Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Last Wish

Last Wish

The old priest lay dying in the hospital. For years he had faithfully served the people of the nation's capital.
He motioned for his nurse to come near.

"Yes, Father?" said the nurse.

"I would really like to see Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi before I die," whispered the priest.

"I'll see what I can do, Father," replied the nurse. The nurse sent the request to them and waited for a response. Soon the word arrived. Harry and Nancy would be delighted to visit the priest.

As they went to the hospital, Harry commented to Nancy "I don't know why the old priest wants to see us, but
it will certainly help our images." Nancy couldn't help but agree.

When they arrived at the priest's room, the priest took Nancy's hand in his right hand and Harry's hand in his
left. There was silence and a look of serenity on the old priest's face.

Finally Nancy spoke. "Father, of all the people you could have chosen, why did you choose us to be with you as you near the end?"

The old priest slowly replied, "I have always tried to pattern my life after our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." The old priest continued, "He died between two lying thieves. I would like to do the same."

Monday, November 10, 2008

My Mom's Sausage Casserole Recipe

My wife, Amy, made my Mom's sausage casserole recipe for dinner tonight. Mom has been gone since 1995 but her casserole lives on. Here is the recipe:

6 cups prepared Minute rice
2 rolls of ground pork sausage
1 small onion, chopped
5 stalks of celery, chopped
3 cans cream of mushroom soup
2 cans cream of celery soup
3-4 cups of shredded cheddar cheese

Prepare rice according to instructions on box and set aside. Brown sausage in a skillet and then remove from pan. Saute celery and onion in remaining sausage grease until cooked. Drain vegetables and mix all ingredients except for cheese and then spread in a casserole or pyrex pan. Top with grated cheese and cook about 30 minutes at 350F until cheese is bubbly.


Thursday, June 19, 2008

TechEd Orlando 2008

Originally blogged on June 14th...
It was a busy week for me here in Orlando at the TechEd 2008 IT Pro Conference. I passed 4 certification exams over the week, including 70-620, 70-642, 70-643 and 70-647. Only 70-640 left to take and then I get the title of MCITP: Enterprise Administrator. In the meantime, I am a Microsoft Certified Professional and Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist. Lots of buzz around Windows Server 2008 as expected and Hyper-V is due to release very soon. I heard a rumor from an MS employee that it was going RTM by the end of the week (yesterday) but was not able to get anything but a blank stare and a "we cannot confirm or deny" comment from the MS folks at the Hyper-v kiosk. My last session of the week was given by Steve Riley. He is a very dynamic speaker and brought a lot of substance to his talk which is more than the marketing hype I sometimes feel like we get from some of the speakers. He spoke about security and using Vista and Windows Server 2008 and creating an infrastructure with IPv6 public IP addressing and effectively exposing the enterprise so that users can gain access from anywhere. The model makes use of Network Access Protection and smart cards as well as Bitlocker on all machines to provide security to the enterprise yet provide hardened security. I also found it interesting that he doesn't recommend anti-virus software on web servers or SQL servers but recommends a secure IPsec connection between them. The belief is that installing AV on the server exposes it to more risk than not having it on there. This week was a lot of fun as I joined up with a group at the conference (we call ourselves the Krewe) and we met up at the parties, went out for dinner and drinks throughout the week. Mike Bender had some Got W2kOcho??? shirts and they made us pretty popular during the conference. The shirt is perfect to take back to San Jose. The Krewe was a fun group to hang with, especially when large amounts of alcohol where consumed and the regular tweets on Twitter were priceless :) I am looking forward to connecting up with them next year in Los Angeles.