Thursday, March 16, 2006

Holy Crappity Crap!!

It's been forever since I've bothered to document anything that is happening in my life -- and the sad thing is, I'm not sure if it's because I've been super busy, or if there has been nothing worth wasting your time with.

Well, I'm going to make up for it now.

A little background. I work for a Correctional Medical Services, a company who provides healthcare for prisons and jails across the USA. I never really thought about it before I started work here, but legally the government is required to provide the highest quality healthcare to incarcerated individuals. That is where we come in. I, however, do not actually work in the facilities we service - though I have been to a few. I work in an office in the suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri. I am a computer geek. Officially I and an Senior Application Developer. Unofficially, I'm a business analyst, project manager, technical lead, software architect, and teacher, among other things. I guess all that other crap falls into the "other duties as assigned" category...

For the past year or so, I have been working with a team to build a Correctionalized Medication Administration Record. So what the hell is that? Well -- anytime you are in a hospital, nursing home, etc - the nursing staff has a process to document when you are administered your medications. Typically it's a paper process. What we have done is to automate this paper process, with additional tweaks that are specific to the correctional market.

Now that we are done developing, I've been able to go on the road to provide demonstrations as well as help design the implementation plans for clients. This has been a very interesting experience -- giving me access to watch clinical staff manage in the jails and prisons is a real eye-opener.

With all that being said -- I've been busy wrapping the project up and getting this rolling to get this installed at a client site. It looks like I'll be installing a handful of clients this year - so it should prove to be a busy year indeed.

That's it for now -- will try to be more timely in hte future...

Thursday, February 09, 2006

blah blah blah

So I watched the Superbowl last weekend...

I'm not a huge football fan... Ok, that's not necessarily true. I do like football - I always enjoy the games when I watch it -- but its not like I will blow an entire day camped out in front of the tube and watching the games. I thought the superbowl was rather dull and uneventful... It didn't seem to me like it was any different than any other sub-par game. Neither team did anything I though was all that super. The worst part about the game means that the football season is over - which, here in the states, means we are right to basket ball season. I don't fully understand basketball. Let me restate that -- I'm not a complete mental midget -- I know the basics of the game - i just don't get it - seems to me one team makes a basket, dribble dribble dribble, another team makes a basket, dribble dribble dribble, a basket, dribble dribble steal dribble dribble basket... seems rather mindless to me --

On to other shit...

I'm wandering around on -- which can be an entertaining way to roam around on other people's blogs - looking for something interesting to chit chat about.... I came across A Mama's Rant. I honestly haven't read much more than the first posting --so i can neither reccommend you check it out, or avoid it -- take a look at your own risk. However what i did read was her first post that referenced some contest by swiffer - At first glance this seems like a nice idea - but the more I think about it the more i thought it was a shitty plan after all. I mean am I the only one who thinks its slightly offensive to assume that women are the ones who are cleaning with the swiffer? I use a swiffer -- I'm pretty damn amazing, just ask me, why does the winner have to be a women? Seems a bit hypocritical to me that a cleaning product is sponsoring something about how great women are.

Enough for now.... buh-bye

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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Cat Problems?

Certian coworkers have, shall we say, issues with cats. There are actually many different people with cat issues - Some are obsessed with cats and think they make the best pet in the world. Still others are obessed with cats in a much different way, for example - converting dead cats into fuel for a desiel engine.

I cam across this post on another blog, and had to share it.

Tax Time

Well -

It's tax time again. I've just installed my copy of Turbo Tax on the ole' laptop and am preparing to figure out just how far I can push my dear old Unca' Sam. I wouldn't say I have an terribly complicated tax return. I do own a home, and have mortgage interest, so I do itemize - which lets me wiggle around some numbers a bit. But this year I managed to only have income from one company, and didn't to a bunch of stock trades which would result in more forms to type into the software.

So here it goes...


Brokeback Mountian

I didn't mention it - but i saw the movie a few weeks back.

I didn't make it out to see it at one of the first releases at one of the "Artsy" movie theaters, but instead saw it at a big chain theater, AMC. The movie was very good, but I can't help to wonder if one of the reasons the movie is getting all the attention is because of it's hot male on male sex scenes.

I mean does the fact that the movie stands against everything that the conservitive religious right wants you to think about gays give the media and hollywood the extra incentive needed to keep pushing this movie into the spotlight? Don't get me wrong - I like the movie, and I am very happy to see a gay themed movie getting recognition that seems to be based a lot more on the reality of most gay people's lives than the Will and Grace/Queer as Folk/Six Feet Under shows portrayals of gays. I just wonder if the same caliber of acting with a traditional male/female relationships would have made such a buzz.

I'm tired of the cold...

Ok - So I know, it's still Janruary, I'm in St. Louis. I should expect it to be cold out. I'm usually ok with the cold -- however I want it to snow. If it's going to be cold and winter-like, how about at least a little snow or ice or something to make us all remember it's still winter. Lately it has been getting warm one day, then freezing cold the next. This makes the cold days seem even colder, and frankly I'm tired of it.

