dpal on January 20th, 2009

Woah…. we might have a significant snowfall here in this part of SC about once every five years or so. I woke up this morning to some very pretty snow flurries and a nice thin blanket of white stuff across my lawn. By the time I left for work I began to worry about driving… not because of hazardous roads, mind you, but because whenever one snowflake falls here in SC – people tend to temporarily forget how to drive.

Usually, people just get overcautious. I mean… I’ve seen situations where it just starts to snow, there is no accumulation anywhere, and drivers will slow down to 35-40MPH on the busiest of roads. This invariably makes the problem worse as it creates long lines of cars and some impatient drivers late for wherever their destination… Next thing you know, some idiot tries to pass 5 cars in a row and mis-times the whole thing. you can see where I’m going here, can’t you?

Anyways, usually whenever it snows the county basically shuts down. Schools and County Gov’t Offices close, most local businesses close, etc…. Of course,  I work for a utility, so we stay open as long as we possibly can. Not complaining, mind you, but I’m just picturing in my mind’s eye, my family at home around a fire, and me at work… again…

dpal on January 3rd, 2009

A Happy Holidays Wish from all of us to all of you out there. Hope that you all have an excellent 2009!

dpal on December 15th, 2008

Another Coats Christmas Celebration has come and gone…. This one seemed much quicker than the ones previous. It was really great being able to see everyone together like that. I didn’t do an actual head count – I’m sure somebody there did, but I am estimating 26-27 people attended this year’s festivities… give or take a couple. That’s an awful lot of bodies in one place!

Anyhoo… I rushed to get the pix imported into picasa and up on the web. I excluded the awful blurry pix and I tried to go thru each of the ones and correct the red-eye stuff, but some of the pix still could be cropped better, and touched up a bit. But to appease the largest amount of people, I decided to just upload the rest of them, and let you guys grab whichever ones you want, and edit to your hearts’ content!

Just click on the link below to be taken to the album:

Coats Christmas 2008

or enjoy the slideshow!

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dpal on December 12th, 2008

I couldn’t believe it when I passed by the corner convenience store earlier today…. gas was $1.49 per gallon! Didn’t think I’d ever see gas go back under a buck-fifty…

Tomorrow is my final Christmas Cantata practice before Sunday’s performance at Buck Creek Baptist… No – that isn’t my church. This year we had a joint venture between the Loris UMC and Buck Creek Baptist. The UMC performance was last weekend – yup… while I was cruising in the Bahamas. Soooo… if anyone is in the Buck Creek vicinity on Sunday around 11AM… stop by. This year’s music is very nice!

Tomorrow is also The Coats Christmas Celebration(or C3, as I like to call it). I look forward to this get-together every year… and no – I’m not saying that just because some of them happen by this blog every once in a while. Good times… good people… Hopefully, I’ll be able to snap some decent photos.

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dpal on December 12th, 2008

While sifting through all of my rss feeds, I happened to catch this little tidbit about a plugin called WordPress Automatic Upgrade (or WPAU for short). I figured that since I was a rev or 2 behind… why not?

I downloaded and installed the plugin and very quickly, I was on my way to upgrading (fairly) painlessly to WP-2.7.
The only issue that I had was the plugin dying during the DB backup part. I ended up just manually backing up the DB and skipping that step in the plugin. Everything else was smooth as silk!

The look of the control panel for 2.7 is VERY different to prior versions. I haven’t decided whether or not I like it, but I have been using scribefire to write my posts for so long, that, aside from the occasional comment spam moderation, it has been a while since I’ve had to login to my wp-dashboard. Anyways, I’ll explore around and let you know what I think…

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dpal on December 12th, 2008

More details later, but we’ve been getting lots of requests from some of Amy’s students to get these pix up. Needless to say, with the exception of the rough waters on the last day, we had an absolute blast! Just click on the link below to be taken to our Picasa Album.

Bahamas Cruise

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dpal on November 27th, 2008

Our best Thanksgiving Holidays Wishes to everyone! We all hope you have a great Holiday Season!

And for those of you that will be partaking in the craziness that is Black Friday, good luck to you – and try to stay warm in those early morning lines.