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Widescreen Delight

July 30, 2007 at 12:31pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

I made a few business-related purchases at Best Buy over the weekend. First, I needed to pick up a webcam so I could do videoconferencing with some folks I’ll be working with beginning in the next couple weeks. I haven’t researched webcams in years, and boy have they changed. I ended up with a Logitech QuickCam Orbit. It seems to work very nicely, and it wasn’t nearly as expensive as I was afraid it would be (less than half the cost of this vendor for example). I also picked up a headset that will work both for videoconferencing and for making phone calls through Skype.

My big purchase was a new 22” widescreen monitor. Best Buy was selling them for $70 cheaper than anybody else, so I went ahead and made the purchase. It isn’t the highest quality monitor out there—though it really isn’t bad—but I don’t need the highest quality at this point. I just want cheap surface area, and that’s what I got. Now when I pair that monitor with my laptop I have 3,600 pixels of spacious widescreen real estate. Very nice.

Now I just need to get a comfy office chair and my workspace will be pretty much complete. Maybe Robbie can get that for his dad for Christmas.

Needed: One Awesome Babysitter

July 24, 2007 at 12:31pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

The Missus and I need a babysitter to watch Robbie some weekday afternoons and early evenings. The typical times will range between 3:00pm and 8:30pm, but rarely do we need somebody for that entire time. (Usually just a couple hours.) Our schedules are a little weird, so we need somebody who is pretty flexible. We prefer either somebody within a few miles of 48th and Highway 2, or somebody who can come to our place. We prefer somebody who we can count on for at least several months. And if you can only do one day a week, that’s fine. We aren’t opposed to working with more than one person; in fact, that’s what we’re doing now.

If you are such a person, or if you know of such a person, and you would like more information, please .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

I Just Neologized

July 19, 2007 at 2:30am By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

The Missus and I were chatting just now about a recently-married friend:

THE MISSUS: Do you think Mia is pregnant?
ME: Pregnant? Why do you think she’s pregnant?
THE MISSUS: Well, I had predicted they would get pregnant on their honeymoon. After all, all their friends have kids or are pregnant.
ME: And what, pregnancy is friend-genetic?
THE MISSUS: “Friend-genetic”?
ME: You know, inherited from your friends…

We talked a bit more and we decided “friend-genetic” was a useful word, but it was too long. We shortened it to friendetic. I hereby offer the following definition:

friendetic, adjective—of or relating to traits or behaviors acquired from or shared with one or more friends.

There you have it, a new word to add to your vocabulary. I can’t wait to see it at dictionary.com!

What’s Your Walk Score?

July 15, 2007 at 6:50pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Just now I stumbled across a cool website that calculates a “Walk Score” for your home. A Walk Score is a measure of how easy it is to walk to businesses and services from your home. Our place at 625 Elm Street (that’s near 48th and Highway 2, by the way) score 68 out of 100. How does your home score?

Peaceful Slumber

July 5, 2007 at 12:20pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

I can’t believe it. Robbie slept through the night despite all kinds of commotion just outside his bedroom window. Good job, buddy!

Little Flirt

July 2, 2007 at 12:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Robert had his first kiss on Friday. It was adorable.

We went to Southpointe for their Friday evening concert series. Robert was dancing and grooving to the music. Nearby, another one-year-old sat with her grandpa. When she saw Robbie, she went to dance with him. They walked around together and flirted for a while, drawing all sorts of attention to themselves. At some point Robbie must have decided they had courted long enough, because he walked right up to her, put his hands on her shoulders, and planted a big, sloppy kiss right on her lips. I think at least 50 people simultaneously let out an “Awwwww!”

While everybody else commented to their neighbors that the kiss was the cutest thing they had ever seen, I sat in silence and thought to myself, “And so it begins…”

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