Sunday, December 19, 2004

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to Jarret and me! We had a great party last night ending up at the Lower Deck where there was live music from the Crofters.

To everyone that came out ... THANKS!

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

One week...

Only one more week until my birthday!!! Woo Hoo!

Sunday, December 05, 2004

A planetrumsey Christmas

Christmas is finally here at the planetrumsey house. The tree is up and decorations have been added. Emma is also being her usual curious self. I still have to wait a few more weeks until I get to open presents though. :-(

Same name ... New server

Welcome to my new server!

You shouldn't be able to tell the difference but I am now hosting my website on my own server. Now if my site goes down I can only blame myself I guess.

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

New photo archive online

If you have amoment try out the archive link under photo gallery. The archive contains all the digital photos I have ever taken and it can be accessed in a tree like directory structure.

There are also options for dynamic thumbnail generation and a choice of image sizes to choose from.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Boston - Part 2

October 19, 2004 – Day 4

It is now Tuesday which means it is the final day of the conference and time to go home. I still have a whole day of sessions to get through however and still need to write about my past few days here.

Let’s do it!

Sunday started at 9:00 am in order to squeeze in some more sightseeing before the conference workshops started at 2:00 pm. To begin we walked through the public gardens and Boston Common which is green space right across from the hotel. Boston has a number parks around the city called the “emerald necklace” that were designed by the same person that did Central Park in New York. Hmmm...emerald you see any similarities? From there we got onto a subway to the Fleet Centre and a really neat bridge. OK, let me stop there for a second. The subway. Boston does have a subway but what is interesting is that one of their lines (the green line) is actually a street car that just happens to run underground. Weird eh? The Fleet Centre wasn’t anything interesting to look at but right behind it is Boston’s newest bridge over the Charles River. The bridge has an asymmetrical cable stayed design and it is the biggest one in the U.S.. The bridge was part of the “Big Dig” project that has been occurring in Boston for the past decade. The Big Dig is largest, most complex civil engineering project in recent history. A entire stretch of highway in downtown Boston was amazingly completely buried underground all the while still being open to traffic. I bought a book about it at Barnes and Nobel that is a very interesting read.

By now it was after 10:00am and I still wanted to tour Fenway Park before the conference started. I hoped back on the green line and went across town. Before starting my tour of Fenway I had some time so walked across Harvard Bridge (which goes to MIT). The neat thing about this bridge is that it I measured in Smoots. What’s a Smoot? Smoot is the name of a MIT frat pledge. As an initiation one year the fraternity decided it would be interesting to measure the length of the bridge based on the height of Smoot. Those MIT folks are pretty geeky.

Fenway is old and green. OK I got a bit more out of my tour than that. It was pretty neat to walk around Fenway Park and think about how much history it has. It also just happened to be the ALCS weekend in Boston. Saturday, Sunday and Monday were Boston’s three home games. Now since Boston hasn’t won a world series since something like 1912 and the Yankees are their biggest enemy this series seems to be pretty important to Sox fans. Amazingly the Sox have come back from a three game deficit and have won the past two games. Needless to say Boston fans are pretty happy and you’d think they won the series by the way they were celebrating last night.

After the conference workshop in the afternoon we went to Cheers for dinner. The food was adequate but as you probably know its real draw is that its exterior was the inspiration for Cheers on TV. After dinner we then headed off to the Cheesecake Factory for some dessert. Yummy!

I’m moving on to Monday now. This was a full conference day but I did manage to get a little shopping and walking around done. In the evening however we had reservations for Top of the Hub, which is a restaurant on the top floor (52nd) of the Prudential tower. The view was absolutely amazing and the food was awesome too. I had the lamb and risotto.

Currently I am halfway through Tuesday. It is still raining. The last session I am planning on attending is just finishing up. Now what do I do for two hours?

I think a little more sightseeing and maybe even some shopping will be enough before going back to the hotel to get my bags a then head to the airport.

Boston - Part 1

October 17, 2004 – Day 2

I’ve been severely neglecting this blog lately partly because I’ve been keeping pretty busy and while it may seem contradictory I’ve had nothing that interesting to write about. Well I am currently in Boston attending a JavaPro conference so figured this would be a good time to start up again. While the official conference doesn’t start until tomorrow I am actually in a pre-conference workshop today.

