Watt's Up Musings of an original geek

December 31, 2004

Shredding cont’d

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I continued to sort and shred today. I’m now going through old magazines and business papers which include computer graphics, object-oriented programming, and teaching C++/Java programming. I spent all day doing this and now have about 15 bags of chaff. I’m also preparing to sell some of my old magazines on eBay, but I have little hope that anyone would want them, nevertheless I can at least try.

December 29, 2004


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We’ve collected many papers over the years mostly for tax reasons – much of it receipts. So recently we’ve started to get rid of some of these especially ones that are older than 7 years (some were over 20 years old). Nevertheless today I shredded over 3 hours and got all of it done. We have a industrial strength shredder that has a massive cross cut unit above and bucket beneath. When done I had filled five white kitchen garbage bags full of chaff.

It was kind of a nostalgia trip looking at some of the receipts before grinding them up. Such as a receipt from the hospital for “Baby Girl Watt” for the birth of Katie who will soon be turning 20. I think it’s time to get rid of this stuff, but something in me says that I’m destroying part of my history.

December 28, 2004

Then there was two

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The holiday season is winding down. Justin headed back to NC today. I’m sad.

December 26, 2004

Merry Christmas

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Breakfast, stockings, presents, lunch, family phone calls, munchies, naps, DVD movies, TV movies, light dinner, chocolate souffle, nice comfortable day.

December 24, 2004


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Justin, Matthew and I went to Creek Camp for a hike today while the women were at work.

December 23, 2004

Three outta three

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Justin arrived yesterday afternoon. So the family is now complete. We chatted and joked around the dinner table while eating lasagna that I made in the afternoon and munched on Christmas cookies for dessert.

December 21, 2004

Goodbye jigsaw

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When I was growing up I spent many hours down in my basement workshop making things. Among the tools my dad had was a drill press and a jigsaw. At some point when I was older and had my own home I transported the jigsaw to Poughkeepsie, New York. The drill press remained in my father’s home in Orchard Park, NY. Then later I moved the jigsaw to Austin where it’s been in the garage workshop. Since arriving it began to make strange grinding noises. So a few years back I took it apart and found that internally it was severely damaged. Since then it has sat apart and unused. A few weeks ago we were notified of a bulk garbage pickup starting this week. So today I moved the jigsaw and its wooden stand to the street. It makes me sad, because it was something that was my dad’s, it had been a part of my life and I had spent many wonderful hours creating things with it.

Goodbye old friend.

December 18, 2004

Two outta three

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Matthew arrived home for the holidays. So we’ve got two out of three with us now. Although we’re quiet people, it feels good to have both him and his sister at home. Very nice.

December 17, 2004


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Home on vacation and just bummin’

December 15, 2004

Almost vacation

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Well tomorrow I was supposed to begin my vacation. I’d be on vacation until the end of the year, but I have a few things to do so I’m going in to work instead. This means that I’ll take another day off at the end, that is, on January 4th. I’m even considering taking a half day on Thursday too, because I have an important conference call to do, and I’m releasing the very first version of some software then. That means I’ll be back to work on the afternoon of Jan 5th. Even if I’m off I think I’ll do some work at home.

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