This collection of entries is from January 23, 2004.
Oh, how cool is this?!?!?!?!!! JPL released photos from the Mars Global Surveyor satellite that actually shows where Spirit is on the Martian surface from 248 miles up! Not only can you see where it is, but they found the parachute and heat shields and - get this - they even show where Spirit bounced when it landed! Very cool.
Yes, the snow hit, and hit with a vengeance. Getting to the Tollway was a lot longer than I had anticipated - Buckley wasn't plowed. At all. Took me almost 25 minutes just to get to the Tollway. Once I got on the Tollway, everything was moving. That's what I had anticipated - the one positive thing that I've always felt about the Tollway Authority is they always kept the plows out and keeps the roads passable, if not clean. By the Time I got to Lake Cook, traffic had stopped. I sat there for a good 15 minutes, which is the worst I've experienced in this commute. Traffic started to move - slowly - after I crept up to Willow. Knowing that the side roads were going to be hell, I stayed on the Tollway. Total commute time by the time I got home: 2 hours 40 minutes.
So what do I do when I get home? Why go back out in the snow to go to dinner! (In case you hadn't figured this out by now... we go out to dinner on Friday nights. Doesn't matter where, just someplace cheap). You what today is? Why, it's National Pie Day, so it's off to Bakers Square. (At least Carol drove, so I could recover from the commute!)
... Captain Kangaroo died. Wow, the second Children's Television icon of mine to die in just a few days. I barely remember the show when I was a kid, but it made an impression. Bunny Rabbit. Mr. Moose. Dancing Bear. Mr Green Jeans is long gone now, and now the Captain. Bob Keeshan seemed to be a gentle man. I hate seeing these guys pass... I'm just hoping Bill (Jackson) is OK....
Looks like the DNS nameserver changes are complete for the website, but now I've got a bigger situation (I think) - I may need to reconfigure MovableType. Looks like it'll be a while before I can post here...
So, this morning's commute was one of the fastest I've had - hardly any traffic at all compared to last night. I think everyone is just traveling at different times or actually using public transportation because we're supposed to get hit with snow later.