Thursday, February 26, 2009

Harry Sighting Working

Yes, it's true. A co-worker, Mikey, took this snapshot of me actually working on a very big job site. Another coworker fell ill so I was called out from behind the computer to help pull a few 1000 feet of fiber and set up installation for security and surveillance on a nearby city infrastructure project.
Digging ditches was fun. The weather was excellent and I even managed to get some sun.
Next week I will begin the fiber connection process hooking up over 20 cameras and perimeter beams that will virtually lock down this installation against unwanted threats.
It's all high tech and the new fiber that is being installed and used everywhere can handle TONS of data leaving the actual network the weakest link in relation to speed. The system can be monitored from anywhere using a computer hooked to the Internet. Some cool James Bond Stuff.
To check out some of the stuff we utilize at my Unkle Jon's, world famous canopy relative worker, go to Diamond Quest and look over the videos.
Hope you are enjoying the weather!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Jackson Hole 2009

Wow. The mountain is BIG. And STEEP.
Just getting back from a trip to Jackson Hole with the Philly Crew. They've been doing a yearly ski trip for over 20 years now and this is my second trip with them. Great bunch of people and a challenge to keep up with on the mountain. They've been all over and are in the process of checking off a list of resorts they all want to ski over the years.
We stayed in a sweet condo that was for sale for 1.8 million dollars. Fire place, big kitchen, big rooms, the works, three stories.
This year didn't see the BIG POW everyone was looking for, but we did get some nice blue bird days and even close to six inches in the middle of the trip to soften things up.
The mountain is HUGE and the new tram holds a 100 people and gains 4,000 ft+ of altitude in just a few minutes.
We got the chance to cover most of the mountain except for the incredibly steep and notorious lines Jackson Hole is known for and saved those for the Mangy Moose video Screen Apr├Ęs-ski.
Four full days of skiing with one of those a full day of X-Country Skiing. Can I tell you how much I am from Florida now? I love the cold and snow, don't get me wrong, but my legs have since divorced and left me in the cold. OW.
Hot tip, don't ever follow the skiers no matter how "good" they tell you the snow is. Bumpity Bumpity bump ruined me the very first day. But the groomers and some of the trees were heavenly. Nothing the community condo hot tub and a micro brew couldn't take care of though.
Thanks guys, looking forward to next year!

Full Gallery, check it out HERE.
Slide show HERE.
The show can also be found on facebook HERE.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Santa Barbara, California

Never a dull day. After the State Records were a wash out due to weather, the weather cleared and opened up to beautiful blue skies for all our travels home. I took advantage of the break and made my way up the coast to take advantage of a workshop David Jay was hosting at his house.
Get this, I show up and it is Tom Sanders old place. What a trip.
On the way I got to hang with some old friends, even one from Florida. With a day off we took a drive around Santa Barbra to check out some of the biggest and most desirable homes in the US and of course whatever we happened to come across.
When we saw people flying off the hill the skydiver in us found what we were looking for. We hooked up with couple of cool instructors from Fly Above All and Eagle Paragliding and had a chance to get a closer look at this very cool sport.
Joe Webber is an old BASE jumping friend and a premier dentist in Santa Barbra. I just happen to catch up with him while he was about to do a lobotomy on another friend David Major.
I love California and all the friends I have there. Good time, and as usual, too short.