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15th-Jul-2009 06:06 am
I'd have to check my timeline, but it seems like I launched a couple of non-automated aggregators which took-up a lot of my time. Pretty much, if I were awake, I was updating and working toward perfecting a bot that might automate their production.

Then, before I could get the things fully automated, I had to go out of town for a few weeks and the hotel where I was staying had a crappy wireless system and before I knew it, I felt that my aggregation sites had lost all credibility.

This led me into a funk and because I had been away from LJ for so long, I ended-up taking an extended break. Then, slowly and occasionally, I'd drop in on my friendslist and just read or I'd read a couple of FOAF lists without making comments.

After this had gone on for a while, my wife and I decided that it was time for us to make a move and this meant that I had to devote all of my time to finishing my fixer-upper, so that it'd be ready for sale and then after my wife had accepted her new position, I fell into a general contractor mode and tried to keep assorted crews working for more than a couple of months to finish the house.

Now, I've moved and after spending about three months in various hotel rooms, I'm in my new house located in southern Illinois and because we've bought a much larger home on a much larger lot, I'm falling back into the internet game because it'd be nice, if I could generate some additional monthly income.

Of course this is also something of a fixer-upper, but right now, my primary focus is getting back into the internet biz (while still being a stay-at-home Dad) and that means I'm back in front of the computer for hours upon hours out of every day. This also means that I'm back to making LJ, a multiple-times-a-day part of my life and if my friendslist don't mind, I'd like to go back to burdening them with my occasional rants, links and cockamamie observations about the things that I see.

So, how's everyone doing?
Hopefully, if you don't throw too many stones or stage a mass exodus, I'll stick around for a while.
15th-Jul-2009 01:02 pm (UTC)
Good to see you back.
15th-Jul-2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
Welcome back! Sounds like you've been mighty busy. :)
16th-Jul-2009 12:01 am (UTC)
Thanks and I was kind of busy, punctuated by a couple of funks.

BTW: Though you were never overly specific, I have to say that whenever I've seen something about your former employer in the media, I'd always flash back to you and some of the things that you said.

IOW: Though I haven't been around a lot, I've actually thought of you quite often over the past year and I'd occasionally stop-in just to see how you're doing.
16th-Jul-2009 04:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I look forward to reading your musings. I had wondered where you'd gotten off to, and I'm pleased to see you back.
15th-Jul-2009 06:41 pm (UTC)
welcome back!
16th-Jul-2009 12:22 am (UTC)
I really don't know what to say. Sometime during one of my hiatuses, when I was simply vegetating in cyberspace, you basically slipped off the globe and though I've caught bits and pieces via my friendslist, I'm looking forward to going back and trying to read the whole story.

A couple of folks back in NM were always going down your way, including a leggy blond that kept an apartment next door and I remember you entertaining the idea, but somehow I missed the actual move. Unfortunately, by the time that I had started dipping my toe back in on a regular basis, you were pretty well situated and I'd always vow to go back and read, but up until recently, time hasn't always been on my side.

Now all that has changed and though it might take me a while, I will go back and try to learn how you got to the this particular point in the grand adventure of life.

15th-Jul-2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
If you don't mind my asking, where in Southern Illinois? I grew up there.
15th-Jul-2009 11:53 pm (UTC)
I'm about a mile from the SIU campus in Carbondale. I spent most of my hotel time in Marion because they had a bigger room, but now I'm in a 111 yr old house that was moved from the campus to a wooded lot in the early 60s.

And, if you don't mind... where did you grow up? I've seen most everything from Mt. Vernon, south because when you're in a hotel with two kids, you tend to get out and ride around a lot.
16th-Jul-2009 12:05 am (UTC)
About 45 minutes west-ish of Carbondale in a teeny weenie itty bitty town called Cutler in Perry County.

The closest thing to us of any interest was Carbondale. We went to a lot of movies and did a lot of shopping there. In fact, my junior prom was at SIU.
16th-Jul-2009 12:36 am (UTC)
I see it on the map and Pickneyville is often in the news, but I've really only gone that direction on the interstate, so I haven't actually made it to Cutler, yet.

Carbondale seems nice and other than the perpetual rain, I can't really say that I have any complaints. It is sort of nice to get back to a 24-hr world and I like the diversity of a college town, but I also sometimes feel that everybody looks like someone from "That 70s Show" and the term "corn-fed" often comes to mind.

It's definitely something to get used to, when you've moved from a small town, 150 miles from the Mexican border.
16th-Jul-2009 12:54 am (UTC)
My dad grew up in Pinckneyville and most of his family still lives there.

You aren't missing anything not going to Cutler. It's about 500 people, and last time I was there, the gas station still hadn't reopened. I guess Carbondale isn't bad; it is a college town after all. But having grown up in the area, there's really no love lost.
16th-Jul-2009 01:16 am (UTC)
Basically, my wife's career requires us to move at least every five or six years and though it wasn't the top of my list of places that I would've liked to have gone, it is better (for me) than some of the other places that she applied.

To be perfectly honest, I'm here for about five years, unless one of the folks in one of my wife's dream positions were to retire and we're only obligated to be here for one, which four months have already passed.
16th-Jul-2009 12:34 am (UTC)
About time you showed up again. Welcome back.
16th-Jul-2009 06:33 pm (UTC)
At last it has become clear. Welcome once again to the craziness of LiveJournal.
17th-Jul-2009 06:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks and since you're on the line - Did they ever break ground on that new building?
17th-Jul-2009 06:32 pm (UTC)
What building is that?
17th-Jul-2009 06:50 pm (UTC)
The one at your "other" job. (Though you might not be there anymore) Or, the one where I served two years on a committee that just kept wanting to study things and never actually get anything done.
17th-Jul-2009 07:32 pm (UTC)
Oh. I couldn't tell you. I was let go with no notice back in March, and haven't been back since.
17th-Jul-2009 09:50 pm (UTC)
So very cool that you're back. I was wondering how things were going with you a few weeks back, and it seems my questions have now been answered. =)
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