Journal of Alan Howard
May 2000 - 12:52am, Monday
This weekend has been full of more first's for me...
On Friday night I did something that I've been wanting to do for
quite some time, but only now did I get around to it. I
set my webcam up with some software so that it automatically
takes a snapshot (capture) every 60 seconds. It then
uploads it to the server, and a page I created automatically
refreshes every 60 seconds and grabs the latest capture and
shows it on the page. It's a lot of fun... it's like
a window into my life, so that all you voyeurs out there can see
me sitting in front of the computer... God knows why you'd
want to do that, but you do! It's actually quite
amazing... There's thousands and thousands of websites out
there that have webcams on them, and they have quite large fan
followings. I know that the most popular webcam sites are
the ones with naked women on them... and men just don't
get the same following! LOL I also
think that having this webcam allows me to pretend to be an
exhibitionist... not that I'd show anything
revealing! Heaven forbid! But it's fun to have going
every 60 seconds...
Another first was that yesterday it snowed here in
Canberra! Now, it's not unusual for it to snow around
here... but it IS unusual to snow in the middle of the
day, in the middle of the city! We usually get snow at the
end of winter, and even then it's only on the hills surrounding
Canberra. Yesterday it snowed here. It was
amazing. And then today it snowed again - much thicker
than yesterday and it went for longer!!! What made it even
more magical today was that I was having a lovely phone
conversation with Michelle, and watching the snow falling
outside. It was beautiful...
I've never seen snow fall before, except for tv and
movies. The only snow I've physically seen and been in was
a few years ago - but that was the day after a night of snow,
which I never saw fall, and it was only in the hills outside of
Canberra. I went for a bushwalk in it - that was also
So this weekend was my first time ever to actually see snow
falling. I was out in it yesterday, getting the camera
from the car. I stood in it briefly, looking up and
letting the snow fall on my face - it was cold! I quickly
went back in and took photos from inside!
I'm moving to New Zealand on the 14th June 2000. It still
is yet to sink in and become real. I'm leaving the country
and moving overseas...!! This is such an exciting and
scary time for me!! It's such a huge decision, and a huge
move. My entire life has changed, and I'm excited to just
go with the flow.
Michelle's not having an easy time of it, unfortunately.
Her work is stressing her out, and she's afraid that her
challenges over there are going to prevent me from coming over
there to be with her. Every day I reassure her that's not
the case, that I love her and that I'm really coming over there
to be with her for ever and ever. I'll be really glad when
I'm over there, and I don't have to reassure her anymore that
I'm really coming. <smile> Things
will be so much easier for her - and for me - once I'm
there. The future is coming, and it's going to be so
exciting! We'll be together in love.
world's a stage,
and all the men and women,
they have their exits
and their entrances,
and one man in his time
plays many parts.