Yes, it's that time of year again. Summer 2002 has officially ended. Where has the season gone!!!! Lots of stuff done. Unfortunately, not enough time to post it all here. But, you should be able to get the picture!!!! Busy, busy, busy!!! Hopefully, you have figured out by now that this is the archived Summer 2002 web page. Memories......
We had lots to post, just no time to actually post it!!! We did our best to post things as quickly as possible.
So, without further ado: it's onto Summer 2002 at the Burtons.
As you can see from the above animations, the weather here will change from being very pleasant in early July, to brutally hot in August, back to being pleasant again in September. There should be NO SNOW here in summer. Our weather is bad, but it's not that bad.
June 28 thru July 2, 2002: AG Bell Conference in St. Louis, MI
This a Hearing Impaired conference that is held every year at various locations across the country. Last year was Washington, DC, and the year it before Philadelphia, PA. This year it's St Louis, Missouri [the so called "Show Me State"] This is Lisa's gig...Stephen just tags along to be the kept "toy boy". While she's off slaving at the conference, Stephen will be off seeing the sites and sounds of St. Louis. Hey, it's a dirty job, but someone's got to do it!!!
For those of you who are already asking the question: where is St. Louis, Missouri, check out the map below.
Using last year as an example, we will not be posting all the photos on a single page (i.e., this page). This is only the case where there are a large number of photos involved (i.e. 20+) in a single event/posting. Otherwise, we've found that the download times for people without broadband connectivity becomes excessive. So, each of the major components of this trip will be put onto it's own sub page. Just follow the link when you see it. It should be reasonably straight forward.
So, on a steamy day on June 28, 2002, the intrepid travelers departed Omaha, Nebraska, for St. Louis, Missouri. After an uneventful 55 minute flight (barely enough to have a full beer), we arrived in St. Louis. Due to the lateness our arrival, all we had time to do was check in, get unpacked and head for the bar for a few night caps. Alas, the hotel bar closed at 11:30pm, so we really did only have a few night caps (well, three maybe, but no more than four). Then, the fun began.....
St. Louis is an interesting city. We were in a very pleasant part of downtown, but, just a few blocks away are parts of St. Louis that most people don't want to be in. While the majority of the place was clean , safe and the locals more than friendly, you could never mistake this place for New York or Chicago!!! Whatever. Anyway got to see the arch across the Mississippi, the downtown river walkway, the Cardinals baseball stadium and, of course, several local downtown bars. One of the best bars was in the river walk district which was a two piano, dueling, piano bar. The musicians were excellent and the beer was cheap ($1.50 a bottle!!!).
What was cool was that our hotel was only 2-3 blocks away from the Cardinals Stadium, and they were at home for a three game series against Cincinnati. Pity one of us couldn't get organized enough to actually get some tickets for any of the games. But, that's the way life goes. Anyway, got to talk to a lot of Cardinals and Cincinnati fans before, during and after the games. Was really interesting.
By the way, the Cincinnati Reds won the series 2-1 over St. Louis.
Anyway, without further verbal garbage, follow this link to see the St. Louis Photos.
Conference Banquet: July 1, 2002. This was held at the St. Louis Children's Museum, so we had to delay the celebration of our anniversary for a day [see below for details]. This was a very interesting evening. At $50 a head, both of us expected the food/meal to be a bit more substantial. Also, the place was more in tune for children, not adults, but the function was too late for most children to attend. Other that, the museum was a very interesting place, and overall, we had a very enjoyable evening.
So, without further conversation, follow this link to see the St. Louis Children's Museum.
July 1, 2002: Wedding Anniversary
It's our wedding anniversary. We will have been married seven (7) years. Been the best years of my life!!! We normally go to Charlie's By the Lake to celebrate the anniversary.
Unfortunately, this year was a little bit different. Instead of going out to our normal restaurant in Omaha, we had to delay our anniversary celebrations to the next night (7/2). This was because of a previously booked conference banquet at the St. Louis Children's Museum.
