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Journal Entries for February 2001

February 26, 2001

Well once again, it has been quite some time since I have written in my journal. I must say I have been kept very busy these last couple of weeks. Its almost been a month since I added an entry here actually, and believe me I do have a lot of ground to cover. However, I am waiting for a phone call so this entry will only contain as much information as I can type before my phone rings.

Where to begin? Yet another rhetorical question... I have no choice but to begin with the most dominant change in my life since the last entry. Jessica broke up with me quite some time ago, not long after my last entry actually, and although she had said she wanted to get back together numerous times, after both of us had broken up with the other once I figured it just wasn't worth it to get back together a third time. However, with her out of the way, I discovered a light in a place I never thought it could come from. And no I am not speaking in some strange metaphor relating to my occupation, I have recently started dating a girl I've known since summer, and although its been over two weeks already, it seems like so much longer and yet I still can't shake the impression that it all might be a dream because it seems too good to be true. There's a sentence and a half for sure. I met this girl at Pine Lake this past summer, and you can see a picture of us together on my Seadoo in the Pine Lake section of the Photo Album. Over the past month we've spent countless hours on the phone together, and I even had the priviledge of her company on Valentine's Day, the first Valentine's Day I've had a girlfriend to appreciate the day with. (Ok she just phoned from her cell because her dad and her brother are on the phone playing a net game so I have about 20 minutes to write.) Our relationship is definately unique. I've never met anyone like her, I've never spent so much time on the phone with anyone in such a short period of time, my phone used to be at 12,000 minutes, and I just checked it and its over 16,100 minutes now, mostly because of her. That works out to an average of about 3 hours per night for the past three weeks. And although we spend a lot of time together on the phone, we don't get to see each other nearly as often as we'de like to considering our physical locations and now this transit strike that's stopped all public transportation throughout the city. However this has taught us to value those times we actually do get to see each other, though they be few and far between. It really is true what they say, "absense makes the heart grow fonder..." Neither of us can wait for the summer where we'll be spending every weekend at the lake. Everything has its challenges though. It doesn't sound like the future of Sandy Cove is in quite as much uncertainty, however I still can't imagine it without Jayne there. Its so hard waiting to find out what's going to happen. I checked the counter today and it says there's 78 days till Pine Lake opens. That's not even three months away! This winter has just flown by, and I hope its over soon. I was noticing today that even though it was -14 degrees out, all the roads were melting and drying up because the sun was so hot beating down on everything. Sitting in the cab of our truck on our break today I was reminded of the warmth of the summer as I felt the sun on my face. Its such a feeling of hope; a promise of the future. I find myself longing to get out on the bike again. I guess its just a matter of time.

In other news, I finally rebuilt my server using Windows 2000 Advanced Server and am currently studying the Microsoft Windows 2000 course. Its been quite an experience from the get go, and I have a lot to learn but I am finding that its not nearly as complicated as I had first invisioned. And Mark was telling me that should I ever succeed in getting my Windows 2000 certificate, I could go almost anywhere to any company and name my price. He said it would not be unreasonable to ask $80-100 / hr either) that's the kind of money I'de like to be making with this. So I am using our home network setup as a lab of sorts to aid me in my exploration of Windows 2000 and all its features and functions. Some users may notice that even this web page is quicker. I have switched web server software and it definately appears to be faster on these machines, and considering they have a 100 mbit connection between each other, you notice differences in speed. But an annoying thing happened today, apparantly some ATM switch blew up down town which caused our DSL service to be out all evening. Apparantly since about 4:00 this afternoon it has been out all over the city because something (apparantly) actually exploded. But that's just what the guy on Technical Support told me. Hopefully its back up soon. I have spent this entire day, from the time I got home from work today till now (12:15 am) reading the binder and figuring out Active Directory. But I think I am going to sign off this computer for the night, I feel pretty tired actually and I know tomorrow has a lot of work in it. We finished the Trans Canada Safeway ceiling today, changed 11 ballasts and had to put in 23 new lamps because the old ballasts burned them out. They get sort of kamakazi like that sometimes. I guess Jason had a ballast actually blow up and burn itself out today, complete with smoke and the whole nine yards. Our next store is the one on 36th St. and 32nd Ave NE.

Well there you have it, a brief summary of a few of the things going on in my life right now. There is more than that no doubt, but nothing quite as interesting I suppose. So until I find time to write again, take care and have a good night.

And no, I hadn't forgotten to mention it, her name is Shauntelle.

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