John Lockard's articles

  • Rock climbing season and I can't climb...

    - 12 years ago
    Surgery was February 14th.  Doctors tell me 6 months to a year before I'm fully healed.  Six months to a year before I can start climbing again.  Really sucks. I'm not going to start doing things before they tell me I can.  I never want to have to go through what I just have.  I herniated the L5-S1 disc at the end of November.  My back got worse, then better, then worse.  Saw my doctor early January, he prescribed physical therapy.  After 4 sessions of P.T. the therapist said there was nothin…

  • Back to work...

    - April  4, 2008
    Well, I'm now back to work, part time.  It's different/strange being around people all the time again.  But, it's also good. Still taking a nerve deadener and a muscle relaxant and I have to keep an eye on my back for inflammation and ice my back if I notice swelling.  Still, it's good to be out of the house again.  

  • Herniated Disc...

    - March 18, 2008 - 1 comment
    Sorry I haven't been active here in quite a while.  I'm recovering from back surgery to correct a severely herniated disc in my back.  Lots of laying.  Lots of standing.  Very little sitting. Hope you're all doing well. -John

  • Latest books... good and bad

    - September 30, 2007
    Read a couple books lately, one good, one not so good. I'll start with the 'not so good'. "Digital Fortress" by Dan Brown. This was entertaining, but it had so many things in it that just iritated me. I work as a computer and security administrator and this book was about a programmer developing a new encryption program called 'Digital Fortress' which was impossible to decrypt without the original key. It really frustrated me that the author seemed to ignore such things as computer backu…

  • Back to School????

    - August 24, 2007 - 1 comment
    So... I've been pondering heading back to school, not just to take classes, but to get a degree. I do UNIX (computer) systems administration and security administration, but I'm feeling rather sick of computers. When I look at the things I could go to college for (which really interest me) I come away with a list of pursuits wich are more artistic; architecture, photography, graphic arts, design, woodworking, glasswork, etc.. I just don't know what to do. Do I switch work-style and take a…