Let’s start with yesterday...

So, what have I been up to up until today? Well I left home at 6:00 am on Saturday to catch my flight to Boston and arrived at 1:30 pm. Boston is pretty far eh? The flight is 1.5 hours but missing your Ottawa flight and having to go through Toronto instead takes an additional five hours!

Ok, so I finally got to Boston and checked into my hotel. The hotel was built in something like 1927 so needless to say it is very old and very grand. Many of the rooms, like mine, used to be two rooms. As a result they are quite big, have a king sized bed and two bathrooms (albeit fairly small bathrooms)!!!

After quickly settling in I found my co-worker and his wife and we set out to Boston’s north end in search of the New England Aquarium. We took the subway and found it quite easily. As we left the subway some local came up to us and asked if we were from Boston. We said “no” and then she said “do you want to go to the Aquarium for free?” Obviously we agreed so we followed her to the aquarium, she handed some magical coupon to the front desk, we entered the aquarium and then our mystery guide disappeared! Oh well, at least we saved $20 each on the price of admission.

After the aquarium we headed to a part of Boston called Faneuil (sounds like Daniel) Market. This is kind of like the Byward Market in Ottawa. It is a bunch of old buildings with restaurants, stores, stalls, street performers etc. It was early evening by now so finding dinner was next on our list. We found a restaurant called Chart House that was a steak and seafood type place ... let me digress ... Did you know Boston is right on the Ocean!!! Well apparently places that are close to the Ocean like to serve seafood. As none of us really like seafood this was a bit of a problem. For appetizers I did try some lobster spring rolls which weren’t too bad. For dinner however I wanted some real meat so got the prime rib. I guess ordering red meat in a steak and seafood restaurant in a city on the Ocean is a mistake. Needless to say the prime rib wasn’t too good and I think we were the only ones in the restaurant not ordering some type of seafood. Oh well by now we were getting tired enough so we decided to head back to the hotel for an early evening.

More on Sunday and beyond soon...

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

More birthday photos

Angela has also posted some photos from the birthday party.

View them here

Monday, August 23, 2004

Shannon and Kelly's Birthday

Shannon and Kelly's birthday week culminated with a Amazing Race style party at Petrie Island in Orleans followed by a BBQ at Kelly and Lionel's house. I know the girls had a great time and am pretty sure everyone else that came out enjoyed themselves too.

View the photos!

Monday, August 09, 2004

Terry Fox Run

Shannon is participating in the Terry Fox Run this year in support of her mother who was recently diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer. The Terry Fox Run is a non-competitive event where people get together as individuals, families and groups to raise money in Terry’s name. It is a day of celebrating Terry’s legacy and helping to keep his dream of a cure for cancer alive.

Please consider making a donation to this very worthy cause.

Sponsor Shannon here

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Kingston Diving

I completed some great diving in Kingston yesterday. We chatered a boat from Northern Tech diver and had the opportunity to see two wrecks. Both sites were very interesting and had their own stories to tell. One of our dive buddies had a camera so there will hopefully be some pictures of the dives as well.

George A MarshComet

Monday, July 12, 2004

HOPE 2004

HOPE 2004

This past weekend was Ottawa's annual HOPE Volleyball beachfest. As usual a record number of people were out to enjoy a day in the sun and sand. For the most part we had great sunny weather with only a little bit of rain late in the afternoon to dampen our spirits. By that time however our spirits were already dampened by all the "juice" we had consumed.

In the end Acrobats Anonymous won three out of five games. Coincidentaly the three games were won were also our first.

I certainly had a great time as usual and hope everyone else did too. Follow the link above to see some pictures of the event.

Tuesday, June 15, 2004


We had a great time in Toronto this weekend! From seeing our sisters, shopping, Casa Loma, meeting up with friends and partying it was definately a full weekend. Photos of our trip to Casa Loma have been posted in the Travel gallery. Enjoy!

Sunday, June 06, 2004

New car

Shannon and I picked up our new car yesterday from the dealership. We had to give back our lease and decided to get a Mazda 3 this time around. We've only had it a day but are loving it so far. Being able to drive a new car is great and this one is so much fun to drive as well. Anyway hopefully this car is good to us for quite a while as I am in no hurry to get another one.

