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Rocktober!

Sunday, September 30, 2007 7:56 PM

Rocktober!

One more game!  Andrea and I went to the Rockies game this afternoon for the regular season finale.  Everyone in the stadium was watching the Rockies game with one eye, and the San Diego/Milwaukee score on the out of town scoreboard with the other, hoping for a Rockies playoff.  As San Diego fell behind 11-4 (eventually losing 11-6), the stadium cheered every time Milwaukee scored.  Ubaldo Jimenez took a no hitter into the 6th for the Rox and ended up going 6 1/3 innings of shutout ball.  After the San Diego score went final, the Rockies put up 3 runs in the bottom of the 8th to take a 4-1 lead and Coors Field was jumping like I haven't seen since probably 1996 or 1997.  Manny Corpas came on and struggled, giving up 2 runs in the ninth before getting the final out and touching off the final celebration. 

Andrea and I went to the King Soopers at 17th & Sheridan after the game and stood in line to get tickets for tomorrow's one game NL Wild Card Tiebreaker with San Diego.  The game starts at 5:37 pm Mountain.  Go Rockies!!!

 
By: Shane
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The Fates Smile on Colorado for One More Day

Saturday, September 29, 2007 8:37 PM

George Hypolite directs the CU Marching Band after CU upsets #3 Oklahoma

Today, Andrea and I went up to Boulder for CU Homecoming and the annual CU Alumni Band.  The morning was filled with rehearsal and a catered breakfast for the alumni.  We then marched over to the stadium with the CU Band for the 11:30 kickoff versus #3 Oklahoma. 

The game didn't start too well for CU.  After an interception, OU led 7-0.  CU answered to make it 7-7 but OU struck back to make it 14-7.  OU added another field goal and CU trailed 17-7 at halftime.  After the half, another CU interception resulted in a 24-7 lead for OU.  But then the tide turned.  Eberhart hit a field goal to make it 24-10.  After an interception, CU scored on 4th down to make it 24-17 on the first play of the 4th quarter.  Then with about 4 minutes left, Hawkins hit Dusty Sprague in the endzone to tie the game at 24 after OU fumbled a CU punt.  The defense held and then CU marched down the field one more time.  As time expired,  Kevin Eberhart hit a game winning 45 yard field goal and the students rushed the field as CU knocked off #3 Oklahoma 27-24 in one of the best college football games I've ever been at.

At the same time, the Padres blew a 9th inning lead and lost to the Brewers in 11 innings, giving the Rockies new life.  Then tonight the Rockies beat the Diamondbacks 11-1, leaving the Rockies tied with the Phillies and Mets at 1 game behind the Padres in the NL Wild Card race with 1 game to play.  Andrea and I have tickets to the Rockies game tomorrow.  One game to play, and to paraphrase Spamalot, which we saw on Wednesday, "We're not dead yet!"

Go Buffs!!Go Rockies!!!

 
By: Shane
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Purple Playoff Watch

Friday, September 28, 2007 8:50 AM

Helton's walk off home run versus the Dodgers in the 2nd game of the streak on September 18, 2007

3 games left!  The Rockies could finish with the best record in the National League...  Or miss the playoffs entirely.  2 games back of Arizona in the NL West with a 3 game series against them remaining.  1 game behind San Diego in the NL Wild Card.  Tied for 2nd in the Wild Card with the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies.  A franchise record 11 game winning streak.  A franchise record 87 wins.  Has it ever been a better time to be a Rockies fan!?!?!?

Jeff Francis takes the mound tonight versus Brandon Webb of the Diamondbacks.  The playoffs start start tonight for all intents and purposes.  Win out and we're in.  Lose once and we need a lot of help.  Go Rockies!!!

 
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Hiking Mt. Evans - September 22

Thursday, September 27, 2007 1:42 PM

Lauren and I at the top of the gully

Last Saturday, Lauren and I went and hiked up Mt. Evans.  We left Denver at about 5:45am and got to the trailhead at the top of Guanella Pass right at 7am.  The first two miles or so of the trail was pretty flat but it was still pretty slow going because the trail weaved and disappeared in and out of the Mt. Bierstadt willows.  The willows area was really marshy and we ended up making our own trail in a number of places because the trail simply disappeared into the marsh. 

At the end of the first two miles, the trail goes straight up into this gully between The Sawtooth and Mt. Spaulding.  This ended up taking us a lot longer to get up than we anticipated, because the footing was really loose and it was a lot steeper than the route map seemed to suggest.  The top of the gully is a little over three miles into the hike.  We gained about 2000 feet of elevation over the one mile up the gully.

