Friday, March 27, 2009


Originally uploaded by GCAUSTIN
So, although I have registered on twitter, I have no idea how to use it. The "twitter" I use is on Facebook; however, I don't think this is the real twitter. Regardless, everyone seems to be twittering, especially the legislators. But where are these twits?

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

A long day

Tuesdays are generally long. I've come to experience that since moving up to Austin and working for a legislative committee that met on Tuesdays. Ten years later, that still applies.

Today was a busy Tuesday. I was asked to accompany one our our experts to a hearing. The hearing was supposed to start at 1pm; however, the Senate was in session until 5:45 pm--they were debating top ten admission to state schools.

Our expert and I waited patiently at the committee hearing room until I decided that we go back to the office and wait and see what happens in the Senate. A couple hours later, the Senate adjourned and we made our way to the committee hearing room.

Two hours later, and after several unrelated bills to our agency, our bill was brought up. There were no questions from the Senators, and the bill was bill was left pending. That was the conclusion to our bill.

When we walked outside, the dusk was just setting. The end of our day was indeed busy, but not as busy for others who had to juggle two committee hearings into the night.

March Madness

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Friday, March 20, 2009

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Adapting to Uverse

First of all, I am enjoying my Uverse. However, there are a lot of things I still need to learn to adapt with. For example, unlike Dish Network, Uverse turns completely off. That means that when the TV alarm turns on, it opens with a blue AT&T screen. That happened to me this past Tuesday when I woke up at 7:15 instead of my usual 5:30am. After a few clicks here and there, I think I've figured the TV's alarm. In addition, I use the cell phone as a back up.

Another thing to get use to is the DVR. I've never had a DVR before. I've heard of TiVo, but this is the first time we have experienced DVR. What a fantastic idea. Today we tried the DVR and watched The Office, which we set to record the session. Of course, I first attempted to record the show in HDTV, which causes other TVs to not be able to watch other HD channels.

Regardless, our experience with AT&T's Uverse HDTV channels have been absolutely wonderful; especially when watching Bikini Destinations.

Monday, March 2, 2009

The Accident

This past Saturday, my wife and son were in a car accident. At the intersection exiting our subdivision, my wife calmly waited to turn left on a green light. The other car failed to stop on the red and crashed into my wife's front-left.

Everyone was alright. My wife was a bit shakened up from the experience, and my little boy was amazed by the experience that he shared everyone his story. He also liked riding in the fire engine and getting fire fighter and sheriff deputy badges.

Now, the main concern is the repair for the vehicle. Our insurance company is expected to provide us an estimate within the next couple of days. If they total it, then that means my wife--or I--will be without a vehicle. This not good for me, because this is probably the most busiest time of year for me--the state legislature is in session. This also means that we may need to purchase a new or used car, which means a new car payment.

If the insurance company decides that the damages are minor, then the cost for repair may be a bit high. Of course, we'll need to put down our $500 deductable. Still, we'll be without a vehicle for a long while.

So, we are left waiting and wondering what our future will bring. In the end, there is a cost involved. A very high cost, which I was not planning for.