|This log represents the Life and Times of the Las Vegas Dude.|
03/29/2009 09:31:50jim Wexford Apt Robin-20090329
03/26/2009 18:20:46jim Life as always is good
As I was working with a fellow Support person (in training) today, a problem came up. We used my new Support Menu to check it out, which resolved the problem quick.
That was cool.
Also, his boss borrowed my electric cigarette to show other people.
He's all enthused. I told him, hey, you have an S-Corp in PA, I have one in NV, I also have the paper work, Lets market this thing!!!
I know I've when I've seen something good, and my electric cigarette is one of my latest gadgets.
Its pretty much unknown to the US, and there is no marketting for it yet. So, we could be on the ground floor.
On the other hand, I really like the way things are now. I wonder what I'd be if I had a lot of money.
We could get rich off of this thing...we're both go-getters as the term used to go. But...
Someone has to turn on the ignition and take the wheel.
03/26/2009 17:29:54jim Cranberry BarLouie-20090326
03/25/2009 19:13:37jim We hooked up with a Singles Group..
Now its not like you think!!!
These are professionals like myself, who are temporarily displaced here in Pittsburgh, and they all are both attractive, and nice or either or neither :^).
We went to an Irish Pub in Cranberry, where they had happy hour AND appetizers for $6 between 5pm and 7pm.
We got 6 stuffed mushrooms that were as big as my foot, and burgers as big as my head!!!
We had a lot of fun.
In other news, we just saw Las Vegas on national news
They were talking about people torching their cars for the insurance, however, I'd swear I've got pictures of the car and truck they were hauling off of Lake Mead Blvd near the lake. I took them over a year ago. I thought it was so interesting, I walked from the road down through a gulch to get to them...
Makes me want to say hmmmmmm about what we see on the news.
03/24/2009 19:10:59jim Pittsburgh MullaneyPub-20090324
Mullaney's is an Irish Pub
We've got a good group at my job site. Becky and I got together with two of my coworkers, to see/learn Ceilee dancing (bad spelling). We had fun, and the dancing lessons were interesting. My ears are still ringing from fiddlers tunes though.
I think it might have been happy hour for senior citizens when we got there. It sure made me feel younger! Oh Yea!!!
03/22/2009 21:11:01jim A good weekend - Its SPRING!
We went to Erie, Pa. Watched the sunset over Lake Erie. Hung out and at a local pub off of the lake. Drove around downtown.
We talked to Sonny almost the whole hour and a half back to Wexford on the Truck Phone. That was great.
Coming back through Cranberry, Pa, it was all lit up, and a lot more exciting than anything I'd seen in Erie.
I thought that was strange, that a small town like Cranberry could be so much more exciting than a city off of the Great Lakes.
Anyway, the rest of the weekend was about chatting, writing code and playing Wii. What a life. This weekend seemed to last a month.
Renee set up a three-way conversation with us and GMa. We enjoyed that a lot.
To cap off the weekend, we ate at the Outback, where we got a couple of steaks and a weeks worth of leftovers.
Just another weekend, but, we enjoyed every day.
03/22/2009 13:47:50jim Wexford Outback-20090322
03/21/2009 00:12:03Robert Love You Mom
Love you Mom
Mom I love you and miss you so much.
Please forgive me for the loss of words.
To express how special you are and always will be.
For it was you who taught me love and tenderness.
You have always been there for me mom.
You have always shown me that you love me so much.
There will never be one in this world
That comes close to having your touch.
The wisdom from your words and the knowledge from your heart
Is something that could never be bought.
I sit here in tears because I didn't hold on to the life of freedom which I sought
Forgive me mom for anytime I disappointed you
Or in the slightest let you down,
But I'll always remember something I learned.
It's thanks to you mom now I've found
I've found I've been blessed by God just to have you mom.
I now begin to change my ways
And be the son you can be proud of
And smile proudly about one day.
I love you mom.
