Congratulations Amy & Erik

Late last night, Cam sent me a mysterious message over iChat telling me it was my duty to call Amy. Now, I should explain here that my track-record phoning Amy… well… let’s just say it could be improved. So I asked Cam what the call would be about. He wouldn’t say!
So I called Amy today at lunch. Left a voicemail. Called Cam. He still wouldn’t tell me. But he broke down carpooling back from lunch, and told me Amy was in the hospital yesterday… and after a few moments added “it’s good news”.
So tonight, when I called Amy back, she didn’t know if I knew yet (the message I left was suitably vague) and tried to sneak it into the conversation to see my reaction. Five minutes into the call, during a bit on Hurricane Jeanne, she said: “You know, for some pregnant women, the pressure change after a hurricane passes can cause them to have their baby (which I did yesterday by the way)”. Haha!! Amy, you bum.
Tonight I got to see Madelyn for the first time. Day and a half old. Sooooo cute. Brown eyes. Blue belly button.
I just want to say wow! I had no idea my hands had grown so much since I was little. Maddy already has tiny little fingernails and a head of hair. Neato. And even though she was three weeks early, she’s right on track developmentally. No complications, what a relief. Amy’s in good health and spirits too.
You should have seen Erik. The way he was holding Madelyn, rocking her back and forth in his arms… trying to change her diapers… you just know he’s going to make a good Dad. Amy actually had to put in a request so she could hold Maddy and be in a few pics with her too 🙂
Once again congratulations Amy and Erik!! Now only one question remains: how long ’til she throws a disc?

Jeanne: The Aftermath

Hurricane Jeanne was, at times exciting, at times terrifying. Living where we do, Cam, Melissa and I only caught the edge of it, and the winds only got up to about 45 mph sustained, with 60 mph gusts. Still, it was nothing to sneeze at… unless you’re the type to notice an increased pollen count. Jeanne was the biggest storm to come through Sarasota in recent collective memory. Click on the pool to view the damage in and around our apartment complex. Cam’s also got some good pictures and a writeup posted.
Also: I took a short video clip from my balcony, around noon yesterday. It’s about 14mb, and shows the storm, doing, well… stormy things. Wind gusting, rain pelting, trees bending, etc. 🙂

Jeanne update

Well, just got back from the NHL2005 party at Jeff’s — it was a ton of fun. Got my butt whooped, but it was still fun.. because technically speaking, getting beaten 4-0 by Jeff represented an improvement (don’t ask). Cam says he’s going to show me all the secrets tomorrow. Watch out Jeff!!
Anyhow, the lights were starting to get shaky on the way home from Jeff’s, and you could see the clouds moving in the counter-clockwise direction that’s characteristic of hurricane winds. I’m almost kind of surprised that the power didn’t go out at all while I was out (the microwave still has the right time). I expect it probably will soon. Jeanne has the potential to be the strongest hurricane this area has seen yet.
Here’s a couple more tracker pics. The first one is from 11am this morning, the second at 11pm this evening (2.5 hrs ago):

Jeanne, 11am Sat morning. Source: NOAA

Jeanne, 11pm Sat evening. Source: NOAA
Guess it’s time to clear out the valuables from the livingroom again. And put away the computer too. If I’m reading those tracks correctly I’ll be fully involved around 8am EST Sunday. Certainly one way to wake up.
By the way, if I don’t answer the phone tomorrow, don’t freak — I might be over at Cam and Melissa’s (family members will be getting an email with their number shortly).

