Apr 262008

May 16th – 19th : St. Augustine with


June 5th – 9th : Denver with netgoth for Scott and Donna’s wedding.

June 20th – 27th : My sister Karen and her family will be visiting from Missouri.

August 8th – 10th : Convergence 14 in Tampa

August 13th – 17th : Gen Con Indy with Alex and

 . Will get to meet

  and hopefully see John and Random.

August 23rd : See Embedded

August 27th – September 2nd : Dragon*Con in Atlanta with


  and possibly

 . Hooking up with many of the Children ofMidian guild mates.

TBA : A trip to the Magic Kingdom with the family, compliments of my pay from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern

I cannot even express how excited I am about all of this, or about how I’m finally able to afford doing this kind of stuff without putting myself in the poor house.

  and I have both suffered through a lot and worked very hard to get where we are. Hell, she’s been homeless and if it weren’t for Karen I would have lost this house after my divorce. It’s been really rough for a long time, and it’s nice to have finally gotten to a point where things aren’t quite so hard in the financial department. They aren’t perfect – I still don’t have any savings to speak of and pretty much live paycheck to paycheck, but I’m doing that because I’m putting lots of money on to credit cards and paying down certain ones to 0 every time I run them up again.

Progress is being made, and despite the downturn in the economy recently we’re in a pretty good place.

So…Yay. 🙂

Apr 242008

Last night at my weekly weigh in I was just over 248 pounds.  The next ten pound barrier has been broken, and it’s a big psychological one (250 has always been a big benchmark to me, and the last time I crossed it I was supposed to buy myself a leather jacket.  I may have to do that this time).

I noticed in the pictures that my Mother snuck during Rosencrantz and Guildenstern that my face is really starting to look much thinner.  It’s a wee bit unnerving, as I still have a monstrous cranium.  I think I’ve shaken the “round” face that I’d gotten back to, though.

I am down a little over 40 pounds since returning from Goth Cruise.

None of the shorts that I currently own fit properly without a belt.

I can actually do push ups now.  Not a lot of them, but I can do some.

More and more people are commenting on the amount of weight I’ve lost recently when they see me in person.

My legs and forearms are looking pretty good.

All in all, pretty damn happy with the physical bits at the moment.

Now I just gotta quit smoking again.

Apr 232008


Not as easy as you might think. Remember: one word answers.

1. Where is your mobile phone? Desk
2. Your significant other? Napping
3. Your hair? Gone
4. Your mother? Amazing
5. Your father? Dead
6. Your favorite thing? Fall
7. Your dream last night? Kinky
8. Your favorite drink? Coffee
9. Your dream/goal? Security
10. The room you’re in? Office
11. Your ex? Incomprehensible
12. Your fear? Dementia
13. Where do you want to be in 6 years. Comfortable
14. Where were you last night? Home
15. What you’re not? Skinny
16. Muffins? Hot
17. One of your wish list items? Maid
18. Where you grew up? Florida
19. The last thing you did? E-Mail
20. What are you wearing? Shorts
21. Your TV? Expensive
22. Your pets? Annoying
23. Your computer? Frustrating
24. Your life? Peachy
25. Your mood? Happy
26. Missing someone? Occasionally
27. Your car? Necessity
28. Something you’re not wearing? Shoes
29. Favorite Store? Book
30. Your summer? Humid
31. Like someone? Yup
32. Your favorite color? Blue
33. When is the last time you laughed? Today
34. Last time you cried? Friday

Apr 212008

The blockbuster run of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead  MUST CLOSE on April 27th to make way for the State Thespian Festival next week. We have 3 remaining shows: Fri and Sat (4/25-26) at 8pm and Sun at 4pm.

Over half of all of the regularly scheduled performances sold out, and many others were just short of that mark. Local critics and regular theater patrons have been a-twitter about Jobsite’s staging of this contemporary classic of the theater:

“The current Jobsite production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead is the best version of the play I’ve ever seen … every problem the play has is brilliantly solved by director Katrina Stevenson and her four main actors…” – Creative Loafing

“It’s fun, fast-paced and relentlessly clever … Jenkins and Paonessa [have] never been better than they are here under Katrina Stevenson’s direction. Their timing – comic and dramatic – is excellent, and they both find just enough depth in their characters to keep us interested. If their performances weren’t so strong, Paul J. Potenza might steal the show with his manic and crusty turn as the Player, who is likewise elevated from minor status in Hamlet to a central role.” – St. Petersburg Times

“Stoppard’s existential play is filled with more head-spinning rhetoric than a political convention. It needs a steady hand to ground it long enough for audiences to enjoy the frivolity, and Jobsite’s cast and crew did just that … [Jenkins] captured the oblivious innocence of a child playing with matches … [Paonessa’s] sense of powerlessness was palpable … Potenza was outstanding as the Player. He commanded the stage with a dynamic performance.” – Tampa Tribune

This production is already the third highest-attended and top-grossing play in Jobsite’s history, behind only The Pillowman and this season’s landmark season opener Gorey Stories.

Jobsite truly hopes you can send us out with a bang! Since this weekend was recently added, we have ample inventory for all performances. If you need to take advantage of the student, senior or military rush offers on tickets – check back here as the week goes on and we’ll keep you updated if we expect any tickets to remain to those performances as of that half-hour window.

