Friday, February 28, 2014

A stitch in time

. . .'smells like the color nine.'


Want to learn the February Jig?  Skip, Leap and Repeat!  This is a short month.  Last year it was filled with things to do.  This year, it wasn't per say.  February is a unique month because it is the only month to have leap, skip and repeat days. February 2 is repeat day. February 29 when in season is leap day. Finally, February 14 is SKIP day!

February 2 was popularized by the movie "Groundhog's Day," starring Andie McDowell and Bill Murray.  However, in the World of Information Technology, at least to me, it's known as Reboot Day.  So, be sure to reboot your computers wherever you be!

February 29, when it's in season, is obviously leap day.

February 14 has been SKIP day for me for many a year.  It's one day I could just deal without; however, I have written a poem about my journey to meeting my soulmate, wherever she may be.  I wrote it one year.  It's also the "Feast of First Fruits" on the calendar I use in my own writings!  It's the first day of spring.

This winter has really been very brutal in so many ways.  I don't know what's wrong with me but, for this whole month, I've been dealing with extreme sadness.  I don't know what's causing it.  Since the stroke of midnight of New Year's, I've just been plagued with tears.  I don't know why I can't shake it off.  It's been tough trying to make do wherever I've been this month; I've gone recluse this month and just have not felt like talking to anyone; friends or family.  This year has not started off the way I wanted it.  I have to find a way to get this going for me again.  This has not been my year so far in many ways mentally and emotionally.  That also goes for my health too!  Already, I've had two migraine headaches.  I don't get them often, and I have this sense of ill bode every night I've gone to bed this past month.  I don't know why or what it is, but many nights, I've gone to bed in tears this month.

I only can hope that this year gets better.  I must look forward to new things in my life here in Chicago this year.  I have to keep pressing onward.  One of the things weighing me down I think is the thought of moving, and breaking a comfort zone.  I've already collected two year's worth of fine memories here in Chicago and it will be hard moving into the city finally.  I don't expect things to go right immediately; it's going to take time!  I've never done something like this before -- moving into a populated city.  The mere thought of it is pressing and a heavy one.  I know I have new friends here, but in so many ways, I feel like I'm alone in my battle; alone in my journey of life.  Again, this month has not been an easy one so far emotionally.  I'm still keeping with my New Year's Resolutions, and I just hope I can shake off this sadness.  It's reminded me about one of the stories I wrote with an elfin King plagued by tears.  In my writings, shedding tears is forbidden, because it is considered an evil and relinquishing tears is like stripping your soul.  

Here is a Litany of Tears from the "Account of Lankinya" in the Book of the Morning:

"Tears of evil fall, tears of glory rise, tears of joy give hope and tears of pain provoke fear. The sea opens in two places, and there, tears fall in the blue water that was formed by the scepter. Two seas there are my dear, and one opening for you, Lankìnya of Vaaluir. What becomes of your destiny is entirely yours, beloved. Would you be forgiven of your debt with the birth of your son? Would you yet be forgiven by the bounty of your tears? Would your soul find comfort in the flames of Croàta or in the clouds of Vaaluir? Or, would your soul find content in the ever-winding path into the Horizon? Tears of lust covet another, tears of agony provoke death; however, tears of laughter are good medicine and tears of mercy give forgiveness."


I've reached out to 8at8 finally, and signed up with them this month.  Basically, 8at8 is a social gathering where 4 guys sit at dinner with 4 women at 8pm.  There are many branches of this venue in the country and there is a venue here in Chicago.  The venue started in Atlanta GA and it's been around for 20 years I learned.  I worked with Arion, the Chief Matchmaker over the phone and she took down my personality profile and sent me some reading material about the events and how to attract a woman.  I admitted to her that I've gone on a few dates, and had very few girlfriends in life.  I DON'T KNOW HOW TO DATE, I told her.  She understood but said that you shouldn't sell yourself short.  So, after she got to know me, she gave me my login and times to the dinners.  The way it works is that 40 people (even divided between men/women) go to dinner.  In this case, our dinners are picked at the finest restaurants in Chicago.  First, you meetup early and have a cocktail or two where you meet the whole lot.  After being divided according to interests and personality, you have dinner with 3 other guys and 4 women.  It sounds like it would be fun to try, but I will have to hold off until after I move, because it's costly and I'm watching what I'm spending the next couple months.  Valentine's Day this year was spent by myself again.

