Welcome to Dollison.com!
The personal website of
John Dollison and Elizabeth Schultheisz
We have a family photo album available on Webshots, where you can view pictures of our wedding &
honeymoon, as well as past holidays.
We also have a webcam that you can check out here,
but it's not usually running.
My e-mail address is john-at-dollison-dot-com,
but I still check johndollison-at-hotmail-dot-com
daily. Elizabeth can be contacted at pinksong-at-yahoo-dot-com. (To stop
unsolicited spam, I've had to replace the "@" sign with "-at-" and the "." with
"-dot-". Please correct the e-mail addresses before you try to contact us, or
you will get a bounce-back.) Please note that Elizabeth did NOT change her name
when we got married, she's still SCHULTHEISZ.
If you are a family member and I've set you up with your own e-mail
account, you can access it at http://mail.dollison.com/src/login.php.
WHAT'S NEW IN MY LIFE:
|Brian's vacation so far...
Brian's been here for a week and a half, and so far things are going very well. He's in sailing camp, and when he's not learning to sail, he's playing with neighbors Josh and Brandon, mowing lawns for extra cash, helping make home-made ice-cream, being the neighborhood DJ (we have a small FM radio transmitter set up with a mixer board, CD player, turntable, and microphone), or playing Gameboy (of course!). There was a big neighborhood yard sale last weekend, and Brian helped make walnut-chocolate-chip cookies. We've also been to Denver Botanic Gardens to see the Chapungu exhibit.
I've been on vacation so I could spend as much time as possible with Brian, since I don't see him that often. Elizabeth and I have done some yard work, pulling out some overgrown Clematis, Fescue, and Holly plants, and replacing them with two varieties of grapes. We just reached our two-year anniversary, but will celebrate later, when we have some time to ourselves. We went to a Thai restaurant for my birthday, and Elizabeth bought me a 20x - 50x spotting scope for watching the prairie dogs. It's great! I was able to get some decent pictures by putting the camera up against the eyepiece. For some background information about prairie dogs, check out this link
Check out all of our summer picutes at Webshots.
7/1/2004 10:12:35 PM
|Summer vacation is
I'm back... the trip to D.C. went well, although I wasn't able
to hook up with as many friends as I had hoped. I was only there for a few
days. I did a little sight-seeing, went running with the local club, and
will try to get the pictures online later this week.
I have been working in the yard, removing lots of stuff. The original
owners planted six trees and five holly bushes in the tiny back yard,
along with lots of large clumps of ornamental grasses. Although it's
beautiful and looks very full, it's become somewhat overgrown and takes up
too much space. So we're removing a lot of it, and hope to put some grapes
up along the fence instead.
Today is the first day of a three-week
vacation from work. Unfortunately, it's also finals week for my economics
class, and I'm a week behind in the reading assignments. I hope to get
caught up today, and take my final exam. After that, I have a two-week
summer break from school. Brian will be here tomorrow, and is staying for
the whole three weeks. He'll be in a local sailing camp, and he also wants
to earn some extra money by mowing people's yards. Elizabeth and I hope to
do some other fun stuff with him, like visit the Chapungu exhibit at the
Denver Botanic Gardens, go see some fossils at Morrison, do some fishing
in the pond behind the house, and maybe go to Water World.
6/18/2004 9:10:43 AM
Sunday night we threw a carbo-loading (pasta) party for our
friends who were running the Bolder Boulder run on Memorial Day.
Unfortunately, I had to work on Monday, or I would have been manning the
beer stop. We've been doing well; Elizabeth is no longer sick (or at
least, she's keeping her lungs inside her body now). We've had a few skunk
visits lately, but not as bad, since we skunk-proofed the house. It's now
skunks just on the outside of the fence, going after my neighbor's
trash/recycling cans. Then their dog goes after the skunk, he sprays, and
it comes right into our house (our air intake is right there, only 10 to
15 feet away). There's a raccoon that comes around, too. But he still
comes into our yard by climbing over the fence (skunks, thankfully, don't
climb). I suppose the only way to stop the raccoon would be to modify the
electric fence to run along the top of the wooden fence. That would stop
the squirrels, too!