Unfortunately at this point we had to turn around because I had to be back in Denver for church.  So we ate lunch at the top of the gully and then headed back down.  Close to the bottom of the gully, I was turned to help Lauen down a particularly tall step when I heard her give a squeal of exclamation as she slipped and tumbled.  Fortunately she tumbled through a willow right to where I was standing and I was able to catch her before she hit this boulder and fell what looked like it would have been about six feet over this drop off.

As we were collecting Lauren, this man that we had seen way up the gully came around the corner, surprising us because he had got down so fast.  He then says, "Can you guys look at my face and tell me how bad it is?"  His face was covered in blood.  He told us that he had slipped on some of the loose footing in the gully and gone head over heels, hitting his face on a rock.  By the time that Lauren got him cleaned up, it looked like it was just a bad facial cut, but nothing terribly serious.  He took off back on the way down, hurrying to his car to go to the hospital to get it checked out though.

We then continued the rest of the way back down the gully and through the willows back to the car without further incident.  After we got back to the car, we joined the traffic going over Guanella Pass to look at the aspens and paused to take a few pictures.  We then cruised back into town so I could go to church.

When we got home, Lauren took off and I went and took a quick shower and got ready for church.  At this point, I noticed that my cell phone was missing.  I ended up 20 minutes late to the pre-service rehearsal because I was tearing the house apart looking for the phone, knowing that Andrea would be freaking out because I was so late calling her.  I ended up going to church without finding the phone and called her from church where we deduced that I must have lost it on the mountain somewhere.

The church service went pretty well despite the fact that three of my other brass players didn't show up like they said they would.  After the service, I went to the T-Mobile store to get a new phone since we don't have a home phone.  I ended up getting a new T-Mobile Dash since I was eligible for an upgrade and Andrea and I had been looking at it anway.

I then went home and spent some time setting up the new phone before going to head to bed.  Getting ready for bed, I went to get some ice for some water out of the fridge and managed to crack my eye on the corner of the fridge door, cutting my self pretty good.  By the time I had that cleaned up and under control I was really ready to go to sleep at the end of a long day.

Mt. Evans West Ridge from Guanella Pass Route

Photos from the hike

 
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R Season!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007 11:03 AM

R Season

This has been the best season I can remember to be a Rockies fan.  Entering tonight, we stand just one game behind San Diego and Philadelphia in the NL Wild Card.  I've been watching every game and I am just continually amazed by this team's refusal to lose.  The current eight game winning streak is the second longest in franchise history.  The 84 wins is the most in franchise history. 

During the run, we've demolished the playoff hopes for the Dodgers and put a serious dent in San Diego's.  We've watched a rejuvenated Todd Helton hit a walk off home run to launch the sweep of the Dodgers in the most exciting finish to a baseball game that I've ever seen.  We witnessed an unbelievable meltdown by Milton Bradley which has seriously damaged San Diego's hopes. 

We head into tonight with Ubaldo Jimenez pitching versus Brad Penny of the Dodgers just one game back.  I can't wait to see what happens next.  This is truly turning into R Season!  Go Rockies!

 
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You Gotta Believe!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007 9:51 AM

Todd Helton celebrates his walk off HR to beat the Dodgers on September 18, 2007

Last night, Lauren, Andrea, and I went to watch the Rockies play the Dodgers.  Entering the night, the Rockies were 1 game behind the Dodgers for 3rd place in the Wild Card.  It was a great back and forth game, with both teams' playoff hopes hanging in the balance.

In the bottom of the 9th, the Rockies were trailing 8-7, and the Dodgers brought in Takashi Saito, who hadn't given up a hit to the Rockies all year.  Saito got two quick outs, retiring Omar Quintanilla and Troy Tulowitzki. Matt Holliday came up and laced the first pitch into right field for a single.  Todd Helton came up, and with 2 strikes and the Rockies season in the balance, he crushed an absolute no doubt home run into the Rockies' bullpen for a 9-8 Rockies win!

With the win, the Rox moved into 3rd place in the Wild Card and kept their playoff hopes alive.  Go Rockies!