Friday February 14, 2014 · 8:20 PM
“Happy Independent's Day. Check for one.”

What I Like To Do

I am a technically-minded person, so I love working with technology. Though I like working with technology, spending time reading a good book or watching a movie is always relaxing. I find that even writing a short story or having friends over to play board games or cards is always fun. Even a good hike, especially in the fall, is always a great seasonal activity of mine. I love to workout at home, whether it´s using weights, gym equipment, riding a bike, going for a jog or just a simple walk. I have been actively dieting and exercising the last couple of years, so cutting back and restricting certain foods is very important to me.

Who I Am

I have been told that I´m a spatial thinker, an empathetic person as opposed to a sympathetic person. I often sense feelings in other people. I do not stand out in a crowd and I often shy away from them. I am shy at first but warm up to people often quickly. I have always been selective of my friends, which has not made me very popular.  I have a witty sense of humor and I am an easy-going person who is not quick to judge. As friendly as I am, I still value honesty, modesty, mercy, and humility and those same qualitites in others.  I´m very perceptive of people and I´m not always immediate to trust on a whim. I have often been a good listener for friends having problems.

What I'm looking for

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Yes, I believe that is very true. I do believe physical attraction towards a person is very important, but it doesn´t end there. I believe that, as I mentioned earlier, honesty, modesty, mercy and humility are important in not only myself, but also my mate. I am a firm believer in traditional values and fundamental values. In a fast-moving world, these values are disappearing rapidly, but I take a stand on them. I would like to meet a woman who has similar interests and similar values, but above all exhibits kindness!

If look back over a year, and see that I can change, then I need to remember that as I go through another year, I can do this.  I can be brave.  I can be courageous.  I am an overcomer.  Jesus conquered sin and death and rose from the grave.  Just as I hope that for many of my friends this year, I need to hold onto that too.

Skip, Leap, Repeat...

John 16:33

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. KJV.

Just because...

Mandisa - Overcomer

Everybody's been down
Hit the bottom, hit the ground
Oh, you're not alone
Just take a breath, don't forget
Hang on to His promises
He wants You to know

The same Man, the Great I am
The one who overcame death
Is living inside of You
So just hold tight, fix your eyes
On the one who holds your life
There's nothing He can't do
He's telling You...


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Крокодилье время.
Даже если крокодил съел вас у вас есть два выхода.

The 649th Day: ♪ LIKE A GOOD NEIGHBOR...

State Farm
Friday February 7, 2014 · 3:52 PM

. . .Is there.  On February 7, I was doing some things downtown when I got a call from my State Farm Insurance Agent, Craig Moore.  He seemed pretty urgent and asked if I could meet him and go over my policy.  I didn't tell him yet that I was moving so I was rather curious as to what he wanted to discuss.  I was just getting in my car at the Financial District Parking garage on Federal/Van Buren, ready to go home when he called, so I agreed to meet him.  It would be on the way home.  He was located in Palos Heights on Harlem Avenue, right down the road from the Stevenson Expressway.

So, I stopped there on the way home and met up with him, not knowing what he was going to discuss.  I entered the building and met him.  He said that he was inviting a trainee in to sit with us which I didn't mind.  The trainee's name was Mark.  He made me comfortable and proceeded to open my policies.  I told him that I was moving too.  He said that was fine but he wanted to go over my Life Insurance and change the plan some, making it easier to manage and for loved ones to access in the event of my death.  It was rather dreary and, once again, this month has just been a big despair mentally for me, so this meeting didn't make it any easier on how I was feeling. . .until.  

Well, the grim discussion soon turned positive.  We started talking about life and activities.  My agent looked up at me and mused, "...there was just a feeling about calling you today.  I thought it was too important to pass up, then when you said you could meet me today, I know it truly was important."  He paused a minute and looked over at the trainee then back at me.  "Are you a believer in Christ?"

Dumbfounded, I nodded my head in awe, saying, "Yes, I am."

