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Help Desk Confessionals

I'm a systems administrator who provides tech support, data analysis, and report generation for about 300 users. No support staff. No other help. Just me.

Father, Mother, and Daughter

Friday, March 25, 2005

A family get together in the delivery room.
posted by Carl from L.A., 9:22 AM | link | 2 comments |

Amanda Grace

My wife Lori gave birth to Amanda Grace yesterday at 2:40 p.m. She was 8 lbs 5 oz, 18.75 inches long. Mother, daughter and father are doing well.
posted by Carl from L.A., 9:21 AM | link | 0 comments |

Upstairs, Downstairs

Monday, March 14, 2005

New House - Stair Case
Originally uploaded by steppermc.
A picture of the staircase in the new house, which is located right behind the front entry.
posted by Carl from L.A., 1:26 PM | link | 0 comments |

New House - Right Side

New House - Right Side
Originally uploaded by steppermc.
The den is on the second floor, right above of the garage. The space on the right side, with the diagonal ceiling, is the front living room. The front door into the house is in the middle of theis picture, with the staircase right behind it.
posted by Carl from L.A., 1:25 PM | link | 0 comments |

New House - Upstair Bedrooms

New House - Upstair Bedrooms
Originally uploaded by steppermc.
The second floor bedrooms. Amanda's is the first one, Russell's is right behind it.
posted by Carl from L.A., 1:23 PM | link | 0 comments |

New House - 2nd Floor Framed

New House - 2nd Floor Framed
Originally uploaded by steppermc.
A closer look. The left side on second floor are the bedrooms, the right side is the den.
posted by Carl from L.A., 1:22 PM | link | 0 comments |

House in Progress

House in Progress
Originally uploaded by steppermc.
This is what our new house looked like last Saturday. The rooms on the second floor has been framed. Walls on the first floor have been boarded up. We saw windows framed, and the staircase built.
posted by Carl from L.A., 1:21 PM | link | 0 comments |

100 things about me (Parts 6 to 10)

Monday, March 07, 2005

The One Big o' Post-a-rama:

  • 51. My first car was a bare-bone Chevy Chevette.
  • 52. Favorite radio stations in high school: Mighty 690 (XTRA), KIQQ.
  • 53. Currently listen only to: KROQ, KFWB, 971 FM Talk.
  • 54. Been to all 50 states. Most of them on road trips.
  • 55. Rarely drink.
  • 56. Don't gamble -I studied statistics in college, remember?
  • 57. Don't smoke.
  • 58. Favorite sport: swimming, soccer.
  • 59. Favorite sport to watch: football.
  • 60. Met Bill Clinton in Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica when he was campaigning for President.
  • 61. Met and chatted with Chow Yun Fat when he was shooting a movie in Downtown L.A.
  • 62. Have had only one full time job.
  • 63. Been married twice.
  • 64. Had major cold feet before first marriage.
  • 65. Married for the second time in Las Vegas. Proposed the week before.
  • 66. Only six people were present in that wedding, including the bride, groom and the minister.
  • 67. My aggressive driving habits were formed out of necessity.
  • 68. Pet Peeve: cars stop on yellow. A yellow light means "proceed with caution" according to the Calif Vehicle Code.
  • 69. Voted for Bush (41) in 1988, but came to my senses and became a Democrat since then.
  • 70. The rich get their tax cuts, the poor get their welfare. The middle class are the ones screwed.
  • 71. Priority in my family: 1. My son. 2. My wife. 3. Me.
  • 72. Only fear I have - anything happen to #1 and #2.
  • 73. Other than that, I can stare anything, or anyone, down.
  • 74. Wore braces for 12 years.
  • 75. Had part of my lower jaw sawed off to correct a lower bite.
  • 76. I love clocks. I have seven in my cubicle.
  • 77. Worked on a computer for the first time in 1982. A mainframe.
  • 78. I procrastinate. My productivity increases exponentially as the deadline gets closer.
  • 79. Prefer stick shift to automatic transmission.
  • 80. Can cook a four course meal in one hour. (Iron Chef!)
  • 81. Hate reality shows with a passion.
  • 82. Hate American Idol.
  • 83. I'm a Law & Order junkie. Hate CSI.
  • 84. Started collecting records freshman year in college. By the time I finished school I had 3,500. I also have 1,000 singles, 750 tapes, 1,000 CDs, and about 10,000 songs in my computer.
  • 85. Never considered getting an iPod. Can't fit all my music in.
  • 86. I created a radio station instead. Right now I can pick it up from any computer over the internet. Hopefully some day I can pick it up in my car.
  • 87. I bought a computer just to run my radio station.
  • 88. Played Dr Frankenstein and put together a computer by myself awhile ago. It worked. But I will never do it again.
  • 89. I am lazy. Very lazy.
  • 90. But I end up doing a lot of things because no one else knows how to do but me. At work. At home. No one can even teach Step classes like me.
  • 91. I am a walking Thomas Guide (L.A. County edition, at least). I get calls from family and friends when they get lost or stuck in traffic - any time of the day.
  • 92. Have only one other "vice".
  • 93. All-time favorite movie was "The Sting" with Paul Newman and Robert Redford. I remember seeing it in the theatre in Hong Kong when I was 9.
  • 94. All-time favorite TV show was "The X-Files". All 9 seasons. When it was good, nothing can touch it. Creepy. Scary. Jaw-dropping. Gross. Sad. Funny. Yes, when it's funny, it's the funniest show on TV.
  • 95. My all-time favorite book is a classic Chinese novel ("Shui Hu", translated as "The Water Margin" or "Outlaws of the Marsh") written in the 14th century. It was about a gang of 108 bandits from various social backgrounds got together on an island and rebel against the government. Sort of like a bunch of "Robin Hoods".
  • 96. So obviously I read Chinese. I can also write and speak Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), English (duh!), y poquito espanol.
  • 97. My goal in life is to "Raise a Good Family". Yesterday I realized that I already have all the pieces. I am realizing my dream, and that's a mighty good feeling.
  • 98. My wife is the best wife a man could ask for, and the best mother my kids could have.
  • 99. My next goal: to walk my daughter down the aisle on her wedding day.
  • 100. She is scheduled to be born on March 24th, 2005.


posted by Carl from L.A., 12:34 PM | link | 0 comments |


Friday, March 04, 2005

I read more than I write, so it's only fair that I credit those who supplied me with endless reading material in the last few months.

