December 3rd, 2001

A lot to say.

I have not posted since before Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving was wonderful. I had two complete dinners two days in a row. One dinner with friends, and one with my wife's family. It was really nice. My favorite part was playing catch with everyone and everything (baseball, frisbee, and football). I also played a good bit of Grand Theft Auto 3. What an evil game, very addictive. I highly recommend it. I may buy a PS2 just to get this game.

Work has been hectic. The project I am working on (in charge of) is really behind schedule. I hope that this trend does not continue.

We just got back from seeing Dralion a Cirque de Soleil show. It was fascinating; the performers must do nothing but practice all the time. The things they are able to do are amazing. Back flips on walking globes, contortionist, things I do not know the name of but that are really impressive, and wonderful wonderful live music.

In general I have been playing a lot of chess lately. I was teaching my wife to play, and she beat me the other day. She was really happy. I wasn't so happy. :) I also challenged my uncle to an e-mail match. He agreed to play, but the first move I sent to him he didn't understand. It turned out that he was using descriptive chess notation, and I was using algebraic chess notation. Very different. (An explanation). We agreed to use algebraic notation.

The game to date is
White Black
1. e2-e3 d7-d5
2. d2-d4 Bc8-d7
3. Nb1-c3

and I am White.

I also found out that one of my friends is feeling blue due to girls. I wish that I could help him. I think I will try to distract him from it by keeping him busy all the time. It will probably fail since he reads this. At least he used to. Oh well what can it hurt.