Pleased, Craig asked me, " long?"

"Since September 1992," I said, "...but it has had many ups and downs and I feel like I'm not in his will right now."

Mark finally spoke up and encouraged too; he was also a believer.  I was in the midst of Christian believers, and right there in the middle of State Farm, lol.  It was a reassuring moment in a month of despair and stress.  Craig went on, "...I sensed something about you from the moment you walked in the door, and I knew."  

It was encouraging and reassuring, but again, I told him, "...I feel out of place with Him at the moment.  I am looking for a home church and I need to get back into fellowship."

Finally after I told them where I was moving to, Mark interrupted and said, "Hey, we're going to be neighbors!  I live down the street from your new home in Albany Park.  I live in Logan Square, near Kedzie!"  His face brightened.

So, we started talking churches, and Mark mentioned that I ought to try attending New Life Community Church of Chicago in Albany Park.  I looked at Google Maps later and was so pleased that I could actually WALK to church if I started attending!  It's on the corner of Drake/Sunnyside.  I will attend a service and see how I can help others!  After we exchanged phone numbers and e-mail addresses, Craig said, "how about we close this time in prayer?"  

Amazing!  There we all were, sitting at Craig's desk in a local branch of State Farm, praying and talking to the Lord!  Craig led the prayer and we all formed a new friendship that day!  Looking back on my life, February 7, 1993, I was baptized at the Gospel House Church in Walton Hills OH.  I testified that day, my love for Christ and about his death, burial and resurrection.  I drove home on IL-83 with a smile on my face that day.  The sun was shining brightly that day in the middle of a bleak winter!

Another step into CLOUD 10...

You're the Eighth Wonder...

White Heart - Eighth Wonder

I've been thinking about me
Wondering who I am
Trying to be somebody
Wonderin' if I can

I look into the mirror
Have this silent fear
There is no one really there

They say, there are seven wonders of this world
What would the eighth one be?
If I could just love myself
The way, the way that the Lord loves me

If there are seven wonders of this world
What would the eighth one be?

The 650th Day (0 Hours): HURRY UP AND WAIT

Aaawww!  My Mom's cat, Felix!

I-80 Exit 161 / I-71 Exit 233
Saturday February 8, 2014 · 10:40 AM

On Saturday, February 8th, at nearly 5am, I left Illinois for Ohio.  I spent the weekend in Ohio for a much needed break from things  Luckily, this time I didn't slide off the road or have to deal with snow.  It was the Director's Cut.  I packed up the car and enjoyed some time visiting Mom and Dad, and special guest appearances of Mary and Dena.  It was a very pleasant weekend.  I'm glad I got the chance to do it before more travelling for work.

Mom and Dad:  I spent Saturday morning with Mom and Dad, talking about moving, jobs, and life in general.  It was great to see Mom and Dad again.  I'm very glad they are still in my life and still give wise advise.  I wanted to visit them, considering the level of sadness I was succumbing to in the month.  They reassured me that things happen in your life for a reason and when a new path comes in your life, don't forget God and that he permits the new path in life for a reason.  Learn from the new path.  Help others.  Be an example.  If it weren't meant to be, you would not be moving, but there is a reason you are moving.  Mom and Dad have always been my constant.  I told them about my State Farm visit and the praying and I truly believe it means something.  I need to consider this year the greater reason beyond me.  There is a reason I'm moving.  I need to learn that reason!  NOTE:  I didn't realize I have such good looking parents, until I saw my Dad's profile pic on Facebook, ha!

Township of Hinckley
Saturday February 8, 2014 · 10:40 AM
“Mom and Dad.”

Mary:  In the afternoon, I met with +Mary Coulter.  We're both former classmates of Maple Heights High School from the good 'ol class of 1992.  We're still friends to this day.  It's interesting to note but in High School, we were both very shy and both perceived as "snobby" because we kept to ourselves.  We were talking about that and how we were perceived in that manner.  What people failed to understand is that we were quiet and too shy to converse with people.  It's just who we are.  She remarked how she was perceived this way in school.  I was too.  I reassured her that I knew she was shy -- we smell our own, lol.  I even admitted that I was even too shy to talk to her, knowing that she was shy too.  Our shy days of Maple Heights are gone now, for both of us.  We're both more confident people and have outgrown our deep shyness.  I told her that the new friends I've met in Chicago have been great for changing that.  I even admitted that I "pushed" myself last year to break out of that anti-social shell.

