Photo courtesy of David Putzier at Flickr.

Friday, December 31, 2004

Happy New Year

The Wines Family have a really great New Year and all of the best for 2005. Love to all. Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather.

Only 246 days to go....

That's right Duck Football Fans. The start of a new season is just around the corner. I want to wish everyone a Happy and safe New Year.

The Oregon men's basketball team opens its Pac-10 season this afternoon, right here in Eugene against the USC Trojans at 4:00 pm.

GO DUCKS!

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Lawyer-ese

Just had to blow off a little steam today. I work for one of the largest financial companies in the world. They specialize in vehicle loans here in the USA with 8 million accounts. I am one of the chosen few (lol) who are lucky enough to man the phones to assist account holders.

At the beginning of December account holders were informed by mail if their accounts had ever been reported to a Credit Bureau, for among other things, for being over 30 days late. This was due to a new Federal Law that went to effect at the same time. To inform the account holders some brilliant company lawyer came up with the following: "NOTICE OF INTENT TO REPORT NEGATIVE CREDIT". Then below that "Date of oldest unpaid payment" followed by their next payment due, which in most cases was a date in the future.

Being as this is such a large organization there were 1 million such notices sent out. I would personally like to throttle the person responsible for this inane notice. Our average customer hold time before the notice was 12 seconds, for the last month it has averaged 15 minutes. During that 15 minutes the customer's become more and more hostile. You can imagine what a "pleasure" it is to greet these customers.

I, along with the other 500 customer service agents, have spent the last month explaining to the account holders that this notice is about something that happened in the past, not that they are being reported to a Credit Bureau on a payment that isn't due yet. I think I need a vacation from the phones.

Thanks for letting me spew...

Mike

p.s. Glad to see you "figured out" how to post a message Chuck!

Finally Figured It Out

The Wines Family
Hi Everyone, it is early and I am about ready to leave for work. Very tired these days, and I will be happy when the holidays wind down. I need just a few days off to myself. Anyways, went to the UO ball game last night and sat next to Joe Ginsante at the press table. Konrady got us the tickets on the floor. So that was cool and we whooped up on em. See ya later

Chuck

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Christmas

Hi All,
Hope all of the family had a Great Christmas. Mom & I really enjoyed seeing the Family. Sure did some driving on Christmas. To much eating also.

All of you have a Happy New Year for 2005.

Love Dad

Blog Explosion Members

The Wines Family
Hi everyone, I know you drop by for your 30 seconds, so take 15 seconds and leave a comment. Maybe just to say hi and where you are from, it would be interesting to see what part of the world you are from. Leave an email address if you'd like a reply...

Mike

Monday, December 27, 2004

Free Software...No strings attached

The Wines Family
The following is an excerpt directly from the CleanSoftware.Org's homepage, they have all the links to the free programs. Click here, (CleanSoftware.Org) to go to their website.

"CleanSoftware.org is a resource to help Windows users find the best free daily-use software, free from nasties: adware, spyware, harmful/intrusive components, and threats to privacy.

Computers do not have to become slow, unreliable and infested with unwelcome software during the natural course of computing. Simply being careful about what software you install on your computer will have a dramatic impact on the quality of your computing experience.

There is a lot of excellent free software available today. Unfortunately, over the past couple years the Internet has become littered with deceptive and borderline dangerous software. Many "free" programs threaten your privacy; others clutter your computer with intrusive components. "

Sunday, December 26, 2004

Good Times Had By All

The Wines Family
Hi everyone...I just wanted to say that I had a great time with friends and family this Christmas...although I am sorry that I didn't get to see everyone that I wanted to. However, we had a great time at my Mom's house on Christmas Eve...lots of family...and continued that with a nice day at Pop's house on his birthday. My best gift came from my Dad this Christmas. He made me a DVD copy of the 1994 Oregon-Washington game, eternally famous for the Kenny Wheaton pick. Gifts that cool don't come around often, so thank you Dad. You better plan on getting Chuck and Chris something super fat in the next couple of years, or talk of favoritism in the family will begin. I would also like to say that I am controlling the $30 buy-in single table tournaments, and I am stepping my game up to $50 tables in the near future. One step closer to making poker my living...at least during the summer. Talk with you all soon.

Saturday, December 25, 2004

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Free Gmail Account




If anyone would like a free Gmail account (Google's email program with 1 Gigabyte of online storage) just email me at:
Email Me!


Mike

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

You Know...


Your extended warranty just expired when your mechanic tells you that you need a new transmission!

Sunday, December 19, 2004

The Main Event

The Wines Family
I just thought it was appropriate to let everyone know that in two minutes Dad and I will be playing in a $20 buy-in, two-table tournament. Once and for all, I will prove that I am the man!