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Patio Install: Day 2

As I left home this morning three guys from Prebbel were already hard at work laying the interlocking brick. We are using Paleo Modular bricks from Permacon with a terra cotta colour that closely matches the brick on the house. Supposedly the patio should be almost be done by the end of the day with some finishing touches probably being done tomorrow. Once the patio is done Shannon and I can then get back to planting the gardens and trying to make our grass grow.

Monday, May 10, 2004

Patio Installation Started

I've uploaded the first set of patio photos. More will be added at the end of each day.

Planet Rumsey Gallery :: The New Patio
Our patio installation started today. As I left for work this morning our lawn was being dug up so I am interested to see how progress has been made when I get home this evening. I'll also try to take some pictures and post them for those who are also interested in seeing the patio progression.

Friday, April 30, 2004

The Leafs won 3-1!!!!! What a great day!

Beyond, watching the Leafs win at a bar in San Francisco here is how my day went. I finished up with my meetings in San Jose earlier than anticipated after spending a day and a half going over how to use the product I help develop. I then got to talk to Shannon (yay!) for a while and spent some time going over emails. By now I was ready to head out to the glorious San Jose sunshine. I went down to the Adobe Cafe and sat outside while having lunch. Well by now I was finally beginning to wind down after a non-stop week of work and fun. By now it was 2:00 and it was time to say goodbye to San Jose for the last time and begin the trek to San Francisco again. I was with a bunch of co-workers and this time we took the coastal road to San Francisco in order to see the ocean one last time. Great! Once arriving in downtown SF we found a bar with a big screen and settled in. Once the game started I took off for one final loop around the nearby streets to check out some of the stores. Store number 1 was Old Navy and I bought something. Great! I went in a bunch on other stores but alas no more purchases were to be made. Well by now it was 6:00 and the hockey game had about an hour left so I went back to the bar for a few more drinks and food.

What happened next? Well...the Leafs won...and then it was finally to bid farewell to San Francisco for the last time and head towards the airport.

I now sit in the hotel I was dropped off at writing this blog using my free Internet. Yes, that's right I am getting free Internet in my room. Holiday Inn Express rocks! What to do now? I'll probably head out for a quick walk and then spend the rest of the night in my room since I have to get up at 5:30 tomorrow morning.

Ottawa here I come!!
Hi y'all! Did you know the plural of y'all is all y'all? That is just one of the many tidbits I learnt this week.

Well, it is now approaching noon on Friday which pretty much means my week in San Jose for the Adobe Tech Summit is over. I also just finished my last meeting so am taking the rest of the day off to take some final pictures. Tonight I'll be back in San Francisco to watch the Leaf's game at a bar and then will be spending my final night at an airport hotel.

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

I have posted some pictures of my trip to San Jose. Please check out the gallery here.

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Well it is now Tuesday night. It feels like I have been here for a week already but I am meeting lots of people and learning lots.

Last night we went to a nearby hall for what is called the Adobe Product Shootout. This is basically a fun night out that includes differen teams from within Adobe showing off their latest products. Each team is given 10 minutes to show off the best off their products and the team that impresses the audience the most wins! Pretty simple eh? The product shootout is great but the rest of the night was devoted to food, booze and games. Foos and booze is pretty self explanatory right? As for games there was rock climbing, air hockey, jousting, bull riding, foos ball and more to keep us computer geeks entertained for a few hours. I definately took advantage of the free beer and ended up going to the local pool hall after the event completed. Anyway, I ended up going out pretty late and getting up this morning was not fun.

Now on to today...

More of the same really. There more sessions to attend (some better than others) and I also ended up going back to Adobe HQ in order to introduce myself to some of the employees there since I will be spending most of my time there on Thursday and Friday.

I still haven't had any free time. Actually, I haven't even been outside yet today. It is now 8:30pm so I think after I finish writing this I will venture outside for a bit for some fresh air. The weather is still very nice so it should be a good night for a walk.

I think that is all that is going on with me right now without going into too much of the boring Adobe details. So, until next time ... good night. :-)

Monday, April 26, 2004

Yay, I found and Internet connection!