It was great to meet up with Mary.  We met at the Texas Roadhouse for lunch near OH-8 and Steel Corner's Road in Stow OH.  It was a great afternoon to catch up on life and talk about our new year.  She too has recently moved to a new home and she was encouraging in that department.  She has settled into a new life this year too.  One thing we talked about at great length was "CONFIDENCE IN ONESELF."  I told her that she has changed and seems more sure and confident of herself and her decisions.  The last time I met up with her was last March.

Texas Roadhouse
Saturday February 8, 2014 · 2:32 PM
“Lunch with a friend. — with Mary.”

We enjoyed our lunch there at Texas Roadhouse.  We split our bills this time though.  I told her I would pick up her dinner the next time we ate out.  After we ate our lunch, we went over to Starbucks on Graham Road for dessert.  I picked up the tab for this one, lol.  There we talked about spiritual things, faith, and even premonitions.  I told her that I need to pay attention more to what I feel and what I dream.  I told her about the dream I had with the "head on collision" and how that happened a week later to a friend of mine (no one was injured in that btw).  She said that I was a "Sensitive" and it's not the first time I've had that applied to me.  I told her that I think everyone has that ability if we pay attention more to the big picture. We also talked about family and friends.  We agreed that sometimes friends are better than family.  She mentioned her dog was like her kid.  I agreed.  She said He (Riley) was constant for her when she was going through a hard time.  I told her that pets help in ways we don't understand.  They even seem to know deeply about our own problems.  They are attuned that and they know.  Animals are not dumb!  They're smart!  We talked a long time on our life goals and what we want to accomplish this year.  After we drank our coffee, we watched the sun set from the inside of Starbucks, drove back up to Texas Roadhouse, and departed our ways with kisses and hugs! xxoo!

Saturday February 8, 2014 · 4:20 PM
“Checked in by Mary C.”

Dena: After getting back towards Mom and Dad's, Dena called me and asked if I wanted to come by her place for awhile.  I did.  I drove over to her place in North Royalton.  It was already dark out by now and I was extremely tired from all the driving, but I was looking forward to meeting up with her.

When I arrived at her place, it started to snow.  She has such a CLEAN apartment.  I almost felt awkward sitting on her couch, lol.  I told her I was going to leave some "sock fuzz" in her carpets jokingly.  That's a long-lived joke between us by the way, lol.  Every time she has come over to my place, she always remarks about the "sock fuzz" from socks on my carpets, hahaha.  After settling in, we had some wine and watched the Winter Olympics on TV.  We were watching the skiing events.  We talked about our jobs and about life.  She encouraged to be patient with your life and not to rush it by.  Things are put in your path only if they are meant to.  She was echoing my own mother at this point, ha!  "If you are meant to have it, then it is yours, otherwise wait."  Hi Mom! Ha!  We had a great evening and she took note at how tired I was.  She expressed a great interest in visiting me for St. Paddy's Day.  I said, "sure."  She wanted to see the Chicago River Dyed Green, since she said she liked my pictures from last year.  She said she would drive out Friday the 15th after work.  I told her I might -- MIGHT -- be in Ohio that week and said if she wanted to ride with me.  Then, she could drive a rental car back.  She said she'd think about that.  I hope she can visit for St. Paddy's Day.  I told her she may be inconvenienced by all the boxes stacked in my apartment though, lol.  After staying for a bit, and watching the Olympics, I went back to Mom and Dad's.  We parted with a kiss and hug.  xxoo.

Walnut Hill Apartments
Saturday February 8, 2014 · 7:28 PM
“At Dena's.”

Ms. Thang!

I left Mom and Dad's on Monday and got to Illinois in the evening.  I'm very glad I had a chance to visit.  It was a well needed break from things and to re-center my life...

