Tuesday, June 29, 2004

To my Hacker

Congratulations! You are much better at Linux security than I am. I bow to your superior knowledge of server security. Now that you have shown you are better than me, please move onto someone else's site and leave mine alone. This is a family site that only gets a few hits a day, and those hits are usually from dial-up modems, so this site will not help you in terms of world conquest. Again, I admit that you are better than me, please move on.

Sunday, June 27, 2004

I think I got them all

I have gone through and gotten most of the pages (I hope, you should be safe to visit our site again!) :blush:


Somebody added some code to my web pages that is downloading a virus. I have cleaned the front page, but do not click any links to personal web pages until I get this cleared up.

Friday, June 25, 2004

Off to Manti

We are travelling to Manti today to go to the Pageant. I went to it a few years ago, but this year will be much more fun since we we have Taylor and Shaylie with us.

I forgot to mention that my laptop is back and is working well. I was very happy to get it back.

Taylor won the best-looking car in last night's powder-puff derby. While her car was not the fastest, it was cool that three auto mechanics thought that her car looked best. She also won all the backward car races, which just goes to show that sometimes the best laid plans sometimes backfire :D

I had a blowout on my bike. The back tire just gave out and popped, or exploded is the better term. Fortunately, the bike trails were closed that day, so I was on the roads. If I had been on the trails, I might have had to walk a few miles before Tonya could pick me up. We still had to hurry, as we had a baseball game at 5.

I went to the bike shop the next morning and it took them about five minutes to put a new tube and tire on.

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

A new Calling

I am the new Elder's Quorum Secretary. That means I have all the work, but none of the power :D It also means that I will be teaching one week a month in church. And I thought the number of people that went to Elder's Quorum was low before ;) Tonight, I have a training on how to be secretary. It is amazing that I had decided not to have baseball practice last week so that I didn't have to call all my kids and cancel.

We have our second to last game tomorrow night. It has been a fun season. We could have a problem however, the photographers want to take pictures of the team tomorrow night, but all the parents have decided (along with me pushing them) to not take pictures, could be interesting.

I then have an Elder's Quorum meeting. I hope my laptop gets back soon :( I could really use it to take notes.

Thursday, June 17, 2004

What a morning

We had a blackout during our baseball game last night. Driving home we had 4-way stops at each of the intersections (not fun). The power came back on just as we were walking into the house. BTW, the game was ok, and we got some good hits and outs.

After the power came back on, I went to the EC. That was my only good building, all the UPS's worked right and none of the servers had even turned off. At my building, however, the UPS on the phones failed and the phones took a while to reboot. The UPS on my server completely failed and could no even handle things being plugged into it, so now my server is plugged into the wall. (Pray for no power failures) Once I finally got that server running, it said that it could not see my health server, but I have no keys to that building, so I had to wait until morning.

This morning I rode my bike on the bike trail as the health building is near one of the trails. When I got there, the server was on (sortof), but the WAN connection was down. After an hour on the phone, that finally came back up and I was able to fix the server problems. Then I biked to my office and fixed a couple of people's computers.

I am getting my exercise today.

Taylor and Shaylie have tube day at their swimming lessons. I wonder what Shaylie is going to think of riding in a hydrotube :)

Wednesday, June 16, 2004


I called everybody on my team on Munday night reminding them of practice and that we were going to take the team picture. I didn't have a single parent tell me that they were not coming. However, three kids did not show up for practice! What's up with that?

We also got our soccer pictures. Finally. For $10, you get one sheet with a wallet size and a 4x6 team photo?! :crazy: I am so glad we are doing pictures ourselves.

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Picture Night

Tonight, Tonya is going to finish taking team pictures. I called all of my players to make sure that they could all be at practice tonight and to wear their uniforms. I have a feeling that for the first time in a long time, I will have the whole team together.

The baseball cards are looking really good. I hope the players are happy with the way they turn out.

Monday, June 14, 2004

2004 Preston's Baseball Cards

Hot off the presses! Get your 2004 Pee-Wee League Baseball cards :cool: Here is Taylor's:

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One of those days

This is one of those days that you just want to crawl back into bed. Riding to work this morning, A pickup truck pulled as close as they could and screamed at me while I was riding my bike to work. Fortunately, I had my headphones in, so it didn't startle me. I love the humans that live around here. I wish that I could say that this was an unusual occurance, but it happens quite regularly.

Got to work and the signs on the doors say that all water is off until 5:00 tonight. Fortunately, being the only guy in the building means that I can go to the bathroom 4 times while the ladies are going to have to fight for their four chances :)

The phones were dead this morning. The UPS failed on them, so no they have no power backup. And the power has been hiccuping this morning, so the phones go down with every hiccup. I also found out that my UPS on my server has a faulty battery, so the email and file server also goes down with the hiccups.

What fun :angry:

Saturday, June 12, 2004

Early morning baseball

Taylor's baseball game was at 8:00am this morning. That's right 8:00am on a Saturday morning. I only had seven kids show up, out of 14. Made for a very quick game, infact, we played an extra inning because we were done with 2 innings at 8:31. I then had Tonya take the kids that showed up to get their pictures taken. I am going to call all the kids Monday to make sure that they make it to practice so that we can get team pictures taken.

