Memorial Day 2006

I just want to wish a Happy Memorial Day to all of the veterans and those we lost over the years.

My family has a lot of veterans in it. My mom did a lot of research and found out that one family member fought in the Civil War (I believe for the Union if memory serves right) and was buried if I am not mistaken in New Orleans.

My Great-Grandfather Smart fought in World War II’s Battle of the Bulge and received a Purple Heart when he nearly lost his arm. He died a few years ago at the age of 92 if I remember right…quite amazing he lasted so long. My Great-Grandfather Gonyea served in the National Guard with amazingly, my Mom’s father. I believe it was during Korea, although I might be wrong on this.

My other grandfather, my Dad’s father, served in Korea. He was a mindsweeper and of the unit he was with during the war, just him and one other soldier were the remaining original members when they went back to the states. The rest either died or were wounded.

I also believe my late Uncle Andy (who I never met) also served, although I know nothing about his time there.

I have a cousin who is currently in the Coast Guard and has faced some of the toughest things you can on the ocean. I have several friends currently in the military, including one in Iraq right now, another who has served in Iraq and could return anytime now, and I heard rumors of another one in Afghanistan.
Happy Memorial Day to you all.

Random notes and thoughts

Here are some random notes and thoughts…

  • The new Macbook absolutely positively rocks. I have started to write a very in-depth review of it and hope to have it done by the weekend. I never had so much fun using a computer before. While the iMac G5 was an awsome re-introduction into the Mac world, the Macbook is what makes me want to stay.
  • NeoOffice, the OS X version of OpenOffice.org, has just released version 2.0 Alpha 3. The cool thing is that an Intel-ready version is going to be released in the next month or so. I really want to forget about Microsoft Office, somehow…so let’s hope it comes soon. Apple get with the program and release a complete iWork!
  • What an excellent season 5 finale to 24. I won’t spoil it for anyone, but it is everything we could ask for.
  • Did I mention that the Macbook rocks?
  • Congraduations to my brother Justin, who graduated from MassArt in Boston with a degree in Graphic Design last Friday. Best of luck in the future.
  • The Red Sox are taking on the Yankees again. Nothing better in baseball, outside of the playoffs and a ring.
  • The season finale of Lost is Wednesday. I don’t know what I am going to do when I can’t watch Lost or 24 this summer.
  • After the great Flood of 2006 took out another softball game last week, tomorrow will be the first time in 2 weeks that the team has touched a field…nevermind play a game. Well, it should be interesting and fun! Let’s hope I improve on my 1 for 2 start at the plate.

I am an Apple whore

Yesterday I purchased a brand new Apple Macbook (Black) from the Apple Store in Salem, NH.

I know a collective “WHAT?” just came from those who know me, especially since I just bought an iMac 6 months ago.

The main reason is I really missed having a laptop. Being able to bring your computer wherever you need to, if you are traveling to see family or even for work is a huge plus. Plus I like sometimes using the laptop from my deck or in other locations of my house. An iMac prevented me from doing that.

Another huge plus is the ability to dual-boot Windows with Boot Camp. I installed Windows XP last night and as far as I can tell, everything is working just like a normal Windows computer…except on the best Windows computer out there, a Macbook 🙂 I plan on trying out Parallels as well.

I plan on writing a full review of the Macbook soon. So far though, I have had no hardware issues with it. No whine, the heat seems to be at an acceptable level so far, and the computer absolutely screams even with just 512 MB of memory. I just ordered two 2 GB sticks of RAM, so I will have this maxed out in about a week.

This is 6 months after I bought my first Mac and switched to Macs for home use. The iMac I had purchased then will be sold, probably on eBay. If anyone is interested in buying it from me (1.9 GHz G5, 1.5 GB of RAM, 160 GB HD, iLife ’06 DVD, AppleCare 3-year warranty, etc.), please drop me a line at chris at . Serious offers only. The computer as been absolutely stellar for me and has never had an issue hardware wise. I would keep it, but I can only afford having one computer and the Macbook is the winner on that front.

$80

One of my birthday (it was yesterday, May 11th) presents was some scratch tickets from my parents. The 1st one was a dud, but man do I like the 2nd one. $80! First time I have ever won more then $5 on one of these.

First Game

Well the first softball game didn’t go well (I think we lost 18-5 or some crazy score like that). Good news is I played about half of the game in right field and went 1-2 with a hard line drive single to left field at the plate.

What a cold and wet night for softball though. Luckly we got 6 innings in before the rain really started to come down.

It better not rain next Tuesday.

The new album smell

There is nothing better then the feeling you get when you buy a newly released album the day it comes out, pop it in the car stereo while still in the parking lot, briefly looking at the artwork and jewel case insert, and blasting it as loud as you can take it while heading home after a long day of work.
I may do some reviews of the new Tool and Pearl Jam albums if I get a chance the next few days.