August 24, 2002

Another day working in Endicott. Loopy and I finished up (along with the other three techs who were working with us) early this afternoon. We decided to grab some lunch at the IHOP on the Vestal Parkway for old times sake. Back when Loop and I worked at IBM in Endicott, we used to eat at IHOP two or three times per week. It got so that the manager, Lisa, knew us really well. She was always happy to see us. Well, after the layoffs, obviously, we didn’t eat there anymore. When we worked at Gentiva a year ago, we stopped in there and talked to her and she was all excited to see us. And we stopped in again in February before heading down to Washington when SGL went offline because our service provider messed up. Anyway, we stopped in today for old times sake and Lisa was there. It turns out that today was supposed to be her last day because she was leaving to become a federal aviation official at the airport in Binghamton. She ended up getting pushed off from her start date but she will be gone very soon. So, it was really nice that we were able to stop in and say goodbye before she left. What a weird coincidence.

Zach is home today and Bob is expected to be home tomorrow. I haven’t seen anyone in so long it is hard to believe that anyone actually lives here but us. How weird. I have now topped a month without seeing Nate and he lives right across the hall from me. And I will most likely go to DC tomorrow and return on Wednesday and return to DC on Thursday or Friday and still not have seen him for all that time.

John said that the cats have gotten really bad down in Maryland and that they are outdoors cats now. Which really doesn’t work either. So he is looking for good homes for them. He might only have to get rid of Mickey. All the girls love Mickey. If anyone out there really wants a long haired, skinny, orange Mickey, let me know. He will probably be yours for the asking. He has all his shots and everything and we just want him to be cared for. Nila might be ok without him. We don’t know yet.

The Renaissance Festival is on in Maryland and that is a good time. John is going tomorrow in his full body armour (yes, real full body armour.) I think that the entire gang in Maryland will be going the the Festival next weekend since Dominica is going to be coming down to visit us over Labour Day weekend.

I ended up napping all afternoon and it is now evening so the news is short today as was the day. I have much work to get done tonight and tomorrow so I will be getting to that shortly. Have a good weekend.

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