Chicago Skyway
Monday February 10, 2014 · 7:28 PM

The 656th Day and 31 Days Left: ERROR 486, STILL PACKING HERE!

Modified the Crocodile Clock.  It's now offset by 3 days early from the original clock.  I have the whole week of March 17 marked off for vacation, so I'm starting some of this moving early!  Life Storage, U-Haul, Two Men & Truck, Task Rabbit, Comcast, and even Home Depot for a purchase of a Hand Truck...

I'm reserving Storage at LifeStorage of Wrigleyville and then going to make a Task in Task Rabbit Chicago [Thank you again, Kurt, for recommending them] to help me move the boxes from my walk-in closet to the storage.  Also, I hope Task Rabbit is bonded because I want to use them to help me move my computer stuffs!  I'll be using my new hand-truck ala cart to help do this moving while renting a U-Haul Van for a day.  With the packing and getting ready, one weekend, I took a break from it all, got a hair cut and went to the new Chick-Fil-A in Willowbrook for dinner.

Saturday February 22, 2014 · 7:46 PM

Then, after that, I spent a good portion of the evening at Barnes & Noble in Oak Brook Center just browsing some books on programming.  I found a couple reference guides.  I also found the original Danny Kaye, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" on DVD, bought it and watched on the weekend.  I can't wait until the new one comes out on Blu-Ray.  I'll buy it.  When I got home, I worked on my computer stuff at home, updating my Intranet Site and some scripts that I run.  It was a nice quiet weekend.  I was glued to Netflix, rewatching some of my favorites like, World Trade Center, The Rock, Ghostbusters II, Trading Places, etc.  It was just a quiet, "ME" weekend.

Barnes & Noble
Saturday February 22, 2014 · 8:28 PM

My Movie Weekend

One thing is for sure: I WILL BE GLAD WHEN THE MOVE IS FINALLY DONE!!!!!  My March will be busy with work and moving.  One trip to Arkansas and another for Colorado.  A week of School in Canton OH maybe on March 10th...

The Home Depot
Friday February 14, 2014 · 7:18 PM
“Boxes and bought a hand truck ala cart.”

Rememeber when. . .

I-80 Exit 161 / I-71 Exit 233
Sunday April 29, 2012 · 4:59 AM
“Goodbye Cleveland. Next Stop Chicago. Ave atque vale. Hail and farewell.”

656 days have elapsed since I first moved here. On that day 656 days earlier, I took that big step when I took that toll ticket at the I-71 gate for the Ohio Turnpike. That means today is Valentine's Day, and I moved here on April 29, 2012.  The time I picked up that toll ticket was 5am, Central Daylight Time.  I've made some great memories this past year; it's not over though. Keep moving forward. In 31 days I'll be doing that again. If anything I've learned in the past few years, it's CHANGE -- in myself and in my surroundings. NEVER become complacent or get too comfortable in life; Change happens when you least expect it. I will say that these past couple months have NOT been easy on me emotionally -- another comfort zone will be broken. Change is part of life. I need to remember that each day I go to bed and each day I wake. Tabula Rasa.

It is also interesting to learn something else with my moving.  My friend, Jessica Anderson, is also moving. . .again too. . .at the same time as I, ha.  The last time, she moved, I was moving.  So, once again, we're both moving at the same time.  I would say that's a very, very, very good sign!!!!

Chicago City Hall
Wednesday February 26, 2014 · 11:16 AM
“19 days left. Chicago parking permits.”

New Kitchen!

668 days in, 19 days out, on February 26th, I went downtown to Chicago City Hall to take care of purchasing two parking permits for the vehicles.  It was a nice day, the sun was out, but bbbbrrr, it was still very, very cold!  It was a nice morning to spend downtown on the streets of Chicago inspite of the frigid temperatures.  After taking care of business at City Hall, I hurried onto the Kennedy Expressway from Ontario Street, and then got off at Pulaski, onward towards my new home.  There, I checked the mail and did some more visual planning.  I also noticed how bad the floors were in the place with the construction guys walking all over the floors.  I've never cared for hardwood floors before, so I hope I find something that can take care of all the salt and dirt on the floors.

The mascot of my new apartment is a "silver dragon."