Dave

Friday, December 17, 2004

Yankees On The Verge of Signing The Big Unit

The Wines Family
NEW YORK (AP) - After so many missed tries, the New York Yankees might really have a trade for Randy Johnson.

The Arizona ace was on the verge of joining the Yankees in a three-team megadeal that also includes Shawn Green and Javier Vazquez, sources told The Associated Press on Thursday night.

Green would go from Los Angeles to Arizona, and Vazquez would move from the Yankees to the Dodgers in the trade that would put Johnson in Yankee pinstripes.

"It is going to happen," a source familiar with the negotiations said on the condition of anonymity. Another team source said the principals were in place for the trade to be completed.


Just thought everyone would be thrilled with this news!!!!

Dad

Thursday, December 16, 2004

The Beauty of Teaching

The Wines Family
I love teaching. Basically, I love being around the kids, and how I get to have that father role even though I am not a dad. I also love the schedule. In 24 hours and 31 minutes I will be walking out of my room for two weeks...yes, my job is the best. I am posting this because I just wanted everyone to know that I'm gonna be loving life soon, and if you want to love life with me, just let me know. I would love to see any and everyone while on my little vacation. Hope everyone is peaceful, and I also hope to hear from you soon!

Dave

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

First Time

The Wines Family
Well this is the first time in my entire life I have ever posted to a web page! I know I'm in the Stone Age. Mind you my 11 year old son is giving me crap about my typing method (hunt and peck). The only major news coming from our little part of the world is that on New Years Eve we will be hosting a Poker Party. $10.00 buy in, so it's not to serious. Everyone is welcome, we will have lots of couples here. Also, for the not so Poker savvy we will have help cards and cheat sheets. Jolene and I will be sending invites, but if anyone wants to post to the page do so.

See Ya All, Chris

Monday, December 13, 2004

Computing 101

The Wines Family
Having a computer is becoming more and more of a mandatory need these days. Keeping it "tuned up" can be somewhat of a challenge for some folks.

There are tons of products available commercially but I have found that if you follow some simple procedures you can minimize the hazards of the internet.

First and foremost never download anything off of the internet that requires you to click on a "User Agreement" without reading it. Quite a few of these "agreements" you are clicking okay on are installing what is referred to as "adware" or "spyware". To get that cute screensaver or to be able to add smiley faces to your email etc. etc. these website require you to click okay on their agreements, read them carefully and if they say they are installing additional software don't do it!

Viruses, the other scourge of the internet, can be usually avoided by not opening attachments to emails without having a good anti-virus program running that is up to date.

There are 3 programs that are free that I use regularly to keep my computer free of adware, spyware and virus free. They are Ad-Aware, Spy-Bot and AVG Anti-Virus.If you install, update and run these programs once a week they will greatly increase your computer's performance and safety out there on the World Wide Web!

If you move your mouse over the above paragraph you will note that I have made Ad-Aware, Spy-Bot and AVG Anti-Virus hyperlinks, just click on those words and it will take you to their websites. Hope this article increases everyones computing skills just a little.

Saturday, December 11, 2004

Dad Finishes First In Online Tourney!

The Wines Family
Hi Kids,

Not to outdo you Dave but Dad just finished first (albeit, only a $5.00 table) !

Mike "DuckStud" Wines

Friday, December 10, 2004

Dave Finishes 2nd in Online Tourney!

The Wines Family
I stayed home from school today because I was feeling weak and useless yesterday. Well, I decided that if I was going to be stuck at home, I should play some online poker. I entered a multi-table tournament with 240 entrants, and a five dollar buy-in. The end result; I finished 2nd place for $260! It was awesome.

Mini Vacation

The Wines Family
Char and I will be leaving this afternoon for Olympia. We are going to visit Dan & Krista and of course the main reason, Kaylyn. We will be coming back Sunday but of course can be reached by our cells. Have a great weekend everyone!

Love, Dad

Computing Madness 101

The Wines Family
Okay, so I sat down this morning and with the help of multiple email addresses created Chuck's account for him. It is a little bit of a hassle but not that tough. So, instead of trying to explain it I am simply going to add everyone who wants to be able to post. I will next add Jolene & Chris and then my Dad if he wants to.

Love You All,

Dad

Thursday, December 09, 2004

More Difficult Than It Looks...

The Wines Family
Dad and I are still trying to figure out how to get people signed up to post on this website. Why don't you wait and follow more detailed instructions to come shortly!

Dave

Contribute To This Blog

The Wines Family
Well, I now have the wonderful power of creating my own postings on this website...and you may wonder how. Well, I have been invited to do so by my wonderfully wonderful father. He sent me an email with a link to sign up, and to the best of my memory, I will try to relay how I did that for you.

