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Graduation in Buffalo

Friday, May 26, 2006 7:25 AM

Niagara Falls on May 19, 2006

Last weekend, I flew out to Buffalo for Andrea's graduation from law school.  I arrived in Buffalo late on Thursday night at almost midnight, and we went home and went to sleep.

On Friday morning, we got up and met my mom for breakfast.  We went to the Original Pancake House and had a very filling breakfast.  We then went over to Wegmans to pick up a couple of things.  My mom loved wandering around the store because it's so unlike anything we have in Denver.  At this point, Andrea's family called and we went back to her apartment to meet them.  We went and had a quick lunch at McDonalds before heading up to Niagara Falls.  Most of Andrea's family had not been to the Falls before, so we spent most of the afternoon there.  Some of us, including Andrea and I, went on the Maid of the Mist, while others did the Journey Behind the Falls.  After that, we drove down the Niagara Parkway, stopping at the Niagara Whirlpool, and the Floral Clock, before heading into Niagara-on-the-Lake for dinner.  We had dinner at the Olde Angel Inn, and then Diana, Kyle, Andrea, and I took a carriage ride around Niagara-on-the-Lake before we headed home for the night.

On Saturday morning, my mom and I went back up to Niagara-on-the-Lake while Andrea and her family went shopping in Buffalo.  Mom and I went up to go to the Scottish Loft to get some treats for Ronnie, and then went to Peller Estates so mom could taste and buy some icewine.  After that, we headed back across the border to the graduation.  We ended up going back across at the Rainbow Bridge since the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge was backed up well into Canada. 

At this point, we went and met Andrea and her family, and then headed over to the Center for the Arts at UB for the graduation.  The graduation was a nice ceremony, and the decorations on stage were very well done.  The commencement speaker was Michael Battle, a UB graduate and the current Director of the Executive Office for United States Attorneys.  After the ceremony, we took pictures at the reception and then headed over to Chef's for Andrea's graduation dinner.  The dinner was wonderful and was well described as "a heart attack on a plate."  After dinner, we went home and called it a night.

On Sunday morning, we got up and went over to the hotel to have breakfast with my mom and Andrea's family.  We then went back and quickly finished packing up Andrea's apartment into the truck and her Jeep, before mom and I had to head to the airport to fly home.

It was definitely a great weekend, and probably one of my last trips to the Buffalo area.  Pictures are posted on my Photo page.

 
By: Shane
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Weekend in New Mexico

Tuesday, May 16, 2006 7:47 AM

Stations of the Cross Shrine in San Luis, Colorado

I spent this past weekend in New Mexico for my brother's graduation from UNM.  I drove down on Thursday evening and got into Los Alamos at about 10:30pm.

On Friday, Dad, Micah, and I got up and had Chili Works breakfast burritos on our way down to Albuquerque.  We ran a number of errands in Albuquerque including getting Ivy's car fixed, and getting Dad's tuxedo measurements taken for my wedding.  We then went and had lunch at Sadie's, which is one of my favorite New Mexican restaurants.  We then went and ran a couple more errands before heading back to Los Alamos.

On the way back to Los Alamos, my dad points out this drip line of paint on northbound I-25 starting at the Tramway Blvd. exit in Albuquerque and says, "Watch where it ends."  As we drive back toward Santa Fe and get off on the Santa Fe Bypass route, the paint line is still going strong.  The paint line stays in the right hand lane all the way to US-84/285 and gets on going north toward Pojoaque.  This paint line continues all the way to the Los Alamos/Cities of Gold Casio exit where they clearly had to stop and there is a splash of paint at the stoplight.  At this point they turn left and immediately go off onto the shoulder where they must have finally noticed the paint drip after nearly 100 miles!

Once we got back to Los Alamos, Micah and I played a couple of games of Madden 06 on their PC.  Micah is quite good at this game, especially for a 10 year old, and I only managed to go 2-2 against him over the weekend.  We then went to dinner at the Trinity Beverage Company before heading back home for the rest of the night.