My PDA (a Palm IIIxe) died this week, after 3
years in my back pocket. Maybe not the best place to keep it. I think dirt
& dust shorted it out on the inside. Anyway, I just ordered a Sony
Clie TJ37, which has wireless access, MP3 player, camera... pretty slick
(no voice recorder, unfortunately). So I'll have it to access my e-mail
when I go on my business trip. I spent a few hours today doing yard
work... the english ivy is taking over everything, and climbing the
trees... I should have taken before & after pictures! Oh, Mom - I put
those camera-phone pix of Brian on the Webshots album, and Amanda's prom
6/1/2004 11:19:05 PM
|We're ready for
May has come and almost gone... things are going pretty well
here. I began an economics class at DeVry... I decided that life was
getting too hectic, and put some activities on hold for a while -
attending National Management Association classes, attending Linux
meetings, being the coordinator for my running club, attending Homeowners
Association meetings, going to Friday morning church breakfasts, etc. So
now I'm down to just family, work, and college. It's hard to let go of
stuff, especially the ones you helped create.... But the doctor's visit
for chest pains convinced me it's time to de-stress a little bit.....
Spring is a beautiful time... the birds are singing, the flowers
are blooming... but boy, is there a load of yard work to do! LOL! We've
been pulling thistles like mad, clearing out paper wasps, pruning the
aspen and crab-apple trees, fertilizing the flowers, etc. Oh, and getting
the sprinkler system running again, which included fixing a few leaks and
two busted sprinkler heads. It's a good thing I enjoy working out in the
yard! But it really is beautiful... check out our pictures at Webshots (click on the Spring 2004 album).
is back to oil-painting again, after a 20-year hiatus. Check out his first
few paintings at the Webshots album (click on Dale & Family). I went
down to Colorado Springs for a week-long class, and got to spend several
evenings with my old running club. It was fun! Simultaneously, Elizabeth
went on a business trip to California, and saw her friend Kathy.
Unfortunately, Elizabeth got sick the day after she got back, and was home
with Bronchitis, a high fever, and a hacking cough for 8 days. She worked
a half day yesterday and today. At least she was able to relax in the sun
room, and we just got some new plants in there to make it a little nicer
(see the Webshots album).
That's about it for now. I'll be going
out to D.C. for a few days in the near future, and Brian's coming out for
a few weeks at the beginning of summer, and will be taking some sailing
classes. Talk to you again soon!
5/25/2004 10:54:39 PM
Hey! It's been a good week. Last Tuesday & Wednesday were
warm and sunny, and I was off-shift. Thursday and Friday, however, were
nothing but icy rain and snow all day. But Friday night I got to go out
with some friends and see a visiting friend who recently moved to New
Hampshire. Saturday was warm and sunny, and the snow quickly melted off.
This is one of the few Saturdays Elizabeth and I get to have together,
since I'm usually working on the weekends. But this time I'm going on
night shift, so we had the day together. We did some furniture shopping,
and then looked at cell phones. Not super exciting, but it was just nice
spending the day together. I just posted some new pics to Webshots, and
now I'm off to work again tonight.
