Another Petty’s Night: Part 2

With the first night out of the way, night two and night three had been positioned as extra rounds versus going out to eat with $70  budget. The second night’s cooking had focused on seafood from Petty’s Meat Market. This was the scope of new items for night two.

1.  Wild Salmon (8 oz)

After unwrapping, I had applied thin coat of olive oil, salt and garlic powder on the skinless side. This may have seen simplistic and repetitive, but why over-complicate good product.  With medium-high heat on, I had cooked skin side down for 7 minutes. Here was the start of the frying before sealing with a glass cover for moisture.

With the last 3 minutes (10 min. total cooking time), I had flipped the fillet  to cook the skinless side until blackened. The end product was the below. The Salmon was moist and lightly seasoned.


2. Slice of Dark Chocolate Godiva Cake


At first, I had been looking forward to this dessert; however, it had been too dense and sweet to finish in one sitting. Back to the frig in favor of something different and lighter, perhaps a Zombie baby?

3. Slice of Lemon Mascarpone


This cake was light with slight lemon citrus filling and frosting. It was better compliment to the main entree. No Zombie baby needed here! No portion had been seen since this evening.

Reference: Another Petty’s Night: Part 1

PowerShell, Get-Winevent returns a blank column for ‘Message’ property

As part of process to verify event logging across a Windows Infrastructure, came across an odd Powershell query issue. I had hoped to leverage PowerShell to mass convert a folder worth of archived logs (i.e. 1GB/file) into one or more .csv file(s). After fifteen minutes, I had composed a simple query for the conversion:

Get-Winevent -path “c:\logs\*.evtx” | select-object -property TimeCreated, Message | export-csv “C:\garzafx\logs.csv”

Get windows logs from this folder, get “time created” plus “message body”, and export to .csv file to view in Excel.

Initial conversions had been successful. I had scheduled to run the full set of files a few days later. Revisiting this process, the message field had stopped providing data. It had started to return blank column. So between forums I had executed the same query with same log files in the following scenarios:

1. Loaded Windows 2008 R2 and associated patches.

2. Upgraded to Windows Server 2012 from 2008 R2.

3. Clean install of Windows Server 2012, no windows updates.

4. Freshly reimaged system running Windows 7 from Service Desk.

5. Upgraded to Powershell 4.0 beta.

6. Switched to PowerShell –Version 2 switch.

7. Applied US English language 3rd party PowerShell custom script with my query nested.

All actions had resulted in the same blank column for ‘Message’ property. Saving out logs manually had given me the following prompt and hope.


However, the originating server had provided the same empty results. Reading a few more blogs, I had read up again on Log Parser Studio 2.0. This application had provided something new, a mix of SQL and Powershell commands.

8. After launching LPS 2.0,  I had selected the folder for my logs (i.e. C:\logs) with this icon  20130729-221138.jpg from the following window.


9.   Updated the SELECT statement to use STRING for message property with TOP 10 statement provided by LPS 2.0. The following was successfully returned for ‘Message’ property.


10. After dropping the TOP 10 reference,  I had pressed the following 20130729-221129.jpg button to export the T-SQL commands to get a PowerShell script.


11. After LPS 2.0 exporting myscripts.ps1, I had executed Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned at prompt.  Finally, I had been able to  convert .evtx files into .csv files with the ‘Message’ column full. Below was example of the original script. In the end, Log Parser Studio 2.0 was a great find for those looking for another means of generating PowerShell scripts. As for the original query not working, some other bloggers have pushed the notion of a software bug.

Example of output:

Install Log Parser Studio


# Generated by Log Parser Studio #



#Log Type: EVTLOG

#Generated: 7/25/2013 7:14:54 AM


























Write-Host“You have chosen”$OutFileType“as the output, but this script was originally generated as”$OriginalFileType-ForegroundColorRed

Write-Host“Either change -OutFile to”$OriginalFileType“or generate the script again with the output as”$OutFileType-ForegroundColorRed

Write-Host“You can also modify the OutputFormat variable in this script to match the correct Log Parser 2.2 COM output format.”-ForegroundColorRed







































$OutputFormat.oTsFormat=“yyyy-MM-dd hh:mm:ss”





-Activity“Executing query, please wait…”-Status” “


=“SELECT TimeGenerated,Strings INTO ‘”+$Destination+“‘ FROM ‘C:\garzafx\myeventlog.evtx'”


















Write-Host$_.Exception.Message -ForegroundColorRed

Write-Host$_.Exception.GetType().FullName -ForegroundColorRed

Write-Host“NOTE: No output file will be created if the query returned zero records!”-ForegroundColorGray



For more information on:

a. Log Parser Studio 2.0

b. Get-Winevent  (TechNet)

c. select-object  (TechNet)

d. Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned (TechNet)

Another Petty’s Night: Part 1

The value this go around from Petty’s Meat Market was three evenings worth of quality dinners and dessert, price tag: $70.00.

