Tuesday, November 30, 2004

What a great idea

Help available for 'drunken dialers'

Virgin mobile is offering a service to its customers in Australia to help prevent drunk dialing. The service allows customers to enter a blacklist of phone numbers that cannot be dialed until 6:00 the following morning.

Good start. But here's what is really needed:

A breathalyzer attached to said phone that would register the BAC of dialer and disable both dialing and text abilities. If the sobriety of the dialer is questionable, dialing would be restored once a simple test is passed. This same technology needs to be applied to email and messaging functionality on computers and PDAs. And, the end user should have some say in this. Let me enter a list of numbers/email addresses to block after a certain time of day - just send the person a message that says something like, "Sorry, due to the time of your attempted communication, Linda has reason to believe you may be under the influence of alcohol. Go to bed and rethink this in the morning..."

Sunday, November 28, 2004

Memo

Message to the 24 year-old college student from Minnesota that I let sit with me at the airport bar:

Don't vote for a president based on one issue. Especially if the candidate you voted for is incredibly weak on that issue.

Don't assume that everyone you meet shares your opinion.

Don't stiff your waitress. Even if you're at an airport bar. Even if her service sucked. Especially if the only reason you were able to get a drink is because I let you sit at my table. You owe me $3.

Holiday's over

I'm at the Denver airport and have a LOT of time to kill before my flight. It's been snowing for the past 24 hours, and rather than stress out my friends and make them drive in the snow, I opted for public transportation and only asked for a lift to the closest bus stop.

It's been a good trip (and a good break from work). Kristin hosted Thanksgiving dinner for her brother & his wife and her husband's friend, Scott. Scott showed up with sparkling cider for K and a bottle of Maker's Mark for me. Let's hope what's left doesn't get confiscated by security.

Spent Friday with Leigh (and his new car/love, Marilyn). We drove up to Lookout Mountain & enjoyed the view, then took the tour at the Buffalo Bill museum. Leigh was convinced the IU game was Friday evening, and although he was soon reminded how futile it is to doubt me when I know I'm right, we did manage to find the IU alumni hangout for upcoming games, and enjoyed dinner and a few beers.

Had a relaxing Saturday, then headed into the city to really watch the game (pdf), and found it was snowing as we left. Took a quick tour of the holiday lights downtown & headed home to get warm.

I have spent the past 5 days hanging out with friends, eating lots of good food & enjoying Fat Tire amber ale & I don't think I'm quite ready to head back. Don't have much of a choice, though, so I'll just figure out when I can get back.

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Damn damn damn

So I'm on the plane and getting ready to take off and I hear, "and we apologize once again that live tv will not be available on this flight". Once again? News to me. I've already been through the magazine (no crossword) and am struggling to get into the book I brought. Let's hope my tablet pc will keep power for the remaining 2 hours and 16 minutes I have left.

It goes without saying that if IU had been on ESPN this evening, I would have been thrown off of this plane when that announcement was made.

Gotta save this until we're on the ground. I'll post it then. Happy turkey day everyone, if I don't talk to you before then.

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Sent from Linda's BlackBerry

Anesthesia failure

From BrianKaneOnline: I have to admit, I did not click through and read the "vivid and horrifying account from a man who woke up during cardiac bypass surgery" as I have a weak stomach and would most likely lose it. I'm sure my waking up during surgery was much less dramatic. Here's my reenactment:

Me: (thinking) "Hmm, what's going on? F*ck my hand hurts!"
Doctor: "Morphine! - give her morph..."

Denver bound

In an effort to preserve what sanity I have left, I'm heading west to celebrate Thanksgiving with some friends. It's funny how friends from different phases of my life have all ended up in the same place - good thing I'll be there 5 days and should be able to see everyone. Another good thing -- Frontier now flies non-stop to Denver twice a day. Unfortunately, even though they have those cool DirectTV enabled televisions at every seat, the game tonight isn't nationally broadcast - my Hoosiers will have to make it through this one without me.

Kristin and I have known each other forever, with a capital EVER. She's the one hidden behind the camera-hogging Guinness...


Steve is lucky enough to call me the "girl next door". Well, technically, the girl across the street.


Leigh and I became friends in college, when we both worked the bar scene (and I mean officially employed by a bar, not just working the scene). Hmm. No digital photo of Leigh. Yet.

Attention Nashville housewives

James Denton of Desperate Housewives is a Nashville boy - and he's home for the holidays.

According to his interview on this morning's news with the Emmy Nominated Big Joe On The Go, look for him at the Franklin Chophouse, Ted's Montana Grill, and belly-up at the bar at Bosco's tapping a keg at 5:00...

Personally, I TiVo'd the show this weekend, and don't see the appeal. It was 40 minutes of my life I won't get back...

Friday, November 19, 2004

Did you know...

you can Ctrl+C to copy the text of a Windows popup error message box to the clipboard?

No, I did not. Thanks!

I want to go back!

