March 1, 2018

A slightly jet-laggy day after flying back from California.

Still feeling delighted that Jonathan and Alyssa are so happily married and a bit sad that they’ll be separated by deployment for so long. Had a wonderful time visiting with them in California and looking forward to more opportunities in the future.

This was my first time in California and it the state is amazingly diverse (at least in the areas we visited) and has left me wishing to see more. I could definitely see myself moving out there if the right opportunity presented itself…having Alyssa stationed in the area is just gravy on top.

Got a little more C# sandbox coding done in the in betweens and read some PHP docs on the flight home. I’m hoping to wrap up a few useful, small C# based tools shortly and then take a stab at a simple web based Javascript game with a RESTful PHP back-end on my site. I’m not expecting anything earth-shattering…probably something loosely based on an old hex griddded board wargame with two player support.

Looking at more Java as my next project at work is going to be Java based. I’ve also been looking at Kotlin a bit as a JVM based language that is a bit less stodgy than Java. Loading up the latest Eclipse and Idea IDEs at the moment to scrub off any rust that has accumulated since I left Amazon Robotics…that and refresh my stand-alone java skills. Code at AR tended to live in very structured existing frameworks and get pushed through internal deployment stacks. I won’t have either to support me out here so time to fill in any gaps I may have on that front.

It was fun to roam the LA area last week, but it is nice to be back home now. Looking at a nasty snow and rain storm headed this way tomorrow though. Hoping we don’t get hammered too badly up here in New Hampshire. Suspecting that we will.

Currently I’m loading the photos from the wedding into LightRoom. I’ve got to clear space on the main archive volume so I’m currently just using the transport drive for LightRoom. Probably not going to be as fast as I’d prefer, but should do the job. I want to get these shots processed and up relatively quickly.

Today Alyssa Wilson and Jonathan Park will be Married

Later today my daughter Alyssa will marry Jonathan Park here in Ventura, California. This will be a small affair at the court house as they are both deploying soon with their respective ships.


They met during their navy training and
became a couple through A and C school. We shared a wonderful vacation with them at Disney World this last Christmas season where the became engaged. Jonathan presented a ring to Alyssa by the fountains in Epcot France and then Alyssa reciprocated with a ring before the Illuminations fireworks the following evening.


I am delighted to see my daughter so in love and proud to have a fine young man joining our family. They make a wonderful couple and have a bright future to look forward to.




We arrived in Oxnard a bit ahead of things and have had a great couple of days exploring the area and hanging out with them. Jonathan’s parents arrived last night and we’ll be meeting up with them later today before the ceremony.

Yesterday we headed over to Ventura and roamed around. This is the first time either Lorna or I have been in California so we’re enjoying the new experiences along with the chance to spend time with Lys and Jonathan.


We’ll miss both of them while they’re on deployment. Looking forward to future chances to spend time and to hearing about their adventures together and apart as they begin their lives. Proud to see both of them finding their way in the world and learning the fine art of ‘adulting’ that we all spend the balance of our existence refining and dodging at various times.