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September 21, 2005

Hurricane Rita

Rita is now a category 5 hurricane with sustained winds of 165mph. The barometric pressure is 904 mb, just 2 mb less than Katrinia. This makes Rita the fifth most intense hurricane on record in the Atlantic basin. I used to live in Corpus Christi, Texas, which is threatened by Rita. I was in Corpus Christi in 1961 when we had to be evacuated for Hurricaned Carla. I read in the news this afternoon that my old neighborhood, Flour Bluff, was under a mandatory evacuation. I just pray that Rita will not be the disaster that Katrinia was. See the latest NOAA satellite photo of Rita below.

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Winter Vacation

Had I mentioned earlier in my blog that Teresa and I will be vacationing in Italy this December? If not, here are the latest details. We will leave for Rome the 18th of December, arriving in the morning on the 19th. (Long flight plus add 5 hours for time zone) We plan on staying three nights in Rome and do all the usual sightseeing stuff. Then we will take a train from Rome to Florence where we will spend two nights. I think I am more excited about the train ride and Florence than I am about Rome. Finally we will take the train back to Rome where we will spend one more night before flying home on Christmas day. We are both really excited about the trip. I have already booked the hotels for Rome and Florence. In Florence we will be staying in a 15th century convent that is still run by nuns. It is very quaint and beautiful, in addition to being inexpensive and centrally located. Much more on our plans in future postings. Check the link for the website of the convent we will be staying in in Florence.

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September 20, 2005

Storm Report

Just got in from being on the front porch watching a big thunderstorm pass through our area. Kirk, Shakespeare, and I were really enjoying Mother Nature's show. But I am sure it is nothing compared to what the Florida Keys are going through with Hurricane Rita. I watched some footage on CNN of the flooding in Islamorada. It looked like the ocean had gone completely across the island. Highway 1 was covered in water, seaweed, and debris. Teresa and I had vacationed there two summers ago so I can imagine what it must be like there now. The photo is one I captured from Wavy.com of the storm on the Doppler radar.

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September 19, 2005

Upgrade of Blog Software

I have just finished upgrading my MovableType publishing software from V 3.17 to the supposedly new and improved version 3.2. The upgrade went smoothly so I am posting this entry to see how it works. I will be TDY from Ft. Monroe for the next three days. I will be attending a COR school at Ft. Eustis. For anyone who is interested, the COR school is for contracting officers who manage contracts for the Army. Seems I fall into that category now along with all my other new duties. Today I had to utilize the DoD secure network (SIPRNet) to access AKO-S, the secure version of AKO. So I am staying busy at work and at home. Well lets see if this posts OK on my new blog.

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September 16, 2005

Weekend is Here

Another week finished. It is Friday evening and I have just finished watching an Outer Limits that on my TiVO. Hurricane Ophelia has come and gone with not a drop of rain and very little wind. Much ado about nothing.. I finally had to go back to the Doctor for my cough. It had been getting worse and worse. Seems I still have a touch of Bronchitis and my usual allergies. So I am on another antibiotic and some more Flonaze for my allergies. It seems to be helping quite a bit. I may be able to get some sleep finally. This weekend I will be moving my operations from the upstairs apartment to a downstairs bedroom. We are taking in a boarder and she will be staying upstairs in my former digs. She is a friend of Dana's and is not wanted by her Dad anymore so she will be staying with us for a while. I hope it works out OK for all of us.

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September 5, 2005

What a weekend

Well, it has been quite a Memorial day weekend. Saturday I felt well enough to go to the nature walk at Hoffler Creek. The weather was pleasant and we saw a lot of birds. Unfortunately, I came away with a million chiggers on me. So now I am scratching away the remainder of the holiday weekend. We ate out last night at a new restaurant in Chesapeake. It is close to us and is called Spahgetti Eddie's. The food was very good and reasonably priced. One of Dana's friends works there as a waitress. We also ran across Heather and her family as they were leaving. Today I worked in the yard for a while and am now scratching myself as I update my web sites. Teresa is out shopping and I am waiting for her to return so I can go for a walk with Shakespeare. I have also been looking at how to get around while in Rome and Florence. The options range from an expensive private car all day tour of Rome to renting a scooter and risking life and limb to see the city. I kind of like the scooter idea as it is inexpensive and sounds like fun but I don't know if I can talk Teresa into that. The other options are train, bus, trolley, or the underground. Still cogitating on it..

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September 1, 2005

First day of September

Well, it seems like summer is slowly fading away. It is still hot outside (86 degrees) but the humidity is decreasing. I finally went to the doctor today after fighting this cold for 4 days. Seems I have a sinus infection AND bronchitis. So I am on antibiotics and decongestants. So I guess I will watch tv and read the rest of the day. I hope to be feeling much better by the weekend. I have a lot of shopping to do and there is a migratory bird nature walk on Saturday that Teresa, Kirk and I will be going to. So I am looking forward to feeling my old crappy self soon.

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