The Via Draco Argenteus
Wednesday February 26, 2014 · 12:08 PM
“New home. Checking mail.”

I created this new Foursquare Check-in for my new home.  So, why "Via Draco Argenteus?"  In Latin, that's the Street of the Silver Dragon.  Ok, so here's the logic.  Draco Holdings and Silver Property Group own my building.  I live on Drake Avenue.  'Nuff said there, y'think? Ha!

After taking care of things at the new place, I drove home after marking a temporary name tag on my mailbox, so the mailman can find my postbox.  When I got home, I talked to Mom, then Amy.  Shortly after, Kurt called and we had a long talk about life, fate and destiny.  He told me not to succumb to the sadness and to keep moving forward.  "Create new memories this year.  Don't dwell on the previous year and try to live up to it," he encouraged.  We talked over 3 hours about life and changes!  It was a very uplifting and encouraging call.  We talked about our faiths!  He helped me re-center my life and reassert myself.  "Try volunteering for Jill Jackson's Mingle Around.  Don't do it for dating.  Do it just to network.  Get yourself out there.  Make yourself known," he said.  "It's your city now."

There's a light over the horizon...

Petra - Over the horizon (God fixation, 1998)

"...I spend too many days
Lost in a mindless haze
Not really sure of my purpose
And I may question You
And what I'm going through
When life seems so uncertain
Some days are a mystery to me
But I believe that answers are revealed in time
Even when the path is just not clear
I'm anticipating what I'll find

There's a Light over the horizon
I'll keep walking down this road of hope
Faithful in my prayer
There's a Light over the horizon
Though I may not know what lies ahead
I know that you'll be there
You'll be there

The 670th Day and 16 Days Left: YOU GO BACKWARDS!

The cat says it all. . .

My Mom asked me recently if my commute was going to be closer to Schaumburg, since I'm moving.  She thought it'd be closer.  Unfortunately no, it won't be any closer.  Actually, technically I'll be 5 miles closer to home now -- about the same distance.  In fact, it'll be a reverse commute.  She wondered what that was.  Basically, it means instead of driving inbound to work, I'll be driving outbound for work. Backwards. For Non-Chicagoans: Inbound means driving towards Downtown. Outbound means driving out of Chicago. One thing I'll have to get used to are the tolls.  I-90 is a toll road near O'Hare (Jane Addams).  Luckily, when moving here originally, I purchased an iPass Unit for both cars.  I foresee that this will be a hassle!  I could use Higgins as an alternate if I wanted to, or Golf Road even -- that is if the direct roads have heavy traffic.  I noticed recently that Google Maps reroutes your navigation if road conditions are heavy with traffic.  I don't really like the feature.

Diebold Inc.
Friday February 28, 2014 · 3:57 PM
“Finishing the day.”

Old Route from Work.

New Route from Work.  A Reverse Commute.

Inbound Kennedy Expressway at MP 47 from Pulaski 4000W

On February 28th, I used half of my day to complete the paperwork for my storage unit rental.  I was referred to LifeStorage at Wrigleyville by Kurt, so a couple weeks before, I reserved a 5x5 unit on their website [Thank you, Kurt, for the recommendation].  Today, one of them was ready, so I completed the paperwork.  After filling out the paperwork, having my Renter's Insurance faxed over and checking out the unit, I drove over to my new place for a bit, just to visualize again.  Instead of going directly home, I drove back to work just to time the drive and see what the tolls would be like.  I also told my Dad that best route is to take Pulaski Road (4000W) to get to my place.  Kimball has too much stop and go.

Life Storage Centers of Wrigleyville
Friday February 28, 2014 · 1:07 PM
“5x5 Storage Unit.”


• My Valentine Distant Star

Every year, I post this "Valentine's Poem," I wrote one year with the hopes to one day finally meeting my soulmate. It's a journey -- in the sea of stars! I called her the "distant star in the corner of the sky." I use the night sky and my love of stargazing for this. The sky is a sea of stars, but there is a corner to that sky metaphorically. That's where my distant star lies, far away, but shining brightly. The corner implies a forgotten place. Seldom do we look in a corner for something we desire; usually it's something we need or have forgotten that is in the corner. I was inspired by Tolkien's story in the Silmarillion of Eärendil, Elwing and Vingilot.