So, instead , we had a wonderfully romantic dinner the next night at the hotel's main restaurant, Faust's. This restaurant has consistently been 10/10 by restaurant guides for the last 10 years. The food was delightful....Lisa had a freshly made Caesar's Salad, (and we do mean fresh!!!!), followed by a 2&1/2lb fresh Lobster. Stephen had the house crab garden salad followed by a Lobster mornay followed by a small Lobster cake combination. Wash it down with three bottles of wine (and one bottle of champagne), the four hour dinner just flew by.
It may not have been the same as being at home in Omaha, but the company made it all that a special evening!!!
And so, at some ungodly hour in the morning [12:30pm flight...be at the airport at 10:30am] on Wednesday, July 3, the intrepid travelers departed St. Louis for the next part of the annual sojourn...this time to party in Moline, IL!!!!! For those of you geographically challenged, and/or who haven't been paying attention to this web site for the last year, Moline is shown as per the map below!!
And, so onto Moline to party!!!!
July 3, 2002: Moline, IL
After a quick 55 minute flight from St. Louis to Moline, it was time to catch up with some good friends and have a mini pool party. Here are the picks...the names have been hidden to protect the guilty.
We hadn't caught up with our friends since last Christmas, so it was really nice to be able to sit down by the pool, have a nice long chat about everything [solving the problems of life, the universe, etc], while imbibing a few "restorative cordials". The weather was great and the company perfect.
Alas, after a very pleasant evening, it was time to depart to Sterling, IL. You should be able to find it on the previous map!!! So, on Thursday, July 4, away we went!!!!
July 4, 2002
July Fourth is Independence day. The day the US of A kicked the English out of their country. Something, at least one of us here thinks, Australia should have done a long time ago. While this has traditionally been a day of parties and fireworks, we expect this year's celebrations to be a lot more significant and philosophical in light of the events last September. This is also normally the date for the Burton's second of their two annual parties. We get a whole bunch of folks around to our house, do a BBQ cook out, and then watch everyone else's fireworks displays!!! And, they are impressive!!!
As you can guess, we weren't home in Omaha for the July 4 fireworks (pyrotechnics). Instead, we spent a very pleasant evening with Lisa's folks in Sterling, playing euchre and drinking margaritas. While it was a lot quieter than our normal July 4's, it was still extremely pleasant. It had been a while since we'd seen Lisa's folks, so it was good to be able to sit down with them for some "quality" time.
July 6, 2002: Lisa's 20th Year High School Reunion
Yup, as hard as it is to believe, Lisa escaped from high school twenty years ago this year. So, just as Stephen had to make the sojourn back to Melbourne, Australia, for his, Lisa has to make the trek back to Sterling, Illinois, for hers. This time though, Stephen has no excuse but to go!!!
And so, the second reason for this trip. Lisa's 20th High Anniversary!!! It was held at the Rock River Golf Club, but only after the first place scheduled [the Brandywine] went bust. It's a beautiful golf club. Both the grounds and the club house are in beautiful condition, considering the weather we've been having over the last few weeks.
Overall, it was an excellent night. There is no comparison to Stephen's last year...must be that Australian's are just not very friendly. But, everyone who attended Lisa's party was friendly and went out of their way to be nice. As said previously, a most excellent evening.
And so, without further ado, the photos from Lisa's 20th Year High School Reunion....
As previously stated, this was a most "excellent evening". Only five years to go until the 25thh (gulp....yikes!!!!). While we will probably go to Lisa's, we most definitely will not be going to Stephen's. But, it maybe that the folks that Lisa when to school with were/are nicer that the one's Stephen went to school with.
Unfortunately, as with all good things, it was time to return to Omaha after a week and half away. So, on Sunday July 7, the intrepid adventurers head out home. Unfortunately, the trip was via St. Louis again, and this time we had to catch a puddle jumper between Moline and St. Louis!!! Yuck, it's been a long time since I've had to catch a puddle jumper!!!
