March 30, 2016

Assorted and Sundry

1.  Finally managing to get the work load at the office under control.  We do IT Services for several small businesses, local non-profits or government entities (for example, a few local public libraries have us as their IT vendor), and so forth.  Basically, any local business that has IT needs, but doesn't need a full time IT department.  At any rate, since it seems that they all have Jan 1 as the start of their fiscal year, they all want to start their new IT projects at that time.  Servers need upgraded or replaced... New PCs are brought in... A different software program to handle some function or another... They all want it done in the first couple months.  Now, being a small business, we have 12 employees total.  That includes the two co-owners, who spend most of their time managing the business, leaving the technical work to us.  That brings us down to 10.  Of those, one is responsible for customers who need ink or toner for their printers, and one is the office manager and she handles phone calls, shipping/receiving, scheduling, etc.  From 10, we're down to 8.  Of those 8, there are three of us that are "Tier 2" or "Senior System Admin" and capable of managing the bigger IT projects.  I'm one of those.  So I've been busy.

2.  We're getting typical spring weather here in East Central Indiana.  Warm and Sunny, high temps near 70F, blue skies, green grass... And it's going to drop to the high 30's this weekend, with the potential for severe weather tomorrow night.  I really want to get out to the range, but it doesn't look like I'll have a chance until perhaps next weekend.  Oh, wait, that's right.... I'm on call.  Damn.

3.  Speaking of the range, I read MattG over at Better and Better, and a post over there made mention of a pair of Howard Leight electronic ear muffs.  I've used foam plugs and passive muffs my entire shooting time, but I trust Matt's judgment and ordered a pair from Amazon.  They arrived yesterday.  Can't wait to try them out.

4.  I've been making slow, but steady, progress on splitting up the logs from the Great Ash Tree Cutting Up of MMVVV.  WE had a ~60 foot ash tree in our back yard that got infested with the Emerald Ash Borer, and had to cut it down.  The local business I hired to cut it left it in long, intact, chunks.  They would have hauled it away for a few extra hundred dollars, but I saw no point in that.  At any rate, I've been working on splitting the logs into firewood, and I've made a good dent in the pile.

5.  In somewhat local news, Howard County (IN) Deputy Carl Koontz was shot and killed recently while serving a warrant.  While I honor Deputy Koontz and his service to our community and the sacrifices he made, part of me wants to scream at the television "He was shot because of our senseless "War on Drugs", you numb skulls!"  Seriously, he was serving a search warrant because of suspicion of drug use based on the presence of a syringe.  And that we as a society will put sworn officers in harm's way over a SYRINGE just pisses me right the hell off.  There are plenty of good reasons to put your life at risk as a public safety officer.  Some low life who wants to shoot drugs into his arm isn't one of them.  Requiescat in Pace, Deputy.

6.  I'm going to be doing some repairs and general maintenance on the Heep, then passing it down to Elder Spawn this fall once she has her license.  At that point, I'll be shopping for a small/medium truck.  I don't need any big monster huge (yuge?) truck like the F-350 or such... Thinking more along the lines of a 4 cyl Toyota Tacoma or perhaps a Chevy Colorado.  Any suggestions (pros and cons) are welcome.

That's all for now.


Old NFO said...

Friend has a Colorado, he loves it! Good commuter and it can haul up to about 1000 lbs no problem.

B said...

The thing is, most of the small trucks don't get much better (if at all) gas mileage than the full size half tons anymore.

The ford ECOboost gets like 27 on the highway and 20 in town.

Dodge similar.