Hurricane Jeanne; Computer fixed; Ulti Championship Pics; Dodsworth; Jacoby Colliseum

Remember how I said it looked like I was in the clear as far as hurricanes went? Well Hurricane Jeanne had another idea.
Here’s are two tracks of Jeanne, separated by 24 hrs:

Jeanne’s estimated path as of Friday, 5am EST. Source: NOAA

Jeanne’s estimated path as of Saturday, 5am EST. Source: NOAA
As you can see, today’s estimate places Jeanne’s predicted path further inland on the Florida peninsula. Fingers crossed that trend doesn’t continue.
I’ll keep you posted on what local conditions are like (you can stay up-to-date on the storm’s location by visiting the US National Hurricane Center and looking at the tracking chart for Jeanne); current estimates say I should expect tropical storm-force winds by Sunday afternoon. Right now it’s overcast and windy, no rain in sight.
In other news, my video problems are solved, thanks to this ‘lil puppy:

Turns out my GeForce2 MX had died after all. All I can say is “wow” — it’s amazing how much my day-to-day operations have sped up. Exposé is soo much faster. Thanks in large part go to Quartz Extreme, which offloads processor intensive graphics activities to the process on my video card.
On Thursday night my Ultimate team, UPS, beat the Wombats to advance the finals, where we got trounced by the Hungry Hungry Humans 8-13. It was great time though, a hard-fought and well-spirited game. Cam‘s cleats blew out:

Click the duct tape for more pics!
My new reading material arrived from the Venice library Wednesday. This should be interesting.. I haven’t read a novel in a while. 🙂

Tonight, it’s over to the Jacoby Colliseum for a big-ol NHL 2005 tournament. Got some practice in last night over at Cam’s with Darren. I’ve got passing down pat. Now all I have to do is figure out how to get a puck past the goalie 🙂
Hope you’re all having a great weekend — it’s been fun here so far.

On givin’ ‘er; Ownership Society; Dodsworth

Well, I’m still sore from last Thursday’s Ultimate Frisbee game. We had only eight players from the team show. Since there’s seven from each team on the field at any point in time during gameplay, it meant we were ALL running a lot.
For reference, 14-16 players is optimal. That’s how many Airborne — our competition — had. We took an early 5-2 lead because of smart throws and team cohesion, but our lack of players would get the better of us and they’d come back to take half 8-6. Shortly after starting the second half, Kay would leave because of a family emergency, so it came down to just us: Jennifer, Alec, Darren, Cam, Capt. Tom, George, and me. Having no substitute players meant we were all exhausted, and Airborne would take off on us. But it wasn’t to be “all she wrote” — Darren made a gigantic, over-the-shoulder, running-full-speed-ahead catch, and I think it kind of lit a fire under our butts. We’d battle back from a 9-12 deficit to win the game in overtime, 17-15. Boy did that feel incredible. Incredibly tiring! I’m not sure where, but in the last 10-15 minutes of the 2.5 hr game, Cam pulled out the reserve-fuel supplies and made several key cuts to get us back in it. Big kudos to him. Big kudos to all who came out. It was nothing short of amazing.
We are entering a busy period at work again. Friday night, stayed late, and was in again on Saturday daytime. Didn’t work Sunday though. Thank god for religious holidays 😀

Did something Saturday that I haven’t done in ages — bought the paper — and this time, determined to get my fifty-cents-worth, read the whole thing. Took four hours. I’ve discovered you can destroy apathy with information. I learned that Bush is promoting a privatized health-care plan — whereby a certain percentage of your paycheck could be put aside, tax-free, for health purposes, and could follow from one generation to another — but he doesn’t actually have a detailed plan on how it would be implemented. That because, by some estimates, implementing the record-keeping system alone would cost more than the social security crisis it supposedly solves, and would be paid for by cutting essential care currently covered by Medicare. According to the Bush Administration, the budget hasn’t been announced because “the current term has been dominated by war and terrorism issues… …the timing isn’t right.” Uh, excuse me? What time could possibly be better than right now, before the upcoming election?
Well that got me all fired up, now I can’t recall what else I was going to say. Here, have a photo.

Oh perfect, that reminds me. When was the last time you picked up a good book? Moving a book doesn’t count. Perhaps I should clarify — when was the last time you picked up a book, opened it, and read? If the answer is, “It’s been a while” — which is certainly the case here — go check out the current Extrametrical homework assignment. My goal is to finish it in under a month (yes, yes, I know, I set the bar high) 😀 Should be a good adventure; there’s a few of us going already. It’d be great to have you along too.