This is where I will post personal information no one should have any business reading but will anyay. Don't expect me to put much info in this section.
- Name:Lee Sebastiano Whatley
- Current Occupation:UNIX System Administrator for Lockheed Martin at the Navy Ocenanographic Office's Major Shared Resource Center (MSRC) at the Stennis Space Center
Education:B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Alabama, December 2002.Major: Management Information SystemsMinor: Computer ScienceM.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama, May 2006.
- Location:Originally from Mobile, Al but currently residing in New Orleans, LA
- Hey! Where did the rest of the info that was on this page go?:I deleted it. You didn't really want to know that much about me anyway; trust me. If you want to know more you can always drop me an email.
It's a really great feeling to know that you have really great friends. Thanks for the suprise this weekend gang (you know who you are). It really made my week, and you can't even begin to imagine how much I needed a pick-me-up this week. I owe ya'll.
Ok I just deleted the previous post from yesterday. Apparrently I unknowingly freaked out some of my very good friends and had them very worried. To them, I appologize. Now you know why I don't ever post anything to this damn website. For those of you just tuning in, I am living in New Orleans again and everything is fine. I'm fine, life is fine, it's all good. Disregard anything you might have read on this website yesterday. I didn't think anyone even visited this website...sheesh.
Just in case any of you are wondering, I'm in Tuscaloosa. I've been told that I probably won't be able to go home until Monday at the earliest. At this point I haven't been able to confirm whether or not my apartment still exists. I live on the 2nd floor (some 12-14 feet off the ground) so I'm not too worried about floodwaters, but if my roof failed then I probably have nothing left but my car, some clothes, and my gun. My cell phone still doesn't work, so if you need to contact me, send me an email. Also, thanks to everyone for the well-wishes. Please pray for those that are still stuck down there. It's gonna be a rough time for everyone still on the coast.
A few weeks ago I broke down and bought a bicycle. Up until this point I hadn't ridden a bike since I was 14 years old or so. There really wasn't much point to owning one in Mobile once my neighborhood friends and I stopped hanging out at each other's houses. Everything else in Mobile was just too far to bike to (in addition to the roads being very un-friendly towards bikes). In Tuscaloosa I often thought about getting a bike, but I was too poor^H^H^H^Hcheap to get one and everything on campus was within comfortable walking distance anyway.
Now that I live in New Orleans and have a real job I decided it would be fun to tool around town on two wheels again, so I went to Bicycle Michaels in the Marigny and bought a used bike. "Used" is a bit of an understatement since the only time the bike was used was when it was rented out for Jazz Fest. I ended up with a Schwinn Frontier FS AL Sport that looks like it might have been ridden half-a-dozen times before I got it.
In the three weeks I've had it, I've probably ridden close to 100 miles already. I've been enjoying biking so much that I bought Jen a bike too so that she can ride with me when she is in town. I even got all fancy and bought a rack for my car.
There are plenty of awesome places to ride in New Orleans. Audubon Park has bike trails, as does the Bonnet Carrie Spillway. There are plenty of wide, shaded, unused streets to ride on in City Park, and you can ride atop the levees on the river and the lake. Supposedly, the East Bank river levees are part of what is called the "Mississippi River Bike Trail", which is a marked bike trail that goes all the way from New Orleans to Missouri. Biking in the French Quarter/Marigny and the CBD/uptown can be pretty nice too, as long as you don't mind dodging cars and pedestrians.
Today is the first day that I've posted anything in a long time. This is mostly because I am lazy, but also because I have been studying for my master's comprehensive exam for the past month. Those are over now (hopefully), so I should have more time to post rants and raves. I also have 10 rolls of film (and lots of digital camera pictures) that I need to add to the photogallery. I'll probably try to get that done sometime soon after Mardi Gras.
Hell already froze over once in recent memory (it did snow in New Orleans on Christmas Day afterall), but twice in a two month span?! I'm referring to the fact that I -the guy who hates cellphones so much- just purchased a cell phone from T-mobile. Why have I made myself into a hypocrite you ask? Well mainly because I am ditching my traditional phone carrier and switching to Vonage later this month. This was necessitated by the fact that my long distance usage is causing me to give more to my phone carrier than I think they deserve (Jennifer living in Alabama has caused more long-distance phone usage than I expected). An unfortunate side effect of switching to VoIP however is that if my internet connection dies, I can't pick up the phone to call Cox and complain. So the cellphone has been purchased as an "insurance policy" that will guarantee I can still call to get my internet access restored if it dies. It might also come in handy if I have car trouble sometime during my hour-per-day commute. I'll probably be posting an update to report how the Vonage service is working out once I get signed up.