When you first open the link up it will ask you to create a name and password. The name that you create for youself will not be the name that appears after your postings, but rather, the name that you will use to log in. Once you have done this, press the enter (return) key, and it will take you to the next step.

Now, somewhere in here I got mixed up. At some point in the sign-up process it will ask you to fill in where you will be posting your blogs. You need to sign up for winesfamily in this spot. Hopefully this will be clear when you get to that point...I can't remember exactly how it worked itself out. It is a blank field with http://__________________.blogspot.com. You will need to put in winesfamily where it shows a blank. If this doesn't work...well, it should work.

At this point, just finish up the registration process, and then Pappy will need to set you up on his own computer so that your postings show. I think that is all you need to know. I can try to walk you through this if you run into a bump. Just give me a call at 729-8447! Talk with y'all later.

Wednesday, December 08, 2004


Jake's School Picture 2004

Jessie's First School Picture 2004

Butterfinger Hot Cocoa Mix

I found this today while surfing on the net during lunch.....Mike

I don't get addicted to powdery substances that are sold by the gram
in small packets very often, but when I do, let me tell you, it's hard
to kick the addiction.

This was the case with the new Butterfinger Hot Cocoa Mix. It tastes
like Butterfinger, except without the melted chocolate on my fingers,
the crispy peanut butter crumbs around my mouth, and the annoying
folks who see me eating a Butterfinger and try to be funny by saying,
"Nobody better lay a finger on my Butterfinger," like Bart Simpson.

It's damn good stuff and it's perfect for keeping me warm during these
cold winter nights that get down to the high 60's here in the middle
of the Pacific Ocean. (Hey, it's fricken' cold to me!)

Every time I take a hit of the Butterfinger Hot Cocoa Mix, I feel all
warm and fuzzy inside. It's much better than the cold, dark, and
bitter feeling I usually have.

It took about two days to blow off that first box of eight hits. They
were so good and they made me feel so warm that I wanted more.
Fortunately, when I bought the first box, I bought it for $2.00. But
when I went to buy more at the "store" I shop at, the price jumped to
$3.69.

I KNEW that was going to happen. That's just how the "game" is played.
First, they sell it to me cheap and when I get hooked on it, they jack
up the price.

You know what, I can quit whenever I want, man.

I don't NEED the Butterfinger Hot Cocoa Mix.

I can get addicted to something else. Something that's FREE.

Maybe exercise.

Or television.

Or window shopping.

Or Dr. Phil.

Okay wait, definitely NOT Dr. Phil.

Oh man it's cold. I could definitely use some Butterfinger Hot Cocoa
Mix right now.



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Item: Butterfinger Cocoa Mix
Purchase Price: $2.00 (on sale)
Rating: 4 out of 5
Pros: Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Tastes like
Butterfinger. Great with hot milk or with hot water.
Cons: Addictive.

The 2004 Geminid Meteor Shower

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: NASA Science News
Date: Mon, 6 Dec 2004 13:12:03 -0600
Subject: The 2004 Geminid Meteor Shower
To: NASA Science News


NASA Science News for December 6, 2004

The best meteor shower of 2004, the Geminids, peaks on Dec. 13th.

FULL STORY at

http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2004/06dec_geminids.htm?list1219050

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Home page: http://science.nasa.gov

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Virtual Lego

The Wines Family

Virtual Lego
Some people never let go of their toys. Others adapt them to their adult lives, which is what Tim Courtney has achieved as steering committee chairman of LDraw.org. LDraw is free CAD program for building and sharing virtual LEGO block creations. It allows you to create building instructions, 3D photo-realistic images, and even animations of your LEGO models or scenes to share with others.

Get the LDraw software: www.ldraw.org

This article was at the G4 Tech TV Website, I haven't tried the software yet but might give it a go later on. If you d/l the Lego software let me know how you like it!

Mike

Sunday, December 05, 2004

Poker Night

The Wines Family
Saturday Dec. 4th and Sunday Dec. 5th.
Dave and I (along with Andy, Chuck & Dave's friend) went to Chris & Jolene's house to visit and play a friendly game of Texas Hold'em on Saturday night. Had a nice visit with Jake & Max and a great dinner supplied by Jolene. We all came out on the short end of the poker tournament which was held at Chris' friend house. We did start our own little game back at Chris' later that night (won't mention who won that game....lol...

Saturday, December 04, 2004


Our brand new addition to the family, Dan & Krista's precious little girl, Kaylyn, born on Nov. 21, 2004

The Wines Guys, November 2004

Dave, Chuck & Chris, November 2004

Max & Jake, November 2004