Posted on August 10, 2006 at 01:18 AM
I feel as if though I should provide some kind of explanation to you, the loyal readers of this blog, for my utter lack of posting these past few months. A-list bloggers will tell you that if you've had some kind of absence in regular posting you shouldn't feel the need to inform your readers why you've been slacking, just continue where you last left off. Hogwash I say. If you are a diehard JoeSchmidt.com reader who has come to this web site every day for the last two months only to be met with that time-lapse video of those FedEx planes then I feel I owe you some kind of explanation. Though I'm pretty sure my reasons for not blogging are pretty weak. Mea Culpa.
Here we go...
During the middle of May I contracted a rather nasty head cold. You know that head plugged up, mucus-down-the-back-of-your-throat, total exhaustion type of sickness that just seems to hang around for ever. For a two and a half week stretch I think I was in bed every night by 10pm. For reals. Which if you know me, 10pm to me would be like most people's 5pm.
Google DaVinci Code Quest Finalist
Google held this contest back in April in conjunction with the release of the Da Vinci Code movie. Basically every day for 24 days they had you go to their Google Da Vinci Quest web site and solve a puzzle. The first 10,000 people to complete the puzzle were made finalists and then given the opportunity to solve a final puzzle in hopes of winning a fabuloso grand prize.
I was one of those 10,000 finalists and in recognition of that feat, Google sent each one of us a replica Da Vinci Code cryptex (thingy that protected important documents back in ye olden times). For those who are just dying to know more about this contest go check out Wikipedia's entry on the Google Da Vinci Code Quest (don't all rush there at once).
Below is a picture of my prized Google Da Vinci Code Cryptex
Head of My Legal Department's Birthday
I was totally remiss in not wishing the Head of My Legal Department a Happy Birthday back in June. Hard to believe he is just about as old as Google.
You wouldn't know it, but here at JoeScmidt.com we've been doing some serious fishing these past few months. There are a few decent lakes (in other states these would be called small ponds) in and around the Omaha area and the legal department and I, along with a few JoeSchmidt.com Board of Directors, have been doing a little angling as of late. We're mainly the catch and release type as I wouldn't dare eat anything living in the
run-off, dammed up creeks lakes around Omaha. Below is a picture from one of our outings. Not sure why the catfish was just sitting there so close to the top of the water. Either it was confused because of the heat or it developed human lungs from all the toxins in the water. At any rate, it was so close I could have clubbed it over the head.
Oh and by the way, the head of the legal department has learned how to set a mean hook. You gotta watch it if he sets that thing and you're standing behind him, you might find a hook, bobber, and some bait headed straight for you.
Bicycling to work
If you read my last post, I've been biking to work and experimenting with different routes. Most people don't quite understand why I would bike to work since I live about 20 miles away. I don't really have a good answer for them other than it's fun. No seriously, it is. Remember when you were a kid and you rode a bike everywhere and how fun it was to ride up to the local store to by some candy? Now as an adult and having access to a car you normally wouldn't hop on a bike and ride to your destination. I've found that unless I have somewhere to go I don't really enjoy riding as much, so riding a bike to work kinda gives me a sense of accomplishment. Plus it's a good way to get ready for the Omaha Corporate Cycling Challenge when we will ride the 45 mile Tour de Fort to Ft. Calhoun in a few weeks.
Today I am experimenting with a new bike route to work which is less hilly than my previous route. It should be interesting.
Other than that not much else has been going on (I told you my excuses for not blogging were pretty weak). Though looking ahead towards August I have some very interesting announcements to make. Not any Earth shattering news like I found a cure for cancer over lunch one day or I finally convinced Britney Spears to stop dirtying up the gene pool by having children with K-Fed. But interesting nonetheless.