Here are master shots of the main entrees and desserts.



Night one was composed of the following food:

1) New York Strip  (8 oz.) that had been pre-marinated. This was divided into two (4 oz.) portions with coating of Olive Oil, Sea Salt and Garlic Powder. Both portions were cooked on medium-high heat for 10 minutes.


2) Dry Sea Scallops (4 total) were seasoned again with Olive Oil, Sea Salt and Garlic Powder on medium-high heat for 10 minutes.


3) Twice Baked Potatoes (2 portions) brushed with Olive Oil were heated at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.


This had produced two plates of food which left leftovers for the following day.


4. Served on the side was pint of Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA (Indian Pale Ale). The pint was more than enough for two cold glasses. This ale was a nice accompaniment to the scallops and strip. However, I have been a bit bias toward the Sierra Nevada brand since a road trip to Boston, MA in 1995.


Following dinner on night one were these two desserts;

5) Berry Burlee (1 portion) was served as-is. It was not overly tart but, just enough blend of sweet and creamy.


6) Following the above had been a Lobster Tail Pastry. This was over indulgent piece of pastry loaded with cream. Perhaps had it been on its own, it might have been more enjoyable. The Berry Burlee was superior in texture and taste.


More Information: Petty’s Meat Market, Longwood, FL

Healing Water: Part 1

When dealing with overheated feet from a cardio routine, muscle stiffness or just relaxing to go to bed, soaking my feet or body for 30 minutes or more to the point of pruning has been an effective fix. The first experience with Epsom Salt was after surgery. After spending a week in hospital, my feet had become dried out and nasty. Upon leaving Florida Hospital Orlando, a nurse had suggested soaking in Epsom salt to remove dead skin. On the trip home I had packed my plastic bed pan to apply this remedy. After 30 minutes and pruning, I had been able to start the process of removing all the cracked skin. After the fact I had also had learned Epsom Salts’ other benefits:

a) draws toxins out of your body
b) remedy for bruises, sprains, and sore muscles
c) ingestion orally as a laxative


CVS, Walgreen’s or Walmart all have generic and name brand versions of Epsom Salts. Currently, I have been rotating between generic from Walgreen’s ($2.50) and Dr. Teals with Spearmint and Eucalyptus ($5.00). The Spearmint and Eucalyptus were supposed to be calming aromatics. To that end, I have a preference for the generic stuff  versus Dr. Teal’s oily film.



So lets get down to the process.

1. Fill your pan or bath with warm or hot water.


2. Measure out 2 cups of Epsom Salt per gallon of water.


3. Pour In

4. Insert your body or feet for 30 minutes or more, look for pruning skin. The 30 minutes and pruning has been a good measurement for maximum effect.


As always consult a medical profession before usage as there maybe unintended consequences with drug interactions and/or those with diabetes.

More on my comments on Magnesium: The 12th Element, Magnesium

PowerShell, cleanup full access permissions on Microsoft Exchange mailboxes

Periodically, it has been necessary to cleanup mailbox permissions across a Microsoft Exchange server or Exchange organization. Sometimes other IT administrators, myself included, have forgotten to remove self-applied permissions in the heat of providing employee support.  Two tasks that have helped, an inventory of existing full access and selective bulk removal.

A. Inventory all the mailboxes with accounts with full permissions.

This will provide an export in CSV format to sort against for review.

1. Launch Exchange Management Shell as administrator with appropriate Exchange Organizational or Exchanger Server permissions.

2. Create localized folder for exports (i.e. C:\garzafx\).

3.  Export all full mailbox permissions to mailbox to Excel CSV file as follows:

Get-Mailbox -Server “myemailserver” | Get-MailboxPermission | export-csv c:\garzafx\

NOTE: If you haven’t already created your own folder for exports on your system, please do so to avoid any inadvertent errors.

