More Wedding Bells

As promised, here is Saturday’s news:

Kelly McConnell, from my Bible Study, is engaged to Kristin Engler.

This is a pretty substantial point since it marks the first of TheBS guys to get engaged. I think many of us honestly thought it was going to be Ben and Caitlin. Kelly, the dark horse, caught us by surprise (well, at least me). That doesn’t mean that I don’t think he’s cut out for the challenge of marriage. On the contrary, I think Kelly is wise beyond his years.

Photo update:

Where Are They Now: Sammy Barrett

Once in a blue moon, I’ll come across someone from the past. This blue moon belongs to Sammy Barrett (with a hat tip to Jeff Hanway for the find).

Sammy went to Seattle Academy and was part of our class for the sophomore year only. After that, she completely dropped off the radar.

I got a text (with accompanying photo) and later an email from Jeff wondering if I remembered her:

Do you remember Sammy Barrett… I’m pretty sure she was at SAAS for like a year, our sophmore year? She was like friends with Mariel I think. Anyway I was at my local Firehouse coffee shop getting my coffee this morning and saw a poster for her new CD and a show of hers in Tacoma.

I have to admit that the music is pretty catchy and I may end up buying the CD (unless I can get it on iTunes).

She has several upcoming performances in Seattle and Tacoma. Anybody down for going?

Sammy Barret on…
Official Site:

World Falling Apart

You look outside your metaphorical window and you see things happening to other people in other neighborhoods. You think, “That’ll never happen to me. That’ll never happen in my neighborhood.

I guess there are some things you expect. People go off to college. People date. You expect these things and in time you expect that they will graduate, become engaged, get married, and have kids. These things should happen in time though, with due pacing, and in more or less that order.

Recently though, people have been accelerating the processes:

A friend from college just had a baby. Not graduated and not married (as far as I know and I’m also not saying that not being married is bad).

I’ll also have some more news on Saturday…but you’ll have to wait.

Dual-Boot Vista and XP or …?

I recently had a question asked of me. Here are the basics:

Needed a new laptop for school.
Laptop came with Windows Vista, but need Windows XP to run Application X (inability to do this is a show stopper)

There are really three options here:

  1. Buy the laptop with XP installed. Yes, you can still do this with many companies (including Dell).
  2. If don’t need Vista, just run XP by itself.
  3. If you already have Vista on your machine and want to install XP on it, setup a dual boot: Lifehacker links to ProNetworks which has a step-by-step guide. Either way, you’ll need to get copy of VistaBootPro (which is free!)

If WWII Had Been an Online RTS Game

Thanks to Quinn for emailing me this:

If World War Two had been an online Real Time Strategy game, the chat room traffic would have gone something like this.

*Hitler[AoE] has joined the game.*
*Eisenhower has joined the game.*
*paTTon has joined the game.*
*Churchill has joined the game.*
*benny-tow has joined the game.*
*T0J0 has joined the game.*
*Roosevelt has joined the game.*
*Stalin has joined the game.*
*deGaulle has joined the game.*
Roosevelt: hey sup
T0J0: y0
Stalin: hi
Churchill: hi
Hitler[AoE]: cool, i start with panzer tanks!
paTTon: lol more like panzy tanks
T0JO: lol
Roosevelt: o this fockin sucks i got a depression!
benny-tow: haha america sux
Stalin: hey hitler you dont fight me i dont fight u, cool?
Hitler[AoE]; sure whatever
Stalin: cool
deGaulle: **** Hitler rushed some1 help
Hitler[AoE]: lol byebye frenchy
Roosevelt: i dont got **** to help, sry
Churchill: wtf the luftwaffle is attacking me
Roosevelt: get antiair guns
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The People You Meet at Bars

I was at Earl’s the other night with Hannah, Quinn, and Peter. A couple of Hannah’s friends were there who had also brought a couple of their friends. Ten minutes I look at Hannah and ask if one of the guys is named Elliot. He was.

It was Elliot Rivera-Flodine whom I had played soccer with for many years (3rd grade ’till 10th grade). I hadn’t seen him for about 5 years. We talked for a while and got each other filled in.

The People You Meet at Bars.

Things Start Rolling at Boeing

I can already tell that things are going to be different then they were last year. Not in a bad way, not a in good way; just different.

For example, last year I had one project that I focused on pretty much the entire time. Because I only had a single project, I really only had a single point of contact for day-to-day activities and then my boss.

This year is different. I have the same boss as last year, which is blessing because he’s great. He’ll handle high-level items. Then I have a manager who will cover middle-level activities. Finally, I have a slew of people I work with everyday. Co-workers in fact, although they’re more then that because they’ve been there longer and know what they’re doing.

I also have about three projects I’m working on. Less deep and more wide when compared to last year.

Which brings me to what I’m working on: I’m in the hardware group and I’m working on drawings and hardware selection.

Could I be anymore vague? Probably.

Life as an intern is good.

[tags] boeing, intern, internship[/tags]

SAAS Stuff

Tuesday was SAAS Graduation. The last one I’ll go to for now. There are two reasons this will be my last one. First, I don’t know anyone else graduating. This was the last class that I shared a link to. Second, I have this “thing” left over from high school. I don’t know why, but I do. The easiest way to explain it is to just say that I have some desire to rehash my high school life. I feel like I missed out on a lot of things and I left to early (which I didn’t. I did my four years and I was out just like that).

If you’ve ever read “Just a Geek”, by Wil Wheaton, he talks about this ghost called “Prove to Everyone that Quitting Star Trek Wasn’t a Mistake” which he shortens to “Prove to Everyone”.

Always close, but never quite getting that one acting job that would revitalize his career, he struggled to come to terms with what it means to be famous, or, ironically, famous for having been famous.

P.S. If Rob Phillips ever reads this, I’ll never hear the end of it…one might call it an inside joke from Canyon Lands.

I digress.

I was able to see Gillian Derkee, Mira Courage, Adrian Harris (who is freaking huge by the way! 6′ 5″ eghad!). Mission Accomplished. Done and Done.

Thursday was the SAAS Alumni at the BluWater Bistro on Lake Union. Good times for sure. Alec Turnbull, Daniel Bushyhead, Morgan Harris, Devin Fitzpatrick, Celeste Jalbert, Nora Johnson, Peter Markle, and myself represented ’04 (I don’t think I missed anyone from our class). I tried to get Jeff Hanway to come, but he’s insistent on waiting five years, which means two more years before he’ll come. A handful of teachers came: Bill, Canuche, Melinda, and Fred to name a few that I can remember without thinking too hard at two in the morning.

When We Last Left Our Hero

  1. I was in Colorado
  2. Didn’t have a job
  3. Hadn’t started work
  4. Had only been to one wedding this summer

One week later:

  1. Back in Seattle
  2. Have a job
  3. Started work
  4. Have been to two weddings, sorta

So how does this all work out? Well, getting on a 8:30 am flight to Seattle last Sunday morning was the easy part. Then the real fun began. I really don’t care to get into the details because A) they don’t matter to people who aren’t involved; and, B) it would probably be appropriate to keep them under wraps (at least until sufficient time has passed that people no longer care about/read this site).

What I can/will say is that I’m back at Boeing and started on Friday. I spent most of the day reading hard copies of material related to my project because my computer access hadn’t been restored yet.

I was supposed to go to Brent’s wedding today and I did, just at the wrong time. So pretty much completely botched that one. I did catch him before they left for the reception.