A busy week in Dublin

Posted on July 1st, 2012 in RealLife,summer by Andy

Well what an exciting week it has been in Dublin! Monday they closed down the high street in Dublin as they were hunting an armed burglar who had abandoned his car at the bottom of the road that leads to my work and had jumped down to the river bed and hid. They closed the roads off, brought in canine, officers and helicopters to hunt for him but eventually didn’t find him. The interesting bit was they were looking for him right where I go for my morning run. So an interesting Tuesday morning run (they had given the all clear that he was no longer in the area) but I did kind of wish I had pepper spray!

Tuesday night I had no water in the house.

Wednesday night, again in downtown Dublin, there was a fire in a local restaurant – I guess one customer wanted their steak *really* well done. Oddly enough this didn’t make the news but again the whole down town area was shut off as fire crews worked on the scene.

Thursday the temperature hit 99 degrees so I decided not to run.

Friday I worked from home as the plumbers ripped out the old pump and sunk a new one along with the drain pipe down into the well. Cost $2500 – not fun. Then in the evening the fun *really* started. Five to five I am working at the desktop and I realise its suddenly got dark. I go to look out the window and it’s really stormy. Then the rain starts chucking it down. I was grateful as this would mean it would fill up the well. I had sawn off a branch from the tree so they could get the equipment in to remove the old pump and all of a sudden I saw this branch (about 20′ long) go flying down the road. About 5 seconds later, branches literally started falling from the sky. It was time to dive into the basement.
It’s really dark in the basement when you have no power, it’s dark outside and you’re trying not to step on a black cat as you walk down the stairs……
About 30 minutes later it sounded like the storms had passed – no tornado sirens went off through any of this – and I went upstairs and outside…
It was a mess. Branches down everywhere. Every single house on our street had trees or branches down. I helped clean up and remove branches from a couple of the neighbours and got to meet them – they’re actually all really friendly 😉 Only one guy had a gas/petrol chainsaw so he was a very popular man. He cut up several of the bigger trunks and we hauled them out of the driveway so everyone could get their cars in and out of the driveway.
After that I figured it’s now cool out – it’ll be hot tomorrow – go for a run! I got my gear on and headed out for a 6 mile run. Our street got the brunt of the storm – I didn’t see any other streets that were as bad as ours apart from one house where a car was peeking out from under the branches….I don’t think the car was actually that bad but just totally hidden. The part of the run through the woods was fun, like an obstacle course as I had to jump over or go around about 8 trees that had fallen down over the path. A good run and really appreciated the cooler temps compared to the upper 90’s earlier in the day.
Saturday Was cleanup time. I was so relieved when I woke up, turned on the light switch and had power – however – that meant it was time to work! Grabbed a coffee and waited until about 830 so it wasn’t too antisocial to start up with the chainsaw. I chopped and chopped and chopped, hauled branch after branch after tree to the side of the road. Met the neighbours directly across the street from me up. At one point I went up to the neighbours 2 doors down as they were hand sawing branches – urgh. I walked down the road with my chainsaw and trailing my electric cable and said ” I assume you have power – you can borrow my chainsaw”….They didn’t. A tree had fallen directly on the line to their house so they had no power so I wasn’t able to help. I went back and carried on sawing…
Eventually got all the big branches to tne end of the driveway – my back, legs and arms ached and I was soo hot so I couldn’t be bothered to start picking up all the small twigs and stuff so went into the house around 1.30. A long time of working out in nature’s gym.
I uploaded a video of my collection of branches and nature’s dumbbells at video and there are a few pictures of the Dublin 2012 storm posted online for your enjoyment.

I got a message back from Dublin – the reason that they didn’t sound the sirens was that they hadn’t got an official warning of a tornado – thats a load of rubbish as normally if someone sneezes in Dublin (or a 100mile radius) the sirens go off…….

Thats been 2 Hurricanes and 1 mightaswellhavebeenahurricane I’ve slept/vacationed/satinthebasement for.

Apart from that…..not a lot else has happened.

Oops!

Posted on April 22nd, 2012 in RealLife by Andy

Can’t believe I haven’t posted since October on here, but I guess thats because most of the people I know are on Facebook – so that is where most of my updates are.
Since the last post I had a great 5k run, tore my meniscus on my right knee, had knee surgery and started to run again with a 10k and a 15k race completed (the latter today) all in training for a half marathon on May 5th – so if you want to follow my runnning antics, then take a look at my new blog Why Outrun The Bear?

Would you like to sponsor my first 5k Run?

Posted on October 18th, 2011 in RealLife by Andy

Logo for Tyler's Home Run 5k

Tyler Burchett's 5k Home Run

So I’m almost ready to run my first 5k Run on Oct 29th in aid of Tyler Burchett, the son of a work friend who suddenly became paralyzed through Myelitis a couple of months ago. The run is a fundraiser to help support the family with medical bills and home modifications.

