Archive for January, 2012

Duie Pyle

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Here’s an otherwise-unremarkable view through my rental car’s windshield one day last week.  Note the name of the trucking company.  Apparently, they’re pretty big around here – I’ve seen their trucks before.  Am I the only one who pictures a rather unpleasant image when I see that company’s name?  Couldn’t they have gone by the guy’s first name and middle initial?  Just this once?  Great Art courtesy of the exclusive iPhone-cam and part of my famous Machinery series.

Two days in a row!  That’s a bit of a record, recently.  Maybe I’ll keep it up.  Of course, maybe not.

Pretty good day!  I got to speak with the person who is arranging my TDY visit to Newtown.  It looks like all the terms are as expected and we’re officially starting the assignment at the beginning of next week.  I sign the paperwork on Thursday afternoon, go home to end my current business trip on Saturday, and return here on Monday.  Gonna be a busy few days.  I’m excited!

Not much else new today.  LRN3 and I are working in earnest on the company.  He’s doing a bit of Android training right now – we ordered a book this evening for him to study.  He has the tools set up on his machine and should be writing programs very shortly.  Still looking for t-shirt recommendations.  Anybody want to recommend something?  Designs featuring my face will be given priority handling.  Maybe even a free shirt.  Should I ask for designs on Facebook?  Might get more responses that way.

It was sunny and pretty nice today – got up into the low 50s where I was.  The snow’s all gone except where the plows piled it up, and that’s melting fast.  Another few nice days and it’ll all disappear.  Am I glad about that or not?  I’m not so sure.

They’re showing spy spoof movies on TCM tonight.  It’s going to be hard to go to bed on time.  Which needs to happen in 13 minutes or it won’t be on time.  Sigh.

Exercised tonight in the hotel’s gym.  I’m trying to do it every day, but missed yesterday.  I just have to make sure I don’t miss tomorrow.  Listened to some Car Talk while I walked the treadmill, which I certainly enjoy.  Car Talk, that is; not the treadmill.  Still, soon enough I’ll be doing treadmill marathons.

And there’s a great Morrowlife million-dollar idea – treadmill marathons.  You could line a bunch of treadmills up and have people run 26 miles on them.  No heat, no cold, no muss, no fuss.  You could even do them virtually – have a bunch of people from all over the world competing against each other on their own treadmills.  I wonder if it’s been tried.  I’ll be rich!

And I’ll leave my Loyal Readers with this exciting Morrowlife Employment Agency job opportunity: peeping cows!

See you tomorrow.

Snowy field

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Here’s the view outside of my office today.  Pretty!  Great Art courtesy of the exclusive iPhone-cam and part of my famous Bird series.  There must be a bird in there somewhere.  They’ve been out there every other time I’ve looked.  Lousy Canada Geese.

Happy birthday to LRN5!  I’m really glad we got together on Saturday.  I hope it was a great day.

Wow.  Been another long time, hasn’t it?  Been a busy few weeks too.  Let’s see, the last post was during Christmas vacation, so what’s new since then?

Well, I’m back in Newtown.  Got back here on January 3rd.  Stayed until last Friday, went home, and came back yesterday.  That’s a total of about a day and a half at home.  Still, I’m glad I went.  I love our place.  Fortunately, LRN4 was with me here from the 5th through the end of last week.  We went to the airport together, flew on separate airlines, and met back up in San Francisco and rode home together in my beloved pickup.  That part was a bit awkward, as it was raining and we needed to put at least one of the suitcases in the bed.  Luckily, it barely drizzled at most during the trip.  LRN4 reports that there’s more rain in Lardville today.  She stayed home this week.

And there’s been plenty of weather here too.  Apparently, not long after we left Pennsylvania on Friday, it started snowing.  There are up to a few inches of the stuff on the ground, with lots of it melting and possibly refreezing overnight.  See above.  It hasn’t been bad driving, but we do need to stay on our toes, don’t we?  I’m enjoying the winter wonderland while it lasts.  I’m dreaming of a white . . . Valentine’s Day, I guess.

Speaking of which, LRN1 will be home two days after Valentine’s Day!  I’m getting really excited for him to get back.  His mission has gone by incredibly quickly, but the last couple of months have dragged.  Three more weeks now!  I think he’s ready to come home too.  He’s working really hard to stay focused until the very end, but it’s pretty clear from his letters that he’s ready to move to the next phase of his life.  I’m expecting to have a really nice time while he’s here, which will be for a couple of months.

The TDY finally got signed today!  I’m going home from this trip on Saturday and believe I’ll be back here on TDY starting next week.  Finally!  I’m signing the lease on our apartment on Friday afternoon and will move all the clothes and other stuff we’ve been accumulating there before I leave.  We’re really excited to finally have a commitment from the company for this assignment.

LRN3 joined the company today!  He’s our chief Android developer.  He’s also our only Android developer, but I really think we need one.  Android has sufficiently grown in popularity that many of not most iOS programming customers also expect an Android version to be released.  Now we can!  Welcome aboard, LRN3!

We need a good company t-shirt design.  If we’re going to be a serious mobile app development company, that’s a must.  I already have a bunch of family members who want one too.  Our first sale!  For free, no doubt!  Any design ideas?  Other than my picture, of course.

Anyway.  It’s way late and I need to go to sleep.  More on the news later.  I’ll leave my Loyal Readers with this exciting Morrowlife Employment Agency job opportunity: Iranian Space Monkey!

See you tomorrow.