and a drop to 40F.  By night fall we are supposed to be freezing and a winter weather adivsory is in effect.  So Im sitting here having the ‘I should have done that when it was warmer’ moment (put lights up, finish painting the dog house, clean garage). Oh well, I suppose I will never learn – it ’tis the season.

It is also the season for Kelli to work retarded hours.  She has worked three back-to-back-to-back 12+ hour over nighters ending this AM.  So as I putz aorund the house all day she sleeps, then she gets up and heads to work.  It sucks, but I guess someone has to make the money around here.  She still likes her job, but the odd hours are really started to wear down on her (which is another good reason for me ot get a job, so she can take a teaching job).

Well, I heard the microwave go DING!  Which means (I feel the need to interject, the damn dogs come and try to get attention by licking my hands as I type.  Have you ever tried to type while having your hands licked by a 70lb dog?  Not easy.), which means $2 frozen meal is ready to go.  Tonight Kelli and I are heading to the neighborhood pub for a drink if we can get someone to watch the boy, so I’ll post more and maybe some pics some othertime.

- Jesse

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More pictures for you

November 20, 2006

Alrighty then… I posted some more pictures for all of your viewing pleasure.

First – HAPPY 99TH BIRTHDAY OKLAHOMA! November 16th, 2007 marks the Oklahoma Centennial, 100 years as a state. Tulsa kicked off the year long celebration with a downtown fireworks and lazer light show using the sky scrappers as projection screens, lazer screens, and fireworks platforms. Pretty dang cool, see for yourself in my pictures.

Downrtown Tulsa Fireworks

I posted a couple videos too, but You Tube has many more videos than I.
While I havent caught up all the way yet, I’m getting close. So here we go:

Sue, Louie, Kaldun, Beth and I go to the Kansas City Zoo

Tulsa’s new Linnaeus Teaching Gardens

and the Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium

On the slate soon are Kalduns 7th Birthday, the State Fair, Oktoberfest, and HollowZooWeen. Almost caught up I am! There are some random pictures in between I may or may not end up posting. Perhaps I will start a respository for ‘other’ pictures and just dump them in, or not. Blah.

Happy Turkey Day.

- Jesse

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Résumé

November 20, 2006

To view my most recent Resume in HTML, please click here.

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Weblogs.us

November 20, 2006

The host that I use for this blog and the picture gallery have been getting hit HARD by spam bots. So hard in fact, that the site has been down on and off for a little more than a week now. JD, a good friend and the man that runs the blog, has returned to Tulsa to do some physical upgrades to the servers and see if he cannot fix the problem on a definitive basis. To aid him in this, I have installed Spam Karma 2 on this blog, so if there is any issue in posting a comment, please let me know.

This short quip is just a post ot make sure everything is back up and running, and to let everyone know that this blog isnt dead. I hope to get more pictures up TODAY along with a couple nice posts (backlog). So check back.

Quote of the year:

Kaldun and I got home from a little hike and as he stands on a chair and gives me a squeeze I say:

Jesse – “Whoa boy, you’re getting pretty big! Do you think you will ever be as big as I am?”

Kaldun – “Probably not. But you’re old, you’ll die way before I will.”

Touché.

- Jesse

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More Pictures.

November 11, 2006

And you doubted me?

Behold, Family Pictures from 2006 and 2004. My friend JD took the pictures in 2004 and I took them with the help of time delay, a tri-pod, and a setting that takes 6 pictures per go. Man, between the boy and the dogs it wasnt pretty, but it’s done.

Also, good news ont he job front. A major oil company in town has contacted me and we are set to meet next week. The position is as a stff attorney to the VP and Genreal Counsels office so I would be able to get in the loop on a little of everything. Absolutely perfect for what I want to do and the best possible start to a career in Tulsa that I can imagine. I’m trying dang hard not to get my hopes up, since there is still a long way to go before actual job landing. But good news none-the-less.

A few short points:

- Fall has come to Tulsa. Thursday it was 85 F and right now its 45. The leaves are amazing though, must have been perfect for them to slowly drain away the green.

- The Tulsa run was today, Kaldun and I were downtown near the finish line for scouts thing (Tulsa Council Oak), so the family might take the dogs adn head back down there for the bands, tents, and kid activitis. Sounds like a couple hours of fun anyway.

