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.

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.

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.

5 years in America.

Posted on April 24th, 2010 in RealLife by Andy

It wasn’t until Wednesday when someone asked me where I was from and how long I had been here (within about 3 seconds of me speaking on the phone) that I realised that Tuesday was our 5 year anniversary of moving over to the States. Time has flown by really quickly (as opposed to flying by slowly) . Ton’s of things have changed over the past few years but three things remain constant – death, (more) taxes and Winston sitting on my lap.

Sometimes Daylight Savings Time can be useful

Posted on March 14th, 2010 in RealLife by Andy

This morning is about the only time I’ve been relieved we have the Spring Forward version of Daylight Savings Time. I woke up at about half past three this morning and couldn’t get back to sleep, so I eventually got up – the great thing about DST is that it was really half past four so it wasn’t such a bad time to get up (keep thinking positive)…

Due to the lack of sleep, I found it especially funny when Frankie decides to join me in the shower – the crazy thing is that I’m sure he’d have stayed in there if I hadn’t shouted at him to get out. He also protested a little bit too much when I went to towel him down and get him dry, but after a couple of attempts at chasing him around the kitchen he eventually settled down and purred like crazy whilst I petted him with the towel. Unfortunately I don’t think Basil would be as keen to get in the shower which is a shame as of all the cats, he is the one who needs a shower the most. However, he’s also the least likely to be able to jump out of a slippery bath tub.

Another sneezing weekend.

Posted on February 7th, 2010 in RealLife by Andy

Today is the last day of a long weekend (I had Friday off) and it’s felt like a looong weekend. As usual I’ve ended up with a cold for my time off. I’m pretty sure the body relaxes when I get a break and so does the immune system 🙁
With the amount of snow we had on Friday, I spent the morning shovelling the driveway on Saturday and spent the rest of the day coughing and sneezing. The annoying thing is that this cold has been around since about Tuesday – I could feel the symptoms coming on but couldn’t get rid of it. I felt better Wednesday afternoon and Thursday but not yesterday or today. I’ll be sitting curled up in a blanket with a Winston keeping my lap warm this afternoon watching the game. Hope your weekend went better than mine.

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