So, if you’d like to sponsor me and will see me in person before (or shortly after) Oct 29th 2011 then I’ll gladly pass your donation on. If you are not going to see me in person but still want to sponsor me or donate to help this family then you can use this paypal link

(Note that the money will go into my account which I will then transfer to the Burchett family – You will have to trust me on this – it was the best way of reducing the credit card fees. Incidentally if you have a paypal balance there are no fee’s. Otherwise there is a small credit card fee that I will cover up to the first $1000 of donations if you do not wish to pay the credit card fee – let me know on the sponsor form)

If you are a runner in the Columbus,OH area and want to run a 5k to support a local family then there is still time to sign up at the official race page – all the race fee’s have been covered through corporate sponsorship so your race fee goes directly to help the family.

Thank you!

New Skydiving video uploaded

Posted on June 30th, 2011 in RealLife,vacation by Andy

For those of you who are not on facebook, you may not have realised that I had the awesome experience of jumping out of a plane last week. I was on vacation in the Outer Banks and was originally going to see if I could get a flight lesson above the Outer Banks to get some good aeriel photos and some more flying time booked. Unfortunately there did not seem to be any companies doing lessons so my search expanded and I found a site doing helicopter rides – something else I always wanted to do. However they also had a link to their sister site – skydiveobx.com and I was interested! Looking through the photos and videos I knew this is what I wanted to do. So I booked a jump session for the Thursday morning and had to wait 2 days. Early Thursday morning I got up far too early for a vacation and drove to Manteo and after watching a video, some brief training and I was in the air. The flight up to 9000′ was really cool as I got to see a fair amount of the Outer Banks as we flew up – unfortunately I couldn’t take any photos but you do see some views in the video below. Enjoy the film and if you get a chance – go skydiving.

New android app for Goodreads

Posted on May 30th, 2011 in Books by Andy

Goodreads just announced an update to their app for the Android which now allows you to very easily add multiple books to your Goodreads account very quickly. There is a batch mode to auto shelve all of the books at once (for example own, read, fantasy) as they are uploaded in. It didn’t take me long to go through a sample of my books and quickly add several to my own,read shelves. The hardest bit for me will be remembering just how far through the Wheels Of Time series I got. I have most of the books but can’t remember the last book in the series I read.

Well worth the download – especially as it’s free. Add me to your friends list if you have an account. I can be found here on Goodreads

Replace windshield wipers -howto.

Posted on December 12th, 2010 in RealLife by Andy

For the first time ever, I’ve needed to change my windshield (or windscreen) wipers. Today it was snowing like crazy and my wipers decided to completely come off of the arm. Annoyingly I had to go back out in the snow to go get some wipers (which I had stupidly put off doing). After getting the wipers, I read the (useless) instructions on the back of the wipers and pushed the little tab down.  Nothing happened and there was no way these wipers were coming off.

One quick little youtube search and 53 seconds into this video I knew the secret. The tip was to rotate the blade and then pull down towards the windscreen.

Funny thing is that I wanted to support my local hardware shop, called up and asked  – “Do you sell car windshield wiper blades?”  I even made sure to specify windshield rather than windscreen blades.  They hadn’t a clue what I was on about, passed me to the electrical department who said they didn’t have any – I’d be very surprised if an electrical department stocked wiper blades.

Back to the zoo.

Posted on November 12th, 2010 in photos,RealLife,vacation by Andy

It’s been a long time since I posted anything on this website due to a variety of reasons. However, I’ve worked tons of overtime this week so I decided to take the day off, enjoy the gorgeous weather and relax at the zoo. I picked up the camera and spent about 4 hours at the zoo. I was pleased with the shots I did manage to take, although a lot of them had to be through glass. Some of the animals were not cooperating today, but as I got a zoo membership I’ll now be back taking more photos in the future. I’ve not been to the zoo for about two years, so today I got to see the “baby” elephant who is now 19 months old, the polar bear exhibit and a very cute baby bonobo.  Didn’t see any moose though!

I’ve also uploaded the photos to my Columbus Zoo 2010 skydrive account hosted on Microsoft (instead of flickr) as my flickr account is no longer pro. Let me know what you think of the Microsoft slideshow capabilities.

“I shall wear midnight” by Terry Pratchett coming soon.

Posted on August 19th, 2010 in Books by Andy

Terry Pratchett’s new book is out (in London) on the 1st September. I’m not sure how long it will be before it arrives in the US but the good news is that there are only 11 people in front of me in the queue for the book from the Columbus Metropolitan Library which means it shouldn’t take long to get it. With the average Pratchett fan reading the book nonstop until they’ve finished – I expect to get it on the 3rd September 😉
Waterstones in London is having a book signing special event (http://tinyurl.com/384hxs) for 300 lucky people.

My feelings about the World Cup and soccer/football in general.

Posted on July 5th, 2010 in funny by Andy

What Bucky and I think about Football

I think Bucky said it perfectly.

No longer using Vonage.

Posted on June 12th, 2010 in RealLife by Andy

I’m (at last) no longer using Vonage at home. There didn’t seem to be any point in paying $25.92 per month for their $17.99 plan – especially as we made no calls and only received about 5 calls a month – mostly from telemarketers or customer service calls.
We’re going to use cell phones from now on (and Google Voice in my case). Drop a comment if you need the new phone numbers.

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