- Mark is out of town so the Tulsa Fets are house sitting. But no swimming :(

- Boat! Kevin found the part for our baot (long story) and today we are going to try and pop it in and get fishing. This coould be good. The short of it: We each went in to buy a small boat that is the size of a 16 foot john boat but configure with live well, steering well, decking and seats to be like a bass boat. It ran great and fished well. Until the electronics on the engine crapped out. It took over a month of searching to find the the part after spending a month having people guess at what was wrong (for $75 an hour). Dont buy a boat.

- Happy armistice/veterans day.

Anyway, enjoy the pictures.

- Jesse

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The “Gentle Leader”

November 9, 2006

Ok, I’ve never done this before, but its deserving so I will. I’m actually writing this post just ot mention how amazed I am at the “Gentle Leader.” Its a product designed to help walk a dog without them tugging and yankin’ on the damn thing, but it doesnt choke, pinch, or stab them i nthe throat.  Which is nice.

Dog 1 (Bacchus, seen on the left) was easy enough to train.  I’m not sure if he was just that good of a dog, if we had more time, or if we got him young enough that it was easy… but it was.  Dog 2 (Igasa, on the right, who has increased to about 65lbs) is getting ALOT better at the normal commands, but walking on a  leash is still more work than I care to perform.  I nearly have to break her neck to keep her from lunging ahead.  The entire time Im walking I feel like Im walking downhill, having to slow myself, because she yanks the ENTIRE TIME. Dang dog.

So today Kelli and I took the dogheads for a walk and decided to go to the pet store and put an end to the yanking.  I was considering getting a  more brutal chain of some kind, but didnt really like the idea.  Then there was the gentle leader thingy.  It essentially goes over their muzzle and around the back of their neck.  They still have full use of their mouth and can turn their heads, eat, bark, or whatever… but if there is any tension on the leash it makes them turn their head like a horse. This leads to them not wanting to keep it up and figuring it out FAST that tugging gets them nowhere.

She hated the thing when I first put it on.  I dont think its uncomfortable, just odd.  Like putting sun glasses or a hat on a baby , they just dont like it.  But she got used to it within 4 or 5 blocks and didnt seem to mind that much.  She still pawed at her face every now and then when she lunged and got turned sideways, but otherwise she was fine.  By the way, the pawing at the face while walking is damn funny, I wish I had video of that.

So props to the gentle leader people.  It cost $20 or so and I think it could have been simplified (ie. a piece of rope that attached to the existing colar), but it was still well worth the 25 to stop the yanking without killing my dog. Plus, with 2 dog when one starts acting up the other has to try real hard to not join in.  So we kinda got a two-for.

As always, I’m working on the pictures.  I’m also considering doing some brief write-ups on movies and books I read.  They wont be the latest greatest since I rarely get a book when it first comes out and even less often go to the theatre.  I have the ‘what should I rent/read’ moments and maybe I could help you out with that.  Or not.  Bah.

- Jesse

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Pictures!

November 5, 2006

Behold, I posted pictures:

Kaldun takes lots of pictures on a digital camera I gave him, here they are.

Also, aobut 9 months ago Kaldun had a little ceremony graduating from Kindergarten. It includes a video of them singing OKLAHOMA! Click to download the 6mg AVI (DIVX) file.

I am also still working behind the scenes to label and caption all of the photos so I can put more up in the near future. So, for now, enjoy. Oh yeah, and if you want to comment on a picture, its best to post it here; sinc ei usually dont look for comments in the photo section.

- Jesse

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Pictures, soon.

November 3, 2006

I am taking a small break from naming and labeling pictures to inform you all that I am naming and labeling pictures.  I keep a very organized set ot pictures with folders, dates, captions, and labels so I can search all my photos for whatever I desire. Since I havent done ‘real’ pictures since 1999, this is mandatory instead of having a scrap book or photo album under the coffee table. The only drawback of this takes TIME.  So I am up to August 21st, Kaldun’s first day of 1st grade.

Which means I only have 436 more to go before I get to the 300 family pictures.  The family pictures are a whole ‘nother story, I will post SOMETHING before I bother going over those.

I havent decided what pictures I will post for sure, so if there is eomthing you want to see for sure let me know in a comment or email me.   Kaldusn 7th bday, KC Zoo, Tulsa State Fair, Oktoberfest, Holloween, etc.

Back to the salt mines.
- Jesse

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