My ship sails ever into the heavenly night sky
Into the sea of stars that are up so high
Towards the distant shimmering star so prominent
I will finally reach you, your light so dominant

You glimmer so radiantly neither waxing or waning
Since the beginning, there you are ever remaining
You bid me to seek you out and find your glow
That your life and spark will fill my soul

You guide my course onward to hold your hand
One day this long quest will reach an end
I've dreamt and seen your beauty from the start
When I looked into your night sky, I see your heart

One day our paths will finally meet
Until then, good night my glimmering star, my sweet.

By: Eric Chatham.

• The new Courier Exchange Server 2010 Server is shaping up here.  

Desktop view of COURIER

OWA sample of the SYSNOTIFY mailbox.

A transcript of a PowerShell Session on COURIER

The new Virtual Machine on ESXi hosting Exchange 2010 is pretty stable.  So, it's safe to start migrating mailboxes.  Two mailboxes were recently moved from FILER (Exchange 2003 SP2) to the new server COURIER (Exchange 2010 SP1).  Exchange 2003 will be going away soon.  Microsoft will no longer support it.  This prompted the new environment.  I'll begin moving the other mailboxes after I get settled in at my new place. The two mailboxes I moved were Non-User or Test Accounts, like "dummy" and "sysnotify."  The new systems seems stable so far.  I'll wait until I move to do the rest and add in my Exchange Licenses.  After that, I'll begin moving recipient policies, redoing the routing (send/receive connectors), the Global Address List, OAB, etc.  OWA works (just need a SSL certificate before it is public), and powershell transcripts are being recorded automatically.  I may even use the Filer Exchange Server as a Frontend Server, just until I start an Edge Server.  It's optional but I would like to try it.  One reason I do all my stuff at home IS TO KEEP MY "IT" SKILLS HONED.  Here is the "PS1 script I wrote for my PowerShell profile.  It is written to record PowerShell transcripts every time I start a PS Session.  I've used this same script for my other PowerShell profiles.

Set-Location 'H:\'
$a = Get-Date
"Date: " + $a.ToShortDateString()
"Time: " + $a.ToShortTimeString()
$b = Get-Date -format "yyyy-MM-dd"
$pslog = 'P:\System Information\Hosts\COURIER\ExchangePS\pslog_' + $b + '.txt'
Start-Transcript $pslog -append -noclobber

"In the event I get hit by the Twinkie Truck..." I also recently just gave full access to all my systems to my brother, +Wayne Chatham.  I trust my brother wholeheartedly with this, and I'm thankful he agreed.  Thanks Bro!  "Getting hit by the Twinkie Truck" is something I've said before at other jobs if something were to happen to me, there'd be someone there to take over.

• Keep reaching for the clouds. . .closing the distance. . .Cloud 10

This woman's music is powerful!  She first appeared on Season Five of American Idol.  Moody Radio here in Chicago proudly airs all her music.  That's how I learned of her music.  I love the entire album.
Psalm 103:12

"As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. KJV."

I Corinthian 15:50-58

"Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 'O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?' The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. KJV."

Mandisa - Face 2 Face (Lyric Video)

"Some days, the world is just too much to take
And some days, I’m barely hanging by a thread
But I won’t let all of my fear, cripple me here
When I should be rejoicing
‘Cause I know the beauty that waits ahead

I just wanna be where You are
Close enough to feel Your heart
Face 2 face
Face 2 face
With You, my Savior
I’m learning that the world I know
Is never gonna feel like home
‘Til I’m face 2 face
Face 2 face
With You, my Savior

We’ll sing Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord
Like a sea of voices praising Your name
Every nation, every tongue, will bring You glory
And we will worship You, our God, Face 2 face..."


[Text Removed: September 29, 2018]

• File's Done ♪

"February 27 (Willowbrook IL). -- TAXES ARE DONE!  I get two refunds this year: Federal and Illinois.  This year it was easier to get my taxes done.  I didn't have to deal with city taxes for one, but I only had one W2, so it made filing a lot easier.  Next year, I may be able to claim my move from this year."