B. Selective account removal

Now that you have your variables to search against, you can create a get-contents script or just keep it simple with the following:

4. Get-Mailbox | Remove-MailboxPermission -AccessRights FullAccess -user “weyland\ellen.ripley”

IMPORTANT: For Send-As permissions will have to had employed Get-AdPermission


More Information On Exchange:

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Audubon Center for Birds of Prey, Maitland, FL

“Strength comes from providing those without.”

In central Florida with plenty of indoor and outdoor entertainment options, we have forgotten the unique perspective into natural beauty that lies right around the corner. The Audubon Center has provided support facility to injured or otherwise helpless birds from Ospreys, Eagles, Owls and even the maligned Turkey Buzzard. The goal of facility has been to bring this wildlife back to the point of release into the wild. Under threat of rain, the property was quite accessible and easy to navigate. For $5 donation per person, it had offered several open area cages including a staging house. In the staging house, several birds were within arm’s reach.

Having had wrist surgery over a year back, it was remarkable to see an Eagle manage without an eye. This bird was going to manage for food without it. Remarkable, it was going to be true survival versus faux conflict. In that perspective, it was a reminder how easy humans have it.

The Bird of Prey facility was easily located off I-4 and Lee Road between Maitland, FL and historic Eatonville just off Wymore and Kennedy.





More Info: Audubon Center for Birds of Prey

Phone: 407-644-0190

Art and music from the film Pacific Rim

Part of Pacific Rim’s spectacle had been the pounding string and guitar work from the soundtrack. The majestic walk of the Jaegers’ had seemed to match the tempo quite effectively. These specific tracks had driven my purchase for the gym:


1. Pacific Rim (feat. Tom Morello)

2. Gipsy Danger

3. Canceling The Apocalypse

4. Jaeger Tech (feat. Tom Morello)

5. Physical Compatibility

6. Go Big Or Go Extinct (feat. Tom Morello)


7.  Passages (From “Pacific Rim Trailer 2013”)

Soundtrack for Pacific Rim available: Amazon, ITunes

Music from trailer Passages (From “Pacific Rim Trailer 2013”) by Evolve available: Amazon


Artwork in hardcover available: Pacific Rim: Man, Machines, and Monsters (Amazon)

Fan artwork available: Get ready to rumble with 15 ferocious Pacific Rim fan art posters (Blastr)

More information on soundtrack: Tom Morello Marches With Ramin Djawadi on ‘Pacific Rim’ – Song Premiere (Rolling Stone)

GarzaFX: Review: Pacific Rim

Florida Trail, Seminole State Forest, FL

Summary: This park has an extensive amount of land. The portion of the park I had hiked through laden with brush and sand. The topography had a lot of low lying areas prone to flooding for breeding insects, suggest proper attire. There were two primitive camp sites along this portion of the Florida Trail.  The first had a shelter but, no water source within thirty minutes. The second campsite had been near the river bend about another hour away. During this trek, the weather had kept the temperature down and mosquitoes away. In preparation for the trip, I had packed a reasonable amount of fluids (8 -12 oz. bottles). Still I had run out of liquids by end of daylight. Pack accordingly, this adventure was for the more seasoned traveler. To access this park, I had headed  I-4 eastbound toward Daytona, Florida exiting at 46a.




More information: Seminole State Forest

Review: Pacific Rim

Rating: Worth matinee ($5-$8)

Summary: Earth has been invaded by wave of alien monster attacks from the Pacific ocean. Man’s response was led by Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba, Captain Janek from last summer’s Prometheus) with the Jaegar program. The tide of the war has turned against Pentecost’s program with smarter and more frequent opposition.


Humanity’s survival has only the coastal wall project and four more Jaegar teams to go. The movie’s emotional response had been paced by the action sequences grinding through Alaska, Honk Kong and the Pacific floor. Showcasing scale and loud effects, the movie has a big escalation with second act in Hong Kong. Pacific Rim has encapsulated the childhood joy of watching Godzilla, or any other monster movie for the first time. Critical art no, explosive action that had deserved a big screen and great audio, yes.


Pacific Rim – “Destroy All Kaiju” Featurette :

Petty’s Meat Market, Longwood, FL

For over a decade, Longhorn, Red Lobster, and Oliver Garden had been on my shortlist for eating out until the 2008 recession. This event had increased food cost and decreased portions. A few years ago, the tipping point had been series of dinner dates to Long Horn and Red Lobster in Altamonte Springs, Florida. Paying over $60 bucks for two folks to eat four-six ounces of over seasoned meat had been enough. Took a friend’s recommendation on a place I had heard of Petty’s Meat Market in Longwood, Florida.