It's your voice I miss.
It's like an angel from above.
And I'm hoping that someday soon
I can show you just how much you're loved.
03/20/2009 23:48:11jim Favorite Songs from the past on YouTube
03/20/2009 15:47:30jim Erie,PA-SloppyDuckBar-20090320
03/20/2009 15:30:16jim Lake Erie Sunset 20090320
03/20/2009 15:28:46jim Erie,PA-Bayside-20090320
After I got off work on Friday,
Becky and I decided to see Lake Erie. It's about 100 miles north from here. My step mother (Lottie Cutlar) passed away there last week, while we were in Vegas. It's amazing how much can be seen within a few hours of driving.
BTW-My Grandfather burned this into me. Every Sunday, we'd go to some park, or forest near Paducah, Ky.
Thanks Grandfather !
03/20/2009 14:51:02jim Erie Drive-20090320
03/18/2009 12:34:18jim North Park - 2009/03/18
03/18/2009 06:42:14jim Meanwhile: Back in Pittsburgh
I got up at 6 yesterday morning, drove to work and it was dark and foggy. I LIKED IT!
I had the same old problems to solve, sitting on my desk, and I LIKED IT!
I came home to my beautiful Becky, and saw some red breasted robins searching the new grass for worms. And guess what...I LIKED IT!
Some think I am crazy for wanting seasonal weather, but I don't.
As the weather changes, its like another year is being reborn, just to dye again. Snow, fog, rain, sunshine, those days when the sun just barely peeks through the clouds,
to me, they are beautiful. I can't wait to hear our first thunderstorm.
Oh, I told a white lie.
I actually picked Becky up at the store.
She grabbed her back pack, took the trail down to the creek's bridge, crossed McKnight Road, and went shopping at Giant Eagle (or as I like to call it, the Big Bird).
Yesterday was a nice day for taking a hike through the woods.
03/15/2009 19:13:06jim Vegas,NV-Leaving
03/15/2009 15:19:38jim Vegas,NV-FlightToPA
03/15/2009 15:19:38jim (Reply)Vegas,NV-FlightToPA
03/15/2009 15:13:16jim Across the Skies - 2009/03/15
03/15/2009 15:01:52jim Vegas,NV-LeavingMcCarren-LakeMead
03/15/2009 13:13:01jim Vegas,NV-FlyingOutOfMcCarren
03/15/2009 11:57:00jim Taking off from Vegas - 2009/03/15
03/15/2009 11:45:36jim Vegas,NV-LeavingVegas-Sonny
03/14/2009 16:13:46jim Vegas,NV-GMas-Bedroom,Bathroom
03/14/2009 13:31:24jim GMas-Dustin,Jen,Becky,Robert,Em
03/14/2009 10:56:08jim Vegas People - 2009/03/14
03/14/2009 10:56:08jim (Reply)Vegas,NV-GMas,Jen,Dustin,Emily,Amy
03/13/2009 14:57:41jim Vegas,NV-Giving Sharon A Bed
03/13/2009 12:07:22jim Vegas,NV-Condo,Views,Mustang
03/13/2009 12:07:22jim (Reply)VoTech Hill - 2009/03/13
03/13/2009 06:35:10jim I just read an article about stocks
It explained that the value of a stock is based on what people think it is worth, so when it goes from $10 to $5, $5 hasn't dissappeared.
People aren't willing to pay $10 a share anymore. They think it is worth $5.
My problem with this analogy is this, if those shareholders who own most of those $10 shares sell high, then buy back the stock at $5,
they've created the perception of the stock both not being worth $10 a share, then being worth more than $5 a share.
The stock market isn't a car. Its perception of what that car is worth.
If you bought your Ford at $10,000, but now they sell it at $5,000, then you've lost $5,000 (if you try to sell it).
If it really was always worth $10,000, then its value will appreciate when it sells for what it is worth ($10,000).
The real question that needs to be asked is, why was it selling for $10,000, then for only $5,000.