4:54:15 PM Your
I haven't written in quite a while. I've been pretty busy, as
usual. The biggest thing is that I'm now in college. I'm taking online
programs through DeVry. My first class was "Advanced PC Applications",
which focused on how to use Microsoft Excel spreadsheets and Access
databases in a business setting (creating graphs & charts, analyzing
large amounts of data, performing automatic calculations, etc). My next
class was "Project Management", which was fun, but pretty intense, since
it covered mid- to large-size projects, and included a fair amount of cost
and schedule analysis, auditing procedures, etc. There was a rather heated
discussion at one point about outsourcing work to other countries. (My
neighbor works from home as a programmer, but manages a development team
in India.) Now I'm taking an economics class. Already we've had a
discussion about the world diamond market. They aren't as rare as people
think.... The DeBeers company has maintained a 100-year monopoly on the
industry, so they keep prices artificially inflated. And many of the
diamonds are known as "blood diamonds" or "conflict diamonds" because they
come from child slave labor in poor African countries that are ravaged by
Since I've started college, I've had to let go of several
other activities. I no longer have much interaction with my church
breakfast group, the Linux User's group, my running club, the National
Management Association, or several other groups that I was trying to stay
active in. But now I have more time for studying, and a little time to
spend with Elizabeth; and she's much more important than all that other
I have some new pictures to put on the website. Our
front yard is really beginning to bloom. The crab-apple tree is a
beautiful mass of pink flowers between the fresh green aspen leaves and
the purple lilac bush. We havn't had any problems with skunks for almost
two months now, although last week it looked like they attempted to dig
their way back in again. We had a paper-wasp infestation on the upstairs
deck, but I think that's under control now. The dam construction behind
the house is almost finished, but supposedly they will begin putting in a
new elementary school as soon as the dam is done. Bummer. But we will
still have lots of open space and trails behind our house. We're looking
forward to Brian's visit this summer. We plan to have him in the sailing
program at the lake right our our back door.
Mom - I hope things
are getting better for you at work. Dad - Keep sending us photos of your
paintings... they're great! I'll put a few up on my website when I get
That's all for now....
|Oh yeah, one more
thing... the skunk!|
Probably the most interesting thing that's happened this week
is that our house got skunked. That's right, not our cars, like what
happened in September (or August?), but the whole house. Apparently the
skunk sprayed the side of our house where the air intake is for the
furnace. So at three AM two nights ago, we awoke to a horrible stench.
It's in every bedroom, the basement, even the closets! We've had the doors
and windows open, but it hasn't helped much. Send us clothespins for our
noses! And no, we haven't washed the whole house in tomato
1/10/2004 11:22:43 AM
|Boy, it's been a
OK, so I haven't updated my website in months. Sorry, mom...
Quick recap -
October was great, all the Aspens changed colors,
really beautiful. For Elizabeth's birthday I had a surprise party at a
Mystery Dinner Theater, and we stayed at a historic hotel. Next weekend
was spent at Rocky Mtn Nat'l Park, hiking up Shadow Mountain. Took awesome
pics! Finished working in our yard just days before the first ice storm of
the season. There was a big fire northwest of us, I have pics of the smoke
billowing across the plains.
November started getting cold and
busy, as we prepared for Thanksgiving with friends and I started
researching colleges with online programs. We had our furnace replaced,
and A/C installed. Elizabeth went on a business trip to Las Vegas.
December came and we realized we still didn't have plane tickets
for Brian and hadn't done any Christmas shopping. We volunteered to help
out some some families who aren't as blessed as we are this season.
Elizabeth got our running club involved, and raised over $1000 to help out
two families with several kids each. It was very rewarding, and we'll do
January - I just started college at DeVry University's
online program. They screwed up my registration, forcing me to drop one
class. But it's just as well, the screw-up made me start the other class
late, so now I'm scrambling to catch up. I'm back on night shifts again.
Well, there's a lot more that's happened in the past three months,
I only wish I had time to tell you all about it. See you soon!
1/10/2004 11:07:42 AM
Last night we went to the Ringling Brothers Circus in Denver!