The bike trails in St. George are great :cool: It is so much fun to go one 10 mile bike rides and not fear getting run over by cars! Last night I went through Bloomington Hills. Some of the houses there are incredibly huge. I can't wait until I win the lottery. ;)

Thursday, June 10, 2004

Another Great Game

We had another very good game. The only problem was that only 8 kids showed up! Fortunately, all the players hit, and we got some incredible outs. One kid hit a line drive and JD caught the ball just before it hit the ground. Little Kenneth (and I mean little) caught a pop-up and ran and touched his base for a double-play and would have EASILY had a triple-play and possibly more if he hadn't thrown the ball to the pitcher, who is the other team's coach. :rolleyes: We got several outs on their team and they only got two on us the whole game.

Now the most important thing. Brenr wasn't at the game, so Taylor was the last hitter. Taylor hit the ball a MILE! :D She hit the ball so hard and so far that she had time to easily get around the bases, even when she ran HARD into the 3B-man and they both tangled up. Although she was hurt, he got the way worse of it.

In fact, their team was getting killed last night. One of their players twisted his ankle running to second base. One kid fouled the ball right into his, well, never mind. Another kid, two pitches in a row, hit foul line-drives into girls on his team. And of course, the Taylor body check! There wasn't a minute of game where someone on their team wasn't crying. It was a weird night. I even got hit in the face with a ball when I wasn't paying attention, but I'm ok ;) The ball is soft.

Taylor and I went bike riding again on the trails. We went a little too late, however, as I needed to have my bike lights on for the end of the trip.

Wednesday, June 9, 2004

My Laptop

My laptop has a problem. It will read DVD's, but not CD's. It has to go to the shop for repairs, so I am going to be without my machine for a while. This is very sad for me. :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :(

We have a baseball game tonight at 5:00. It is on the sunny field. However, the temperature has been lower today, so it may be ok. I hope we play at least close to how we played last week.

Tuesday, June 8, 2004


Taylor got a new fish and she named him beauty. The reason I know it is a he, she bought a Fighting Fish, and only the male Fighting Fish have big fins! Hope we don't annoy him too much with the name! He is a beauty however, when he flares his fins and gills, he is a very nice site to see. We all watched him last night. He doesn't just eat his food, he seeks up on it and attacks it.

I found a new bike trail near out house by the Virgin River (or I should say Virgin Creek), so Taylor and I rode it over to the Dixie Convention Center (about 7 miles one way). We met Tonya and Shaylie there at the park and had a little rest time together. Then Taylor and I rode back. I was very impressed with Taylor. 14 miles on a 20" bike with no gears to shift is pretty impressive.

Tonya found a swimsuit that she likes, so she finally got into our little pool yesterday. The water in the pool has warmed up to the point that it is not a shock to get in.

Taylor and Shaylie started swimming lessons yesterday. It really helped Shaylie, who is no longer afraid to put her head under water, or go without a floatee.

Monday, June 7, 2004


Taylor's new fish Swimmie died last night. She was very sick last night, so Tonya and Taylor changed the water, which seemed to help. This morning, however, swimmie was at the bottom of the tank just laying there. We are going to try to convince Taylor to get a beta, as they are cleaner, I feel prettier, and are used to being alone in a tank. I am sure the tears are flowing even as I write this.

I fixed my bike last night and went for a ride on the new trail by our house. I ended up at the southern end of St. George before I decided to turn around, I could have gone into Bloomington easily, except for it was getting late.

Friday, June 4, 2004

It's Harry Potter Day!

After work today, Tonya, Taylor and I are going to see Harry Potter :) We got our tickets on Tuesday, got a babysitter for Shaylie (Anissa), and have a game to play while we sit in line for good seats!

Anissa is bringing her computer down for me to fix, so I have another fun weekend of fixing computers.

I finished up my inventory of all my surplus computers :D Now I just have to wait for the surplus truck to show up and take it all away!

Thursday, June 3, 2004

A Great Game!!!!!!

After a terrible practice, I was very nervous about last night's game, however, I feel that last night's game was the best we had in my three years of coaching :D It did not start off well, however, as when I called the team together, we were short 6 players! Well, 2 players showed up in the next 5 minutes, so things ended up being somewhat ok in the player count.

There were 5 players on the opposing team that were on my last year's team. I feared them a lot, as they were all big hitters last year and thought that they would be even bigger this year. Much to my surprise, each one of them had a very off night. Austin, who I called "Mighty Mite" last year for his ability to hit the ball a mile even though he was very small, hit two little weak hits on the infield. Tara, who hit line drives last year, barely hit the ball to the pitcher. All the others also didn't hit the ball hard, in fact, one kid that I backed my outfielders out for, struck out. I was very surprised.

My players did awesome! My infielders (Taylor, Brennan, Brenr, JD) made at least 12 outs in the game (which was more than we had had all season long), everyone got hits, and we cleared the bases easily with our big three hitters (JD, Taylor, Brenr). I was so proud of my team. They played very well.

Wednesday, June 2, 2004

So much to update, so little time

We went to Holden for Memorial Day and spent the weekend there. I fixed everyone's computers and gave Taylor and Shaylie rides on their 4-wheeler. We also went up to Orem and bought our temple clothes. I got suspenders :)

Taylor plays against her last year's team tonight. I hope it goes well, the team did not have a good practice last night.

We got our tickets for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. We go to the Friday 6:10 showing, we will probably leave around 4:30 for that. We are taking our Phase 10 card game. We have learned to take something fun to do while we sit in line.

Got all of my servers upgraded at work, still working on getting my surplus computers done.