This was a crazy weekend for me.  It started off with a project at work that should have started at 9pm and lasted 15 minutes.  Well, the 15 minutes part was accurate, but due to another scheduled upgrade, I didn’t get done until midnight.  That sucked.  But that was just the beginning.

On Saturday I went to assist with the arrival of evacuees from Hurrican Gustav to San Antonio.  I work every now and then with a company out of Ausitn that does RFID tracking.  To explain that, the people being evacuated are tagged with a wristband that contains a very small radio antenna.  This allows the government to track the departure and arrivals of the evacuees.  Think of it like tracking a UPS package, except that in this case UPS is the State of Texas, and the package is the evacuee.  Got it?  The info on the tag is useful since it contains important info like the person’s name and various medical info.  Here are a couple of pics of some the people arriving at the hangar of the Air Force base we staged the operation from.

I worked 29 hours straight monitoring our system and scanning tags of evacuees. My buddy Horbi helped us out.  I worked from 7am Saturday morning until 11am Sunday morning when Horbi came to relieve me after he returned from getting some sleep.  I was glad he was around.  Leave it to Horbi to keep things light.


Well, after he relieved me and I went home, that is when things really started sucking.  When I got home, I started vomiting.  And didn’t stop.  From noon to 9 pm, I vomited about 7 times.  I wish I were exaggerating.

So Labor Day I spent recovering.  And my friend Cynthia (the owner of the Austin company) spent the day hangin’ with President Bush at the Texas OEM office.  Nice.  I wonder if he asked her to say hi to me for him.  Anyway, I feel much better now.  But I have to say, I feel like I gave back to the community with the work we did this weekend.  Makes you feel good.  Anyway, with all the other hurricanes developing in the Atlantic, they told me to be ready for more.

-Dave Q.

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