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Tue, 07 May 2002

After much labor, the baluster project is 80 percent complete. Only about 12 linear feet remain to be done. I did the work on Saturday, and stopped when I did because I inadvertently drilled a hole in my left index finger. That's what happens when you get tired -- you make mistakes. Anyway, the hole is not major. I can still type with all ten fingers, play the piano and guitar, and pick my, uh, friends. Yeah, that's it. My friends.

When the balustrade is completed, I will begin the project I've been dreading: painting the house trim. This is a major undertaking, as the front and rear decks run the length of the house and have railings all along. In addition, the support beams beneath the decks are in sore need of a replacement coat. Finally, some of the siding needs touch up as well. If you feel like volunteering to help, please let me know.

I still don't know what my final grade is for my last University of Phoenix course. This is unusual, as grades are usually posted to the student web site within 48 to 72 hours after the last class meeting. The new class, meanwhile, will be invigorating, if somewhat redundant. And, I still appear to be on schedule for a December 5, 2002, completion of the entire program.

Work at WorldCom has been interesting. Although the resignation of Bernie Ebbers last week was a positive event, the continued rumours of WorldCom's imminent demise and the steady decline of the company's stock value have left morale here somewhat low. On the positive side, the unit I work in has positive prospects, ongoing revenue, and lots of work to do. The project that I'm working on, though somewhat embroiled in internal politics, is progressing well.

posted at: 19:30 |


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