Friday, September 24, 2004

Road Rally Organizer

It is time to hold a CITS (Comms & IT Section) Road Rally.  This year, I am again helping organize the event with a fellow IT colleague from Poland.  I am trusted to be the sensible one of the planning team, making sure that my colleague does not get carried away with rough roads.  He would ideally like to hold a rally on all rough roads requiring 4-wheel drive but the CITS Road Rally is designed to be for all, not just adventurers.  The Road Rally is supposed to be a fun event where participants follow clues and directions, answering questions about signs, businesses, or what towns they find themselves in.

I spent today going over the route, deciding on questions and clues.  Next weekend, the 2nd of October, we will hold the actual event and I hope that it will not rain as it has the past two weekends.  Actually the weather has been pretty bad the past two weekends...but only on the weekends!  Makes it kind of depressing when you have a break and the weather suddenly goes bad.

I took some pictures on Friday of the International Children's Day celebrations in Pristina.  It was wonderful to see all the children dressed in their traditional dress and dancing in the streets.  For Friday, it seemed that life was normal and everything was good in Kosovo.  Reality of the future for these children is unfortunate because unemployment is at nearly 70%, there is no stable economy, education is in a serious state of corruption and disarray, and there are few opportunities for those without money to go abroad and work (partly due to education and partly due to the poor reputation of Kosovars abroad because of those abusing the visa rules.)  But still life goes on and I imagine that one day someone may come up with a solution to allow these children to have the bright future they deserve.

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Mouse Killer!

Wow, I've been kind of bad at keeping my log up-to-date lately!  I was on vacation for one week but otherwise, I've been busy with work and every day life.  I did start doing graphics for my site (you might notice holiday graphics around) in my spare time for fun.  I've gone a little PSP Tube crazy the past week and even subscribed to a site so I could have access to 2000 tubes *hehe*  But hey, whatever makes me happy, right?

I started to keep Smokey indoors when I am home in the hopes that he will become more calm.  He really is a maniac, always jumping up on visitors and trying to playfully bite them.  I started working with a water bottle this evening to teach him not to try to steal my food when I am eating.  Right now, he is not being a spaz but quietly sitting on the couch next to me because there is no action in the house...but if I move, he will follow me.  No matter where I go in the house, he seems to be on my heels...which I can't say bothers me :)  The most humorous is when I go to take a shower and door opens halfway through and he peeks his head through the shower curtains to see what is going on.  Such a funny, curious dog :) 

Today when I was walking Smokey in the yard, he saw a field mouse and attacked it.  He dug a half-foot hole in the ground trying to capture it and succeeded.  Being that we have a problem in the house during the winter and spring with mice, I praised him for his catch.  I didn't realize though how much he was enjoying the mouse until he proceeded to start playing with it.  He was actually lightly holding it in his mouth and then tossing it up the air to go chase it again.  I think the dog-mouse game lasted about 10-15 minutes before the mouse was dead.  Anyways, I gave the new nickname of "mouse killer" to Smokey in addition to the all-time favorite of "spaz mutt" :)