New Style

I’m working on a new style for the site. The home page is pretty much done. I’ll do my best to finish up the rest of the pages this weekend.

Let me know what you think…

Improvisational Cooking

I’ve been covering for my boss this week by teaching his class from noon til 1:00pm everyday. This means that I haven’t been able to have lunch with Paige like I usually do.

Paige left me a nice bowl of soup yesterday. Unfortunately there was nothing she could leave me today. I didn’t want just another cold ham sandwich, so I started looking around for what I could cook. Keep in mind this is Friday so we haven’t bought groceries in about a week. Also, I only have an hour for lunch so it had to be something quick.

The first thing to catch my eye was the package of hamburger buns on top of the pantry. They still looked and smelled like bread, not even a hint of fur. Perfect, I thought, everything is better on a bun. Now I began digging through the fridge looking for something to put on a bun.

Way back in the very back of the freezer I found a box of Veggie burgers. I’m not sure when they were purchased, but surely frozen vegetable patties never go bad. These were a match made in heaven for my recently aquired buns.

I threw one of the frozen chunks of everything but meat in a skillet and dove back into the fridge for some toppings. Mustard, pickles, even tomatoes were all there waiting for me.

Next I reached into the bottom drawer for a slice of cheese. Cheese! What would the cows think of cheese on a meatless burger?

The thought that entered my head next was even wilder than cheese on a vegetable pattie – the only thing better than a cheeseburger is a bacon cheeseburger.

Of course, we didn’t have any bacon, but there was some prosciutto left over from the last time I made pizza. I knew from experience that the thinly sliced prosciutto would cook up just like salty bacon so I grabbed four slices from the package and threw them in the skillet with the burger.

And thus was born the Prosciutto and Cheese Veggie Burger.


I got some pretty funny responses to the e-mail that I sent out yesterday. Here are a few of my favorites. I’ve left out the names to protect the innocent.

You sorry dog. I was going to be in Austin next week and look you up to buy me a drink with the money you were going to make on your new job. I was also hoping you would put in a good word for me.

I certainly hope this is an April Fool joke!!!

Oh Tony congratulations but OMG you will be missed. Knew this was gonna come sooner or later and I’m gonna go sit in a corner and cry but good
luck and give em hell. Thanks for all the support you have given me and
for putting up with all questions no matter how stupid.

You will be greatly missed. Good luck to you in your new job. I’m sure you will dazzle them with all of your computer knowledge. The district is losing a great person.

Congratulations!!! I am so happy for you!!! You will thoroughly enjoy your time in Austin and at Dell! I am priveledged to have known you and worked with you, you have taught me a lot! Take care and be sure to keep in touch! I will miss you, sir!

Something tells me I’m really going to get it next year…

April Fools

Here’s the e-mail I just sent out to all of the technology people at work. Let’s see who falls for it:

As you’ve probably heard, Dell tried to outsource a lot of their support to India. When their customers started complaining, Dell decided to move some of their tech support back to the US. This created a lot of jobs in the Austin area, and I was lucky enough to get a phone interview last week.

I got a call back from the recruiter at Dell this morning concerning a job in Austin. They were impressed with my skills and experience and they want me to come work for them in server support. They will start me off at about twice what I’m currently making, and they want me to start tonight. They start the new hires off on the night shift since there’s fewer calls at that time.

I’ve talked this over with Mr. Trull and he agreed to let me use two weeks of my vacation time as a two week notice and let today be my last day. I’ll be leaving town around 4:00pm this afternoon and starting my first day of work at my new job tonight at 11:00pm.

I’ll send another message from my Dell e-mail account once it gets set up so you can add it to your address books.

Keep in touch,