Matt RaibleMatt Raible is a Java Champion and Developer Advocate at Okta. developer.okta.com

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10+ YEARS


Over 10 years ago, I wrote my first blog post. Since then, I've authored books, had kids, traveled the world, found Trish and blogged about it all.

Christmas Break

Pulled the Engine! The past week has been great. Not only did I stay off the computer for most of the week, but I had a ton of fun with my Mom, Dad, sister, Julie and the kids. My parents flew in last Tuesday, and that marked the beginning of my Christmas Break. On Wednesday and Thursday, my dad and I pulled the engine on the Bus. Ironically, the first day we couldn't figure out how to get it out, but w/in 5 minutes of consulting How To Keep your Volkswagen Alive, we had the solution. The bus is a bit different from a bug - there's only 3 bolts (instead of 4) and one of them is on the inside of the engine compartment. Daddy's Bus should be ready for the shop sometime in January.

The weekend was awesome - complete with mimosas on Christmas morning while unwrapping presents. Abbie and Jack are at a terribly cute age - and it was a blast to see their eyes light up when opening presents. It was tough to get them to open the next present b/c they were so enthralled with the one they just opened. After all was said and done, Abbie is now riding a "big girl" bike and we have a trampoline in our back yard. That should work out nicely when we get our first surprise snow storm. ;-) Fortunately, the weather has been gorgeous (almost 70!) for the past week.

Yesterday was an epic powder-day at Copper Mountain. My sister and I headed up in the morning and skied (she snowboarded) all day in 10" of fresh powder. We're heading up again this weekend for the New Year (Breckenridge this time) and it's supposed to snow in the hills for the next 3 days. Yeeeeeeeeaaaaaa hhhhhhhhhaaaaaaawwww!! Two days at my client this week and then back up to the wonderful pow-pow. Next week, the contract with my client finishes up and I get to return to our office in downtown Denver. I'm pumped because that means I get to start riding my bike to work again. I took it in for a tuneup today and should get it back in a couple days.

2006 is going to be a good year. I get about 2-3 e-mails a week about mentoring and consulting and it looks like I'll be quite busy. I hope to squeeze in some time for Spring Live and AppFuse in January and hope to have AppFuse 1.9 released in the next few weeks. My Dad's 60th birthday is in mid-January, so my family is heading to Cancun for a week. Should be a good time for sure. :-D

Cancun

Posted in General at Dec 28 2005, 08:55:26 PM MST 3 Comments
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Trampoline you said ?? prob should have checked it out with the insurance company first Matt. We made the same mistake last summer and now are scrambling to find a new insurance company that would cover a house with an unfenced trampoline :(

Posted by td on December 29, 2005 at 11:43 AM MST #

When you say "unfenced", what do you mean? We did install a "fence" like the one in this picture.

Posted by Matt Raible on December 29, 2005 at 11:51 AM MST #

as a matter of fact, it looks like we got exactly the same thing. i don't have the letter from my insurance co. in front of me but it goes something like this:

a recent visit to your property reveals that you have an unfenced trampoline .... unless you take step to rectify this matter, we will be unable to continue our coverage of your property ....

My wife called them to ask what they mean and they said that we need to erect a gated fence enclosing the trampoline (like that around a pool). That said, let me give u a little more background. After we got the trampoline, we let all the neighbor kids play in it if one of us is there watching them. Well, guess what? one of the kids tripped while getting out and broke her arm, right in front of me ... the section betw her wrist and her elbow folded up like .... let's just say I almost threw up ! anyhow, we got lucky b/c they didn't sue us but I think the mom called the insurance company and that was what prompted that unscheduled, uninvited visit. My sister, a lawyer, gave me hell when she found out :)

Bottom line= if/when they found out, u will hard pressed to find an insurance company that will take a home with a trampoline. anyway, for us, this prob means a locked fence next spring since my kids really love to bounce around on that thing.

Posted by td on December 30, 2005 at 07:00 AM MST #

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