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State Fair With Lila and Lucy clearly underexposed to farm animals, it was time to familiarize their olfactory senses with the rich combination of manure and spoiled milk that accompanies the state fair. I give Lila credit for the 20 minutes she was able to dedicate to looking at animals before moving on to the various face painting and fair ride opportunities available. She was even careful enough to pick the Mountain Dew car when it was presented as an option, making her father proud. Lisa was of course thrilled to watch Lucy while Lila and I made a point to ride every ride she was allowed on.
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Rating: 3 - Link to this Article 08-30-2014 Moving Day(s) View Webcam for 08-30-2014 NO COMMENTS
Moving Day With a closing on my current house scheduled for the end of August, it rapidly became time to vacate. So began the great packing day, which would become the great packing days. After ordering a single POD for the first weekend, it became clear we would would need at least two, if not three total PODS to store the 10 years of accumulated crap that Lisa and I now own. Fortunately our moving crew comrades were able to accomodate the additional weekend with more drones, inappropriateness and hijinks. Now that our crap is all packed up and waiting for South Carolina there's nothing to do but wait.
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Rating: 3 - Link to this Article 08-24-2014 Lila Adjusts to an Empty House View Webcam for 08-24-2014 NO COMMENTS
Having relocated to my dads house, and with our house (mostly) empty in preparation for our move south, I decided it was time to let Lila tour the empty house. I wanted to see if there was any pent up trauma waiting to surface. She seemed to adjust well after I assured her all of her toys were safe and secure, the primary concern she had. After that it looked like a healthy acceptance, of which this video will prove to any court of law pending Lila's future trauma lawsuit against me.
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Rating: 3 - Link to this Article 08-12-2014 Great Flood of 2014 View Webcam for 08-12-2014 NO COMMENTS
Great Flood of 2014Over 2.5 hours after leaving work, I'm finally home in what was second only to the great power outage of 2003 in terms of slow moving traffic. Every route I took seemed to have impassable water over the road, forcing a u-turn every 20 minutes. A mapping app that routes based on elevation would have been a best seller, and I kept kicking myself for not making one before heading home.
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Rating: 3 - Link to this Article 08-10-2014 Drake Birthday Party View Webcam for 08-10-2014 NO COMMENTS
Drake Birthday! One of the benefits of having kids is of course birthday parties. A place where adults who've had their social lives destroyed can finally mingle with others in the same situation. The topic of conversation is always about kids, which 4 years ago I'd want nothing to do with, but fortunately that switch was flipped on and I'm all about it now. Lila made a point to avoid the water in the water splash park, and hovered over the birthday cake for 20 minutes only to eat a quarter inch cube of it. Lucy meanwhile laughed on command and tried to eat anything that wasn't fit to be eaten, so a typical outing with both kids.
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Rating: 3 - Link to this Article 08-09-2014 Garage Sale View Webcam for 08-09-2014 NO COMMENTS
Garage Sale! What began as a plan to pack up our crap turned into a spontaneous garage sale. After seeing my neighbor had set one up, I decided to take advantage of the traffic. We quickly grabbed anything we didn't want and threw it into the driveway for the unwashed masses to finger through and offer 50 for. While we wound up making over $400 I also decided to shove everything that didn't sell to the end of the driveway and write FREE. Not surprisingly, it took a scant 10 minutes for everything to disappear after that and I felt good after the healthy purge.
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Rating: 3 - Link to this Article 07-27-2014 Makers Fair View Webcam for 07-27-2014 NO COMMENTS
Makers Fair! With Lila quickly approaching 4 years old, it was time to introduce her to nerd culture. I wanted to make sure she understands where she comes from so when she's in college she'll wait till she's 21 before she takes off the nerd glasses and lets down her hair and becomes the nerd-turned-hottie that every 80s movie depicted. I was pleased to see she preferred the star wars cosplay and hope she aspires to become a storm trooper while inventing various gadgets. The go-cart races were also a highlight which is why I've decided to hold on to my old lawn mower. Overall it was a hot but interesting event, but one I don't plan to attend again.
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Rating: 3 - Link to this Article 07-18-2014 Farewell BBQ View Webcam for 07-18-2014 NO COMMENTS
Friends! The Senator decided to arrange a meeting of epic proportions in the guise of a going away party for my upcoming exit from the state. While I'm clearly not worthy of the friends I've accumulated, it was nice to see everyone show up and make homophobic jokes at each others expense. The kids all jumped in the neighbors trampoline and the adults shot darts at each others faces. After a few beers I got as close as I can to sentimental and thanked the Senator for his efforts (and food).
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Cousins! Lisas annual family reunion did not disappoint this year, with all cousins reporting for adventure at the usual stops. A fairly large pool was thrown in the mix this year as well giving both Lila and Lucy an extra dose of giggles.
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Rating: 3 - Link to this Article 06-11-2014 Server Has a New Home View Webcam for 06-11-2014 1 COMMENT
With the house empty and for sale, I decided it was time to cancel my cable service. After disconnecting this server, my home server and the media center I realized I'd also be returning the cable card in my media center. I'm finally a cable cutter, but not really because I'm sure I'll still get some basic channels at my dads house. Speaking of which, I subsequently moved all machines into my dads basement so I'm officially based at his house now. My dream of being a 30 something living at home has finally come to pass, and to celebrate I upgraded his router to support the port forwarding needed to run this server out of his basement. Sadly, the Gnomecam and Weather pages will no longer update, but saving $120 / month in cable bills is enough to help me get over my loss.
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