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August 8th looked like a cloudy day -- I was bit nervous, as I had a three hundred and three mile motorcycle drive ahead of me to get to the Pocono Warriors Weekend (Run) -- I took off following my Friday meeting, around 2:00pm -- it looked like rain, but the forecast looked like patchy isolated showers. I made it to Providence, R.I. Before hitting the rain -- about ½ mile of it; not too shabby!!

The rest of the ride was beautiful (partly cloudy) until I arrived in New Haven, CT. It was "rush hour" -- the I-95 was backed up for as far as the eye could see. It was like this for hours, as I pulled into the Bronx (New York City area), I decided it would be easier to go south; cut across Manhattan and pick up the I-78 on the other side of the Holland Tunnel. The I-278 was also backed up; but it was moving faster. I should have arrived at the campground at 7:00pm; due to the traffic, I arrived at 11:00pm.

The weekend was GREAT -- met a lot of new people; and saw a handful of folks that I know from over the years. The weather sucked (raining all the time), but as long as the trip there and the trip home were dry, I was happy! They did a very funny gay version of "The Newlywed Game" at one of the cocktail parties, there were three new couples at the run that were questioned and quizzed. It was wicked funny!

Saturday night (a/k/a Sunday morning) I had to logon to perform system upgrades to a production server from 3:00am to 6:00am over a dial-up line -- it was slow, but it worked. (I knew about this change, but my choices were to not go to the event and do it from home; or do it this way.)

The rest of the week was a mess, with the W32.Blaster Virus hitting a whole bunch of people, causing network traffic problems; and to top it off the AC power grid on the East Coast of the U.S. had gone offline, resulting in a huge blackout. Although Boston was not affected, much of the network was having difficulty communicating (they're still picking up the pieces today...)

This weekend I will be moving stuff from my former apartment in the South End (Boston) to my new apartment in Quincy (about 8 miles south of downtown Boston) -- It's also Bears Barnight at The Alley this Saturday. On Sunday, as a reward, I will go to Six Flags New England for the day...

Today's song is ... The White Stripes - I'm Finding it Harder to be a Gentleman.



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