We went with some friends, and had a lot of fun. I haven't been to the
circus since I was a little kid. We saw lions, horses, elephants, a
dog-clown act, a chinese acrobatics group, the trapeze artists, and six
guys on motorcycles inside a big steel ball. It was pretty cool!
are almost done with the house, yesterday we applied a second coat of
solvent-based sealant to the fireplace. Boy, does it stink! But the
water-based sealant was essentially floor wax, not the kind of finish we
wanted. I've also finally got all the built-in glass shelves finished and
installed. This Saturday we'll be throwing a party to thank those who
helped us move, and to meet our new neighbors. So I've got today and
tomorrow to finish up all the details, and hide all the boxes and junk
that still remain. I'm trying to remind myself that it doesn't have to be
perfect; especially since we've only been here about 6 or 7 weeks.
still trying to get over whatever it is that I've caught. It started as a
cold, then became a sinus infection, and now it's a heavy feeling in my
chest with lots of coughing and congestion. Not the way I want to feel.
Blah..... Maybe it's time for a trip to the doctor? I'll give it another
few days and see how I feel. Well, back to work... gotta get the house
cleaned up, and tonight I'm on night shift.
10/2/2003 11:50:39 AM
|A few new photos
Click the Webshots link (above) to see some of our most recent
pictures, including John Shelburne's visit (an old friend from USS
Klakring (FFG-42) and Camp David), and more pictures showing the progress
of the house renovations.
Elizabeth and I are doing fairly well,
although she had a bad cold during her trip to California last week, and
now I've got it. We're finally getting some free time to visit friends and
relax a bit, but there's more work to be done on the house.
9/25/2003 1:36:59 PM
Just a quick update - Last week Elizabeth was on a business
trip to California, and got home Thursday. I had most of the week off and
spent my time unpacking, fixing stuff around the house, moving
bookshelves, etc. I worked this weekend, while Elizabeth had some time
off. We're starting to make plans for a housewarming party. Still no time
to make the updates that I'd like to this website, but I'll get there
someday! Dave, congrats on starting college.... have fun!
Time for me
to be getting ready for bed.... Good night!
9/21/2003 10:12:21 PM
|A few days
I'm free! I just finished another four-day shift, and now I
have the next four days off. Unfortunately, Elizabeth is on a business
trip to California, so I'm on my own for a few days. Guess I'll sleep till
noon and eat nothing but cereal for a few days..... OK, maybe not. Anyway,
I realize I haven't written in over a week. Sorry. Let's see - we finally
got the house clean enough that Elizabeth had some friends over one night
while I was at work, and a few days later we had a visit from John
Shelburne, an old friend from my days on the USS Klakring. (Pictures will
be up tomorrow, John!) He joined me on a moonlight run with my running
club, the Hash House Harriers. Other than that, I've spent most of my time
either at work or unpacking here at home. We tried to get our TV armoire
downstairs, but it just doesn't seem to fit. Se we still have no TV, after
what, 5 weeks? We'll get around to it eventually. Well, time to jump in
the hot tub for a little while before I head off to bed. Good
9/15/2003 10:27:37 PM
Hi! We're slowly getting settled here at our new house, but
we're learning that things don't always work the same here as they did in
Boulder. Today was trash day. In Boulder, we put out the trash and the
recycleables every week, and two separate trucks come to pick everything
up. Here, however, they only do recycling every OTHER week. I had put
everything out, not realizing that this was our "trash only" week. So the
guy came by, put our trash in the truck, and then tossed all the
recyclables in the truck, recycling bin and all! So now we need a new
recycling bin. Sigh....
In other news.... An old friend from my Navy
days is coming out for a business trip, so I'm looking forward to seeing
him again. Now it's off to work.... I'm currently working 12 hour night
shifts, but will be back on day shift soon.
