May 23, 2006

I woke up at 2:30 this morning and decided to get out of bed. I was wide awake in no time and figured that it would be a waste of a perfectly good morning to go back to bed after being so wide awake so I decided that it would be better to be productive.

I started off the morning by reading the latest issue of CSO (Chief Secuirty Officer) magazine. Then I moved to the living room and fired up the ol’ workstation. I managed to install FreeNX on a couple of machines and learn how to use it. FreeNX is an open souce implementation of the No Machine protocol which is a remote access system designed for accelerating access to an X Client such as used by Linux or Solaris. I only got so much time to play with it but so far it looks to be really interesting.

Dominica woke up when I was getting ready to go to work and decided to get up and go to breakfast with me. It was 5:50 when she woke up and she was very confused as to why I was awake. We managed to get over to the Omega at 6:00 am, eat and I was able to get to the office by 7:20. Traffic is so awesome at that time of the morning.

I did great this morning but by the end of lunch, at 2:00 for me, I was dragging pretty badly and it seemed like 4:00 was impossible to reach. Getting up at 2:30 in the morning can be rough. But I always have a bad time trying to stay awake and alert after lunch. Something about my body processing food just causes me to fall asleep after I eat. It isn’t like I had a huge meal. Just a tuna salad sandwich on wheat bread, a little pasta salad and some dried pineapple.

I managed to get a hold of my insurance agent to deal with my insurance stuff. Or to at least talk about it. Apparently I don’t really qualify as anything right now. I can’t be insured in New Jersey because I don’t really live here and my official address is New York. Even my rent bill gets sent to New York. What a huge hassle this is going to turn into. My plan had been to keep the house in Geneseo and to maintain that as my residence. But apparently I now have to come up with an address in New Jersey, deal with the bizarre, ongoing tax situation (I pay income tax in both New York and New Jersey,) get a New Jersey licence, etc. Way too much effort. Maybe I should have stayed in the hotel. Who knows what they do when you do that? Maybe you are not allowed to exist if you attempt to live in a hotel without an address.

Dealing with my insurance woke me up a little bit and I was able to get back to being a functional human being again. I hate that mid-afternoon funk. I really just need to lie down and take a nap when that happens. I am totally useless as long as it is going on.

I am beginning to think more seriously about moving the “company” in this direction. It really looks like Dominica and I are going to be locked into the Northern New Jersey / New York Metro Area for the long term and having the company located so far away just doesn’t make any sense. But where to locate it is a big question. No place is particularly good.

Special thanks to Wil Wheaton who has managed to officially Christen America’s northern neighbour Canuckistan. We will be using that term from here on in. I believe Canuckistan is the official Turkish term for “Land of the Canadians”.

Min was waiting for me when I got home and we ran right off to On The Border for some Mexican for dinner. We were not very impressed by On The Border. The food was okay but nothing special. The place was loud, obnoxious and like so many restaurants in New Jersey, the service was SLOW. It tooks three or four times as long to get out of there as it took to eat our dinners. I don’t like spending my evening sitting in a cheap Mexican knock-off restaurant where I can’t even talk to my wife at the table over the noise just waiting for a check. It doesn’t make for a nice, relaxing evening after being at work all day.

We finally got back to the apartment and watched a couple of epsidoes of That 70’s Show while Dominica worked on stuff for her classes at Empire State College. She is all ready writing articles and stuff and it is only the first week and she only has two classes. I think that she is starting to learn a bit all ready so that is encouraging. Since she has her degree prior to starting at Empire this time around is really just about the learning opportunities that the college provides.

I had a little work that I had to do and then it was off to bed around 11:30. I was pretty tired by the time we got to bed.

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