But why not just go ahead and nab your ticket now and be done with it?

(reposted from here)

So far everyone I know who has seen the show has loved it, and this weekend is your final chance to catch it before it is gone forever.  I’ve heard several people say that they didn’t care for the script prior to their viewing of this production and that this was the one that finally made things make sense (including the reviewer for Creative Loafing).  Don’t miss this opportunity to not only see a great show but support live, local theater as well!  

Apr 192008

I’m going to start this post with a quick, one line statement for those of you who may have caught wind of some of the events of the last few days through my various other social networking tools. 

Alex is fine and he is coming home from the hospital today.

For those of you who aren’t in the loop as of yet, that should give you a pretty good indicator of how my week was.

Last weekend I completed moved our intranet at work from an old, seriously outdated server to a shiny new one with updated and/or different versions of all of the major software used to support it.  The machine the intranet was on was a Windows 2000 box with ColdFusion 5, MySQL 3, and Visnetic Website as the web server software.  The new machine is a Windows 2003 box with ColdFusion 8, MySQL 5, and Internet Information Service 6 as the web server software.  The move itself went fairly well (despite the fact that I originally moved the wrong database files over…but I corrected that on Sunday night). 

Monday, however, the shit hit the fan.

As I referenced in my post earlier this week – there simply is no way to test for every eventuality when doing a move of this kind.  I spent the majority of my time working this week correcting errors that simply did not exist on the old server.  On top of that, one of the biggest changes that happened in this changeover involved moving away from using employee Social Security Numbers as a UUID field and going to a generic 10 digit code.  Many employees did not get crossed over properly and I had to go back and run conversion routines two additional times to get everyone in line (and I still have one more block of them I need to straighten out).

So work pretty much sucked.  The only bright spot in the whole week was that I finally found out what my annual increase was.  It was on my paycheck that I received on Friday, along with all the retroactive pay I was due dating back to the first of the year. 

It was a very nice check.
On the homefront, however, it was significantly worse.  Alex got a stomach virus on Monday night, and it kicked his ass.  I have never, ever seen him get this sick.  He didn’t eat for several days and spent most of the time in bed.  So much so that, on Wednesday, I gave in to his tearful begging of me not to check his blood sugar or give him a shot.  This turned out to be a very stupid thing to do.  Wednesday night Krys, Jareth and I came down with the bug and I spent most of the day on Thursday sleeping.  Alex, feeling better that day but seriously dehydrated, got into the gatorade that I had purchased and drank the majority of a 32 ounce bottle.

No insulin + Sickness throwing off his body chemistry + 32 ounces of sugar water = Very bad things for a diabetic.

I went in to check on him at 3:15 on Thursday and he was breathing heavy and seriously incoherent.  He couldn’t move without it hurting and he was barely able to stay conscious.  I checked his blood sugar, and the meter came back as “HI.”  This means over 500.  I gave him a shot with extra insulin and checked his blood sugar again at 3:40.  Still HI.  Gave him another 10 units of insulin and checked it again at 4:30.  Still HI.  Waited until 5:00 and checked again.  Still HI.  Gave him another shot and called his Mother.  At this point panic was starting to set in, as I had to be at the theater by 7 for the evening performance of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern and it was looking like he was going to need to go to the hospital.  I left him in the reluctant care of Krystalle (who, due to not being related to him, cannot authorize medical care in case of an emergency…a situation that I need to have remedied post-haste).  Jody finally got Alex to go to the bathroom and test to see if he had any ketones in his blood, and it came back that there was a moderate level of them.  She called his doctor, and while he was not panicked he did say that Alex needed to go to the hospital.  We were going to wait and do it when I got home that night, but Alex could not even stand up to take a shower on his own.  When I called Jody to tell her that (I was at the theater at this point) she made up her mind to take him then and there and rushed him down to All Children’s Hospital.

Long story short, Alex had entered a state of ketoacidosis.  This is a potentially fatal condition that can happen to diabetics who don’t get insulin.  In Alex’s case it was bad, but not nearly as bad as it could have been.  I got to the hospital around 11:00 and stayed there with him overnight.  Finally went home around 4 yesterday afternoon after his Mother got back and his blood sugars were back to normal levels (he had to be put on an Insulin IV to get his body back in line).  He called me at 8:30 this morning to tell me he was coming home.

Krystalle and I finally feel like we can eat again today, and I got a decent night sleep last night (the first I’ve had since Tuesday).  I ate some soup this morning that Paul gave me last night and am drinking coffee again (the caffeine withdrawal symptoms weren’t helping things either).  All in all, this is has been one of the crappiest weeks I’ve had in a long time.  I’m going to be chewing on the guilt of what happened with Alex for a long time.  I should have insisted that he check his blood sugar on Wednesday and he should have had a shot.  Everything is ok now, but I’m seriously shaken over the situation.  I can tell you this much – he’s going to get seriously annoyed with how anal I’m going to be about this stuff going forward.

So yeah, that was my week.  Sorry if I’ve been out of the loop for the last few days.  If I missed anything important out there let me know.