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  • What does it all mean?

    Posted on August 17th, 2005 Jeff Keller 4 comments

    I had the most bizarre dream last night. For some reason I was backstage at a taping of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The guests were George W. Bush and Pierce Brosnan. I watched all the secret service guys standing around the set. Then I had my picture taken with Pierce Brosnan. I have no idea where the heck this all came from, but it was surreal.

  • Sunset shots

    Posted on August 15th, 2005 Jeff Keller 2 comments

    I haven’t posted any sunset photos in a while since, well, there haven’t been any decent sunsets. But tonight’s was an exception. Click the link for a few photos plus a bonus shot of the moon!

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  • Cool pics of the day

    Posted on August 14th, 2005 Jeff Keller 1 comment

    I love Lantana. In fact I love it so much that I have it planted all over my yard. Not only does it thrive on the heat here in Brentwood, but it’s also colorful and just amazing to look at. I have the red/orange variety you see above plus one blue/purple and two yellow plants. I’m always impressed how patterns like this can be found in nature. (Photos taken with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30 at Stanford University.)

    The other cool pic of the day is a weird one. I was at the Stanford Shopping Centre Sunday afternoon when I saw this guy taking his cat for a walk. Now I’ve seen everything! (Photo taken with my cameraphone.)

  • Thursday notes

    Posted on August 11th, 2005 Jeff Keller 6 comments

    I’ve started working with a mortgage broker (thanks Alex for the hookup!) and things are looking very good. Unlike two years ago, this time I’ll actually get a loan that can buy me a house close to civilization. Tomorrow I have to fax over two years of taxes, profit and loss statements for this year, and 2 months worth of bank statements. Naturally I’ll keep you all updated as the process goes along.
    Speaking of profit and loss, the other day I made this nice little chart for a little legal project that’s going on now. This is DCRP revenue for the last few years. Naturally I took out the dollar amounts so people don’t ask me for money. But this kind of growth is great and it’s really helping for the house purchase too! It’s nice to see that all my hard work over the last eight years is finally starting to pay off.

    And finally, today was my last free personal training meeting. He moved me over to free weights which are quite a bit more difficult. While I’m getting stronger I’m not losing any weight, so I really need to watch what I eat. This weekend I’m going to write down everything I ate so I can figure out just how much I need to cut out.

  • How many people does it take to change it a lightbulb?

    Posted on August 8th, 2005 Jeff Keller 1 comment

    The light bulb on my built-in microwave is dead and I can’t find a way to replace it myself. Whirlpool says I need someone to come out and change it for me. Since the thing is now out of warranty, it’s going to cost me. You’d think a $1750 oven/microwave combo would be designed for easy replacement of such things, but apparently not.

  • Stupid brain

    Posted on August 7th, 2005 Jeff Keller 2 comments

    Why is it that the perceived negatives in your life can make you forget about the positives? Every once in a while I fall into this rut. The problem of the week is one that I’ve dealt with for a while: I think about my friendships: how I can count the number of good friends in the Bay Area on one hand… that I had a friendship end badly three months ago… and that three four other good friends are far away from here. Combine that with the relative isolation that I live in (though I only have three months left), and the shyness that makes it hard to meet new people, and I end up feeling pretty down.
    Now, mind you, the people who I consider good friends are just that: I do not question their friendship at all. They’ve been there for me through thick and thin, and they never bailed out when I was going through hard times. Some of these friendships have lasted for over ten years. I truly value their friendship, and I try to make an extra effort to keep things healthy.
    When I’m feeling down I try to remind myself of the good things in my life: the loving family I have… my successful and rewarding business… the fact that I’m going to buy my second house and I’m only 29… the fact that I’m working hard at improving myself mentally and physically… the fact that I make a difference in people’s lives, even if it’s for something as silly as buying a camera. The fact that, although they are few in number, I do have good friends that truly care about me.
    Even with all those positives, I find that the negatives can feel heavier than the positives. I’ve climbed out of these ruts several times in the last year and a half, and I can do it again. I guess this is just how life is…

  • When old is new

    Posted on August 7th, 2005 Jeff Keller 2 comments

    This is a photo of San Mateo High School — from which I graduated in 1994 — that I took in the mid 90s. The school just celebrated its 100th anniversary last year. Anyhow, a few years back it was discovered that the building had unreinforced brick walls and it had to be either retrofitted or torn down. As it turned out, it was actually cheaper to build a new one from scratch — so down the building came.
    Today I took a walk around the new building and I have to say that they did an incredible job. Looking at it from the front you’d never know it was new:

    I put some more pictures here. I haven’t been inside yet, but I’m hoping to use my “hey I run the alumni e-mail list” clout to get a sneak peek before school starts.

  • This is great

    Posted on August 5th, 2005 Jeff Keller 3 comments

    I was fooling around on Ford’s website and I got a laugh out of the “optional features” on the build-your-own Mustang page. Apparently wheels and brakes are optional!
    And no, I’m not shopping for a car — just messing around.