Sunday, March 28, 2010

Who Cares?

Well, Michigan State just beat Tennessee to advance to the Final Four. Do you care? I sure do not care! I really did not care which team won this game. If pressed on making a decision, I would have preferred Tennessee won. But really, it makes no difference to me. That side of the bracket has lost my interest.

Baylor gets set to play and all I can say is let's go Baylor Bears! Go Green! Step it up and knock off Duke. Duke is another team I do not care about in this tourney.

As for me, I had a lazy afternoon. Slept a little, watched basketball, read, and cleaned the bathroom. So, it was not a total waste of a Sunday. Getting ready to head to Lawrence for pizza night. Yum!

Go Bears!

What a Great Start to a Sunday Morning

The sun is shinning and we slept in late. What a great start to a Sunday! I am drinking coffee, flipping channels, and Carrie is making breakfast. Again, what a great start to a Sunday morning. I am looking for a fairly relaxing Sunday. I should be outside working on the yard, but I think it might be a little too wet after the rain we had this past week. I still have leaves to pick up from last Fall ... well, actually, the leaves stayed on one tree through the Fall and into the winter months. Then after we had a few snow falls, the leaves decided to fall on top of the snow. Making leave pick up messy! Great!

More basketball on today and I am hoping that Baylor pulls out a win for the Big 12. The other games on today, I really do not care about.

I just read the blog update from our friends in Texas (Galloway Miracles: A quick note on Beau). I definitely recommend following their blog regarding their two new twins born about a month ago. The Galloway additions to the family were born premature. They are fighters! My thoughts and prayers go out to the Galloway family as their little boys fight. The most recent note, discusses Beau's urinary tract infection. He is a fighter, so he will get through it. You just have to feel for him right now while he is going through the pain.

Well, we are watching a movie on HBO now, so I am going to sign off for now. Have a great Sunday!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Last Big 12 Team Left... Baylor

Kansas State lost leaving one last Big 12 team to make it to the Final Four. Baylor plays Sunday and it should be a good game. K-State lost to Butler today and it was a tough loss. Once again, there were Kansas fans cheering for Kansas State which still seems just right to me.

Kansas State started off sluggish in the game today against Butler. They were not hitting the jumpers or even the free throws to start the game. The picked things back up after the half, but then found themselves down again mid-way through the second half. The last minute and half of the game it appeared as though Kansas State did not want to play basketball. Throwing the ball away and not focusing on what needed to be accomplished. Tough loss for the Wild Cats and I was hoping for two Big 12 teams in the Final Four.

Having two teams in the Final Four would have noted the Big 12 as a force to be reckoned. A team from the North (Kansas State) and a team from the South (Baylor). The number overall seed of the tournament (Kansas)... granted, they loss to a higher seed in the second round... but there were a number of Big 12 teams in the tournament and two advanced far. I would have loved to have seen two teams in the Final Four from the Big 12 to show those commentators what we are all about. Basketball!

Well, now that Baylor is the only team left from the Big 12 left, if they lose, I will not really care what happens for the other remaining teams. I am not f a fan of Kentucky... I am not a fan of Western Virginia... Butler, well, good job on beating K-State, but I really do not care if they win the whole thing at this point.

It has been a fun and wild NCAA Tournament. Wow! Major upsets (i.e. Kansas Jayhawks), multiple over-time games with a few double OT games thrown in for good measure. I would not even think of changing the layout of the tourney because this is what makes this time of year great!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Upgrading a Ticket Tracking System

About two weeks ago we upgraded our production ticket tracking system to Numara FootPrints 9.0.3. We had tested for weeks and thought we had the process down. Well, I have spent the past two weeks trying to fix problems with the upgrades. Luckily our tickets to/from our customers are working fine and it is only with "other" projects. It has caused some interesting problems with projects not working, but I am gradually getting the projects restored.

I have one on going ticket with Numara on the upgrade... it started with the initial ticket about projects not showing up. It has evolved to a whole list of other problems that keep coming up. We are gradually getting through the problems, but it is taking some time. A lot more time than I was anticipating on the whole upgrade process. It is fine, but it is taking focus away from other tasks and projects that I need to complete.

