Endings and Beginnings

This article was originally posted at this domain name on an old blogging system. I am consolidating all of my ramblings and drabble here.

So I’m still somewhat dealing with the fact that my last relationship is over. I really wish for the kid’s sake that it wasn’t, but she decided by her actions and words that we’re far in past.

I was in court on Thursday to answer to the child support question, and for once, the system worked as it should. I’ve had the kids upwards of 75% of the time, but I was still being asked to make a payment as if I wasn’t in their life at all. We mutally decided that we could take care of things outside of the court and would only involve them if required.

I was speaking a good friend today and she said that her ex told her that the reason he wasn’t spending much time with his kids was because he was paying so much support. That’s not cool… child support doesn’t replace the relationship you should have with your kids. I know that I’m more than a paycheck, and my kids know that I’m the best father I can possibly be to them.

My friend Howard asked me on Friday how the “first day of the rest of my life” was going… he hit the nail on the head there.

You could have it all

This article was originally posted at this domain name on an old blogging system. I am consolidating all of my ramblings and drabble here.

These lyrics are definitely speaking to me right now…

i hurt myself today to see if I still feel

i focus on the pain the only thing that’s real

the needle tears a hole the old familiar sting

try to kill it all away but i remember everything

what have i become my sweetest friend

everyone i know goes away in the end

Reconnecting

This article was originally posted at this domain name on an old blogging system. I am consolidating all of my ramblings and drabble here.

So, one bad thing that came out of my past relationship ending is that I lost contact with a bunch of good friends. I’m sure this is something that happens normally, and there definitely is no blame on either side for it… it just happened.

Anyway, I’ve been doing my best to hook back up with some of them and see how life is treating them. Tonight I found Jeromy, Chris, and Carrie… in the past month, I’ve also talked to a bunch of other people who I lost contact with. It’s good knowing that people you know and care about are out there, even if you do lose track of them.

I do feel guilty about not keeping up with them though. I guess I’ll be sending out a lot of Christmas cards.

Progressive Tripsense

This article was originally posted at this domain name on an old blogging system. I am consolidating all of my ramblings and drabble here.

So, my insurance company, Progressive Insurance, sent an e-mail to me a week or so ago offering me the chance to participate in a research program they’re offering called TripSense. Essentially they have you attach a small device to the On Board Diagnostic port (ODBII)that is installed in most cars 1994 and newer. Then you drive around like normal while this little bad boy records various bits about your driving habits. After 6 months, they ask you to upload the data to their site and they use it for supposedly anonymous research.

I ordered one (it’s free), but wasn’t sure if I was going to plug it in. Received it today and figured what the heck; the data is no good until I upload it anyway. It has a flashing green LED light that stays active while you drive — a good way to remind you that you’re being monitored BEFORE you spin donuts in the snow.

Anyway, I’ll leave it plugged in for a bit and see what I think. If it choose to upload the data, it works out to $100/year for participation… not a bad offset against my insurance costs, but I’m not sure if it’s worth sacrificing my privacy for it.

Other web musings on this include this general one on mnot’s site, and also this article at Electronic Design.

Update on Monday, January 9, 2006 I’ve been kicked from the TripSense program because my car is ineligible. Read the update article on this to learn more…

Haven't posted in a while...

This article was originally posted at this domain name on an old blogging system. I am consolidating all of my ramblings and drabble here.

I haven’t posted in a while due to some things happening in my personal life, but I suppose it’s time to move on with life. Lots of cool things happening with my company, and I hope to get the update out there soon.