(text) "What's up Holmes???" Nov 12 (while I was one room over in the house)
"How do I know where the cheapest chicken is in town?" Nov 13
"So when we gonna kick it again?" Nov 14
"But I have my chair... and my table..." Nov 16 (lamenting about my house and him leaving soon)
(via text) "Call me in 5 minutes." Nov 18 (as I'm waiting for him @ Hertz car rental)!
"It's freezing cold, holmes!" Nov 28
"I think I misplaced a half million Vietnamese dongs... keep a lookout, will ya?" Nov 29
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
I had the distinct pleasure of going to a Greek wine seminar on the 16th of this month. "Greek wine?" you ask. Yeah, I know. The Greeks are not known for their great wines. But as we learned... the French learned from the Romans... and the Romans stole the techniques from the Greeks.
2009 Semeli Mountain Sun White $10.99
The picture of the grove where this wine came from was the top of a beautiful mountain. The wine smells sweet, with hints of apricot. It's got a soft, gentle nose. Had some dry apple undertones. Surprisingly, this wine comes from a RED grape, but is a WHITE wine. The sweet smell does NOT match the dryness of the wine. ** 1/2
2007 Tselepos Moschofilero $18.99
This wine has a golden color, with a heavy crisp smell. It struck me as a breakfast wine (odd?) because it's color looks like apple juice. It has a weird flavor and a weird smell. * for overall quality... but **** for the pure sake that you should TRY it just because it tastes so WEIRD.
2008 Semeli Mountain Sun Red $10.99
This syrah similar wine smells sharp with a sense of cherry. It has soft tannins, nice smokey/oakey flavor. I liked it a lot. *** 1/2
2005 Tselepos Nemea $18.99
Thirteen percent alcohol! This agiorgitiko grape is definitely what I call a transitory wine. You smell barnyard, you taste a dry sharpness, it smooths out, and provides an afterbite spice. Definitely a buy! ****
2008 Kir-Yianni Paranga $16.06
Soft! I literally said "ooooh!" outloud when I tasted it. Reminds me of chocolate covered cherries, actually. It trickles down your throat. ***
2006 Kir-Yianni Ramnista $24.00
Aging wine! Will last 10+ years. Sharp nose... so I expected it to be sour. It bites the pallet then immediately softens. VERY dry tannins. ** 1/2
2006 Moraitis Paros Red $13.44
Mandilaria grape is the most tanic grape from Greece. VERY dark wine. Smells awesome. It has a fruit note to its nose... and it's hard to place. It's very broad... like you can smell all fruits at once. Smooth, broad.. you can taste it's fullness on the sides of your tongue. It's a thick wine, very full -> It felt like you could chew the wine. The wine is blended with 40% white wine. ***** (I bought a case.)
All in all, I was very surprised by the quality that I tasted. I had a great time and look forward to drinking the Moraitis over the next couple of years!
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Good afternoon! Wicked headache from last night! But I had a great time. I rolled in this morning around 7AM. Anyway...
So my new job! I went through training this week, and started an accelerated regimen to get up to speed on systems, policies and personnel. One such policy is that we're not allowed to share where we work on-line. Additionally, due to my clearance, I cannot share any details (what we do, where and how) of my job outside of the workgroup. In fact, that came up as a violation from someone this week. So no more details! Ha.
I like it. I like it a lot. I even got to sit down with the VP on Friday and have a great, frank discussion about the company and my future. They have a plan for me, and it's a clear career path. It's really exciting (if the training doesn't kill me first!). We're all headed in a stretch limo today to go to an SU football game as a group. The company is treating me very well, thus far.
Plus... they're a bunch of young guys with geeky interests and fun personalities. I'm looking forward to new friendships and new opportunities.