 
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Tech in the Media

Monday, September 17, 2007 6:33 AM

Windows Vista

Every once in a while, I read an "article" covering the technology world that just astounds me.  Yesterday, the New York Times published "A Window of Opportunity for Macs, Soon to Close," which is one such article.  The article begins with:

If you're the owner of a Windows PC who is looking for a replacement computer, the choices are grim. You can step into the world of hurt that is Vista, the latest version of Microsoft Windows that was released in January. Or you can seek out a new machine that still comes loaded with the comparatively ancient Windows XP.

The "world of hurt that is Vista?"  I've been using Vista on my Fujitsu laptop since last September, and Andrea and I just purchased a new Toshiba laptop for her with Vista last week.  "World of hurt" is not what I would call the experience.  While moving applications and settings to a new computer is always a time consuming process, something more like "complete pleasure" would describe the Vista experience better.  I've never had a better out of the box experience than with the new Toshiba that we purchased last week.  Now both of the machines we are running Vista on are stated as being Vista ready by the manufacturer, but everything on these machines works exactly as advertised.  On my Fujitsu laptop, I still have a dual boot setup with Windows XP, but I haven't even been tempted to boot into XP since I switched over.

Yes, Windows Vista is different than the Windows XP that you're used to.  Different is clearly scary to reporters like Mr. Stross.  That being said,  I wouldn't recommend upgrading a system unless you can verify that there are Vista compatible drivers for every single piece of hardware that you use.  If you think that migrating all of your software to a new machine running Vista is a "world of hurt," migrating to a different system architecture like a Mac will open a whole new dimension of hurt because your Windows peripherals likely won't work with a Mac and you will have to purchase new versions of every single software package that you own, if they're even made for a Mac.

While I would be very hesitant to upgrade an exisiting Windows XP machine to Vista, I would have no reservations at all about buying a new computer preloaded with Windows Vista.  Vista is miles ahead of XP in security and all around user experience.  If you are ready to try a Mac, then by all means, try a Mac, but be careful about what sources you read if you're looking for a truthful account of what switching operating systems, be it a new version of Windows or switching to a Mac, will actually mean to you.

 
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Outages

Tuesday, September 11, 2007 5:49 AM

Crystal Tech

I apologize for the recent site outages.  CrystalTech has had some major issues with the server that I am on over the last week.  Last Tuesday, the site was down for over 24 hours because they changed the permissions on the .NET Global Assembly Cache and then proceeded to try and blame me for the error for over 12 hours before they realized that it was their mistake.  Then, since sometime on Friday, the server that my site was on has had some major file system corruption.  It took them well over 24 hours after we noticed the problem on Sunday night to get everything moved to a different server to get my site back online.  At this point I'm still hoping they will provide some compensation for the outages.  If they don't, I will be changing hosting providers shortly.

Update (September 12, 2007 4:45pm):  CrystalTech has decided to credit me for the month due to the outages, while making abundantly clear that this is not their normal policy.

 
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Labor Day 2007

Friday, September 7, 2007 9:24 AM

My Grandpa Church's WWII Army overcoat

This past weekend, Andrea and I drove down to visit my dad in New Mexico.  We left Denver on Friday night after work and drove straight through to Los Alamos, arriving around midnight.

On Saturday morning, we woke up and my dad had gone and got Chili Works breakfast burritos for everyone.  We hung out for most of the day, watching CU beat CSU in overtime, Michigan lose to Appalachian State, and Wyoming beat Virginia.  We then went down to dinner at Rancho de Chimayo before returning to Los Alamos where Grandma Church showed us some of her artifacts from Peru and Grandpa Church's World War II Army overcoat.  I was very impressed with the coat.  It was in nearly perfect condition and was complete with the Manhattan Project insignia, Technician Third Class stripes, and the Meritorious Service Award.  It's the only piece of my grandfather's military ensemble that he kept.

On Sunday we got up and Micah and I continued our little weekend competition on NCAA Football 2007 on his XBox and I got smoked again.  Dad, Ivy, Andrea, and I then drove down to Bernalillo and went to the New Mexico Wine Festival.  We then headed back towards Los Alamos and had dinner at the Tesuque Village Market.  The food was very good and after dinner we headed back up the hill.

On Monday ww hung out with dad and Micah in the morning and Micah and I continued our weekend NCAA Football games, where I finally evened the series at 2-2.  After saying goodbye to dad and Micah, we then drove over to Grandma Church's where she showed us all of her slides from Peru.  We then headed north, stopping at Black Mesa Winery, La Chiripada, and Vivac Winery to restock our New Mexico wine supply.  We then continued north into Taos, having an outstanding dinner at Orlando's before driving the rest of the way home to Denver.

 
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