Studying for the GRE…

If I want to attain my goal of researching and writting about Carribean history and migration patterns, need to start preparing myself for the GRE exam.
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Becoming a Scholar in Carribean History

As a result of my genealogy research, I have become fascinated with Carribean History, especially the migration patterns in Puerto Rico in the 1800s.  Most possibly because I haven’t seen or read anything on the topic.
I am interested as to why my family has stayed in their village of Rincon for at least 6+ generations.
Who left and why did others stay and more importantly why did others migrate to the region?
I am hoping getting into a Latin American/Carribean Studies program would provide the structure and support to do this research well and publish my findings.  I think of it as a history project for my home town.
Discovered these links to inspire me to this journey.
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Open Courseware



There are a number of universities that offer free viewing and/or materials to classes.  You don’t degree credit or have access to the instructors but it is a great way to learn online.

I am going to take some of these classes to expand my learning in the areas that I am passionate about computer science and history.  The opportunities are endless though.

Check out some of these websites:

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Measuring a Year

As the end of 2008 approaches and we all welcome 2009 with hope, I remembered today the song from the musical RENT "Seasons of Love".
How do you measure your life??
Seasons of Love by
525,600 minutes, 525,000 moments so dear. 525,600 minutes –
how do you measure,  measure a year?
Seasons of Love
From the Broadway musical Rent, written and composed by Jonathan Larson.
Five Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand
Six Hundred Minutes
Five Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand
Moments so dear
Five Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand
Six Hundred Minutes
How Do You Measure – Measure A Year?
In Daylights – In Sunsets
In Midnights – In Cups Of Coffee
In Inches – In Miles
In Laughter – In Strife

In – Five Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand
Six Hundred Minutes
How Do You Measure
A Year In The Life?

How About Love?
How About Love?
How About Love?
Measure In Love

Seasons of Love.
Seasons of Love.

Five Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand
Six Hundred Minutes
Five Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand
Journeys To Plan

Five Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand
Six Hundred Minutes
How Do You Measure The Life
Of A Woman Or A Man

In Truth That She Learned
Or In Times That He Cried
In Bridges He Burned
Or The Way That She Died

It’s Time Now – To Sing Out
Though The Story Never Ends
Let’s Celebrate
Remember A Year In The Life Of Friends

Remember the Love
Remember the Love
Remember the Love
Measure In Love

Oh you got to you got to remember the love,
You know that love is a gift from up above
Share love, give love, spread love
Measure, measure your life in love.

Seasons Of Love(2x)

Measure your life, measure your life in love

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2008 Seattle to Portland – 203 Milles

On Saturday July 12, Robert, Doug and I accomplished something I never dreamed about, completing the 203 mile Seattle to Portland Ride in ONE DAY!
We were 3 of the 2,427 One-day riders out of the 9,500 riders that day.
Our 203 mile journey started in Seattle at 4:45am and arriving at Portland at 8:15pm.  On the bike saddle we spent 12 hours averaging 16MPH.  The non-saddle time we spent resting, eating and rehydrating; much required for the 85+ heat bright sunny day in the Pacific Northwest.
 We are fortunate and grateful for the support of our family and friends.  The bike support  team Sheri, Katie, Mark and Sharon were generous with their time. patience and love.  Their smiles and words of encouragement along the way made all the difference.
We are also grateful to our biking coach Lance, for which we thank and blame to getting us to do this. 
And last but not least all the great family and friends that gave us all the love and support during the training to achieve crazy and challenging goal!
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Tim Russert and Living

It’s been a week since Tim Russert’s passing.
I have always admired him as a newsman as so many in this great country of ours have.
I too was raised Catholic.  Twelve years of Catholic education followed by training from the Jesuits at Fordham University.
I too am always aware and grateful from where I am from and proud of my family’s struggle and success from humble beginnings.
Many former "elevator" friends would make fun of me for believing and being who I am.
It wasn’t till Mr. Russert’s passing that I remembered that being authentic and generous is the only way to truly live.
Anything else is simply not living or worse living a lie.
From one of the eulogies from Mr. Russert’s memorial, these words are things I live by.
Move forward
Lean on each other
Cherish all the good times
and live every day to it’s fullest
Live it with honor and integrity
And always reach down to help someone else up.
Take these incredible lessons of life that I leave with each of you
and live them as you remember me.
To be devoted friend.
To live life with great enthusiasm and love.
Anything less is truly a sin.
Thank you Tim for being a role model in life and death.  God bless.
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Studying and Researching in Spain

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It would be great fun to go to Spain for an extended vacation, study spanish and research my family history in the West Indies archives in Seville.

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SSRS Error: Execute permission denied on object ‘sp_add_category’

While attempting to schedule a SSRS 2005 report by creating a SUBSCRIPTION, I encountered the error Execute permission denied on object ‘sp_add_category’.
Followed the following steps recommended on TechNet:
1. Open Start –> All Programs –> Microsoft SQL Server 2005–> Configuration Tools–>Reporting Services Configuration
2. Select the instance (local or remote)
3. Click on Database Setup
4. On the Credentials Type, select a different type than a current one.  I selected Windows Credentials and enter the Account Name and Password for the account with appropriate priveleges.
5. Press Apply  – This will grant database privileges.
6. Try creating a subscription.
This worked for me.
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Our Vacation in Greece – Athens, Greece – May 11-14, 2008

You can read a lot about a destination, it’s history, it’s culture, but when you finally get there you realize that most  of what you can learn is so small from the actual experience of being there. 

Robert and I loved Athens!  To me it was a Greek New York City.  A very large metropolis with a diverse environment fill with history, shops, tavernas and  office buildings.  To be able to see the acropolis from the street was amazing!

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Greece – Athens to Olympia with side trips to Delphi and Meteora.

After several years of various life setbacks, Robert and I finally got our dream trip to Greece.  Okay maybe it was more like his, but I did not exactly suffer.
May 12-14th – Athens
After a few days of travel and recovery from jet lag, we got to enjoyed the majesty that is Athens.  The Acropolis, Agora and the other remnants of the Greek Empire and subsequent conquerors such as the Romans were definitely on the awe inspiring side.
May 14th thru May 26 – Bicycling from Athens to Olympia
We had a grand journey with ExperiencePlus ( bicycling from Athens to Olympia.  We did not get on our bikes till the island of Poros, but honestly I was thrilled!  I loved Athens, but after a few days walking through this great metropolis I understood why Athens would NOT be a BICYCLE friendly town.
Robert and I were privileged to have a great set of travel companions on the tour, but even more blessed to have Manolis and his wife Patricia as our guides through this tour.  I am glad I lost weight before this tour and cycled because I am certain I have gained at least half of my weight loss by eating my way through the Pelopenese!
May 27th – Delphi
Robert being the ORACLE Database guru, our travels would not be complete without a pilgrimage to Delphi where I am sure Larry Ellison was conceived oops, I mean the software 😉
We have pictures at Robert’s temple (the Temple of Apollo).  Will post soon!
May 28th – Meteora  
 When Robert suggested this side-trip, I thought it was just okay.  I was wrong, this place is magical!!  Albeit a bit warm.
 Check out some of the information on the monasteries and
Today we visited the following sites:
  • Metereon
  • Varlaam
  • The Holy Trinity
  • Rousanou
The Divani Hotel in  Kalampaka is quite nice respite from the heat!!
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