This time last year, I was on a 7 day Caribbean cruise. It was, without question, the most fun I have had on a vacation. We had a great group of people and never ran out of finding fun things to do while at sea, or at any of the ports we visited. We had planned to spend the day in Cozumel on a double deck party boat, but windy conditions cancelled most of the excursions. I have a feeling the party boat would have paled in comparison to the day we ended up having.

We started our day off as we did every day that week. Mimosas at the Carousel Lounge.


Then, after a wild cab ride from the port to downtown, lunch. BTW, lunch did consist of more than just beer and popcorn, We would have never made it as long as we did had it not...


After lunch, we spent an hour or so shopping, then decided it was time for some refreshments.


This waiter decided everyone at our table had to do his tequila shots, and made quite the show of it.


My first shot of the day:


Me and bandito waiter - I'm desperately trying not to choke on the mouthful of ice cubes from when he poured my margarita down my throat to chase the tequila.


We found our way back to the port, and decided to stop at Senor Frogs for a final drink in Mexico. It quickly turned into several drinks...


But Alan was the winner of the most shots here - I lost count after 6...


As the time to get back to the boat neared, we ran into some of our dinner mates - I remember taking this photo...


But my next memory is waking up in my cabin, getting ready for our formal dining night, going to round up the guys for dinner, finding them passed out, curling up on their couch in my cocktail dress, and waking up the next morning, a bit over dressed for poolside breakfast.

Friday diversion

Was skimming through a weekly email newsletter I receive and found a link to a Science Toymaker site. One of the "toys" is an acorn cap that works as a whistle.

I'm sharing my secrets here, but if you've ever been drinking bottled beer with me and I've demonstrated my Corona bottle cap whistling skills, this is how I do it.

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Light my fire

We had fire safety training at work today. Once again, I had to take an hour of my time to watch instructional videos on fire prevention and listen to a man with the most fabulous snow white combover you have even seen tell us what to do to prevent a fire from occurring and what to do should one flare up. Of course, I was so fascinated by his hair (how does he get it to DO that?), that I didn't listen to a word he said.

Then we moved the class outside to practice using a fire extinguisher.



Despite the fact that I had on a short skirt and heels, I was one of the "lucky ones" who got to play fireman.



Ok, maybe not despite - maybe it was because of the skirt/heels - nothing like flashing some thigh...



I quickly took charge of the situation.



And got that nasty diesel fuel flare-up under control.



Eventually...



Take that, diesel fuel!

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

TiVo to add ad "billboards"

This article has caused quite a bit of a stir.

Sorry, but I fail to see why people are freaking out about this - didn't Mark Cuban suggest this very thing not too long ago?

Ads are everywhere. They're a fact of life. And if you've not learned by now how to ignore them, I have no sympathy for you.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

So what's for dinner?

Don't know about you, but I know what I'm having tonight! I'm going to a wine dinner put together by a local wine store and restaurant. Can you say "yum!"?

First Course:
Up Country Scallops and Pears on Fall Greens with Chateau Potelle VGS Chardonnay Mt. Veeder Napa Valley -- no, I have no idea what the hell "Up Country Scallops" are either.

Second Course:

Smoked Duck Breast with Tangello Custard and Seared Micro Veggies with Chateau Potelle Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley

Third Course:
Salmon Wellington Roasted in a Currant, Shallot and Bacon Relish with Chateau Potelle Cougar Pass Paso Robles

Fourth Course:
Roasted Pork Tenderloin with a Southwest Blackberry and Cactus Demi-Glace with Chateau Potelle Zinfandel Paso Robles

Dessert:
Cream Ricotta Walnut Flan with Chateau Potelle Zinie

Nothing on TiVo?

Just last week, I was asked the question, "Do you ever run out of things to watch on TiVo?". My response was "Of course not".

Let me tell you though, once you have honed down your season passes and have told TiVo just what you think of its suggestions and have eliminated taping shows you haven't seen for years just because you haven't seen them for years, it's possible.

So what do you do?

Good question. I came up with a solution though. TURN THE TiVo OFF.

Fill the tub, pour a glass of wine, light a candle, and get out that book you were going to start 2 months ago.

Give TiVo some time to catch up.

Monday, November 15, 2004

Diversions

Here's what's been keeping me amused in-between my marathon work sessions the past 5 days:

i heart paris: blogging a trip to Paris via a blackberry (can't you see me doing this from Tuscany sometime soon?)

Veiled Conceit: reviewing the The NY Times' Wedding & Celebration Announcements

Superman's Blog
: infortunately, not updated recently...

(Not) Nick Nolte's Diary: just what the name implies

Thursday, November 11, 2004

I can see clearly now...

But unlike last time, this wasn't my fault. After two months and 7 trips to the eye doctor, my new contacts finally are right and help me to see better. Good thing. I was about ready to give in and spend the rest of my medical savings account on a wardrobe of glasses.

