Found this while cleaning yesterday. I don’t think this was ever redeemed, and I have to say I’m grateful to past me for putting an actual expiration date on this thing.
Liz and I had big plans for the day, and we got an early start. With rain in the forecast, we were trying to get as much done as we could, as early as we could.
As luck would have it, my cousin Jenny was in town this week – and we made plans to catch up over some coffee, early on Friday morning. We met up at the Intelligentsia that’s near Millennium Station (the one that I tend to walk by, but rarely stop at because I’m rushing to get to work).
The funny thing is, I didn’t get a whole lot directly done. But I fielded a lot of questions, assisted and provided what seemed like helpful input, unblocked people. I found myself in possession of very specific answers to very specific questions, and it felt good.
With his wife, Carol, he scouted dozens of wheels at casinos around Europe, from Monte Carlo (Monaco), to Divonne-les-Bains (France), to Baden-Baden (Germany). The pair recruited a team of 8 ‘clockers’ who posted up at these venues, sometimes recording as many as 20,000 spins over a month-long period.
We don’t do this sort of thing often, but I really enjoyed hanging out with folks and chatting a bit outside of the context of our day to day. I learned a good amount about my coworkers, and just got to talk about other stuff that wasn’t all work or sprint related.
We are, I feel, crossing that thin line between people who enjoy watching Star Trek and people who actively seek out Star Trek related things.
Not one but TWO squirrels, looking down on me like I was some kind of interloper. On the right is the squirrel that was atop our neighbor’s house; on the left, just out of view, is the guy who’s been doing the Indy 500 on our roof most mornings.
It’s been interesting to compare my process now, versus me from a year ago. While I’m still struggling with my own sense of competency, I do notice myself working faster than I have before. Quicker to make certain decisions, quicker to know what the next best step is. That’s been a somewhat nice surprise, in addition to having the luxury of time today.
“Every year it’s about the same
I’m swimming in my dreams across the lake
in second place”
Liz has some plants set up under lights in our kitchen, and these guys are ready to make the move outside. But she’s still waiting for the time and weather to cooperate.
From the weekend until now, between the house work, yard work, and normal errands we’ve had… it’s felt pretty busy. Looking forward to taking a night off soon, just to recuperate a little.
“We don’t lack people here on the Northern coast,
But they are people one meets, not people one cares for.”
On getting home, I suited up to do a bit of demo. To clear some room for work that Bob’s got planned, I needed to finish up the cabinet demo from about two months ago.