Xbox racing, office reorganization

I recently discovered that my good friend Jason has an Xbox. He and his wife moved to Minnesota shortly before I moved to Madison. It was really great hearing from him again. That afternoon I purchased Project Gotham Racing 2. So, it was racing and chatting; it was really great to hear from him and his wife again.

Our office reorganization has moved forward. My supervisors reassigned me to monitor the Division of Business Management’s (DBM) budget a year ago in addition to the Division of State Patrol. This year, they realigned us so that I now monitor DBM’s budget only. I also work for another section chief in my office. I’m very excited about the change, and I look forward to focusing on one area instead of two.

I’m still working on how the next site will look, but I think it will be delayed as I start to clean up this site. I have a lot of pictures presented in various ways, but I’d like to get them all into a standard format. Additionally, I need to clean up my pictures in My Scrapbook and separate guitar pictures and such from pictures of me. I also realized that some of the stuff I’ve written is out of date already and needs some cleaning up. So, the current format may stick around for much longer than I anticipated. Again, if you have ideas on how I can improve my site, or if you just happen to find a broken link or bad page error, please let me know.

My dateless Valentine’s Day

As you’ve probably guessed, I didn’t have a date for Valentine’s Day. But that’s okay, because I had a chance to get out and hang out with some friends. I also managed to finish Halo (woo hoo!) and purchase Dead or Alive 3 for the Xbox. All that, and I found time to get some work done. As the weekend winds down, I can’t help but wonder where it went. See My Xbox to see what’s new.

Valentine’s Day

It’s Friday the thirteenth. So far, it’s been an uneventful day with the exception of the loads of work I’ve had to do. Since I’m happily single, I’m free to do what I want for Valentine’s Day. That means no presents, no flowers, no chocolate… but I don’t have to buy them for someone else either (yes, that was meant to be funny). So to all out there, have a great Valentine’s Day… if you can make it through the night (ha ha ha ha ha!).

HP ships PDA fast

If you read my blog yesterday, you know that I just ordered a brand new HP iPAQ personal digital assistant (PDA). I ordered it around 8 p.m. on Monday, and received it by around 3 p.m. today! No, I didn’t request next day shipping either… I actually requested the 5-7 business day shipping. That’s what I call fast!

So what’s going on with the new PDA? As I’m writing this, the new device is charging. I’m thinking about writing a new Soapbox or Projects article on the upgrade. It may actually be more of a “how to replace your PDA,” including resetting the old device to clear the memory and establishing a connection with the new device. I haven’t decided what to do with the old PDA, but I can’t wait to get the new one connected and running. The best part is still going to be the universal television remote! I’ll add that to my report.

On another note, I’ve added a little more information to My Xbox. For those of you who still are not sure what an Xbox is, I’ve added a paragraph that explains what it is.


I had problems with my PDA between both work and home yesterday, so I ordered a new one. The old one was a Compaq iPAQ H3635, and it lasted three years. I replaced the stylus lock and the battery a year ago, but it still remained a little touchy at times. So rather than spend a few more bucks and try to maintain the device for another six months to a year, I decided to replace it. Of course, the moment I got it to work, it functioned normally. But since I brought it home again, it is still behaving poorly. That’s when you know it’s time to replace it. Now I could have also just gone to a paper calendar. But if you’ve read my soapbox article, you know that I use it for more than just scheduling and contacts. But the new device I purchased, the Hewlett-Packard iPAQ H2215 (this link opens HP’s Internet site) includes software that can be programmed to operate my television, DVD player, and VCR. How cool is that?!? I may have to update that article… all in good time.

I recently received word that my desk is almost complete. I haven’t been there to work on it lately, but my friends have been spending a good deal of time on it. I’ll start working on the project page soon. I really can’t wait to have it home and in use!

I’ve added another Xbox game to my wish list. So far, I’ve been really cutting it up with both Halo and Rainbow Six. I like hand-to-hand combat games, but I find the special powers a little too much. I’ve added Dead or Alive 3 and Alias. I’d say more, but then you wouldn’t visit My Xbox page.