Coming up for air

The move is complete. We’re now in our new home! Still living primarily out of boxes, but that’s changing each day. I’ve never been so sore for so long but no matter how tired I am, there’s a thousand other things that have to get done. It’s a bit overwhelming.

The new place is nice. It’s much larger than our previous home which brings with it some new challenges. Things that used to be 10’ away are now a hike across the house (First world problems, anyone?). However, this place has storage out the ying-yang which was a huge factor in my wife’s desire to move.

The house sits on nearly an acre of land, and with all the trees & shrubs, it feels even more secluded. In the back is a huge workshop that has full power & AC, so I’m going to be starting some woodworking projects hopefully soon, something I’ve always wanted to get into.

There’s an “outdoor” kitchen that’s fully enclosed with a nice grill, ice maker, sink, etc. The pool is nicely paved and 9’ deep which is great for people like me who are used to the ‘deep’ end not even covering their heads. There’s even a koi pond & the girls are super happy about that.

And if I need to fill up the pool? No problem – we’re on well & septic, so no county fees for utilities!

I can’t promise anything, but I do want to get back into blogging a bit more. Time is limited for me but I enjoy the process and miss it.

Thanks for sticking around!

posted by Robb Allen @ 7/31/2015 9:07:11 AM | Feedback (2)
If you’re seeing this

Then the temporary server move was successful.

Had to move my box to a secure, undisclosed location for the week while I continue packing up for the move. It’s a physical box that I’ve owned since the early 2000’s and it’s a Frankenstein of a beast – a mishmash of spare parts that I’ve cobbled together to make a ‘server’.

At some point, I really need to quit this as there is little need for me to be a server guy any more, but that’s not today.

For now, I can continue to not blog at a new location!

posted by Robb Allen @ 7/20/2015 9:29:34 AM | Feedback (4)
Limping along

My drive crashed, as did my backup drive. Talk about being born under the wrong sign.

I did recover all important data. All my music I wrote, documents, pictures, etc. are safe and sound. I have another backup drive running and multiple copies of the data.

I’m going to have to reinstall a crap-ton (metric, not imperial) of apps, but so be it. Some of my sample libraries are corrupt, but I’ll just have to deal with that. The old hard drive is in the computer but it has a tendency to just disappear & requires a reboot to bring it back online. I’m still trying to recover as much as possible. Even though some of those files aren’t *as* important, they were nice to have, so even though it can take 12 hours to copy a few gigs, it’s worth the effort.

If you’ve tried to get a hold of me in the past 2 days, I may not have gotten the message.

posted by Robb Allen @ 7/16/2015 7:24:40 AM | Feedback (5)
So, the guitar is awesome

But rather than play it last night, I was busy trying to salvage my PC. The 1Tb drive where I keep all my music & apps is dying. It’ll stick at 100% utilization with a 10 to 15 second response time.

So I went to back it up on the external Tb.

Which is dead.

Dead, dead, dead, dead.

Then I lost all my RSS feeds, so I have no blogs to read.

I have another external TB on the way. Should be here tonight. Talking with the IT guys at work to see what drives they recommend (or if there are any I can use for the interim). I’d love to have a TB SSD, but I don’t have that kind of cash.


posted by Robb Allen @ 7/14/2015 8:23:31 AM | Feedback (5)
Romans 8:18

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

My Grandmother’s cancer is taking its toll on her. She no longer eats, sleeps most of the time, and the nurse has said that her body is now in the process of shutting down.

So, I’m driving up to South Carolina tomorrow to say my goodbyes. With the move in just over 2 weeks, this would be the last time I could possibly make it up there and I’m fairly sure she’s not going to hold out until after.

She’s 93 and has lived a full and fulfilling life. I don’t want to be selfish and wish for more time with her so instead I wish for her peace, whatever that requires. Just a few months ago she was down for visiting and was still sharp as a tack. It always felt like she’d outlive us all.

When I was at Parris Island, I was at that point where I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to make it through. I opened my bible, randomly, and Romans 8:18 was the verse I landed on. It meant a lot to me at that hard point in my life and has been one of my favorite verses ever since. I will use it for strength now.

I hope she finds her glory and peace soon as her suffering is forgotten.

posted by Robb Allen @ 7/8/2015 8:46:09 PM | Feedback (7)
Updates & whatnot

Just so you all know I’m alive, here are a few updates.

This Saturday from 10AM to Noon at Ballast Point Park, Florida Carry is having as many of our members as we can show up for our Open Carry fishing event. If you’re within the sound of my sultry voice, I’d love for you to drop by for support.

We have started packing for the move. Our closing date got pushed out by 6 days, which sucks, but oh well. This is taking up a lot of time, and I’d rather just go ahead and pack everything rather than try to figure out what can be put into a box now & what can’t.

My grandmother (my last remaining grandparent) is not long for this world. She has cancer and gave up on the chemo because it was hell. I’ve heard this from many chemo patients – that if their cancer comes back, they’d just as soon skip it. Which really sucks because with the move coming up, if she passes, I may be incapable of travel to make it to the funeral.

My guitar should be back from the painter’s on Wednesday. This is exciting. The suck comes from the fact that it’ll take another week or so to finish it up, and by then I’ll be in ‘fully packed’ mode and thus it will do me no good to have it. I may have Virgil hold onto it until after the move.

And there you have it. This is about as much as I’ve written in the past month alone. Sorry!

posted by Robb Allen @ 7/6/2015 9:17:59 AM | Feedback (4)
Tampa crosses the line

Life has intruded recently & I’ve not been able to make the monthly open carry fishing events in a while, but I missed Tampa PD harassing one of our members this past weekend.

We’ve been doing these since 2010. I used to call the city attorney to let him know we would be there, but he eventually told me there was no need to call since it was a non-event. The police never had an issue and in fact were part of the best fishing event ever. Yes, we had the occasional person freak out, but just like people who freak out over two people with different skin colors holding hands, you can generally ignore bigots.

So, this sounds like an overzealous cop who felt his authoratah was to be respected, Florida Carry will pursue this & there will be corrective action taken. Our end goal is to do whatever it takes to ensure law abiding gun owners are not harassed for exercising their rights.

posted by Robb Allen @ 6/17/2015 11:40:19 AM | Feedback (7)