Thursday, April 17, 2014

Things are starting to take shape around here

I often struggle with my not wanting to speak of it and jinx it side versus my I'm not superstitious side.  Though I suppose I am superstitious if I'm afraid to speak of something in fear that it will affect the outcome.  Let's go with I am superstitious but choose to ignore them rather than let them control my life.

So then, what's been going on?

First up is I am almost done paying for last year's Flood.  Technically I've paid it off already but we had a trip to Vegas and the holidays and some other minor expenses that have kept my credit card balance up beyond a comfortable level that I could pay off each month.  I estimate that I will have paid off by June if all goes well.

Second, we are finally going to do something about the hole in our backyard! When we bought the house we asked the owner to remove the swimming pool.   I think he offered or our agent suggested he fill it with sod but we didn't take that option -- which would likely have been withdrawn once we started the negotiations.  In hindsight we should have done that.  I didn't do it because one I didn't realize that there would be a hole, I assumed the pool was on top of pavers.  Secondly, we figured we would do something with it and only end up ripping out the sod so why put it in the first place, especially in winter when it would die anyway.  So lesson learned.

Anyway, we had a landscaper come over and she is going to do her landscaping thing in our yard, parkway and side of the house.  Specifically:
  • create a planting bed on the north side of the house;
  • Remove grass around the big tree in the parkway and mulch in a circle;
  • Paver Old Greenwich Cobble and paver repair:
  • Add a paver edge near the fence and against the back of the house and a small landing near the gate to next to the deck.
  • Sod and soil needed to build up the grass bed;
  • Mulch side of house.

I'm also having them lay a PVC pipe under the pavers near the garage and laying it under the grass area and ending under the deck.  This is future-proofing in case we later decide to install garden lights, sprinklers or heck even run a ethernet cable from the house to the garage in case my pipe dream of building a LAN closet in the laundry room ever sees the light of day.

So when that is done and if the weather ever decides to permanently stay above 70, we  can have some sort of house warming event or at least invite smaller groups of friends over.  Most of my friends do not cross pollinate well so we either have to do a big bang invite everyone party or smaller gatherings of same clique type friends.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Not that kind of camp

No, i'm not aware that i'm hogging a seat at all

Today I'm working in our Chicago Office and while I appreciate not having to drive to the burbs, this day started out with some low level dramatic foreshadowing.  The bus I caught to the Jefferson Park Terminal had the heat on.  Then on the train, of all the seats available a big guy decides sitting next to me is the best option.  We rubbed shoulders for a few stops when I opted to get up and move to the other end of the car.

I'm not opposed to anyone sitting next to me as long as they don't reek of some foul scent.  I just don't understand what thought process made him decide that seat was the best option.  Perhaps he likes that one because it's close to the door and facing a particular direction.  Or perhaps he walked from one end of the car to the other and was running out of options.  All I know is that it was hard to do the Sudoku with his shoulders rubbing against mine.

Yesterday I was at Microsoft Azure IT camp, which meant I got to be in my favorite place: Downtown Chicago.  I'm actually around the corner from the No-Name Software Company.

I signed up for this because I had a little bit of down time and thought it would help with KSA.  It is definitely useful information but I am a bit past the point of being the person who will build servers in the cloud.  Still, it's good to know how it all works and what the costs are.

Stray Observations:
  • one of the geeks who wedged in our table has his Samsung phone on vibrate, and it is going off, causing the table to shake.  How does a person of his apparent age make it this far through life not realizing this is annoying?

  • several people have arrived more than 30 minutes late.  and some bozo through a paper plate away in the recycle bin.

  • Basically, a lot of the people here are working overtime to perpetuate the stereotype that geeks do not possess common social skills.