December 5th, 2004

Bug-Eyed at the Computer

Updates to my address book

If you happen to get a weird request for updated info, it was deliberate. My computer wasn't spoofed.

I have been updating my address book. I downloaded a program called Plaxo and it works with Outlook. It's actually a pretty cool program. Since this was the first time that I've used it, it emailed the contacts in my address book that I selected to ask for any updates to the info that I already have. There has already been a few responses to my update request, which is so cool. The best part of getting the responses back is that Plaxo automatically makes the changes in Outlook for me. No Typing! :D

I had 7 requests come back to me because they were undeliverable. The errors were either "Unknown User, Bounced Email, or Mailbox Full." Obviously on some of those, the email address I have is no longer valid. I will have to see if I can find out what their current email address is. Hopefully, the street address or phone number I have is still valid.

Since I moved to Maine a year ago, I have been finding addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers scribbled on pieces of paper, in text files on my computer, and some actually in my address book on my computer. I know for sure that some of the addresses I have on the computer are old. I know that because I remember writing down the new address on a piece of paper so I could correct the address that I have, only to became misplaced later on.

One cool thing I found when I started this a couple of days ago, is a file with over a hundred birthdays... 121 birthdays to be exact. About 10 of them are family members or friends who have past away. I just keep their birth dates to remember them and celebrate them when I am reminded. It's a way that I can be sure not to forget them. I am going to create a contact for each of the 121 birth dates that I have, and save them in my address book and/or merge the birth dates with email addresses. This is a project that I've wanted to do for a while. Now, I have the time to do it.
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Young Greg

First thoughts of being back in California

I didn't know what to expect when I arrived in California. My thoughts were mainly focused on the people and places that I wanted to see when I was here. On the last leg of my flight into Burbank, I could hear the distinct Californian accent being spoken by many of the passengers. I never noticed it before, while I was living in California. It made me smile. Californians do have a distinct accent, but it took me a year living in New England to hear it.

Hearing the people caused a wave of familiarity to fill my thoughts and a sense of belonging to make the long flight fade away. But, at the same time, I didn't feel like I was returning home. The feeling that I had was one of visiting family and friends, which is exactly what this trip was all about.

After the plane parked at the gate and we all disembarked, the group made their way to the baggage claim area, where I saw my sister, Paige, and her immediate family. Noah, my nephew, and Kyleene, my niece, were holding up a banner that said, "Welcome Home, Uncle Greg." We gathered up my bags and made the way to the mini-van, where we all pilled in and headed to Piper's house.

On the way there, we talked about the differences between California and Maine, as well as the flight. I was hungry, so we stopped at In 'n Out and I lovingly devoured the Double Double Burger and fries before arriving at my other sister's house.

We pulled into the driveway of Piper's house, and everyone in the car was so excited. I was about to see my mom and she had no idea that I was coming. The whole family kept my arriving as a surprise from her.

Seeing Mom was a bit of a shock. I was so happy to see her, but I was sad at the same time. She was so thin and looked frail. She had very little energy and couldn't turn onto her side without help. She was no longer the strong independent woman that I knew all of my life.
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