We’re Movin!


I know…we said it…we said we'd never leave Chapel Hill…but I just
couldn't pass up this opportunity.  It is a great job as
Director of Revenue Reporting and Analysis with Triad Hospitals
in Plano, TX.  I'll be heading financial revenue cycle reporting
and associated reporting technology implementation for their 50+
hospitals.  The system has many of the same issues that face(d)
Duke University Health System so it will be interesting to see how a
for-profit systems deals with these issues.

The only reason I
even took the call on this job is that I will once again be working
with my old Duke boss Scott Perryman out there.  I know…only for
a few montsh the way he's been movin' around.  But even so, I
think this will be a great opportunity for me and will provide us with
the ability to leverage the housing prices in Chapel Hill in order to
get some more space and a little bit bigger lot in a town called
Frisco

Speaking of our house, we have already sold it to
a nice family from Connecticut and hope to close on Juen 29th. and we'll
be planning on heading out that day to Texas.  Once we get there
we will be renting a house for 6 months while we finish construction on
our new home in Frisco.  We hope to have the new house finsihed
and be moved in by Thanksgiving, Christmas at the latest.

So,
we'll be sending on a few more blog entries from our nice little home
in Southern Village.  We're sad to leave our friends, our Church, and the
community, but very excited by the adventure that awaits us.  Keep
us in your prayers and please come visit us in the Lone Star state soon!

 

-brian 

If you can walk, you can tap!

The old saying goes, "If you can walk, you can dance!" Maisie figured that out pretty quickly. She’s been walking now for about six weeks, and she’s been wanting to dance since she first started watching the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble (NCYTE) practice on Saturday afternoons.

Maisie finally got her wish.

On Wednesday afternoon, Gene Medler, the founder and director of NCYTE, presented Maisie with her first pair of tap shoes. Obviously they don’t make tap shoes small enough for a very tiny 17 month old. But that didn’t stop Gene. While in historic Washington N.C., where NCYTE performed over the weekend, Gene and his friend Aimee searched for the perfect shoe to apply taps to. The two decided on an old-fashioned pair of black and white wing-tipped boots. When Gene got home he went to work gluing the taps on. The following day, Gene gave Maisie her new fangled tap shoes. After studying them on her feet for a moment, Maisie soon figured out they made noise. Once she got home in her own environment, she let loose and started tapping all over the place.

Watch out hoofers of America…here comes Maisie! If you want to see her in action, check out the video by clicking on Movies/Photos above.

-Cheryl

I’m walkin’!

{moszoomthumb imgid=739 style_m=2 caption=(I’m a walker!)}OK…so my Dad is helping me out with this beacuse my typing skills are not the best yet (like his are…Mr. Hunt and Peck) but I wanted to let everyone know that I am walking around this place like I own the whole world. It’s all cake from here on out daddy-o!

I begged my Dad to take a few pictures of me stylin’ around the kitchen and put them up on this site. So if you want to see them, and I know you do, just click to photos and then click on 06 Masie Walks.

See ya!

Maisie

Ho! Ho! Ho! We’re 11 and 0

{moszoomthumb imgid=734}It’s just like Christmas in the Spring. My basketball team just finished playing and we were undefeated. I played guard for my position and I scored 4 points in the whole season. I scored two of those points in my last game.

My teammates are also good players and my coahes supported me a lot. “Keep your head up!”, Coach Bryan always told me. By the end of the season I kept my head up a lot beacuse if I didn’t, coach Bryan would make everybody run ladders or do pushups.

It was an awesome basketball year for our whole team! I’m really going to miss my teammates who are going on to the next league next year.

My Dad put a few pictures of our party up on this website. You can get to them by clicking on photos at doerrstop.com.

Site Status Check

Well, I’m getting things settled in on this site.

I’ve added all of the blogs from our old site so we don’t lose that history. Now that it is here, at least the records are all in the DB. Hopefully I won’t have to do that again as it was a manual copy and paste process out of the current desktop tool I was using. YUK!

I’ve also uploaded all our old movies and yes Cheryl, I’ve added little preview pictures to each one so now you can quickly idetify the movie you want to watch all without being able to read. That was really important as Mark and Matthew love to sit and watch every movie everam de over and over again. They are all great movies but they do start to get on your nerves after two to three hundred viewings in the other room. Matthew in particular loves to stop and start certain sections over and over.

The photos are coming but that is a little more trying as iPhoto does not store my comments in EXIF format. I’ve been looking for a tool that will do that but haven’t found a good one yet. If you’re a Mac programmer and you are reading this…call me quick! I only have a few thousand photos I want to put up.

The music is giving me the most trouble as the tool I’m using for movies and photos now has beta music support. It doesn’t work. Guess that’s why its beta. After weeks on their message board and numerous tweaks, I decided to put up a simple mp3 player for now. No comments, rankings or smilies, but it works.

Just thought I would give everyone an update on how things are going around here. I hope to startposting more now that things are settling down with this site and the others I’ve been working on.

-Brian

Welcome to Doerrstop 9.0

Welcome to the latest revision of Doerrstop.com. This remake have been a month in the making and utilizes some really cool database technology to allow me to do some real cool things with the site.

The Reason
So why did I do this? Three reasons. First, I thought the site needed a cleaner and simpler interface that would allow quicker access to the photos, movies, and music. The site design was getting old and needed someting a bit more visually interesting. And finally, I wanted to use some technology that would let me and the kids edit the site from anywhere we wanted rather than being tied to the machine where I had the blogging software and site content installed. This redesign addressed all of those needs and more.

The Technology
I’m utilizing the same databse driven web technology that I’ve used on 3 recent web projects (www.thelaughterclub.org, www.ncyte.org and www.christmethodist.org) to bring a nice design and added functionality to the site.

This software is free and opensource and has a large community of developers. That helps me out when I find a problem and I need an answer. It also assists me when I want to add new features to the site as many of my ideas have already been implemented and I can use and build on what is already available. You will see some of those new features coming out soon so stay tuned.

It’s here! The 2005 Christmas Caper is done!

It’s that time of the year again and the kids were off to Texas to help Santa save Christmas. This year’s caper has all the excitement of years past with a few new maneuvers along the way.  Make sure your seat-belts are fastened and your tray tables are in their upright and locked position cause this baby is ready for take-off!

You will need Quicktime 7, which you can get here. This allows me to provide much higher quality video this year. If you see white screen when you watch it, you need it.

You can find this movie under movies.

-Brian