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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Finally, I Return!


So Sweet
She was being really good right before we left her
with Grandma Ma while we went to see Monty
Python's Spamalot.
So I had high expectations of actually posting something while we were gone for a few days. Any time that really became available was quickly taken up by my bout of procrastination. So call it a vacation if you will, but I didn't forget about the pseudo-loyal readership. It's just a temporary hiatus.

I won't linger terribly long tonight, but we had a good few days away and did some neat things. On Tuesday morning I managed to get all of the new MZ Online site validated. What I didn't realize in the process is that the small change I made to the .htaccess file (which allowed me to do the validation) totally made the main landing of mzonline.com un-functional. I had redirected that traffic (at the server level) to the TWiki installation. So by disabling that, it simply showed the directory list. :P

I discovered this today (this afternoon), some six days after I made the change (and didn't think to undo it). So that's been re-fixed to allow me the best of both worlds. So the new MZ Online site was intended to be in an undisclosed location, but would have been easily found for any user travelling to the root of mzonline.com in the last six days or so.

At any rate, I have just a little bit of work left to do with the site before it can go live. I need to make a few more content changes and I want to attempt a slight layout change (for consistency). So I'm hoping that by mid-week those will be all done. It shouldn't be a problem. I was really amazed how simple it was to validate the new site as XHTML 1.0 Strict, though. Any previous attempt I'd made at that (most of my other sites are done currently in XHTML 1.0 Transitional) were going to be a significant amount of work. That's what clear design and lots of CSS come in handy. :) Complete separation of markup and layout. And no tables!

Wednesday we made a trip out to Farmfest, which was a good time. Got to walk around and gather random bits of free stuff. But the main event was really what happened on Thursday...

We left Kirstin with Ma and Dad for the night and left around noon on Thursday (the picture above was taken right before we left). We went to the cities and met up with Ian for an hour or so at the Mall of America. That was cool, because we'd not seen him for something like two and a half years or some other ridiculous period of time. And it worked out for us to catch up with him this time...so that was really nice.

Then Beth and I went for a nice supper by ourselves and made the trek to the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts where we FINALLY got to see Monty Python's SPAMALOT! It was the event of the summer for us. I couldn't wait!

It was really an amazing show. I'd heard several things about it, but wasn't really sure what to expect. It was FANTASTIC! Very, very neat technical aspects of the production, and just an amazing stage picture overall. While I wasn't stoked about the $81.50 ticket price (each), I had always told myself for the last several years that as soon as it was anywhere close (and prior to this St. Paul run, the closest it came was Chicago) I had to go. And that only took two and a half years to happen. I am very glad we went to see it. It was well worth the time and ticket price.

Of course, after hearing the songs from Act I, the soundtrack was purchased during the intermission. And it was a Good Thing.

So we did that Thursday night and spent the night in the cities. Friday we spent some time shopping around (mostly looking for cloth books for Kirstin) and came back to my folks' place. We left Saturday around 1pm and came back home just in time to head out to the Stevens County Fair (where we were manning a booth for a few hours that evening). So Kirstin got to hang around at her first county fair. That was a good time as well, but it was good to be able to sleep at home (and sleep we all did -- everyone was pretty wore out by last night).

I missed the lawnmower races this year (although we could hear them going on while we were walking around), but that's alright. I was about 'evented-out' by the time of those anyway.

So today's been pretty normal. I managed to get the last six days' worth of pictures uploaded, catch the latest episode of Ice Road Truckers, and just sit around for a while. And it's been good.

Tomorrow will be back to the mill, so we'll see how that goes. Seeing as how it's now getting on to 11:30 and I have a few things to do before bed, I'm going to call it a night and write more tomorrow.

So until next time...
"When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I've never tried before."
- Mae West (1892-1980)

--MZ

Oh yeah -- go see SPAMALOT if you ever get a chance! You won't regret it!

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