For someone known for appetite like an Insecticon, Petty’s has had many premium options to explore that set it aside from Publix, Walmart, and other supermarkets. They have always had slew of options ranging from standard proteins, desserts, cheese spreads, premade/prepped food and alcohol. Had I mentioned you can have a cup or two of domestic brew while waiting for your order?

Personal favorites at Petty’s I have purchased:

1) Spicy Blue Cheese Burgers
2) Lemon Cake
3) Stuffed Pork Chops
4) Twice baked potatoes
5) Beer cheese spread
6) Cooked asparagus
7) Anti-pasta
8) Scallops






Few things that I have bought that were unexpectedly sub-par:

1) Beef Wellington (cheap pastry casing)
2) Sausage with Asiago Cheese (bland)
3) Duck Sausage (odd flavor for some, suggest the standard spicy pork sausage)


The executive summary, yesterday had purchased a one pound sirloin steak for $22.59. This has been quartered into four ounce portions for same number of quality meals.

Petty’s has easy access off I-4 westbound to Orlando exit to Longwood, FL (two blocks off on your right).

More information: Petty’s Meats | Central Florida’s Meat Market

Killing my cat, Mr. Folder

Over the past week, my ten year old cat, Mr. Folder has been bleeding out during trips to the laboratory. Maybe it was the result of dry food, tap water, new litter, ghetto stress, or just plain time. Logic had dictated entertaining the idea of putting the animal down. After all, what would have Spock had done? This semi-feral feline had come to me years ago as a rescue. The prudent thought was to have limited financial liability and physical suffering immediately.


Like Bryan Cranston’s character from Breaking Bad,  better to have had dignity marching toward death than be a shadow of a memory. In my journey, I have been fortunate to see Death deal ten people goodbye. Some by old age, some by accident, some self-abuse but, most have had a swift exit from this fragile mortality.  Of these experiences, I had never had opportunity to be cast as Dr. Kevorkian or Dr. Marcus Welby. With that end in mind, I had hit the road to work this morning. Ten fingers had been on the wheel. Ten souls I had thought. Despite a taste for bloodletting by claw, Mr. Folder has always been loyal bedside companion when ill. Like Spock, I have been split by logic and emotion. Loyalty has had emotion, no matter the odds, “Never give up, never surrender!” Without hope and action, what good had men been anyway.  For now, I have been left with another day with Mr. Folder.


OPINION: Cult of personality + Dwight Howard

OPINION: Tomorrow, Dwight Howard will have officially set a new course to play for the NBA’s Houston Rockets. The irony, his athletic ability has been clouded by all the undisciplined verbosity from comments on television to Twitter.  Howard’s LA exit  has made him into an object of ridicule. During time with the Orlando Magic, he had tried to talk ownership into getting his way. In the end, Dwight’s own words had been at odds with Dwight’s own words. Now fellow athletes had seen and heard enough. Howard has become overexposed to the point of skewering by Ice Cube (YOUTUBE) . Hopefully, this will have made Howard focus on his true strengths in basketball.

Dwight Howard’s unempathetic and uninspiring comments have had some recent company from Texas A&M QB, Johnny Manziel, and pro-golfer, Phil Mickelson. All these chips have not been cashed in yet but, what of former Patriot, Aaron Hernandez. Perhaps, if fellow celebrities had provided a mental hockey check things might be different for Hernandez’s potential.

“Deeds, not words” – Tom Coughlin

Prokofiev + Sting + James Horner

In November 1985, the Police front man, Sting had released the single Russians. This political commentary had borrowed a melody from Lieutenant Kijé Suite by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev. Thanks to Sting’s proper crediting at the time, I had borrowed a copy of Prokofiev’s work from the public library. There I had listened to Fritz Reiner’s conduction of the Chicago Symphony rendition of Lieutenant Kijé Suite and the film score to Alexander Nevsky. Alexander Nevsky had provided an unexpected surprise with the piece “Battle on the Ice.” This portion of the film score had seemed familiar in name and themes to James Horner’s “Battle of the Mutara Nebuala” from Star Trek 2: The Wraith of Khan.

What do you think?

