Yearly Archives: 2007

Gotta get off Sprint…

So, I’ve been trying to log into my sprint customer account for a few days to update my billing address after my recent change of address. So, I fire up my password key ring and dig out my login credentials. I copy and paste them over and click the login button. Sorry, bad username or password. Ah, ok. Lemme make sure I copy and pasted that right (still absent mindly swap control for command on the Mac every now and again.) Ok, that looks right. Sorry, bad username or password.

Ok, maybe I forgot to update my key ring the last time they forced me change my password (or maybe it was username, since I remember being able to log in with my phone number as my username.) Lemme try the forgot password feature. Bzzt, we’re sorry, but we can’t let you change your password online at the moment. Please call Sprint customer care for more assistance. Funk that, I’ll try again later.

I took few days off and tried it again. Same deal, can’t log in, password reset features says currently not available.

I tried it again this morning. Got in the on the first try with the username and password that I had on file. Way to run a website, Sprint. It ain’t rocket science, ya know?

Another annoyance is my paper bill. Recently, they helpfully reformatted the bill, switching it from the smaller sized paper to full 8 1/2×11″. In the process they dropped useful details like how many minutes each of the lines in my family plan used (ed.- take that back, its just on a different page; in really small type. ugh.) and replaced them with useless boilerplate and full page ads for services that I don’t care about.

I’m pretty sure that all wireless providers suck these days, but do any suck even a little bit less? What do you use, do you like them?

What the h*ll am I doing?

On one of my favorite TV shows, Mythbusters, they have what are known as Mythbuster’s Moments. Every once in a while, Adam stops and reflects on what he’s doing, like blowing something up or putting himself on the line in some crazy experiment, and realizes just how crazy things have gotten.

Not nearly as exciting, I’ve been having similar moments of wonder in my running. Marathon training and actual running of the race where numerous times I my sanity, let alone my motivation.

Lately, I’ve been running more or less for the fun of it without any specific training goals. But, I’m still have moments that give me pause.

2 weeks ago, I was doing a long run with Larry at Green Lakes when its 44 degrees out and raining cats and dogs, easily the wettest run this year.  By the end of the run, it felt like my windbreaker weighed 10 pounds on its own.

Last Saturday, I was out for another long run at Green Lakes; this time it wasn’t raining, thankfully, but it was a balmy 25 degrees out. It was a new experience to see frost accumulating on my shoes through out the run. I layered a running shirt, a long sleeve cotton shirt, and my windbreaker and think I was just about right. Larry chose just a short sleeve running shirt. Just looking at him almost made me go into a bout of hypothermia.

I snapped awake at about 3 this morning. I’ve been a nervous wreck lately about buying a house, and today was the closing (that all went fine, of course), so I was laying around staring at the ceiling and listening to the wind howling and rain. I thought, man, if that rain kept up, it’ll be a pretty icky run. But, an icky run is better than no run.

What a second. What the hell was that? I’m leaving a perfectly nice warm bed to go out into 35 degree pitch black night with a pretty good chance of rain. I think I may have blown a microchip.

It seems to be getting harder and harder to stay motivated as it gets cooler and the weather gets wetter. It takes all my will to get out the door, but once I’m going, each step gets a little easier and I’m always glad that I made it out when I’m done.

Tomorrow should be pretty exciting. Weather.com says 30 degrees and light snow at 5am. Not looking forward to it, but can’t wait to be done, if that makes any sense.

Yeah, I’m a Mac Fanboy

Made that realization as I was driving down to Carousel to wait an hour in line to buy a copy of the new Mac OSX, dubbed Leopard. I never thought I’d do something like that.

I was just gonna blow off the big kick off at 6, but I had a friend who was going was looking forward to having a chat whiling away the hour. When I made the scene about 5:10 there were already about 40 people in line. Hmm, guess the stake out was a good idea. After I made to the end of the line, an Apple Creative wheeled a cart with coffee (Starbucks, none-the-less) and bottled water, thanked me for coming out and offered me a beverage. These Apples guys are alright.

The balance of the hour was split between diehards waxing on their various macs and iPhones and the uninitiated asking again and again just what Apple was releasing this time around. Of course, just saying Leopard got some strange looks. The other semi-amusing part was folks who wanted to get in the closed Apple store (or right after the reopening) to do their non-os related shopping.

Soon enough, at 6:02, the gate on the storefront went up to a semi-enthusiastic cheer. Thankfully (probably from iPhone experience), they controlled access to the store with some ropes and a few security guards. About 10 minutes later, I stepped in a got my free t-shirt and headed back to the check out to grab my Leopard copy. In normal fashion the line was moving fairly quickly with other staff pulling out the credit card purchasers and ringing them out on their handheld terminals. A few minutes later I was heading back out with my Leopard family pack in hand.

Later in the evening, I ran a Super Duper backup (not that I was really worried) and started the Leopard installer. The install process was fairly uneventful and took about an hour including a media check on the DVD before the actual install began. Everything came up nicely on the final restart.

For the most part, things are working out fine. I’m enjoying a lot of the new visual tweaks like the update doc and system menus. I’m trying to whittle down my downloads directory so the cool stacks feature on the doc will show the fan from all the Leopard screen captures I’ve seen lately.

Like I said, most things are working fine. But there are a few sticky wickets. The official Last.fm player and Mozilla Songbird go down in flames when you try to start them up. I’m not too worried about them, I’m sure there’ll be updates for those soon enough. The other slightly strange item I noticed was that when I go to the Network in Finder, I don’t see any other computers in my (otherwise Windows) network. I’m guessing its more of a configuration item than a bug. Gotta look into that further.

