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After 2 1/2 years in New Mexico we finally added a swamp cooler. The first year we melted, second summer I installed 2 window AC units,  and paid the utility bill. This year a buddy switched his house out to full AC. So I grabbed his old swamp cooler. New paint, belt, pads, and misc and it was good to go. I still need to sand and paint the vented sides, but I got impatient and put it all together.

Hooked it up over the weekend. It blows like a hurricane on high. It’ll be nice not to sweat at night.  I’ve plumbed it on through the window for now.

The heaviest snowfall of the year was today. April 29th. Go figure. I must admit it is very pretty. Only lost power for a bit over two hours so far.

It’s currently sunny and in the mid 70’s. Spring is here. The best time of year. 

After fighting pneumonia for the last few weeks I finally snuck down to Molly’s bar to hear some music. Molly’s has live music 5 days a week. Sunday and Mondays  are the only days without. Cowboy Scott was supposed to be playing this afternoon. Instead it’s Jake on the back patio. Jake is a Texas boy that can play a mean guitar. 

I like just relaxing with a beer on the back patio listening to good music. Glad I’m finally well enough again. FYI. Pneumonia is a pain. 

Rainy and stormy when we went to bed. Woke up to stormy and snowing. The snow elves arrived in the middle of the night to give us a white Christmas. 

I’m sitting in a coffee shop in downtown Salt Lake City waiting for the first full day of Supercomputing to start. Morgen and Nora are still sleeping in the hotel room.

It is so hard to believe that I have been coming to this conference for 12 years. I’ve only missed one. 2008 in Portland. Megan came to 3 I believe,  and now Morgen and Nora are at their 4th Full attendance .  

I find it fascinating to meet and shake hands with so many interesting people in the world of High Performance Computing. To know these folks on a first name basis. folks from all over the country and world.

Some times it’s nice to sit in a small bookshop, in a new town, drink some coffee, and realize how lucky I’ve been in my career. 

Well. it is time to head for the show. 

Juse a beautiful sunrise in the Sandia Mountains . 

It’ll be in the mid 40’s for a low all this week and raining both Saturday and Sunday. So much for getting the lawn mowed again. Oh well, looks like a lazy weekend reading and drinking coffee.

When your children constantly do thing that people find amazing, and I’m like, ya so? Maybe I’ve become Blaise to the fact that they are pretty smart punks.

Between the photography, music, art, and 3D graphics. Then again, they haven’t solved world hunger. 😉 I suppose they just need a few more years for that one.

Stopped at Molly’s on the way home tonight. It’s a local hangout for folks living up in the Sandia Mountains.

Sometimes it is nice to just have a beer and spend a few minutes taking it easy. 

I turned down the last, maybe final, offer to work on one of the fastest computers on the planet today. Sucks, but it was best for the kids and I. 4 hours later I get kicked in the teeth by the contracting company I work for. Funny how things work out.

So, chilling and having a quiet beer is therapeutic tonight.

Life is funny some times.

There are times when there is nothing better in life than good food, good friends, and time spent together. 

Here is a picture of Justin making scratch built pizzas in his wood fired pizza oven. An evening with friends. 

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