Posted by Luke at 12:27 PM
Thursday, November 18, 2010
I've been busy with the new job. I'll of course have a better sum up over the weekend when I have some more time. Suffice to say... I'll be extremely busy now every day. But the perks are great. They issued me my own iPhone and Dell laptop that I carry with me all the time, I get to park right next to my office, and there's a super Wegmans right next door. I'm enjoying it so far, the people I work with are intelligent and fun, and we're even going to a football game together this Saturday via limo to Syracuse. Also, I'm officially a contractor with UR now. I've been doing some work in the evenings for them. Great rate... and it keeps me busy. OK. Gotta go.
Posted by Luke at 7:02 AM
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
- An amazing view every day on my walk to work
- The beautiful campus/arboretum
- Being able to take an occasional 2 hour lunch!
- Having an amazing office on the academic quad
- Being able to interact with so many aspects of the organization
- Twenty-five days of vacation a year!
- Specific people that always had my back
- Free food on campus somewhere any day of the week
- Gym & showers right next to my office building
- Having my sister stop in to study
- Free MBA!
- Lunch with my sister any day of the week, no rushing back
- Starbucks a small walk away
- Lavish "beginning of semester" and "holiday" parties!
- Never partaking in "Food Fridays" over 7 1/2 years
- Being surrounded by highly intelligent people (students)
- Never a dull moment, and when you had one, high speed internet!
- Biking to work! Running along the river at lunch!
- Hospital/doctor/appointments right on campus @ Strong
- Mexican hot dog vendors on campus every day @ lunch
- Working with so many runners! Great encouragement.
- Having so many close friends on campus to identify with
- Volunteering for Meliora Weekend! golf cart love
- Mini-fridge & water cooler in my office! And plants!
- Being on the forefront of new technologies
- ...and obviously so much more. But I'm moving on...
Posted by Luke at 8:22 AM
Thursday, November 11, 2010
It's been a rough few days. We had a poor couple of volleyball games on Sunday, and I ended up hurting myself really badly after the second game (of six).
We played the best team of our league, and it was obvious our group was trying extra hard to be focused. We definitely didn't have a lack of effort.
At game point of the second game, I ended up throwing myself onto the ground to (not) save a ball. I landed hard on my left side rib cage... knocking the wind out of myself and putting myself into immediate pain.
However, I brushed it off and tried my best to play the rest of the night. We still had fun! But we lost 3 games and then won 3.
The next few days have been absolutely awful on my body. It's taking me at least 10-20 minutes to get out of bed in the morning, I'm downing tons of ibuprofen every day. It's been tough.. but every day it gets slightly better.
I tried to run but it ended up being terribly painful. I'm going to take it easy for awhile, not play this coming Sunday in our matchup, and try to heal up the best I can.
Wish me luck.
Posted by Luke at 9:55 AM
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Monday, November 08, 2010
"Fine." Oct 30
"..." Oct 31 - Nov 4 (five days of silence)
"Yo." Nov 5 (@7:50am)
"You probably don't know, but I was in a car accident on Wednesday." Nov 6
"Can you put color in a [plain] text editor?" & then "How do you tell a database the first letter of a column must be equal to 0?" Nov 6
"Wait. What is the real time?" Nov 7 (@7am re: time change)
"I was... and the... where is... I forgot what I was gonna say. Good night." Nov 8
Sunday, November 07, 2010
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
I've been a pie fiend as of late. I tend to make a bunch of apple pies in the fall as the apples are in season, and this year has been no different. I had a couple coworkers inquire why I hadn't brought in any pie. If anyone knows anything about my job, you'd know why that is the case. But I made a pie for my cousins coming into town, and it turned out that it caused a bit of a commotion for leftovers. I only heard this second/third hand, but the next day, the last slice was vied for, pined after, and disputed about. HEY. I will make you another pie if you ask! The great thing about the pies are how quickly they can be made and how wonderful they always seem to come out. I even made one for game night... the first game night I had attended in many a month, and taking a break a couple hours in to devour it was delish. I love it when after weeks have gone by, people still bring up the pie as a topic of conversation.
