A Resounding Success

A week ago Saturday, our disaster recovery exercise concluded a day and a half early. This time, it was a complete and utter success. Thank goodness. There was fervent prayer, effective planning, solid engineering and flawless execution. I am wrapping up my week-off after the exercise and, for the first time in a while, I’m…

High hopes

So, this coming Monday, we begin our Fall 2016 disaster recovery exercise. We’re doing quite a few new and different things like VMware SRM and the like. The exercise will also be 160 hours straight, instead of 120. If everything goes as planned, we’ll be able to finish this thing at a nice and leisurely…

My Masonic Resume

BLUE LODGE SCOTTISH RITE Harrison Lodge No. 114, Harrison, TN Chattanooga Valley, Chattanooga, TN Degrees – Degrees – Entered Apprentice (1°) – April, 1 2016 Fellow Craft (2°) – May 13, 2016 Master Mason (3°) – June 10, 2016 Lodge of Perfection (4°-14°) – April, 8 2017 Chapter of Rose Croix (15°-18°) – April, 8…

Love AWS, but…

A while back, I moved all of my websites over to Amazon Web Services (AWS). SO much faster and more responsive than my home web server. I’m glad I did it. However, I found through much trial and error that you absolutely must know what you are doing when creating a proper LAMP server. This…

Definitely Different

So, in case you haven’t been able to tell from my previous posts or my webpage, in general, I am from Tennessee. As such, I am from a Mason Lodge in Tennessee. Specifically, I am from Harrison Lodge #114 F&AM, Harrison, TN. Harrison is a relatively small, unincorporated part of the Chattanooga Metropolitan area. We…

3rd Degree

I received my 3rd degree two nights ago and WOW! Just wow. I am now, officially, a Master Mason. I think it will take a little bit for everything that transpired to sink in. Rest assured I will post more, but for now, I’m going to just say that my fraternity initiation didn’t hold a…

Utter Failure

So yesterday, we finished up our Spring 2016 disaster recovery exercise. The absolute best words that would be used to describe the exercise is utter failure. I have been involved with many of these exercises over the years and there have been some doozies. Several have some close to failure, but none have actually succeeded……

Date Set for 3rd

The date for my 3rd degree is 6/10/2016. There was a lot of thought put into this date. My first degree was on 4/1, April Fool’s day. My second degree was on 5/13, obviously, Friday the 13th. The challenge was finding a date in June that was equally interesting as the previous two degree dates.…

2nd Lecture Complete

So, that just happened. I just went in to work on my 2nd lecture with my mentor and, although I thought I had it pretty well, my mentor thought it good enough to make me do it again with an audience and make it official. Now, it is just a matter of setting a date…

Memory Work for MM

Last week, I started my memory work so that I may attain the 3rd degree in Freemasonry. So far, it is very easy compared to my last lecture. I should have this knocked out by the end of the week. Wish me luck!