On Saturday, we got up and had Chili Works again for breakfast and I played Micah in Madden again before we headed back to Albuquerque for Daniel's graduation.  Once in Albuquerque, we went to Christy Mae's for lunch, and then went over to the Johnson Center at the University of New Mexico for the graduation.  Daniel's graduation was a nice ceremony and took about 2 hours.  The graduation was just for the Anderson Schools of Management where Daniel got his Bachelor's in Business Administration.  Daniel will be going to work for the Vanguard Group in Scottsdale, AZ starting in June.  After the graduation, we went to Daniel's graduation party at Boston's Pizza.  The party lasted for about 3 hours and we had a good time socializing with friends and family before we headed back up to Los Alamos.

On Sunday morning, I got up and Dad had made pancakes for breakfast.  I then helped show Dad how to use his new photo printer before I headed down to White Rock to hang out with Scott and Marianne for a while.  I hung out with Scott, Marianne, and their 8 month old daughter, Adrianna, for about 45 minutes before I headed back up to Los Alamos for my Grandma Church's Mother's Day BBQ.  At the BBQ, we had to move inside because it began raining, but I had a good lunch with Grandma Church, Dad, my Uncle Alan, and his girlfriend, Claire. 

Following lunch, I finally headed out of Los Alamos on my way back to Denver.  Along the way I stopped in San Luis, Colorado, the oldest town in Colorado, because I had been curious about the church on top of the mesa in town.  It turns out that the church is the Stations of the Cross Shrine, one of only two officially recognized Catholic shrines in Colorado.  On the trail leading up to the chapel, are a series of bronze statues depicting the stations of the cross by San Luis artist, Hubert Maestas.  The mesa is officially known as "la Mesa de la Piedad y de la Misericordia" or the Hill of Piety and Mercy.

Following my hike up to the Stations of the Cross Shrine, I continued home to Denver, ending what was a good weekend with family in New Mexico.  Photos from the weekend are in my Photo Album.

 
By: Shane
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Pocket PC Time Clock Released

Wednesday, May 10, 2006 10:41 AM

Pocket PC Time Clock I don't normally post much about work, but one of my big projects since I've been at TimeCentre was officially released on Monday.  I spent about 4 months working as the sole developer of this first production release of the Pocket PC Time Clock.  This version supports in, out, switch, and lunch punching, validation, and level heirarchies on all Pocket PC 2003 and Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC devices.  The Pocket PC Time Clock is also capable of working in online or offline modes.  Contact TimeCentre sales for purchasing information.
 
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Stirling Weather 1.0 Released.

Wednesday, May 3, 2006 11:40 AM

Stirling Weather 1.0

I've just released Stirling Weather 1.0.  Stirling Weather displays the current conditions and five day forecast from the National Weather Service on your Pocket PC device.  Following the cease and desist letter from weather.com, I started from scratch and built a new weather application from the ground up using weather data from the National Weather Service. Stirling Weather gets the current conditions from any NWS data station and an extended forecast based on the selected Zip Code. Stirling Weather is only supported on Windows Mobile 5.0. For more information and to install Stirling Weather, go to my Windows Mobile Software page.

 
By: Shane
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Stirling Weather Tray 1.0 Released

Wednesday, May 3, 2006 11:37 AM

Stirling Weather Tray 1.0 I've just released Stirling Weather Tray 1.0.  Stirling Weather Tray displays the current conditions, current watches and warnings, and five day forecast from the National Weather Service on your Windows desktop.  Following the cease and desist letter from weather.com, I started from scratch and built a new weather application from the ground up using weather data from the National Weather Service. Stirling Weather Tray gets the current conditions from any NWS data station and an extended forecast based on the selected Zip Code. Current Watches and Warnings from the NWS are based on either an NWS Zone Code (click here to find your zone code) or the two character state code for statwide data.  Note that this application will only retrieve data for areas covered by the National Weather Service.  For more information and to install the program, go to my Windows Software page.
 
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