Its the buyers. In the case of the stock market, the car is the same car...but it doesn't get devalued until people quit buying it.
With the stock market, the perception of what a stock is worth is created by the brokers, the news, and what has been going on with the stock.
If people are selling major shares of corporations for top dollar, the perception will be the stock isn't worth as much as what seemed to be.
I believe that is what happened to the stock market. I believe the perception of a failing economy has created one.
This is an except: Much of the talk this past week has been around Microsoft's drop in share price since they made public their acquisition offer for Yahoo. SAI has a nifty calculator and tonight Techcrunch Editor Mike Arrington calls the deal a "$80 billion Headache". TC notes that the share price of Microsoft has dropped from $32.60 per share on January 31 to $28.56, a ~13% drop. I agree with Mike that the Yahoo deal might be a factor in the decrease in stock price, but I am not sold that it's the only factor. I am certainly no stock guy (go read Howard Lindzon for that) and will never give stock advice, but I took a look at some other technology companies to see potentially what the market did as a whole during the same time (January 31st - February 8th). Also, check Ashkan's coverage of the deal, it's very thorough.
03/12/2009 17:01:01jim Vegas,NV-Luxor
03/12/2009 17:00:14jim Vegas Luxor - 2009/03/12
03/12/2009 08:31:12jim Too all of you out there losing everything
You are not alone.
Last year, I lost a fortune in stocks, I lost a fortune of equity in my home, and I too have a bad loan on my house.
Eventually I may lose everything I have.
But I have hope, that by not being alone, things will turn around.
There's a good chance I'll have to start all over again.
If I do, this time, I'll do everything better than I did the last time.
I'm not sure what happened to the stock market and the housing market.
But I have faith.
Kids will get their higher education somehow, houses will be sold, and people will somehow be able to retire, even though most of us have lost our savings.
03/11/2009 20:00:55jim Vegas,NV-Cannery-Becky,Jim
03/11/2009 11:37:32jim Vegas,NV-4703 Gabriel-Kitchen,LR
03/10/2009 19:59:08jim Cannery w/Emily,Amy,Becky,Sonny,Robert
03/10/2009 11:37:32jim The Old House Looks the Same
03/09/2009 09:07:24jim Vegas,NV-Cannery
03/09/2009 09:07:24jim (Reply) Vegas Cannery - 2009/03/09
03/09/2009 09:07:11jim Vegas,NV-Cannery
03/09/2009 09:07:10jim Vegas Cannery Colors - 2009/03/09
03/07/2009 18:44:34jim Vegas,NV-Becky,Sonny,Pix
03/07/2009 06:56:51jim Vegas,NV-Strip
03/07/2009 06:56:50jim Vegas Strip - 2009/03/07
03/07/2009 06:11:40jim There is no place like Vegas!
I think I've been around a lot now, and Vegas is the NY Times Square on steroids.
Coming in last night, and just driving down the strip, we must have passed at least 20,000 people, and we just drove a few blocks.
Some business have died, but most are BOOMING! Vegas has grown tremendously in the last 6 months.
I don't understand the stock market.
Why would stock prices in Las Vegas casinos fall. All the parking lots are full. Its more crowded than New York City.
THEY ARE MAKING A KILLING HERE! And its all for partying and having fun.
It seems to me, if a business is obviously turning hugh profits and are expanding, their stock prices shouldn't fall. It makes no sense to me, at all.
I heard Boyd Properties (whose stock fell from $40 to $4 a share) is buying the Station Casino's.
That would make it one of the 5 largest casino corporations in town.
And The Cannery East, that casino that's about 5 blocks away from our house, is BEAUTIFUL.
They did a great job on it.
We are now next to the "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign on Boulder Highway.
03/06/2009 21:18:01jim Vegas,NV-McCarrenAirport-Becky
03/06/2009 15:30:19jim PA to NV, a 6 hour flight
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