So I quit my job. I put in notice. I gave them four weeks. I'm leaving on a good note, and my next job will be exactly on my path in the career/field I want to be in. It's a wonderful opportunity and I'm looking forward to the change. But I've also made sure in the final weeks at my current job that nobody gets the false-impression that I'm uncommitted... I have a ton left to do on my plate, and I'm finally getting the opportunity to finish everything I have outstanding. I will get everything done. The final days at my job have been rife with revelation about who cares about me, what everyone thinks of me and who really matters. I've been appreciating all the congratulations people are giving me, those that have come up to me to wish me luck and all the happy faces wanting the best for me. There is great speculation as of late to WHERE I'm going.. but since I'm trying as much to keep that to myself until I'm settled into the job, they'll have to wonder! But in general everyone is happy for me... :) There will always be those few left that treat me with silence, but I leave on a high note, and I'll still be helping them out from here to there as a contractor.
Unfortunately, this means no trip to California like I did last year for a week. I had scheduled a full trip to California in December to ride home with R. That didn't materialize. Not only did I request the time off and get it approved after much finagling of my schedule with my coworkers, but R never settled on his departure date. And since I'm switching jobs now, my new job will not provide me with enough time off in 2010 to leave in December. I was able to negotiate more time off than I otherwise would, but unfortunately, I won't have accumulated enough to vacation until next year. But the good news is they cash out my bank after I leave... so that will be a nice extra added final pay check!
So beyond work (which has been taking up all my time), not a whole lot has been going on. In the evenings, I've been filling my time with random activities, meeting up with people, watching funny/scary movies, catching up on long overdue todo items (leaves, anyone?), and just keeping myself distracted. The stress of the last nine months of job interviews, travel, my working situation, and just life in general has finally let up, and I'm trying to enjoy the sense of quiet and come back to zero.
I had a gathering for Halloween game night this year, which I think ended up being a great success. I had about 15 people over on Friday... I cleaned, baked, got snacks, ordered a sheet pizza with 50 wings, and hung out and played games with a bunch of my friends. It's good to be staying for a little while longer.. because I do enjoy all their company so much.
Saturday included an amazing party at Jen & Jim's house. They host it every year, and invite all the craziest people from their extended circle. Last year the gathering was intimate, and this year... the house was full of the most random costumes. I, of course, was super boring and did not dress up.. but I brought food/drink and had a great time with everyone for over six hours. I spent the day enjoying scary movies and then enjoyed the evening eating great foods and hanging out with a great group of people. By the time I was leaving for the night, they were all headed to the bars. Not sure how late they're open.. but 2AM was late enough for me! I stumbled home, got an extremely late-night phone call from a friend, and just couldn't sleep. I think I was super hopped up on caffeine and good times. No sugar! (I avoided carbs as best I could, like usual.) Besides my total lack of working out as of late (have had a lot of bodily discomfort...), I'm feeling good.
Speaking of stuff to do in my free time... volleyball! (My all time favorite sport by the way...) Our vollyball team is getting a whole lot better from week to week. We're working better as a team and actually kicking some serious butt. This week's double header was amazing. Not only did we dress up as zombies for the match, but we killed in our first round, gorged on food between, and then had a great come-back victory in our second match up. Last week we worked amazingly as a team (even our friendly audience said so!) and we're just getting better and better. This meant the entire evening (Halloween) was taken up at Hot Shots playing volleyball, it was totally worth it. These are my friends, we have a great time together, and what better way than enjoying the camaraderie and over-eating over the course of 4 hours? I'm officially joining the team for our next round... very much looking forward to it. I'm not saying we are pros.. but for a team of misfits with random skillsets, we're definitely improving.
This and next week include daily lunches with friends/coworkers "sending me off" for best wishes. I am enjoying the transition... even if the plan for what to do after I leave is still being decided. Good luck to them! I wish them the best.
Posted by Luke at 7:04 PM
Nola: so dont vote for pallidino? anyone else i shouldn't vote for or should vote for?
i vote at the gennesee park
me: in the park?
in the bathroom???
that sounds suspect
Nola: yes...i know...but u told me to vote
Posted by Luke at 9:48 AM