Richard Tocci

Richard Tocci
Just when you thought it was safe, I show up...


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Sunday, September 21, 2008


It's September in College Station. School has been in session for over a month and drivers aged 18-23 have descended upon the town to begin another year of study.

One subject that seems to be missing, however, is the basic ability to drive.

I found a website that seems to explain how driving works in Texas, and it seems to be wholly ingrained in the Bryan\College Station area.

I get SO sick and tired of inept drivers that do not know the basics of Right of Way. This subject must NOT be covered in driving school or as part of the driving test.

Section 4 of the Texas Driver's Handbook covers Right of Way. Situation 5 seem to be the biggest problem in my area. I think it should be required reading for anyone that gets behind the wheel of a car.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

My Personality

Every so often I take one of these so-called "personality tests" that are supposed to tell me what type of person I am. Here's the results of the latest time-waster:

Richard's Personality

I especially like how they say I could be a mafia don, a police detective, or a sales manager...

Here's the problem I have with personality tests -- the longer they are, the more bored I get, and the more I just want to screw with the answers and make the results as stupid and silly as possible. These tests are very good at generalizations.

You can Google "personality test" and you'll find hundreds of them. You'll find Facebook applications that match you to your other friends based on your answers.

They are all silly fun, and I like them. Now that I think of it, I've probably taken more than I should, but I do have down time while waiting for files to copy...

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Surviving Hurricane Ike

Hurricane Ike blew through Texas late last week, causing loads of damage and destruction in Houston and Galveston. It went on as far as the midwest and beyond.

At my house in College Station, I lashed down the trashcans and waited. Early Saturday morning, it began with rain, and then wind, and then a heavy mix of both. This lasted all day Saturday. By Sunday, we got a little more rain, but for the most part, the biggest part of the storm has moved north.

Vertafore closed the College Station site, and we prepared for possible disaster. I was ready to go to our hot site, should the hurricane wrought so much destruction that we would have to declare a disaster and get our customers up and running in 3 business days.

While we were anxious and ready, it was not as bad as it could have been. Houston and Galveston, however, need a lot of work. Some school systems in the Houston area are closed until further notice, while others are not scheduled to open for at least 3 days.

There also seem to be problems doling out supplies to victims, but with a disaster of this magnitude, I don't see how it would be easy.

If you want to give donations to the local Red Cross, go to their website.