Sunday - recap

Well I arrived in San Francisco last night and I spent most of today along with two co-workers exploring the city. Since we only had one day we pretty much only had time to see to usual tourist haunts. We walked through Chinatown, explored Fisherman’s Warf and went on a cable car ride. I took lots of pictures as usual sand will try to post some as soon as I can. As the day drew to a close however it was time to start to making the trek back to San Jose, which is about an hour from San Francisco. Instead of taking the highway however we took the coastal road instead which provided for some great views and traffic jams :-). I finally made it back to San Jose just past 8:00pm, checked into my hotel room and was also able to catch the tail end of the tech summit welcome reception. For the rest of the evening I went with a bunch of other co-workers to a local bar and also made a quick stop to the mother ship in order to check out the digs (very nice by the way).

Monday - so far

The early mornings begin! I was up just after 7:00 am this morning in order to have time to register and have breakfast.

Did I mention the weather yet? Well it is awesome! Yesterday must have been close to 30 degrees! Since we were outside most of the time yesterday I actually got some sun – maybe even a little burn. I have yet to really explore San Jose but am hoping to squeeze some time in during the week to do that. Unfortunately, my schedule is pretty tight all week so my desire to see more of the area may not happen. There is also an aquarium in San Francisco I am hoping to visit. This aquarium has a clear tunnel you can walk through so it feels as though there are fish swimming all around you (jealous Shannon?).

Right now it is early afternoon on Monday. I just finished lunch and skipped the current session since the material being covered I have heard before. Tonight there is an event offsite for everyone that will most probably involve more eating and drinking. I will have to update you on that one on my next posting.

P.S. My web site seems to be taking its sweet time refreshing itself lately so my blogs aren't showing up immediately. All I can hope for is that they will appear soon.

Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Wow! What a save!

Lalime is definately back in his game but I dare not say anymore for fear of putting some voo doo jinx on 'ol #40 before tonight's game. Ah, yes, game 7 of the Battle of Ontario is tonight. The streets will be empty and bars and homes across the province will undoubtedly be full. No matter what the outcome though I am certain it is going to be a good game (but we all know the Sens are going to win right?).

... after the face-off - Ottawa Senators Hockey Club (NHL)

Go Sens Go!

Monday, April 19, 2004

Kelly said she already knows she's engaged so I'm adding a new entry just for her.

I will be leaving for San Jose this weekend in order to visit the mother ship (aka. Adobe headquarters). While I will probably be kept quite busy with Adobe business I am at least hoping to see San Francisco and the coast before having to go home. As usual I will take pictures and try to post a few while there and try to write about what I am up to each day as well.

Want to know more about San Francisco and the surrounding are? Here's a link.

San Francisco

Thursday, January 29, 2004


My sister-in-law, Kelly, and her boyfriend of two years, Lionel, got engaged last night on their two year anniversary. Both Shannon and I are so excited for them as they enter a new stage in their life together.

Even though we knew it was going to happen eventually the phone call from Kelly last night was a complete surprise. I must point out though that since I answered the phone first I actually knew before Shannon did!

Anyway, I wish Kelly and Lionel lots of love and happiness as they continue on their adventure.

Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Well I finally got around to taking some pictures of the new digs while Jarret was over visiting tonight. Hopefully you can get a sense of what the place looks like from these pictures. Also, for added excitment be sure to play "find the penguin" while looking at the pictures.

Sunday, January 25, 2004

Well January is well on its way to being over and what a month it has been so far. Since coming back from New Jersey Shannon and I have been constantly on the go with work, recreational activities (ie. skiing) and most importantly, moving.

Our move on January 15 was fairly successful but VERY cold. The movers did not show up since they had the day wrong but they sorted it out and arrived three hours later. While this setback put us back a few hours we were just happy to get the move over with. We spent the night before painting the kitchen and family room so while a little tired had enough energy to get through another long day.

Anyway a little over a week has gone by since the move and our house is slowly beginning to look like a home. Room by room we are getting our belongings unpacked but I predict it will be at least another week before we are completely done unpacking.

I promise pictures of the new place are on their way but for the time being please have a look at the latest album on the birthday