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Need Your Support – Vote for Me In IdeaWarz

Posted on: May 23, 2007 I Written By

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I know that many of you have helped me in the past by voting for me in Idea Warz. Well, I’ve made it to the finals once again with my idea: Marketing Mob.

I need everyone’s help to win the finals. Here’s a link to vote for the Marketing Mob. My username is techguy on it.

Also, if any of you have blogs or other contacts you know that you can get to vote for my idea I’d really appreciate it. I’ll need all the support I can get to win. I’d also love to hear anyone’s feedback on my idea.

Thanks for your help.

Heading to Italy for a Bit

Posted on: May 21, 2007 I Written By

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Well, as you can see my blog hasn’t gotten much activity lately. I wish I could say that things were going to get better, but the fact is that you probably won’t see many posts from me for the next 2-3 weeks. I’m going to Italy with my wife. I will give you a little look at where we’re headed in Italy.

We’ll be flying into Rome arriving about 10 AM. We’ll spend most the afternoon going around Rome. I think that Trevi Fountains, and the spanish steps are tops on my list of places to see in Rome. I also love going to St. Peter’s and watching the painters.

After touring Rome we’ll hope on a train and head down to my friend’s place in Napoli. She is the sweetest lady. She said she’d have dinner waiting for us and a key to her house so we can just come and go as we please.

The next morning we’ll be touring some of Italy and I definitely have to hit Piazza Garibaldi to get me a suit and some other Sunday clothes for church. I was also told that there will be a baptism Saturday night. This happened last time I went to Napoli (truthfully Pozzuoli). It’s so much fun, because I get a chance to see a bunch of the members all at once. The next morning I’m sure we’ll enjoy church in probably the most beautiful chapel I’ve ever seen. Well, at least the view from the chapel is the best.

Monday we’ve got a nice hotel lined up in the beautiful town of Amalfi. We’ll probably check in to our hotel as early as possible and then head up for a little hike to the waterfalls just above Amalfi where they use to make paper. It’s an incredible hike that feels like you’ve gone into a completely different world. Got to love Valle Dei Mullini.

After spending the night in Amalfi, we’ll be taking an early morning “chicken bus” up to my favorite place in Italia:Sentiero degli Dei (Trail of the Gods). It’s about a 4 and a half hour hike. At the end of the hike there are 1000 steps to reach the beautiful city of Positano below. We’ve got a hotel lined up in Positano which will be a certainly welcome relief.

Napoli – Pompeii and Vesuvius
The next morning we haven’t decided exactly what we’ll do, but we’re considering heading to Pompeii since it’s in the area. However, if we’re too tired we might head back to Napoli and go to Pompeii later. I would love to take the boat from Positano back to Napoli. The boat is a lot of fun and a nice soothing ride.

After spending a couple days with friends in Napoli, we’ll be heading for a romantic weekend in Venice. I can’t say anything about Venice. It’s absolutely the most unique place I’ve ever been. It’s Romantic. It’s incredible and I can’t wait to stroll the streets with my wife. Not to mention a nice gondola ride.

I’ll be meeting a friend of mine in Bologna. We’ll be attending church in Bologna which should be interesting since we’ve never been there. I’d rather go to church somewhere else, but I really want to see my friend Maria Rosaria so we’ll do what we have to do. Sunday after church my friend will pick us up and after eating some of her mother’s fine fine Italian cooking we’ll be heading to Florence.

We haven’t decided how many days we should spend in Florence. We’ll stay at least a day and up to 4 days. I must admit that my wife and I aren’t that into art and so I’m not sure how long we’ll want to stay in Florence. I think we’re probably going to want to head back to Napoli to spend more time with friends.

Well, that’s the general round up of our trip through Italy. Most things are subject to change, but it doesn’t really matter. No matter where we go or what we do we have nothing to worry about, because the best part of Italy is….


Hopefully I’ll be able to at least blog a little from Italy, but if I can’t then we’ll see you after our trip.

Transgressing a Blog

Posted on: May 17, 2007 I Written By

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Life has been so busy. Plus, it’s just going to get worse. That doesn’t mean I don’t love this blog. It just means that maybe I need a break. My work has been absolutely insane, because I’m not going to be around for 2 and a half weeks. That’s never a good thing for a blog or a job. At least not where I’m going.

Oh well, I’m still here and you can know that I’ll be back in full force as soon as things calm down a bit. I have too much to say and as I’m driving around in my car I often dream writing a blog post. I guess I just need to get Gabcast and a cell phone that I can use to post things to my blog. I love gabcast, but I still think they’re missing their killer feature: voice recognition that will translate essentially a podcast into text so that it can be searchable.

Crazy Crazy Gift for Mother’s Day

Posted on: May 11, 2007 I Written By

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Today I was reading through Digg and I found this really crazy gift for Mother’s Day. I don’t think I’ll be sending my mom a flaming bag o poo this Mother’s Day. My mother-in-law would be funny. However, I do like the other packages they have available on the site. I guess they call it a prezzle and have a choice of gift certificates or spa packages for Mother’s Day. Pretty cool since it is sent instantly (yes, I forgot to get something for my Mother this Mother’s Day) and they can’t open it until Mother’s Day.

Boot Camp

Posted on: May 3, 2007 I Written By

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Recently I have been thinking about
Teen Help Boot Camp. What a great idea. I would like to sign my son up. Too bad they don’t have any for three year olds. In recent weeks he has:

-Found a permanent maker. He took that marker and graffiti-ed my carpet. If I don’t solve this issue now he might be one of those kids who miraculously is able to spray paint profanity on the highways exit signs. (How do kids do that without getting caught or killed is beyond me.

-The kitchen was found covered in shreds of paper towel. He is going to be caught littering at some park and will be forced to wear on of those orange jumpsuits picking up everyone else’s litter. This thought actually makes me feel quite happy that it will come back at him ten fold. (at least secretly I hope it does)

-And the worse thing he has done is kick his sister. You may not think it is bad. But his sister is three months old. All she was doing was lying on the floor cooing nicely when I caught him kicking her sides in. Of course she thinks it is funny. I did not. He is going to be one of those guys once again at the park beating up the homeless.

So I need boot camp intervention and I need it now. I haven’t found any for my three year old. But I have found some for when he is a teenager. I am beginning to do my research now because I now that unlike the parents who will be sending their teenagers off to college if my son doesn’t begin to change his behavior I will be sending him off to Boot camp. Can I still have a party to send him off?

There are many things to consider. Do these programs actually work? How much money do they cost? Is there one in my area (or where is the farthest one)?

I am going to to start looking now for the right program for my crazy toddler. But what do I do with him in the mean time?

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Cool Bottle Cooler

Posted on: May 2, 2007 I Written By

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I hate drinking room temperature water. I absolutely have to have my water cold. So much so that I put a whole gallon jug of water in the fridge and then I drink straight from it. The colder the better.

Unfortunately at work I don’t have a way to get really cold water. I get the bottled water which adds a little bit of chill, but it’s not cold. At ThinkGeek I found a beverage cooler that uses a USB connection to your computer. You know I love USB connections on the computer. I just wonder if it will really get cool. Take a look:
USB Beverage Chiller