And so, the vacation and work period was over. We arrived home at approximately 8pm on Sunday after some seven hours in transit (new security rules). While it had been fun, it sure felt good to be home.
July 11, 2002: Stephen's Hospital Visit
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water...boom, something comes along to cause a major hair day!!!. At 5:30am, these intrepid adventurers set out again, but this time for the Methodist hospital in Omaha. This ungodly time was for a 7:30am "slice and dice" start time...yeeks!!!!
Anyway, to cut the story short [pun intended], the surgery went well, and Stephen is now minus one, slightly malfunctioning gall bladder. Stephen now has a 2-3 week recovery time before he's anything back to "normal" (if that's possible). But, all things considered, everything went extremely well. Now to see if it actually fixes what was wrong!!!
I still agree with Lisa's assessment...insurance policies should actually go down as you loose bits of your body. Hey, there's less to insure. But, alas, that's not the way medical insurance works here in the US.
July 29, 2002: home Office Construction
One of the many chores of this summer was to redesign the office's in our house. As both of them are now used almost full time on a professional basis, it was time to reorganize boxes, files, telecommunications equipment, TV's, etc. This was especially true of the downstairs office, which kind of resembled a war zone!!!
But, before we show you what the new offices look like, here are some photos of the existing ones both before and during reconstruction....what a mess!!! So, look and be amazed.
As you all can see, what a mess. While a lot of the problem relates to "book shelf" space, the biggest problem has been telecommunications related. We are running a 100MB LAN as a main backbone, with a 11MB wireless subnet. The wireless stuff is easy (dahh)...the real problems come with the old wired LAN system...but that component is critical, as it carries the bulk of our companies data traffic. I mean to say, doesn't everyone have an internal home communications infrastructure that looks like this:
Hey, the other real problem is power connections...there just aren't enough power outlets. Plus, with all the UPS systems floating around, even floor space is a premium!!! But, it's our problem, so I guess we'll have to deal with it. But, the overall process has been fun...laying cables, installing new toys (wireless Access Points (WAP)). Plus, it was fun with having to remember all the stuff about laying cables, repeater distances. All good fun. Takes me back to college.
Anyway, check it out later this summer as it finally gets finished. Lisa's new office will get finished earlier than Stephen's will. But, that's the way the world goes...also, her's is more urgent as the school year is only some two (2) weeks away. So, busy, busy, busy....So, check on back soon.
August 1, 2002: COX Golf Tournament:
Every year, the buy.com tour plays a major tournament in Omaha. Thus far, it's been held at the Champions Club This year it was presented by Cox communications (who must be one of the few high tech companies still with money). Anyway, each year, for the last four years, Lisa and I have "volunteered" to help in the event. We're the "gate ticket specialists". No ticket, and you don't get by!!!!. Anyway, we do it because they [the sponsored makes a donation to the Omaha Hearing School, so it's all for a good cause. But, six (6) hours standing in the sun takes a lot out of you...we just had to retire to Lunkers for a few restorative cordials.
Anyway, remembered to take the camera, but only remembered to use it a couple of times. So, having said that, here are the "official" Burtons photos from the 2002 tournament...I promise to do better last year.
Needless to say, we did not get to go into any of the Sky Boxes. Mind you, the number of boxes has decreased considerably over the last few years. Gone are all the internet start up companies!!!!
August 15, 2002: Lisa's Birthday
Unfortunately, due to circumstances outside our control, Stephen was not in town for Lisa's birthday. So, basically we didn't do anything. I have promised Lisa an outing of her choice to the restaurant of her choice whenever she feels like it. So, will post the occasion when it occurs.
September 2, 2002: Labor Day
Ahh yes, the unofficial end of summer. The weather only goes downhill from here on. Normally, we have a BBQ to celebrate, but just couldn't be bothered this year. So, we spent an excellent quiet long weekend. It was good for Lisa as she's just started the new school year. Also, for Stephen, it was the first full weekend home in a month (more on this to follow later this month). So, basically, what did we do for Labor Day...nothing.
