Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Posting from Colorado

Oh yes, how good it feels to be back. How have the rest of you been doing? It’s been so long since I’ve gotten a good post in. I haven’t just been hibernating, though. I’ve been out having minor adventures with the wife and kids here and there and I’ve been taking some pictures to prove it. I’m looking forward to sharing these experiences with you as well. It’s been nice to get out of the house and rest a bit to recharge the batteries after such a turbulent summer.
This week finds me in the quiet town of Fleming, Colorado where I’ve been sent to personally update the software on a server. Normally this process is all done remotely and this is actually the first time I’ve ever had to travel, outside of training, for this position. It’s been interesting, though. The flight to Denver was a short one aboard a prop job (jet with propellers) next to a scruffy guy with a motorcycle helmet and a personality to match the scruffy whiskers that composed his 5 o’ clock shadow. From there, it wasn’t exactly a hop, skip, and a jump to the rental car lot. Instead, it was an escalator, a train, and a bus ride, but I eventually made it.
Determined to avoid paying the 6 bucks to drive on the toll road, I set up my laptop and GPS receiver and pulled out of the lot. I then drove a few circles around the exits I needed to take as I bounced from one freeway to the next on my loopty-loop journey that eventually headed eastward. With Denver soon in my rear-view mirror, I breathed a sigh of relief. At last, it felt as if the real journey had begun. Two hours and several bug casualties on the windshield later, I left Interstate 76 at the Sterling exit, relieved that the Comfort Inn was so close.
The locals are very friendly and easy to work with and I’m happy to report that the trip has been uneventful thus far.

*** Update! ***
It surprises me to find that this old post remains one of my most read posts to date. I really appreciate that you took the time to read what I've written here. As I made my long return trip back toward Denver, a nasty storm was rolling in behind me. Since I was still so far from the mountains, I kept thinking that the ominous clouds might be a tornado and kept expecting to see a funnel forming in the rear-view mirror.
While Utah has its own threats of natural disasters and earthquakes, the mountains have always been friendly sentinels in my life. It turned out that the storm was a particularly nasty one and the school I was working with lost power for an extended time once I boarded my flight. This was noteworthy because they turned on the old equipment once power was restored. Of course, they were confused over why all the changes and upgrades we'd made to the new environment were lost and called in a panic. Thank heaven for the easy fixes, right? All they had to do was power down the old server and reboot the new one. Whew! Disaster averted!
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