H&R Block
Thursday February 27, 2014 · 3:08 PM
“AOL says 'file's done.'”

• Famed writer, actor and Chicago native, Harold Ramis, passes away.

Famous for writing and staring in many movie favorites, Harold Ramis suffered from complications of vasculitis. He was beloved in movies like Ghostbusters...

"February 25, 2014 -- 'Caddyshack.' 'National Lampoon's Animal House.' 'Ghostbusters.' 'Groundhog Day.' 'Stripes.' Those titles are some of the most beloved and widely quoted comedy classics of the last 30 years. They're also Harold Ramis' filmography." 

• You know the weather is bad when they have to close Wisconsin

...Hoping that this BRUTAL winter finally has its end!  Record setting snowfalls and subzero weather.  It's time for a break.  The Venture Around meetups and my other meetups have been VERY quiet just because of the crappy weather.  I'd like to see a ray of spring return to Chicago soon. I'm actually hoping that this Winter will soon kick the bucket!!!

• One last time with Lord of the Ring updates on my FACEBOOK.

Take the journey with me one last time there...

» February 15: In Lórien, Frodo and Sam experience visions in the Mirror of Galadriel. Gandalf returns to life after having passed into shadow on January 15. Breath and life are restored in his body on the peak of Zirakzigil.

"Now as the companions sat or walked together they spoke of Gandalf, and all that each had known and seen of him came clear before their minds. As they were healed of hurt and weariness of body the grief of their loss grew more keen. Often they heard nearby Elvish voices singing, and knew that they were making songs of lamentation for his fall, for they caught his name among the sweet sad words that they could not understand.

"Mithrandir, Mithrandir," sang the Elves, "O Pilgrim Grey!" For so they loved to call him. But if Legolas was with the Company, he would not interpret the songs for them, saying that he had not the skill, and that for him the grief was still too near, a matter for tears and not yet for song.

It was Frodo who first put something of his sorrow into halting words. He was seldom moved to make song or rhyme; even in Rivendell he had listened and had not sung himself, though his memory was stored with many things that others had made before him. But now as he sat beside the fountain in Lórien and heard about him the voices of the Elves, his thought took shape in a song that seemed fair to him; yet when he tried to repeat it to Sam only snatches remained, faded as a handful of withered leaves." (The Mirror of Galadriel, Book II, Chapter VII)

» February 25: The Company of the Ring pass through the Gates of the Argonath; they camp at Parth Galen.  Théodred is slain in the First Battle of the Fords of Isen.

Theodred's requiem, sung by Eowyn in Old English:

"Bealocwealm hafað fréone frecan forth onsended giedd sculon singan gléomenn sorgiende. On Meduselde þæt he ma no wære, Þæt he ma nowere is, þurh niedig rest. And mægen deorost. Bealo…"

"An evil death has set forth the noble warrior A song shall sing sorrowing minstrels. In Meduseld that he is no more, That he is nowhere anymore, for his necessary rest. And that he is the dearest kinsman. Killing took him…"


• 90% of people laugh even harder when they try to explain why they are laughing.

• You can not dream of strangers.  The people you see in your dreams -- but don't know, are people you've seen at some point in your life.

• The colder the room you sleep in, the better the chance of having a bad dream.

• Peeing in the shower saves you about 1160 gallons of water per year. +Jeff Korhorn, who would've thunked it?

• The color of the "twisties" on bread shelves show the day it was shipped to the store.  Buy fresh, Monday is blue, Tuesday is green, Friday is white and Saturday is yellow.

• Starfish don't have brains.

• Disney World is larger than 17 other countries.

• The average lifespan for a strand of hair is 4 to 7 years.

• Sheldon Cooper's favorite number is 73.

• A few things I could not understand about the movie "Tommy Boy."  First, who actually flies to Cuyahoga Falls OH from Sandusky OH?  Secondly, Tommy's line, "Callahan Auto is the only thing keeping that city [Sandusky] alive."  Two words, Tommy Boy: CEDAR POINT!

• Finally...this is true of me...


February 5: Jessica (Anderson) Swenson
February 11: Viki Powers
February 15: James Cragle

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