Mark Richards


Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Vegetarian No More

For the past few months, I have been trying to get Sarah to eat chicken. Why? Because she wants to! Sarah had been a full vegetarian for about ten years until she began eating fish a couple of years ago. Eating chicken was obviously the next step.

Here is a candid shot of the momentous occasion (thanks Brian).

(Notice me loving it in the background)

I am so proud of my little carnivore.

Monday, June 28, 2004

That David Guy...and Julie Guy

David and Julie, two good friends of mine, got married on Saturday. I love weddings...especially ones I put no effort into planning. It was a delight seeing two great people so genuinely happy. I wish them both the best in their future endeavors.

Here are some wedding pics that Brian took. A bunch of the shots are fabulous and I am now considering him for the job as photographer at my wedding.

Return of the Cam

Cameron finally made it back into town for the first time since his move to San Diego last November. It was good getting to see him and remember how crappy his jokes actually are in person. I think he had a good time...I know I did. Not too many people made it out for the second night of festivities which was a little disappointing, but it was their loss. We had lots of fun singing karaoke and schmoozing and boozing with the other clientele. Twisted Taco was kickin'!

I guess it is now my turn to go out to San Diego. No complaint from me.

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

No Time

Since I have had very little time to post while here at work, I may have to start posting at home in the evening.

Now that I have a free second (and a second is almost accurate), I have a few things I would like to mention.

If you have not seen the new Ben Stiller movie, Dodgeball, you are seriously missing out. While there are not too many one liners that you will take away like "You eat pieces of shit for breakfast?" from Happy Gilmore, you will constantly be bombarded with so much nonsense that you will be laughing the entire time. Thumbs up from me.

About a month ago, one of the guys here at work got me hooked on the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Now I get up at 7AM and watch one of the two episodes that air on FX every morning, thus making me rush to get to work on time. Had someone asked me if I watched Buffy about a year ago, I would have laughed at them. But now, I am hooked. The series finale aired this morning and like every episode to this point, it was awesome. I think the show is so good and so well done that I am considering purchasing the DVD's. And to think, this great TV action/drama came from such a crappy B movie starring Kristy Swanson and Luke Perry.

And for my final note, I am now the proud renter of a Comcast DVR. For only $10 a month ($5 if you are already renting a high definition cable box already), I now have the capability to record any program on TV including HD broadcasts! This is very exciting for me because I have been looking into investing in TiVo for a while, but have had trouble rounding up the funds to do so. This solution makes much more sense for me financially than TiVo since there is no need to purchase any hardware and the subscription is between $5 and $10 less expensive a month. Granted, there are some bugs in the Comcast DVR system like my inability to skip ahead days in the guide, but those small issues do not outweigh the benefits I am seeing (like recording that second episode of Buffy that comes on at 8AM on FX).

For those of you thinking of getting a DVR need to realize that the experience is slightly different than normal digital cable. First off, the guide is a little different. The layout is bunched up more and the ads are larger, but it is lightning fast. I did not like it at first, but it has grown on me. Secondly, the box itself makes some noise, but I expected that since the DVR stores its information on a typical hard drive, thus requiring many disk I/O's. Finally, my biggest issue: changing from one channel to another is very slow. I think it has something to do with the recording of live television and the necessity to delete the current recording and start a new recording for a new channel, but I am not positive. I am sure Comcast will get that worked out. Overall, another thumbs up from me.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Gmail Accounts

I have 6 Gmail accounts to give away. Email me if you would like one. First come, first serve.

Monday, June 14, 2004

My Return

I have returned from my blogging hiatus after having hosted a couple friends the past two weekends, playing three rounds of golf, eating sushi twice, meeting with wedding people, and going to see Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I did all of this while trying to actually get work done on the site during our busiest time of the year. Although I am now exhausted, all of these events were a good time.

I am looking forward to returning to a normal schedule.

Friday, June 04, 2004


Wedding planning is very frustrating. I am going to rip my head off...or maybe someone else's....not Sarah's though...a headless bride is not what I am shooting for. At this point in time, I am beginning to seriously consider getting married in Vegas. Why? Why not!

Thank goodness Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban comes out today.

Thursday, June 03, 2004

My Best Round of Golf

I shot my best round of golf on Tuesday...a 114. I know that sounds sad and I guess it is, but it is a six stroke improvement over my previous best of 120. This time out I shot a 57 on both the front and back nine. I could have scored a little lower had I not played some extremely poor shots that I know I make. The most exciting thing to me is that I have yet to hit my irons out on the course like I know I can. If I can get that going on the course, my score will drop 10 to 15 strokes immediately. I am getting better and 114 is not that bad considering I have only been playing for a few months.