Saturday, July 30, 2005

Moving Hints

I am sitting here watching my neighbors move out, heading to Kansas. I thought to myself, some people make moving more difficult than it has to be. I have moved a lot in my time, both being a Navy Brat and having an adventurous spirit. I thought I should share some advise. Some "Moving rules" You might say. Now these are more guidelines than rules, but things that help make moving less painful.

1. Never do a "pick up truck" move. The bed is to high and it makes for more work than required.
2. Use a U-Haul or something.
3. Put everything in a box. If its not in a box, it don't get moved
4. Label the afore mentioned boxes with what room they go in.
5. No, I mean NO, big boxes. People tend to stack encyclopedias in TV boxes and expect that they can move them.
6. Put the boxes in first. Stack them towards the cab. (labels out)
7. Put your box spring in to wedge the boxes
8. Place large framed art between the box spring and mattress.
9. Put furniture in next, using towels and blanket between the items.
10. Throw or give away things you haven't used in the last year. No need to move trash from one state to another.
11. When loading a dresser, remove the drawers, place dresser on truck and replace drawers. (no need to pack items inside dresser)
12. Put a trash can with bags on the end, that way you can throw trash out while unpacking.
13. Be generous to your help. ( buy them dinner or pizza or something)
14. Remember, "First thing in, is the Last thing out"
15. Have a plan.

I am a coffee drinker, so my coffee pot was in the front seat and that was the first thing we set up at the new place. We also planed to arrive at the destination, outside of the rush hour. If moving to an apartment complex. try to arrive in the middle of the day, it will allow you to get the best parking spot close to the door, and there won't be a lot of people around. (To get in the way or make a mental note on what kind of stuff you have in your house)

I hope this will help someone on their next great adventure.

Friday, July 29, 2005

Good Times

Just finished another week at work, preparing for my next trip. I am very excited. It looks like the trip will go well. I have laid the best plans and only have a few things to tie up. I just finished a book by Tom Clancy. Rainbow Six. It expands on the life of the character John Clark. It was pretty good, I found that it took only a 6 days to read the 800+ pages. I was surprised by the language, but it has been a while since I have read anything outside of bible study and news periodicals.

On another note, I set out tonight to help renovate one of the trailers at church, we use them for our sunday school classes. The work is coming along nicely. I met one of the ladies at our church, RW. Very nice, and she worked her butt off. But we only worked for about an hour. By the time I got there we were in the clean up stage. We whipped through that pretty quick. I will return tomorrow and spend the afternoon downtown, it is suppose to be pretty.

Thats all for now.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

New Gadget

As you have seen from my previous post, Tronster has a new ride. The purchase of that ride came with a pretty cool gadget. My friend at Tapehiss has been raving about satellite radio for years. Well I get a one year subscription to Sirius radio. I am so siked. Every football game, no matter how bad the Cowboys play will be on the radio. I have played with it for a few minutes today, and so far, Tronster is happy. He can't wait for a road trip.

On another note, here is something for you all to check out, read this little Gem and tell me if you like the guy or not.

I want to send out a hardy congrats to Gaterhamm. It seems those guys down in Florida at my old job have lost their mind. They have promoted the Big Hamm to a really powerful supervisory position. Now they have a couple of great instigators running the show down there. I am really happy for him and I hope everything goes Gator's way.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Earth Killer's Fate

Well folks, the rumors are true. I have retired earth killer. My famous truck of the south has been passed on for others to enjoy. I traded it in on "Earth Killer Light". This new fine automobile, pictured below, is Tronster's new cruiser. Take a look. Fun to drive, and kinda utilitarian at the same time. This is not an actual photo of the jeep, it has rained everyday since I bought it, so this is a stock photo, but it looks exactly like mine.

God bless each of you.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Reminders of Florida

I have had conversations with friends in the past, not native Floridians, saying they can't stand the humidity. This past year, you all know that I changed jobs and up and moved to Virginia, DC metro area. Well, These past couple of days have been just like home, except no hurricanes. So guys, that is your cross to bear. But we had some thunder-boomers this weekend. They were pretty severe, and I was talking to a neighbor, and they mention the humidity. I laughed in their face. Said this is nothing. Memories of of back home. Breaking a sweat from the front door to the car. Why I never could cleaned the garage enough to park the car in it I'll never know. It was reaching 90° with a heat index of 99°. Whew, if they only knew about August in Jacksonville.

Keep it real folks, talk at you later.

Tronster

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Dinner with MC

I just had a great evening of chow with a good ol buddy. There was stimulating conversation and great food. That Olive Garden place is pretty good still. It was in the bottom of an office building, and I almost didn't get the earth killer in the parking lot. I only cleared it by a couple of inches. In my travels, I did take the long way around. (About six or ten miles south of the preferred route) but I made it there and was only fashionably late. Ha Ha. MC is doing fine and getting ready for another long deployment. I hope he as as much fun on this one as he had on the last one. Keep it real MC. Talk all yaw later

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Quick Note

I have a question for the masses. Why do clothing manufacturers use different sizes for shorts and Pants. I bought I pair of shorts the same size as pants a normally wear, and the are falling off my butt. (calm down ladies, I really don't have much of a butt anyway). But if I buy pants the same size as my shorts, I'm liable to hurt somebody when the button comes off. Anyway, just thought I would ask.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Random Thoughts

I saw a bumper sticker that made me think, I would like to share this with all of you.
"Don't be afraid to try something new, you see, Noah was an amateur and he built the ark, and the Titanic was built by a group of professionals"

Chew on that for a while, Have you been afraid to try something new, and God has been leading you? Go ahead on faith and maybe you can experience what God has in store for you.

Monday, July 04, 2005

Africa


As many of you avid Tronster.net readers know, I have been promising a picture from Africa. Well now you have it. This tree is located in the lobby of the Meridian in Dakar, Senegal. The Prince of Saudi Arabia paid to finish the convention center for a meeting of the African nations a few years back. I was told that this was the nicest hotel in all of Africa. I really thought the pillows were great. They were huge, 2' x 2'. The TV had it's limits, only showing French stations and a couple of the Local languages. There was an English version of the world news, but they play the same news in a cycle of about a 1/2 hour.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Road Trip

Today, I ventured out to Skyline Drive. A lovely part of the Shenandoah National Park. If you are ever in the area, I would suggest taking a day and checking it out. There are several little hikes you can take that will lead you to some of the most beautiful country you have ever seen. I took one hike up to Bearfence Rock. The sign said it was 300 yards from the road. The trail was a mountain goat trail. I had to climb rocks and go almost completely up hill. The view was spectacular. The walk was like running a stair-stepper. The down hill side was much easier. I didn't run into of the Appalachian trail hikers, but I did run into a few day hikers enjoying the weather as much as I was. It didn't break 70 degrees until after 1:00 p.m. It was a reat time, and I think next time I will go prepared for a hike to "The devils staircase" falls. Its a five mile hike from the drive and I wasn't prepared for that.