  • Bitter Girl Bartender - I worked in a restaurant, so I can certainly identify dealing with the public.
  • Breakfast with Tiffany - Tiffany is getting married, and she takes good pictures.
  • Confessions of a Cereal Dater - FashionHound talks about her daily struggles, and news in general.
  • Cooking with Amy - It's a cooking blog: recipes, recmmendations, etc.
  • The Dating Game - EmGee talks about her ups and downs while navigating the dating scene, plus other adventures.
  • Elyse Sewell - Elyse was a finalist on UPN's "America's Next Top Model". She now works in Hong Kong and writes about all interesting things that is Hong Kong from an American point of view.
  • Enter at Your Own Risk!! - Allison is an 18 year-old who is trying to find her footing in the post-high school world.
  • Fashion Police Blotter - FashionHound's other blog. This one is devoted to news only.
  • More Than One - This is a group effort. A bunch of people who love to write opened a little clubhouse and write to their collective heart's content. On anything.
  • Tales of a Gold Wing Diva - Heather is a flight attendant on a small regional airline. She talks about what goes on on the other side of the curtain.
  • Tales of a Witty Sex Kitten - A third-year law student from California displaced in Washington D.C. The ups and downs of a single woman living in a strange city.
  • 冬之谷 - Musings of a Chinese living in the U.S. The blog is part Chinese, part English. The topics are half Chinese, half American. You get the drift.
  • 壹大押 - One Great Pawn Shop - A social commentary.
  • 港燦筆記 - A candid look at life in Hong Kong.
  • 聞.見.思.錄 - A topical diary of current events.

posted by Carl from L.A., 11:21 AM | link | 0 comments |


I get every other Friday off work. Today is my RDO (regular day off), but I'm in the office trying to meet a deadline for my "Big Project". I got in at 5:45 a.m. It's now 7 a.m. and I haven't start working yet. Things I did in the last 75 minutes:
  • Took an NBC survey on last night's "Law & Order: Trial by Jury".
  • Listened to the Kevin and Bean Show on KROQ - they are broadcasting from some guy's house in Riverside ("the 909"). The guy bid $5,000 in an auction ("broadcasting from his house" was the item for bid) for tsunami relief effort.
  • Checked the system to see if all the overnight processing is completed.
  • Uploaded a pic to my "Desktop Traveller" blog. I have started to use Flickr to upload pictures instead of Hello, which has been taking forever to publish.
  • Read the newsgroups on The Apprentice and Law & Order. Most posters agreed that Audrey deserved to get fired. So did I. The chick's idea of leadership is to let everybody "lead" and do their own things, so she could shirk any responsibilities should anything goes wrong. What a joke! The jury is still out on "Trial by Jury". I love the cast, but I can see how it might be difficult to come up with plot twists because they show you all the cards - I mean, the guy confessed to the murder to his attorney, so what else is there? It will be interesting to see how this show goes. Great opening title sequence. Poor Jerry Orbach - he is just not himself anymore.
  • Checked listenership on my radio station. A few people have tuned in. Cool.
  • Checked to see who stopped by my blogs. I have put this blog up with the "Blog You" group (previously HK Bloggers), which is a webring of sorts for bloggers from Hong Kong. The webring is divided into "stations" of the rail lines in Hong Kong. Look for this blog in the "Central" station.
  • Added a new blog to my "daily reading" - "Cooking with Amy - a Food Blog"

Guess maybe I should start working.

posted by Carl from L.A., 7:07 AM | link | 0 comments |

Taurus Profile

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Taurus - Your Love Profile

Your positive traits:

You tend to stick with relationships - through the good and the bad.

You are a great listener and tend to give valuable advice.

Cautious and careful, you never jump in recklessly... saving yourself from heartbreak.

Your negative traits:

Money is very important to you, so much so that it's a cause of arguments in relationships.

If your lover isn't loyal or attentive enough to you, your eyes start to wander...

You tend to keep things inside - so your partner may not know when or why you're upset.

Your ideal partner:

Is stable, serious, and ready to be committed to you.

Is successful and able to provide you with the lifestyle you crave.

A true romantic, who is willing to express their desire for your heart.

Your dating style:

Comfortable and traditional. You'd love to have a nice meal at a cozy restaurant.

Your seduction style:

Love comes first for you before you'd even think of intimacy.

Traditional: you're not a cold fish - but you're not into kink either.

Pleasing... you always make sure that your partner is having a good time.

Tips for the future:

Be willing to change your mind. Who you think is the love of your life may be very wrong for you.

Try listening to your mate. While your stubborn streak is hard to break, sometimes your partner knows best.

Ligthen up! The first months of a relationship should be about fun, not intentions.

Best place to meet someone online:

American Singles - peek in on how much potential dates make, and what they do for a living.

Best color to attract mate: Pale blue

Best day for a date: Friday

Get your free love profile at Blogthings.
posted by Carl from L.A., 9:21 AM | link | 0 comments |

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