9/6/2003 4:47:33 PM
The past few days have been pretty busy. I worked nights last
week, finally getting home and going to sleep on Saturday morning, while
Elizabeth got lots of unpacking & cleaning done around the house. We
spent the afternoon shopping for some accesories for some of the rooms,
and Elizabeth bought me a beautiful new ring. We went to an Italian place
for dinner. Sunday morning we awoke at 3 a.m. to the smell of skunk
outside our bedroom window. Not too unusual; this is the 4th visit in the
three weeks we've lived here. We shut the window, but in the morning we
found (to our dismay) that the skunk had sprayed in our driveway, catching
the garage door and Elizabeth's car in the cross-fire. Since this was our
first full day together in about 10 days, so we went to our favorite
breakfast place in Boulder, then spent the afternoon emptying the garage,
vacuming out all the sawdust from the new flooring and fireplace work,
vacuumed off the couch and took it inside, and unpacked most of the boxes
that were left. There's almost enough room for a car in there! Today of
course was a holiday, so Elizabeth and I spent the day replacing all the
doorknobs and deadbolts in the house (only two had matching keys), taking
all the cardboard boxes to the recycling center, replacing a bad faucet in
the bathroom, and replacing the dead battery in Elizabeth's car. Then we
had a nice dinner at a local Indian restaurant. Tomorrow, if we feel like
it, we may add a patio or porch to the front of the house... just
kidding... Elizabeth would kill me if I suggested one more project. We
still have plenty of furniture to move and boxes to unpack, but we finally
feel ready to have a guest or two over. Oh, and Dad - we got the oil
painting you made, and we think it's great! We'll try to get it framed
9/1/2003 10:38:47 PM
This week was much like the last, with the contractors
continuing to work on the first-floor renovations, while most of our stuff
remained in boxes. Our hot water heater died, so we just had a new one
installed. Elizabeth and I sucessfully cleaned all the wood glue off the
floor of the library, and filled all the nail holes in the baseboard with
putty. Then we moved in some bookshelves and books. The house is really
starting to look nice. You can see the latest pictures at Webshots.
Well, the old house is sold, and we're completely moved into
the new house. But the contractors haven't finished renovating the first
floor, so most of our furniture and posessions are still in boxes, crammed
into the garage and the sun room. Another week, and we should be able to
start settling in. Brian was here for two weeks. Although it was a
difficult time, he made it over to the community pool, and also did some
fishing in the pond behind our house. He even caught a 4 or 5 pound
largemouth bass! Elizabeth and I are exhausted, but she's been getting the
kitchen set up (and was able to cook dinner tonight) and I've got the
office set up. We even have our phone back on again! That's all for
now..... Check in next weekend!
Well, we did it! We've closed on our new house and will be
moving in very soon. We're very excited! Please call or e-mail if you need
our new address.
7/30/2003 6:22:17 PM
I've just put some new photos of Brian's vacation on Webshots. Take a peek!
|DJ Brian and
On Thursday Brian and I finally finished building the FM Stereo
Transmitter kit, hooked it up to a CD player, and listed to custom tunes
throughout the whole house! Then, of course, Brian wanted to add a
microphone - what kid doesn't want to play DJ? But it wasn't so simple -
you need a mixer or preamp to hook a mic up to the transmitter. So on
Friday we went shopping and found a mixer at Radio Shack on a close-out
sale, and got a mic too. We added Elizabeth's turntable and the CD player,
and now have a complete radio station! Brian's thrilled.... he was
spinning tunes all night.
Today we went to the Butterfly
Pavillion and saw hundreds of butterflies and tropical flowers. They
also have an insect room and a sea creatures room. We had a great time,
and I'll post some pictures soon!
Brian and I have been having a great vacation so far... We've
cooked breakfasts together, gone to the pool, ridden our bikes to the
Farmer's Market, gone to a 4th of July picnic, done some rollerblading,
watched the skateboarders at the skate park, hunted crayfish in the creek
behind the house, and began working on a radio transmitter kit. Brian
decided to mow a few lawns to make some extra money while he's here. He's
also going to take a few swim lessons before he heads home next week.
Elizabeth's brother David and his son Karl came to visit for a few days,
they're on a cross-country tour of all the best skateparks. We saw Daewon
Song, a well-known skateboarder who's also on a cross-country trip
(http://www.dvsskate.com/) at the Denver skatepark. I'll have some
pictures posted to my Webshots album very soon. Elizabeth and I are doing
very well. I just finished a management class that I was taking down in
Colorado Springs; I met a lot of great people and had a good time. We have
only three weeks left until we start moving into our new house! We'll keep
you posted as things develop. -- John
As you can tell by the picture above, Brian made it safe and
sound. We got home around 9 pm, had some birthday cake, and now it's time
for bed. Good night!