Auto Show
This weekend the Auto Show was in St. Louis. We made our annual pilgrimage downtown to the convention center/dome to take a look at the newest offerings the worlds auto makers had to offer. There were quite a few people there, and tons of kids. I hate kids running around like mad. You would have thought it was a freaking Chucky Cheese! (More on my passionate dislike of poorly behaved children some other time)

The auto show was pretty cool. I'm not in the market for a new car, as I just bought my truck this summer, a 2005 Chevrolet Colorado (More about me and my truck later, i suppose) A couple of surprises at the autoshow -- I knew all about the Pontiac Solstice/Saturn SKY - the sporty convertible 2 seater roadster. I was able to get into a Solstice - was a lot more cramped than I expected. I'm not a big guy - at only 5'10", I was unable to stretch my legs out in the passenger seat. The car looks great, but I'm afraid it's a bit to small for a regular driver for me -- now if i was looking for a fun weekend car -- that would be a posssible option..
I was also pleasently surprised by the new Saturn AURA The redesign of Saturn's midsize sedan. It was a pretty sharp looking car - and if I was in the market for a Accord/Camry kind of car, the AURA looks like it may be a contender - I wonder how it drives.

The new Honda Civic Coupe SI was a VERY slick car. The loaded up version at the auto show was stickered at $22,000 or so - and looked VERY nice. Id bet you'll be seeing a lot of these on the road in the coming months.

Well, that's it for now - hit me back later and I'll share a little more about the my truck and my distaste for ill-behaved kids.

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Thursday, January 26, 2006

I have my first hater...

Well, maybe not my first one, but the first one that hated my writing so much that him or her took the time to actually comment about it. The person, whom I'll call Captian Chicken-Shit, since they left it anonymously, didn't even have the guts to let me check out their writing and provide the the same kind of "constructive criticism".

I've decided to not edit or censor The Captian. When I set up my blog, I didn't ever expect that anyone would bother to let me know how much I sucked. Ah well - maybe The Captian isn't alone - do I really suck? Is anyone reading this?

I'd like to say that I don't care, and that I do this for myself, I do enjoy the writing, but let's be real. Anyone who bothers to publish a blog wants somone to be reading it, at least some small part of you hopes there are a few people in the world that happen across your blog - and continues to check in on you.

I may not be able to keep blogging on a daily basis, but I will continue to put posts up - and I do hope you are intrigued enough to stop back by and read me -- and bonus to me if you bother to let me know about it.

And if you don't like it -- especially if you don't like it enough to comment it -- thanks for visiting, but don't let the screen door hit ya where the good lord split ya!

Wednesday, January 25, 2006




Let's see, as I write this I am still clinging onto my twenties. Barely. But that doesn't bother me that much.

I was born and raised outside of St. Louis, Missouri. I went to High School at Northwest, in House Springs.

I pretty much hated it. I was the eternal procrastinator - and to some degree still am (thanks, mom), I did just what I needed to do to keep pretty decent grades. I was a band geek, had a decent circle of friends - wasn't popular by any means. I didn't like school, probably becasue I was bored through a lot of it. I was able to coast through most of school with minimal studying.

I went to college right out of high school - after a couple of years at Southwest Missouri State University, which has since changed its name, I got a decent summer job working at an ISP - and quickly realized that I was learning more at work that I was at school. I transfered to University of Missouri, St. Louis graduating with my BSBA with an emphasis in MIS.

It took me nearly 7 years to finish college, working full time and taking classes, but I was able to muddle through and finish. I have made plenty of sacrafices to get to where I am, but make no mistake - I've also been blessed with a bit of luck. I'm lucky my parents were positive role models and made education a priority. That's not all that I've been lucky about, but I don't even know you that's all the free info you get today.

So that's a little about my past. Not the most interesting - no abuse or crime. My upbringing has been VERY white bread. Stay tuned, maybe I'll fill you in on my post-college activities...

I admit it - I'm an impatient bitch...

So I've been surfing lots of blogs lately....

Lots of crappy writers out there -- and perhaps I am to -- for all I know I am to writing what most American Idol Auditioners are to singing -- (yeah -I'm watching it -- or at least it's on the TV - I enjoy watching the early auditions -- people who mistakenly think that singing drunken Karaoke makes them the next Clay Aiken....

I've been hoping to find some blogs that interest me. People who are interested in the same shit I am. Then it dawned on me -- I haven't bothered to tell anyone about what it is I am interested in. What I do - What makes Darren tick....


I guess I better think about that -- what really makes me tick?

I guess I'll update my bio - so check that out -- and if something there sparks me to do more writing - then I'll head back here.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Oh My God, Pilates hurts....

So I took this pilates class tonight after class at my gym. Umm, ouch... The Nazi instructor kicked my ass.

I've never taken a class at the gym before, but I was feeling exceptionally lazy at lunch and skipped my normal run (for the record I usually try to hit the gym at lunch time at least 3-4 days a week -- some weeks I do better than others) So I was feeling lazy today and hungry at lunch, so instead of a running, I went out and had a meatball sub -- balls of meat, cheese, sauce, white bread -- how can you go wrong?!?

Afterward I was feeling guilty about being lazy, so I decided to hit the gym after the after work. This was my first pilates class. I was one of 4 guys in the class - which wouldn't be bad if the class didn't have like 50 people in it. -- By the way, if the girl in front of me in class happens across this - I can't imagine wearing white stretch pants and a black thong to do pilates is comfortable -- and I'm sure I didn't really need to see it.

Anyway - I'm feeling pretty good about making myself go to that class. It really was tough. I am going to be hurting tomorrow I'm betting.