March 19th, 2006


Sunday Morning At The Office And Church

Since I'm going to need a substitute Sunday School teacher in a few weeks, I got up this morning and started putting together some substitute lessons before church. Then the phone rang -- it was work. Our team was putting in an install last night, and ended up having a couple of questions about the portion of the software that I wrote. It really wasn't too big a deal -- I answered the questions and that was that. Honestly, I was sort of expecting to get a call about 0200 this morning about something, so the call wasn't terribly out of the blue.

Then, about 10 minutes later, they called again.

This time, I wasn't able to quickly figure out what was going on and determined that I'd need to look at the application's log files to help troubleshoot the issue. Since my company has a policy that only company-owned equipment can be used to access the internal network (i.e., I can't use my own computer to dial-in) and I don't have any company-owned equipment at home, that meant that I needed to go to the office. Yikes! I needed to be at church by 0930 for Sunday School, and it was about 0830 when I got the call. I bypassed the shower and just put my church clothes on and headed to the office. Fortunately, I live close to the office. Also fortunately, the office and the church are real close to each other. On the way in, I called the president of the Sunday School class to warn her that I might not make it in time. She was very supportive.

It turns out that by the time I got in and logged on, they figured out what was going on, and there really wasn't a problem. *sigh of relief* Once I had a chance to chat with everyone and we all agreed that everything was OK, I headed on to church -- with plenty of time to set the room up before class.

Sunday School went great again today. We've rearranged the room to have the chairs in a circle instead of in rows, and I think I like it better this way -- everyone can see everyone else, everyone can hear everyone else. I'm sure that there are a handful of people who aren't happy with the new set-up -- some of the folks miss being able to sit in the back row. I planned for our discussion to be on Psalms 102 and 103, but we ended up with so much good discussion about 102 that we didn't even get to 103. We can look forward to that, and maybe 104, next week.

Church was also good today. Hank continued his series of sermons about the congregation's vision, and how we can work to go about fulfilling it.

When I got home, I heated me up some roast for lunch and watched Raceline in anticipation of today's NASCAR race. As soon as the race coverage started at 1300, my heart sank, as I recognized the tell-tale signs of a track that had been plagued by rain. They kept claiming that they were optimistic about getting the race started, so I made some cheese dip to eat during the race. It's two hours later, and still raining in Atlanta, so I don't know if they'll get it started or not today. And if they do get it started, it will probably be a short race -- the radar shows rain all around Atlanta, so it will probably be tough for them to get the race in.

Well, since I'm not currently asleep and since the race is in a rain delay, I think I'm going to go out for my daily walk. If it's the first time in a long time that I go out for a walk, can I call it a daily walk? What if my intentions are to make it a daily walk? IOW, how many consecutive days do I need to walk before I can call it a daily walk instead of a fluke?

Today's Walk

Today's walk was between 2.5 and 3 miles up and down the Latham Park trail. I was walking for a little less than an hour. It was a good walk. I saw some ducks in the lake and some neighborhood kids playing basketball. Once I get in a little better shape, I'll have to pull my bicycle out for my exercising.

I came back and discovered that they must have completely given up on the race -- they were showing M*A*S*H* reruns instead. I flipped around the channels a bit -- tying to decide between Boomerang's Yogi Bear And The Invasion Of The Space Bears and Lifetime's The Stranger Beside Me (it started Tiffani-Amber Theissen of Saved By The Bell fame). After a few minutes, I decided neither choice was a good one, so I popped the NASCAR game into the PlayStation and ran a couple of weeks worth of races. So it turns out that I had a NASCAR Sunday afternoon anyway.

I'm planning on going to bed early tonight so that I can get up in time for tomorrow's walk before I need to take the truck to the shop.

The Roman Empire

I want to do some reading about the Roman Empire. Politics, military, social issues, everything. All I know about Rome is what I picked up here and there -- a bit of history that my Latin teacher snuck in from time to time, I've read Shakespeare's Julias Caesar, Biblical-related knowledge. It's a passing knowledge, but not very deep.

Anyone have any good recommendations for a good book or two related to the Roman Empire?