Construction question

I’ve noticed that in almost every construction job of any magnitude, when they’re prepping the ground to start building, a large hill of dirt goes up.  Why?  Is it dirt they’ve removed to level the land?  Have they brought it in from somewhere, and why?  Do they plan to use it later?  I’d love to know the answer.


Speaking of observations, I just went to my main website (one of my MANY websites), and realized it probably needs a face lift. Since I write web pages during the day for work, then come home and write and support web pages for clients, I rarely even look at my own stuff. The farthest back I can go and be sure of a date for how long I’ve had this page format is a web app that I wrote, the “Text Twist Solver.” There is a “hits since 2/9/2005” part of the page with a broken link to a graphics image. Some day, I’ll give my site an overhaul.

As a humorous side note, the radio station I listen to most (Jack FM) often plays an ad telling people to go to their website, but that their grandma’s site is still better than theirs – well, that’s almost true for my page. I’ll update it some time!

My current book

I love to read! Any chance I get to read, I will. That being said, I’m finding it hard to get through my current book.

I’m reading “Golden Buddha” by Clive Cussler. I’ve read tons of his works. The early books he wrote chronicled the adventures of Dirk Pitt and Al Giordino. While his story lines can be far fetched and somewhat corny, they provide a fun read and an escape from reality. This book isn’t a Dirk Pitt book. It’s a Juan Cabrillo book. Cussler introduced Cabrillo in what I believe was his last Dirk Pitt novel. This book is Cabrillo’s first book all about him and his corporation. The cast of regular characters is so long and confusing, Cussler includes a listing of the primary characters in the book, along with their role in “the corporation” (if they belong to the corporation) or their role as villains or heroes in the story. After getting into this book and referring back to the cast of characters on numerous occasions to remember who is who, I find it to be a tedious read. The Dirk Pitt books had a primary cast of 5 or 6 regulars (Pitt, Giordino, Sandecker, Gunn, and Loren (with the violet eyes), Dirk’s on-again-off-again main squeeze.) Now, I haven’t read a Dirk Pitt novel in probably a year or more, but I was able to come up with these names in less than 30 seconds, with no Googling. 🙂 If you asked me more than Juan Cabrillo in this current novel, I’d have to refer to the book.

What all this says, in way too many words, is I’m finding this book challenging to get to the last chapter. When I do, I won’t be picking up another Juan Cabrillo novel again! I picked up one of Cussler’s “Kirt Austin” novels that he co-authors with Paul Kemprecos, and found that almost as annoying as this book I’m reading now.

I should read another Dirk Pitt novel, so I can write some good things about Clive Cussler, because I’ve read over a dozen of his other novels and thoroughly enjoyed them all!

Free time?

Right now, it don’t exist. But, when I do get free time, I enjoy reading, playing piano, hanging with my wife and kids, and playing with my puppy. We have a dachshund (wiener dog) that’s 1 1/2 years old, and her name is Ginger.

El Primer Mensaje en Español

OK, he hecho este area, y ya debo de escribir algo aquí, ¿verdad?

Primeramente, déjeme decir que es bién difícil escribir los acentos por este laptop computadora. Tengo que oprimir los botones de “Fn” y “Num Lock”, y después, tengo que entrar el código de ASCII para las letras especiales. Por ejemplo, para tocar la é, pongo la computadora en el modo de “Num Lock” y tengo que tocar las letras “j”,”l”, y “m”, que hacen los números 1, 3, y 0. Lo que dice todo esto es que no puedo escribir aquí con la misma rapidez en que puedo tocar en inglés.

Ya estoy cansado. Termino por hoy. Hasta luego.


OK – when I write about observations, you never know what I’m going to write about.

My first? OK – here goes.

I teach at a community college one night a week. When I use the facilities, 90% of the time, the urinals are not flushed. Is this a generational thing? Is it an “I’m afraid to touch anything in a public restroom” thing? Is it an “I’m to lazy and/or apathetic to care” thing?

The Geek In Me

Hi, my name is Steve and I’m a geek. Is there a 12-step program for me? No, really, I like being a techie. I work at a job where I manage Solaris servers, databases (I prefer MySQL), and write web pages. I do web pages as my business, as well. I like to code my pages in PHP (that’s a web programming language) and have them talk to MySQL databases.

Someone once asked me what I used to create my web pages. My answer? vi. Google it if you don’t know what it is. I’m a geek!

My Family

I have a very interesting family. I have a wife of 21 years and four kids – all boys! OK, not all are boys. Well, none are boys. My brother got the four boys, I got the four girls. I guess you could call them my harem!

One of my jobs

OK – you’re probably wondering about my many jobs. How many, you ask? How about three! The first one that I’ll bring up here is my position as Adjunct Professor at Arapahoe Community College. Fancy, eh? I’m currently only teaching one subject, but that may change. I guess it depends on the department chair and my schedule. My class is in session at the moment, and I have six students that I am teaching.

Oh, yeah, I’m teaching “Intro To Shell Programming” which is an introductory class to writing scripts (programs) that run in a Unix environment.