I’ll try to file further Leopard briefs as I find more cool (or busted) stuff… stay tuned.

WordPress 2.3 Update

Yeah, figured it was finally time to update to the latest wordpress. After enjoying all the enhancements on the wordpress blogs we use at work, I thought they might encourage me to work on my blog some more.

The update wasn’t quite as scary as I thought it would be. Its basically the same as the famous 5 minute install, except you copy over the existing install instead of a clean directory and run the updater script instead of the installer.

It did hose my sidebar, but I knew that was coming. I had hacked that code quite a bit to put in all my offsite widgets (delicious, digg, flickr, my runlog, etc.) I’m gonna recode those things into my own custom widgets, so I don’t shoot myself in the foot again.

I’d also like to delve into a look and feel update, but I don’t know if I’m gonna have the time and energy to get anywhere in the near future. Probably go evolutionary instead of revolutionary, I guess. Stay tuned.

Running Funk?

Not sure what the deal is but lately, my running hasn’t been going so well, specifically the long runs.  It feels like all my get up and go has just plain got up and went.

Ever since the marathon, it feels like my legs just haven’t been the same. I slow brought the daily runs back to 45 minutes with an hour thrown in every few days.  Most days I feel pretty good after the daily.  As the week wears on, I feel a little fatigued but nothing out of the ordinary.

The long runs usually start off pretty well, but after an hour, my motivation falls of pretty quickly.  2 weeks ago, I finished 90 minutes without too much hassle.  Last week, I pushed that to 2 hours and felt pretty much spent.   This week, I managed 2 hours again, but just barely.

I almost felt as bad at the end of that 2 hours as I did the last half hour of the marathon.  My right need was bugging me somewhat, but I think its just from road crowning.  I carried water with me, maybe I just not drinking enough.  I wasn’t thirsty, but was definitely dehydrated at the end.  Next week, I gotta remember to bring my strappy bottle with gatorade.

Maybe I’m just burned out.  Maybe its work and 1st time home buyer stress.  Maybe its straight up training.  I’ve been in loafing along in my half assed recovery training.  I gotta get started on Kevin’s ongoing maintenance plan.   Hopefully, that’ll shake things up.

Starbucks Bad

Actually, other than their prices, they’re really quite nice. A fancy new standalone shop just opened down the street from me (on route 11, next to the Rite Aid, formerly Eckerd, formerly Sweetheart Market…) Good thing we’re moving to the other side of town in the near future.

Yesterday, I went in for the first time. Very nice interior. Lots of comfy chairs that I could see myself whiling away many hours in. Really like the marble mosaic tell backsplash behind the counter.

Today, I hit up the drive thru. Oh man, that’s convenient. At 6am, there were no cars in line, so the entire drink acquisition took only 45 seconds. Geez, I have to bar myself from doing that again, I could get used to that way too easily and go broke draining cup after cup of their delicious coffee.

3rd Party Blog Management

I like WordPress’ management interface, really I do. Well, except for one minor annoyance that’s not really WordPress’ fault. After typing on a plain old PC keyboard for years and years, I’m addicted to the home and end keys to jump to the start or end of the current line.

Unfortunately, on Mac, the home and end keys don’t work the same. They jump you to the top and bottom of the current text section (basically the same as Control + home/end) does on the PC side.

Hold the phone, seasoned Mac users say. Durr, just use Command + Home/End to jump to the beginning or end of the line. That works fine every where except in Firefox where the browser jumps in and intercepts the key combo for browser forward/back options. Well, thank you very little.

So, I’ve giving Marsedit a shot. I’m liking it so far. Its a little faster than typing in the browser and I’m a little less worried about having to constantly undo code clean-up done automatically every time I save an in progress post.

Doh, just spotted a potential deal breaker for me. Marsedit doesn’t have a way to do lists. Maybe I’m just missing it? Man, that’s rough on a list-a-holic like me.

Stay tuned.

Sit down, kid…

The Wineglass Marathon results are in. I am proud to report the rest of the 1st Marathon team did 100% awesome:

  • Bob: 3:29:07*
  • Joe: 3:34:06
  • Suzanne: 3:48:00
  • Jen: 3:50:22*
  • Diane: 4:06:21

*- qualified for Boston Marathon!

Again, I am once again humbled to have had the opportunity to train with such awesome athletes (and coach Kevin Collins.) After finishing the program and my first marathon, I truly understand and respect the dedication of everyone in the program.

Congratulations again!  Enjoy a little break guys, you’ve more than earned it.

Geez, I guess Rochester can’t be my last marathon. Can’t have all you guys putting me to shame so bad, hehe.

First Run Post Marathon

This morning, I figured that I had enough of a break and headed out for a daily run.  I was torn between 1 or 2 laps on my 22 minute circuit.  The first lap went pretty good, so I hung on for number 2.  Toward the middle of that lap, my right knee started to ache a bit.

Strange part is that the opposite knee from the one that gave me lots of trouble earlier in the season.  Can’t tell for sure yet, but it seems like the exact same spot as the other leg.  Strange. Gonna ice it and keep an eye on it.

I was almost considering doing the Falling Leaves 14K on Sunday.  I say that I’m gonna do it every year, but never seem to make it out.  But, after the knee thing earlier, I think its probably smart to work in a few solid weeks of dailies before I consider another race.