Anyway, for all of you that have been complaining about the lack of house photos (I know that there's heaps of you some where!!!!), here they are:
The rose bush is included here for a very good reason...it was only planted late in the season last year. In the space of twelve (12) months, it's gone absolutely nuts. We're going to have to start to cut it back soon as it's starting to grow onto the path to our front door. This is not good for delivery men (or our insurance policy).
September 3 thru September 6, 2002: home Office Construction:
Picking up from the end of August, it was time to get back into re-engineer the office. So, without further ado, this is the how the office re-engineering is going. Please be aware, there is lots of mess!!!
Yeas, I know it's still messy. But, Lisa ordered a halt to construction while she reviewed the office plans. So, until she makes a decision, it's on hold. Hope to do some more next weekend. By the way, for those of you that are interested, here is/was our current office layout....
So, there you have it. That's the state of the office development project. Check back later for it's completion, and/or additional mess.
September 9, 2002: Football 2002 Season!!!:
Yeassssss. The long hot summer desert of real sport is finally over. Gone are the useless days and nights listening to baseball scores and/or strikes. It's time for the real McCoy sport. Anyway, for the second consecutive year, we are running a little football competition. Last year it was just Lisa and I (results follow this link). This year, however, we have others participating. It's all just for fun and the winner takes all. Come and see how we're all doing at our football 2002 site.
One of the best things about technology, is that all this can be supported from where ever the webmaster is. Mind you, that's all dependant upon the players getting their tips in. They can do it one of two (2) ways, either electronically via the web site, or manually over an ale at Lunkers on a Thursday night.
August 5 thru September 20, 2002: Traveling:
Due to the necessity of having to keep a roof over our head, the webmaster has taken a short term contract in Indianapolis, Indiana. The people are great, the work is okay, the rate is good and I get to come home every weekend. Therein lies the problem: frequent traveling (i.e. flying) is not as great or as romantic as some people would like to make it out to be. In fact, flying and/or traveling really sucks. Crowds, bad tempered travelers, dirty airports, lousy airline service, families with little rug rats (especially around holidays), rug rats complaining and, worst of all......flight delays!!!!! Just to give you an example as to how bad they've been, here's a brief breakdown of my flights back to Omaha from Indianapolis.
As you can see...it's a 25% on-time arrival rate. No wonder United Airlines is going bankrupt. Actually, flying can be typified as:
But, hey, ya gotta do what ya gotta do. And, after all, this will not last for ever. My aim is to be of the road well be the winter storms come and really start screwing the things up. So, it's on with the show. Oh yes, for those of you geographically challenged, see the following map of where Indianapolis, Indiana (IN) is:
As usual, it's a thumbnail, so double click to see the original sized map. But, at least Indianapolis does have one good thing going for it: the Indy 500!!!
So far, that's about all I can so. But, I promise to take some photos over the few weeks and will post them here as soon as possible. That, is a promise!!!!
And, so, alas, it's on to the last post/update of the season!!!
September 21, 2002: Summer:
This is the last posting of the season. Summer is officially over, and fall is with us. And man has the temperature changed. Ever since Labor Day, just like clockwork. Daily and nightly temperatures start dropping. Hopefully, though, we're still a few months away from snow!!! I sure as heck want to be off the road once the snow starts flying!!!
And, now, without further ado, here are the season statistics
Finally, the average high and lows for Summer 2002
For those of you that are really interested in the weather, here is the daily, maximum and minimum, temperatures for Omaha over summer 2002.
This should keep you "weather nuts" happy for a while. Remember, people from down under, all temperatures are in ºF. Anyway, as you can see, come the beginning of September [Labor Day], boom, the temperatures start dropping.
So, that's pretty much been own summer of 2002. Alas therefore, this will probably be the last update for season 2002 (unless we remember something really fantastic that happened!!!). Hope you've all had as much fun watching this season unfold as much as we have. In case you haven't guessed, the next summer posting will be in July 2003...see ya'all back then. Enjoy the rest of the year. Yo'all come back, ya hear!!!!!
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