6/30/2003 9:53:19 PM
Today Elizabeth and I celebrated our one-year anniversary of
wedded bliss. I just came off of night shift yesterday, so we made sure
that today was a nice, relaxed day. We went out for breakfast, then spent
the afternoon with our running club in Denver. We came home and ate
Chinese food on our patio. We're looking forward to Brian's arrival
tomorrow. I've got vacation while he's here.
6/29/2003 9:04:00 PM
It's an absolutely beautiful day out today, and I'm on my way
out the door - - to go to work! Oh well.... I had to work all day Saturday
& Sunday, and now I'm on night shift for this week. But the end is
near! On Sunday I start my two-week vacation, and Brian will be here.
Elizabeth and I are really looking forward to it. Well, gotta go to
6/26/2003 4:43:30 PM
|Views of the new
I've just posted some pictures of the new house on my Webshots
album (http://community.webshots.com/user/johndollison). so take a
6/9/2003 3:24:54 PM
Great news! After two years of searching, we've finally found
our "perfect house"! It's a two-story, 2400 sq ft place done in an
oriental theme, with a large two-story sun-room that has a built-in hot
tub, and it backs to several hundred acres of open space, with a small
lake off to the right, and a large reservoir off to the left. Our real
estate agent was amazed... she was sure we were asking for too much house,
for too little money. But we finally did it! The inspection was just
completed and went well, very few problems. On Friday we put our house on
the market, and had a full price offer on Saturday! After two years and a
few "almosts", this is finally beginning to feel real... Brian will be
here for summer vacation in two weeks, while we're still in our old house.
We'll be moving in early August, when he comes out to visit for a second
time. Elizabeth and I are really looking forward to having him here,
helping us get settled in our new place!
OK, This is my first test of the CoffeeCup QuickPost software.
It's supposed to make it a snap to update my webpage. So lets' see where I
left off since March 20th..... well, we mailed a few boxes to our friend
ChuckE, who was in the middle east (but just returned!); did a little
skiing; finished our taxes; continued to house-hunt; went to a friend's
birthday party; made an offer on a house (but it fell through); worked a
few night shifts (never fun); and continued to meet with some of the men
from church for our usual Friday Men's Breakfast. In May, we had another
big snowstorm that took out a lot of trees in the neighborhood; a local
rocks & gems shop was going out of business, so we got a great deal on
some geodes and fossils; I had to have more work done on my Ford Taurus
(as ususal); and Elizabeth and I went to a hot springs for Memorial Day
weekend. The big news is, we've made an offer on another house, and should
have an answer soon! Well, that's it for now... Take care!
5/29/2003 11:38:28 PM
March 20th, 2003 - Well, we survived the "second-worst snowstorm on
record"... Personally, I didn't think it was that bad. Monday night when I
went to work, it was just raining. When I left Tuesday morning, it was snowing
heavily, and the roads were covered in slush, but I made it home, and slept
through the day. Tuesday night I made it back into work again, only to find the
base was closed. But they let me in anyway, since all roads were closed except
to emergency personnel. (That explains why I had 36 miles of highway all to
myself, in my Ford Taurus.) Wednesday morning the base was still closed, and I
wasn't allowed to leave, so I ended up working about 28 hours straight. But I
had an Army cot to sleep on, and some MRE's to eat... what more do you need?
I've got friends in the Middle East right now who have it a lot rougher than me.
Anyway, I was relieved late Wednesday night, so I started shoveling my car out.
By that time, the skies had cleared up, a warm front had moved in, and the snow
was already rapidly melting, even though it was almost midnight. I just snapped
some pix in the yard (noon on Thursday), which are available on Webshots. You can see that there's still about 10-12 inches of
snow left, but it's so warm and sunny today that it won't be there much longer.