Overall, it has not been a bad process. I think we caused the problems partially ourselves. We waited for years to upgrade to the current FootPrints version which caused migration issues with the database and the data. We will get through the steps and resolve the issues... it will simply take some time.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Forums Update....

I decided I better try and fix the dead link for the forums. At this time, the forums are not working. I am not sure when I will get them working again because as of right now, they are not a high priority. Basically, I am focusing my time on other non-web matters. However, I do intend to bring the forums back in the future... or if I think of something else to use there, I will put some other item in place.

For now, please refer to my blog located at for current happenings in my life. Well, I try to keep them current. Hey, if I slack off, drop me a message and prompt me along to post updates.

Thank you!


Sunday, March 21, 2010

Tough Saturday Night for Jayhawk Fans

A difficult Saturday night for Kansas Jayhawk basketball fans yesterday. We watched the Jayhawks struggle the entire game against North Iowa. We started off sluggish and never caught up with what they were doing. When we had the chance to tie, we let them take a three point shot that they nailed. They UNI played their game and did not get intimated by the University of Kansas. Good job University of Northern Iowa!

Last night following the game I continued to follow Twitter comments while I watched the Kansas State game. It still surprises me how KState fans seem to rejoice when Kansas fails. What causes them to feel this way? Shouldn't we rejoice when Kansas schools do well unless they are playing one another? Shouldn't we pull for one another or if nothing else pull for other Big 12 schools? Well, apparently not if you are a Kansas State fan! You cannot understand why there should be a need to cheer for Kansas.... I guess it is a jealous behavior from KSU fans.

Well, I woke this morning thinking that it all had been a dream. It was not a dream! Whenever Kansas fails early in the NCAA tourney, it always brings back a flood of memories from when I was a kid. Going back to the Larry Brown era when we would lose early and I would get upset and go out and shoot baskets for hours on end. Going through what could have been or where we should have been.

Today I was left with not shooting baskets, but instead lounging around the house. I read some, watched television, and played on the Internet. I did not do much at all. I am watching the NCAA games from today.... currently watching Texas A&M have a battle with Purdue.

I know that I will continue to cheer for Kansas State and any other Big 12 team in the next rounds. I love this time of year and having MY team knocked out early will not change that love. Having my team knocked out early will not make me angry at the other Big 12 teams just because they are still in the tournament. I am proud of the season that the Kansas Jayhawks had this year and I look forward to next year. Another run at the title and another Bill Self basketball team!

Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

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I love this time of year! It is one of my favorite times of year since probably grade school. I remember writing papers during Spring Break in junior high and high school with basketball games playing. What a start to the NCAA tourney! K-State and Kansas both play tonight and it should be a lot of fun!

This year I took off Thursday and Friday to watch basketball. It was worth it! My sister, Dina, takes off two whole weeks during this time of year. I would love to do so, but I can probably only afford to be off work for the two or so days; I will probably plan on doing the same thing next year because this was great!

I was able to watch three games at once and then follow the score of the forth game in real-time via ESPN Insider. It was awesome! There is a lot more work to do for the Kansas Jayhawks! They started out flat in the game Thursday night and then woke up in the second half. They cannot afford to do that again if they want to win the national championship.

Well, it has once again been a while since I posted anything. Geez, I was going to try and do so much better. This is not one of the things that jumps in my head each time I sit down on the computer. Well, a post every two to three months will work for me.

I know I need to redo the forums here on Haverty.NET as they stopped working after my hosting company made some changes. Again, not a priority, so I have not gotten back to correcting the problem or adding a new forum.

If you have not tried Google Reader, do so now! It is available at and it is awesome! It is a RSS (or feed) reader, but it can also track standard web pages for changes. It definitely makes checking my feeds a lot easier and I can also access the feeds via my Blackberry. Check it out!

Well, we are getting ready to go do some grocery shopping, so I better sign off. It is a winter wonder land outside today after we got a blanket of snow. More is on the way.... This is the first day of Spring and we got about six inches of snow. More is on the way, but hopefully not a lot.

Have a great weekend and I will to you the next time!