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J. Daniel Ashton

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Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, —Ecclesiastes 9:10a NIV
The LORD God has told us what is right and what he demands:
"See that justice is done,
let mercy be your first concern,
and humbly obey your God." —Micah 6:8, CEV
With all your heart you must trust the LORD and not your own judgment.
Always let Him lead you, and He will clear the road for you to follow. —Proverbs 3:5,6 CEV

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Name: Daniel Ashton
Location: Germantown, Maryland, United States

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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

IT Giveth, and IT…

I don't plan to write much about work, other than to say I'm very grateful that it's only a couple miles from home. However, this is one of those things that appeals to a more general geek audience (boyz-n-their-toyz) so I have to share the disappointment.

Today a spiffy new computer was delivered to my desk. Along with it arrived a lovely IBM L200p, a 20.1-inch flat panel monitor capable of 1600x1200 resolution. It hadn't been on my desk twenty minutes when the tech team came around to say that, oops, they had delivered the wrong monitors.

What I was supposed to get could have been far worse: a Dell 1905FP 19-inch flat panel capable of 1280x1024. It's still pretty nice. But, as Nanki-Poo says, "Modified rapture."


Yesterday I returned my MUSICMN plates. I had them a little more than ten months.

The clerk explained to me that I could keep the plates as long as they remained insured. Insurance on the CRX was modest, but, with no firm plans to buy a replacement vehicle, it seems imprudent to keep paying insurance on a car I no longer own just to hang on to personalized plates.

I would really like to get a Honda Insight. Of the commonly-available hybrid cars, the Insight gets the best mileage and, in my opinion, looks the sweetest. But Honda is no longer producing them, and $20K for a second car is probably not a smart move, since God has provided me with a job so near to home.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Ultimate Happiness

This quote, attached to Anu Garg's A Word A Day, seemed particularly insightful:
To find a person who will love you for no reason, and to shower that person with reasons, that is the ultimate happiness.—Robert Brault, software developer, writer (1938- )

Monday, December 11, 2006


A man came by today to take away my little red car. I'm not sure why this makes me so sad, but it does. Traveler's Indemnity is giving me a modest sum for it: not much, but a little more than I had hoped for.

I understand that, unless I buy a replacement right away, I have to give back my MUSICMN tags, and that bums me out too.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Made It!

I have now survived the first of two full-length Messiah performances. The second will be tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon at 3.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Sad News

We learned this evening that Vicki's paternal grandmother passed away, and was found dead in her home this morning. That's all we've learned so far. Thanks for your prayers.