We had a few small branches down in the yard, but no other damage, thanks to
Doug, who did an excellent job of trimming all our trees this summer, including
the removal of two huge Siberian Elms, one leaning over our garage, and one
leaning over our house. I hope there's still some snow up in the mountains - the
last two weeks of warm sunny weather completely killed the snow base at Eldora,
so we couldn't do any skiing. Even today, though, the papers are still saying
that the reservoirs will be 20% below normal, so we're still effectively in
"drought conditions". In other news, my Grandma was in the newspaper! Mom - the migraines
have been gone for about two months, since I got an Imitrex shot.
March 13th, 2003 - Sorry I haven't updated in a while - lately I
haven't had much time for anything other than work and sleep. I am finally on
shift at work, after a final 60 hour week getting my final certification done.
Now I'm on the night shift - from 6 PM to 6 AM, four days on shift, four days
off. I get home around 7 AM, and sleep for about 5-6 hours, then head back to
work. Today's one of my days off, but I'm writing this at 3 AM since my internal
clock is still off-kilter. Last week my car broke down on my way home from a
meeting, just two blocks from my house. But it turned out to be a bad battery,
so I was able to fix that pretty quickly. And Elizabeth just got an oil leak her
car fixed yesterday. We were afraid it might be a major problem, but it turned
out to be just the o-ring seal under the distributor... not very expensive at
all! I recently ran our stereo system's speakers through the walls and attic - a
messy project, but now the living room looks much better. As with most people,
Elizabeth and I have been carefully reading the papers and various websites, and
discussing the upcoming war with Iraq. Everyone seems to have their own opinion,
so I won't bore you with mine. Well, I guess I should get some sleep.
February 20th, 2003 - Hi! First, a quick "Happy Birthday" to
Grandpa (Rev. Walter) Wahl, who's 82 today! I've been pretty busy lately.
I'm supposed to be qualified to go on watch (my new job with Lockheed, 12 hour
shifts) by next Friday, so I've been cramming 10-12 hour work-days to study as
much as I can. Our last 4 weekends have been very busy, we've been buying new
bookshelves and computer desks to make the house a little more comfortable and
organized. We also just got a new HP All-in-one photo printer / fax / scanner /
copier. It's great! I'm finally over being sick (some sort of chest cold &
sinusitus that I got in late December), but Elizabeth is having a bit of a
relapse today. Despite that she is feeling very Blessed, she just received a
promotion at work and is really feeling appreciated and valued. She's working on
some new product solutions and enjoys the strategic planning and creativity
involved. My old Jeep pickup truck is finally fixed. It cost a bundle, but it's
running great again, so I hope I don't get stuck on the side of the highway any
more. Brian's OK, but his Stokes school camping trip got cut short due to the
flu, and his birthday party was cancelled due to the snow storm on the east
coast. But he's doing well with his trumpet lessons, and will be starting karate
lessons soon. Well, time to go to work. Talk more later!
February 7th, 2003 - Happy New Year! Elizabeth and I are in the
process of upgrading our home office. We were using a wooden door laid across
some shelving for our two computers, but it wasn't very attractive, and didn't
give us any room for writing. So last weekend we purchased two new computer
desks and rearranged the room a little bit. Now we need a new filing cabinet.
But it looks great, and it's much more comfortable to work at. My truck broke
down last weekend, and is being fixed this weekend. It looks like it needs a new
oil pump, but while they are at it, I'm having the timing chain replaced, the
brakes fixed, and a bunch of other things done to it. We use the truck a lot in
the spring when we do start doing our yard work, so we don't need it breaking
down again. Elizabeth and I have had nasty colds that have persisted from the
end of December. It's been pretty awful. We recently mourned the loss of our
friend Charles "Zippy" Baumerich, who succumbed to skin cancer. He attended our
wedding back in June, and was a respected member of our running club. In other
news, my new job is keeping me very busy, but my supervisor seems pleased with
the rate at which I'm learning the systems. Elizabeth has been doing well at her
job; but they are moving to a town about 10 miles away, so her short commute
will soon be over.
