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Pre-Covid - The wife and I on vacation.

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We are currently having a blizzard, so finally I have time to make some edits to the site. 2021 was a challenging year to say the least. It's 2022 now and we will put all of that behind us.

2021 started with so much promise. After 2020, it couldn't get much worse right?
WRONG
I spent more time in the hospital last year than I have since my actual birthday.

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"When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." I've been hearing that all my life. I never really knew what people were trying to tell me until the year 2020.

2020 was one big lemon of a year. With a lemon that big, it wasn't hard to figure out. It's 2022 now, and we are still dealing with Covid and all its many variants.

This is my first pandemic. The family and I are still playing it safe. We wear our mask and got our shots. Still not going out without due cause, so I guess you can say we are still semi-quarantining. Until we got our dog Leo, I was the only guy in the house. 1 dude 3 women.


At the start of the ensuing quarantine I found myself so bored that my family demanded that I find somthing else to do besides watch Anime and be grouchy. I happen to like being grouchy, so this was sort of an issue for me. I had to do something, the family was about to revolt; but what?

Sir Leopio


"Get a dog", they said. "We will help with it", they said.
So we get a boxer puppy.

Lies. All lies.







Another saying I've been hearing forever is ...

"If a day goes by that you haven't learned something new, you've just wasted a day." I forget who told me that, but it's stuck with me for as long as I can remember.

I've always wanted to learn about many things, but I never had the time to sit and dedicate myself to learning something new. Who has the time learn. That would mean not doing one or more of the other hundred million things I have to get done today. However, The pandemic provided the perfect opportunity to change that. One day out of shear boredom I decided to stop wondering about all the things and finally learn about them.

I've always been curious about how networks functoined, but learning the Cisco Language seemed daunting. Subnetting made my head spin. I couldn't conceptualize the concepts.

I wanted to know more about the internet other than what sites I liked. I saw so many outdated sites I thought that maintianing a website must have been rocket science. In fact I wanted to control my own website. I wanted to know what works and what doesn't. Why do people do things that others don't? What are the benefits and drawbacks to taking these actions?

I just had to know. So I throw up this site and it's been off to the races ever since. I built the first version with an editor. I just took that down and I'm in the process of replacing it with this site I am writing right now in a text editor.

I've approached each subject a complete novice, but I am happy with the results of my reasearch; and this is the result of my curiosity. I've learned how to configure switches and routers. Now I'm on to the internet side of things. If you are reading this, that means I've figured out how to get what's in my head on the internet somehow.

I apologize in advance.

My children, wife, and dog have all suffered with me through the frustration. I've spent many hours in my basement "Laboratory" learning. One day maybe we will be able to put all of this acquired knowledge to good use.

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Take it one day at a time is another saying I'm always hearing. Tomorrow is an unknown variable that will hav to solve for everyday. Today's answer will usually not solve tomorrow's questions. Your daily problems aren't sequential. If you didn't solve today's problem, you will have to work on it at the same time with tomorrow's. You may solve them out of order.
The message was a little cryptic, but it's good advice. I'll give it a shot.

I'm starting a new challenge now. I've become interested in cybersecurity. Tomorrow's challenge is clear. Be one of the best people doing what I do. Today's challenge is also crystal clear. Become way better than I am now. This is why the previous advice is so good to me. I want to solve tomorrow's problem right now, but if I take it one day at a time I have a better chance at getting the solution right.
I have a lot of lemons right now. That just means more lemonade later.

Nice meeting you. It's been a nice chat. I hope you get to enjoy some good lemonade.

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We got our dog Leo. Now he and I are the best of buddies. He's a lot of work but he is also a lot of fun. I don't know why, but he always goes for my computer. I guess a dog's work is never done.




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We took a vacation to Greece. It was a wonderful time for the family. One day we'll do something like this again. That's what keeps us going.