Friday, March 29, 2013

Charlotte and the Billy Graham Library

To finish up my stay in Charlotte I had to stop by the Fort Mill Gun Shop to visit a friend, Chris.

In addition, the weather stayed on the cooler side although not as rainy as I anticipated so over the week so I played two more disc golf courses: Robert L Smith Park and Nevin Park.  Very few people were out on the Robert L Smith park and I only talked with a guy name Loats on the walk back to my car.  He was recovering from a hip surgery and we talked about the grace of God.  There was one other guy at Nevin park that I only saw briefly halfway through my round.

Lastly, since I was in the area I had to stop by the Billy Graham Library.  If you visit there - talk with the volunteers because most have a story of why they are there.  The tour gave a good reflection on various aspects of ministries.   

This past Sunday I made my way to Lynchburg, VA and brought with me the snow - good number of inches too.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Columbia and Charlotte

Psalm 8
Farewell to Florida for now.  Many thanks goes to Lamar.
The drive North included meeting a JW - Brandon, seeing a F-15, and getting passed by a Ferrari 365.

A stop in Columbia SC included Southeast Park and Owens Field Park.  Oh and how could I forget the Piggly Wiggly!  Ben was the only guy who I briefly spoke with at the Southeast Park because everyone started showing up to play when I was near the end.  At Owens Field I was the only one playing the course. 

After arriving in Charlotte NC, I played three courses to complete the weekend.  The Scrapyard I started out playing with Bill and Tom.  However after starting to inquire about their beliefs Bill found a reason to head to the car and let me play on.  I joined up with another guy who was playing alone, Carl, who is a believer and was able to talk with during the last few holes.  Over to Elon Park I played Angry Beaver and a few holes of Eager Beaver.

With the weather sunny Tuesday and the forecast for the upcoming weekend being cold and rainy, I went to play Renaissance Park.  Ryan, and Logan invited me to join their group along with Dan, Doug, and Paul.  This course was intense with some huge ravines and a couple 1000ft holes and the course was fairly muddy in parts.  Great course, however it was hard to get in a rhythm with my throws and conversation.

Leaving Florida via the A1A

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Cocoa, FL

Good news.  After supporting the local Palm Coast Ford dealer, my car is working again.

Time in Florida is coming to an end.  For the last weekend I finished up the last section of the Lehigh trail.  At the end of the trail, for no particular reason I just kept on going.  I ran clear to the ocean.  And when I got there, I figured, since I'd gone this far, I might as well turn around, just keep on going.  The weather was great for a 10 mile run.  The view from the bridge overlooking the ocean was absolutely astounding.

Sunday, destination Cocoa, F. Burton Smith Park.  I played a round with Ron, who coincidentally had a son named Robert.  Ron is Catholic, involved in serving God/family/community, and overall a very amiable guy.  That and he has played pro disc golf in the past, so to say the least he was good.  Also, we were able to talk and share a little bit about our beliefs.

Now for the drive home.  I was hoping to come up with a creative way to state the following fact, but about all I can say is: I ran over a nail.

I will miss the tacos in Palm Coast.  The next stop is North Carolina.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Saturday, March 09, 2013

From St. Augustine to Heteroscedasticity

Here come the variety post of my life in the past week or so...

Randomly drove Nathan to Walmart.   This past week was "cold" for Florida, and a bit rainy too so it seemed like the right thing to do.

Saturday I went for a drive north towards St. Augustine.  The wind was so strong it made the photos blurry.  Either that or the slightly collected dust amidst the edges of the lens in addition to an unsteady hand was the culprit of the blur.  Relax with the following images or visit a history lesson on the area.


Saturday was followed by an early morning drive to First Baptist Orlando.  Sunday was a blessing with the opportunity to see a friendly smiling face from home, Matt W!  Alas, afternoon came and time to head to the disc golf course.  This time there was no tournament at the Gordon Barnett Park. David and Matt were my guides through the course and had some good tips.  David's personality reminded me of Ken back in Schoolcraft.  His views on life is that it is out there.  It's all around, to be enjoyed, experienced, and so on.  As to what David meant, I am still in part perplexed.  After a long 14 hour day and numb fingers a drive back to Palm Coast was in order.

I have also added a few new vocab terms thanks to the data analysis course I am auditing.  Namely: curvilinear and heteroscedasticity.  The course lectures do make great use of various xkcd comics as well keeping the course interesting.  It is always good to know that green jelly beans are linked to acne.  Anyone see the news on more laws linked to reduced violent deaths? Yeah...the research did not show that, but I'm sure it sold the ads.

To continue on with the variety, here are some pictures from the Clearwater/Dunedin area from the other week.

Lastly, my lunch break:
Here comes bike week...

Friday, March 08, 2013

MDS Configuration Manager

So you found yourself looking at a delightful love note…make that an error message telling you:
Could not load file or assembly ‘Microsoft.Web.Administration, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31bf3856ad364e35′ or one of its dependencies. The system cannot find the file specified.

This error message appears after you install Microsoft Master Data Services (MDS) and you open Master Data Services Configuration Manager.  Unfortunately, this error prevents you from viewing the Web Configuration tab.  Fortunately, the error message is a clear indicator as to the problem.  MDS requires the use of IIS, Internet Information Services, for the web interface in the data management.  For some odd reason, or my lack of desire to know why, the Web Management Tools was not included during the installation.  The World Wide Web Services should already be installed, but notice that the IIS Manager is not present under the Administrative Tools indicating the missing Web Management Tools.

In a nutshell, you need one check box.  So here’s the treasure map, find the x!
  1. Open up Program and Features.
  2. Open up Turn Windows features on or Off
  3. Check the following box to include Web Management Tools.

Mission accomplished.  Now move along with the deployment.

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Gator run

During my runs I pass the following warning sign. 
These warning signs don't lie.  Evidence?  This past week I encountered one of those alligators.  This is Florida.