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  • Note to self: skip the vacations

    Posted on July 31st, 2005 Jeff Keller 2 comments

    Man I take most of July off and traffic dives 15% and PriceGrabber clicks were at the lowest levels of the year. Argh!

  • This is so cool!

    Posted on July 31st, 2005 Jeff Keller No comments

    Alcatraz swim a canine first: Dog places 72nd, ahead of hundreds in annual race

  • Tasty snacks

    Posted on July 31st, 2005 Jeff Keller 1 comment

    Last month I raved about chai, and I’m totally addicted to the stuff. Nothing’s better than an iced chai latte on a hot day!
    More recently I’ve discovered two new treats:
    Hummus — who thought garbanzo beans (AKA chick peas) could be so tasty? I’ve found whole wheat pita bread to be the perfect vehicle for getting the stuff into my mouth. Yum!! Trader Joes is a good source for both of these items.
    Cadbury Flake bars — while searching Cost Plus for my beloved Dairy Milk bars (the real stuff, not the crap made by Hershey’s) I found them. Flaky milk chocolate covered with more chocolate. Damn they’re good! And certainly not good for you either, so this is only for special occasions. Why they don’t sell these in the US is beyond me.

  • Pete’s vacation is over (though she’s always on vacation)

    Posted on July 29th, 2005 Jeff Keller 4 comments

    (Click to view movie)

    Tonight is the last night that Pete, the family cat, will be staying at my house. She’s been here since I came back from Florida, and she really has been on her best behavior. Well, except for the three times she threw up. Or when she hissed at me last night for moving her off the bed I was trying to make. But otherwise she’s been great. But tomorrow she’s headed back to my parents’ house and I’m sure she’s not happy about the car ride home.
    Some of Pete’s favorite things include eating ham, licking butter out of the tub, and getting her endless supply of fur removed with one of those sticky roller things.
    I was fooling around with a camcorder and I recorded the short video you can see above. It’s the cat cam!

  • Money isn’t everything

    Posted on July 28th, 2005 Jeff Keller 4 comments

    Today I was entering some invoices into Quickbooks when I looked at my year-to-date reports. Revenue is up over 40% since this time last year! That’s great for my near term plans (house buying) and for the long term as well (whatever that will bring).
    One of the MANY things that has really been driven home in the last year or so is that money does not buy happiness. This includes all those toys that I’ve bought over the years. Sure they provide some initial fun, but after a while that wears off. These purchases doesn’t get rid of my frustrations and anxieties — that’s for damn sure. Of course that doesn’t stop me from buying more 🙂
    Having a fancy car, big TV, or every game console under the sun doesn’t make me a better person. And I don’t want to be judged on what I own, how much money I make, etc. Starting my own business and single-handedly making it what it is today is more impressive than how many dollars it puts in my bank account. The money is a nice benefit and is not what drives me.
    It’s kind of like what I said about my trip to Disney World a few weeks ago. It’s not being there that makes it fun, it’s sharing the experience with others that I like the most. Along those lines, it’s not having the big TV and home theater system that’s important, it’s enjoying it with other people that counts.
    Unfortunately, enjoying time with others hasn’t been easy since I moved to Brentwood — I haven’t actually made any friends out here — but in three months or so I’ll be out of here and back to civilization.

  • Bumper sticker of the week

    Posted on July 28th, 2005 Jeff Keller 1 comment

    “To err is human, to blame other people shows management potential”
    Ain’t that the truth.

  • House shopping, part 2

    Posted on July 27th, 2005 Jeff Keller No comments

    I forgot to mention that on Sunday I looked at a bunch of houses in Oakland. Four in Montclair (where I am hoping to end up) and one in Glenview. I didn’t take any pictures this time around. The first house in Montclair was a little too much for me — too big and too expensive — but it got major points for having a creek in the front yard and an outdoor fireplace. The other three houses in Montclair all had their charms, but it’s still too early for me to be buying, so I tried not to get attached to any one place. The house in Glenview was really nice — a 1915 craftsman that needed a bit of upgrading on the inside.
    The downside to all this is that it’s looking like it’s going to cost a minimum of $700k to buy a “basic” house in those parts of Oakland. I’m confident that I can afford that, but whether the bank agrees is another story. Being self-employed really sucks when it’s time to get a mortgage, as they look at your net income, rather than your gross income.
    In related news, the house down the street (that’s the same model as mine, just with more upgrades) got its price knocked down by $35,000. Let’s hope it sells soon!

  • Down the drain

    Posted on July 27th, 2005 Jeff Keller No comments

    It’s kind of sad that NASA spent over a billion dollars to fix the issue debris falling off the external fuel tank, and it still happened. They gotta get rid of the shuttle and find something that sits ABOVE the falling debris, instead of below it. Cool picture taken by the astronauts, by the way (more pics here).