Battle on the Ice – YouTube

Battle In The Mutara Nebula – YouTube


Regardless of your point of view, Prokofiev’s rich score had reached maximum potential with Fritz Reiner’s interpretation.

Itunes: Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky

Film: Alexander Nevsky – YouTube

More information on film maker: Sergei M. Eisenstien (IMDB)

Review: Now You See Me

Rating: Worth full price

Summary:  Street magicians had gone big time through a series of three acts with the FBI and Interpol in pursuit. Hollywood perennials Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman had delivered performances with their usual charm and weight. Cast members Mark Ruffalo, Jessie Eisenberg, and Woody Harrelson had dialed in sharp performances recalling previous works (i.e. The Social Network, Natural Born Killers, Shutter Island). The script had opportunity for greater slight of hand but, kept the mind busy with slew of distractions jumping through different locations of  Vegas, Paris, New Orleans and New York. Like any good stage performance, the film had ended leaving the audience wanting more.



More production information: Now You See Me (IMDB)

More card tricks: Card Tricks – how to articles from wikiHow

Review: World War Z

Rating: Worth matinee price ($5-$8)

Summary:  The film’s opening sequence had started with Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) and his family fleeing New York at the onset of a zombie outbreak. In New Jersey, Lane had called in a helicopter evacuation from his former employee.  After a UN rescue, Lane had been forced to exchange his services to protect his family’s place on secure naval fleet. After signing on for the investigative team, Pitt’s journey had embarked to South Korea and then Israel. Both excursions had climaxed with hoarding undead pursuing Lane with few answers in return.  With PG-13 rating, this zombiefest had lacked  most of the normal gore and dark overtones expected in an outing like 28 Days Later. The movie World War Z  had focused on the frenetic pace which chaos unravels as its’ strength.


Production details: World War Z (IMDB)

More concept art available: World War Z: The Art of the Film

Supercharged Liposomal Vitamin C

Vitamin C has reputation for fighting various ailments; however, too much oral consumption, it has disposition as a diuretic.  There have been numerous claims on the internet of fighting cancer and more. From personal experience have been able to speak to tissue repair (i.e. muscle/skin) and fighting off colds. To proceed with this process, be sure to have purchased the items below:

a. Distilled water ($1) – The reason for distilled water is to avoid any chemical reactions from your tap water, etc..

b. Powdered Vitamin C ($10)

c. Non-GMO Lecithin ($10)


d. Ultrasonic Cleaner from Chicago Electric, Item: 3305 ($65)  or another unused jewelry cleaner of your choice. This one holds two cups of liquid total.


e. Water bottle, with or without Grinch, ($1)


The process followed was:

1. One cup of distilled water and one spoon of Vitamin C and placed into ultrasonic cleaner bay.


2. One cup of distilled water and three spoons of Lecithin into water bottle.


3. Shake Lecithin and water vigorously in water bottle.


4. Pour Lecithin mix into the ultrasonic cleaner bay with the Vitamin C.


5.  Stir.


6. Turn Ultrasonic Cleaner on for 6 to 8 minutes, repeat stirring.


7. This process was to ensure Lecithin binds with the Vitamin C for metabolization. If it had been improperly mixed prepare multiple visits to the bathroom.


8. The final product that was produced appears as a frothy milky soup.


9. Direct consumption of final product has been possible but, most folks require drink with a mixer of 50/50 ratio (i.e. orange juice or apple juice). For an oncoming cold, one cup in the morning and one cup in the evening had seemed adequate defense. Shortly after consumption, there was an inability to fall asleep because vitamin C metabolizing into H2O2.

Eat, drink, and be merry!

As always, consult with a medical profession before making changes to your diet and/or review any possible adverse drug interactions.

Review: Nova’s Secrets of the Sun


Rating: Must see for any science buff.

Summary:  This documentary had detailed the correlation between solar maximum, sun spots and coronal mass ejections set to climax in 2013. This 2012 release had provided graphic depictions of the sun’s various layers with their importance of projecting energy. The various speakers had illustrated the delicate balance of sun’s magnetic forces and fusion. With video from the SDO project, the sun’s natural imagery has far surpassed any Hollywood cgi depiction. At 53 minutes it had provided relevance to  the UK Telegraph’s story Nasa launches Iris space craft to study’s sun’ energy and my previous blog: Solar Flares + Western Theology.

Available on You Tube: Nova’s Secrets of the Sun

More information on Nasa’s: SDO project,