Thursday, October 27, 2005

Last Best Chance

A surprisingly good short movie about the threat of nuclear terrorism. What does this say about a society that requires a movie to spread awareness?

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

A quick summary

Part of the Internet was down for the past few days. Of course this happened to include the route my domain forwarding uses.

A quick reminder to all the family as the holidays come up to make sure to ship packages smartly. USPS Flat rate priority mail is a very good deal. Especially since Vermont to Hawaii is about as far apart as you can get in the U.S. Hard to believe you can ship a flat rate box up to 70 lbs for under 8 bucks. I would not bother with UPS or Fedex.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Never Ending/Major Catch Up

Okay so it has been a while since I have posted. The job is going well it actually is going so well that I may be able to put this job in my “related experience” portion of my resume. I have helped transition the division from typed submitted reports to typed e-mail reports on custom Word forms. Can I tell you how excited I am! Within the next year the boss would like me to get everything web based. That would require some web base designing  I am officially working the full 20 hours now and am happy that I am at least doing that. I share the desk at work. I will keep you updated as time goes on.
On a side note we had someone try to break into our house on Monday morning at 3:30am. The person knocked on the back patio door. I was somewhat asleep but not in a deep sleep by any means. I heard the knock and then Angel barked. Hubby rolled over and told Angel to be quiet. In my gut something didn’t feel right and everything told me to tell hubby to get up and go check it out but I wasn’t sure if something fell on the roof. I thought that if something was really wrong and if it were the neighbors they would go to the front door and ring the bell.
Monday when I got up at 8am there were muddy foot prints on the back patio. I called for Nathan immediately. He got up and looked and we decided to call the cops. On the weekends hubby has been pretty good at pressure washing the back patio. Sunday night we watered. So the back patio was clean.
The cops showed up at 8:30am and did a look around the property. Sure enough there were prints found at the windows. They think that the attempted robber jumped over the back yard fence instead of opening the gate as not to wake anyone, in case someone was home. The cops then went and checked out the vehicles. As they did this they told us what we could do to protect our home. I was very pleased with how they treated us. They didn’t treat us as if we were insane. They took all our information and took notes to fill out a report.
Tuesday evening at 7pm there was a community meeting. Everyone in our residential neighborhood went to the meeting. It was just about a waste of time. It honestly made me more scared then I was before. There has been such an increase in crime in the base housing area recently that is doesn’t make me feel comfortable. Don’t get me wrong I love the house we live in. It is definitely bigger and better than any house we looked at in town. But the base can’t protect us as well as they like. We live in base-housing but we are outside base. We live on government property and in government housing but it is not gated. We live in one of the three housing areas on the island that doesn’t have that extra protection of the base gate. And of course since this housing is in one of the PPV phases the military isn’t going to pay to put a gate up when they aren’t going to own it anymore. They told Nathan between 2007 and 2012 they expect the contract with the civilian company to be signed and the process of building new housing to begin. We should be moving again by the time that happens.
So it looks like if Nathan has the weekend off we will be spending it at Home Depot to pick up some epoxy to glue our jalousie windows as the cops recommended. I just don’t think that it is fair that it is our responsibility to buy all of these things and housing isn’t going to help. They make us aware of the crime but they can’t really help us. They claim that they will increase the security patrol but I didn’t see anything last night and I haven’t seen anything tonight. But it is still early.