December 27th, 2002 - Merry Christmas! Brian has been with us since
Sunday. His first day he was a little jet-lagged and went to bed at 6:30 PM,
sleeping until 7:30 AM the next morning. We've had fun since Brian has been
here, going out for breakfast, visiting the Rec Center pool, baking cookies for
Christmas, exploring the creek with its thousands of ice crystals, and playing
games. Christmas morning we opened our presents (please see our Webshots photo
album), and Christmas night we had friends over for dinner (which included
grill-cooked salmon and smoked veggies). We wish you all blessings this holiday
December 9th, 2002 - We've been doing well; I've been at my new job
for three weeks and think that I'll really enjoy it. There is a lot of equipment
to learn, which will keep me busy for the next few months. PLEASE NOTE:
Elizabeth did NOT change her name when we got married, she's still
SCHULTHEISZ. We've had a few cards to Mr. & Mrs. Dollison, indicating
that they are for me and my first wife. We would prefer that cards are addressed
to John Dollison & Elizabeth Schultheisz. Thanks!
December 1st, 2002 - We just got back from a weekend getaway at Cottonwood Hot
Springs in Buena Vista, about 2.5 hours south of us. The Webshots service is back up, so check out our latest photos!
November 29th, 2002 - Happy Thanksgiving! Elizabeth and I spent
Thanksgiving morning doing some nordic (cross-country) skiing at Eldora Mountain Resort, then
visited our friend Zippy, who just got home from a long hospital stay. After
that, we took all the food Elizabeth cooked and spent the afternoon and evening
with our friend Becca, and had a great time. We took some photos, but the
Webshots service currently seems to be down, so I can't upload my photos. Stay
November 19th, 2002 - I got up at 3:30 AM to watch the Leonid meteor
shower; it was fun to watch, but pretty darn cold out! Thankfully it was not
windy, and there were only a few light clouds.
November 18th, 2002 - Last week I interviewed with Raytheon, and I got
a job offer from Lockheed! I took the job with Lockheed, and started work today.
Hooray, no more unemployment! Also, Elizabeth and I had a wonderful weekend
getaway at Gold Lake Mountain
Resort. It was a wedding gift from our ski friends. It's way up in the
mountains, and has natural-stone hot-tubs built into the ground next to a frozen
lake, with pine trees and hiking paths all around.
November 7th, 2002 - Last night my Ford Taurus' ignition broke. This
car has been nothing but trouble since I bought it three years ago. I definitely
won't buy another Ford again! I took it to the Ford dealership - it had a broken
link-pin inside the steering column (50 cents), with repairs totalling $348 (for
3 hours of labor). Can you guess which Ford dealership just lost my business?
Well, I'm off to the Boulder Linux Users Group...
November 5th, 2002 - Today I voted! Feels good to be an active part of
society. I also went to the movie theater to watch "Bowling For
Columbine", a funny, yet deeply moving look at America's obsession with guns
and violence. It is certainly the best movie I've seen all year, and I plan to
go see it again. I strongly recommend it.
November 4th, 2002 - Reading all the election materials, tomorrow's
Election day! And I'm calling around to find a good deal on a vacation to
November 3rd, 2002 - I've been doing odd jobs at home, since I'm
currently unemployed. My position at Lockheed Martin was removed in
mid-September, and everyone on the team was laid off. I was able to immediately
get a new job offer with a different division of Lockheed, but I probably won't
start work until mid-December, so I've got lots of free time for other projects,
including this website.
I'm happily married and living in Boulder, Colorado. I like Amateur Radio
(Ham Radio); Computers (hardware, Linux, Java programming, etc.); outdoor
activities such as running with the Hash House
Harriers; hiking; gardening; etc. Stay tuned for more info....
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