Test email post

Please disregard. Testing posting via email.
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Sent from Linda's BlackBerry

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Hotmail upgrade

My hotmail account was upgraded to 250 MB. Not a bad thing, since the last two times I checked it, I had received warnings that my mailbox was over its size limit and I was in danger of losing messages.

Funny thing, since I only have 2 messages in my inbox, and the rest were trapped in the junk mail folder. Luckily, hotmail's policy is to delete items from the junk mail first. :)

Hotmail now includes a free calendar too, but I didn't look into it, as I rarely use hotmail, and have no need for yet another calendar. I think Outlook at home and work, my blackberry, and my cell phone are more than enough to keep me on schedule...

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Time to go to the support group

I've spent the past hour and a half reviewing all of the work I have agreed to have completed by next Tuesday. And I'm ready to jump out of the window. Especially because the reason I have to do so much in so little time is because my boss will be in Australia for three weeks in December.

So - one week to write up "rough" requirements, create the workflow process, provide "sketches" of the two user interfaces, and define the phased approach I recommend.

Reminds me of a quote by my hero, Drew Carey:
"Oh, you hate your job? Why didn't you say so? There's a support group for that. It's called EVERYBODY, and they meet at the bar."
Time to head there. :)

Inconceivable!

Maybe Not Everyone Wants A DVR

Get a(nother) tattoo

No, I'm not. Not right now, anyway. Just want to share some good advice.

Monday, November 08, 2004

Travels with a Tablet PC

I'm not the only one who understands how great it is to travel and work with my trusty tablet - Nice review about how handy my tablet is for working while on an airplane:
Comfort Zones: More Road Warrior's 'Truth About Tablet PC'

via tabletpctalk

Sunday, November 07, 2004

Fate be damned

I had a dinner date Saturday. Lately, I've gotten in the habit of buying Powerball tickets (when I remember to), so I picked up an extra one for my dining companion (and unlike the last time I attempted to do this, I didn't lose the tickets).

As we were seated at the bar waiting for our table, I pulled the tickets out of my wallet and asked him to select the one he wanted. He laughed, and said he was going to tell me he had to get a ticket after dinner, as one of the bills he had in his wallet had lottery numbers written on it.

So, after a blind draw, we compared the ticket he selected to the numbers on the $20 bill and THE FIRST THREE NUMBERS MATCHED. I was convinced we would be splitting the jackpot and early retirement was imminent.

And?

Nothing.

Not one number matched -- on either ticket.

Guess I need to go to work tomorrow.

Another weekend gone

Home on the couch, recovering from eating WAY too much. Mom invited everyone who had helped her during her move to come over for an afternoon dinner. After stuffing myself with pork roast and vegetables and salads and potatoes and Galumpkis (not the family recipe) and watching an afternoon of football (way to go, Steelers!), I decided it was time to head home and find out what TiVo had been up to while I was out.

Don't think I'll move from this spot until bed time. :)

Friday, November 05, 2004

Quotable

Linda's quote of the week:
Oh yeah - you know me... I'm a cat. I have nine lives, usually land on my feet and I hate to wear a leash.
Spoken in the presence of 2 ex-boyfriends...

Woo-Hoo(siers)!

I know it was only an exhibition game, but 101 points just feels good! That, and I'm glad it's basketball season again. :)
Ewing's development shows in IU victory

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Go go gadget girl

I admit, I'm a gadget girl...

Between my techno gadgets (blackberry, Tablet PC, mobile phone, USB flash drive, XM radio, TiVo, umm...) and my culinary gadgets (which include, but are not limited to, a square egg maker, rabbit cork screw, and a pair of champagne pliers), I do not know how I could function day to day without them.

And what about my dremel, and cordless drill, and Swiffer Wet Jet, and...

Ok, we get it...

:)

Reality check

My sister just called me. We had just finished a half hour call about the election. I thought perhaps she had some breaking news, as I had told her I was going to switch back to TiVo for at least half an hour.

Her inquiry?

"Linda, what's a blog?"

Umm... are we related?

At least her heart is in the right (red) place. :)

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Decisions...

It's GPT at E tonight, and I have to admit, a place with both alcohol and a ton of televisions (not to mention those snazzy table-top speakers) is not a bad place to watch the election coverage. However, there's a victory party scheduled that will most definitely add to the chaos. Might be a good night to stay at home on the couch...

Monday, November 01, 2004

TiVo be damned

My television habits pre-TiVo:

Get home from E, turn on Food Network, stay involved long enough to watch the 10:00 news, go to bed.

Post TiVo:

Get home. Watch pre-recorded shows until 10:20 when the weather forecast is on, go back to TiVo, watch yet another show until I realize it's way past bedtime, stay up another 20 minutes, forwarding through an episode of While You Were Out in a third of the time, watch another episode of the Simpsons, and go to bed.

I'm not necessarily spending more hours watching TV (yes I am, who am I kidding?), but if the same amount (or less than 20% more) of time, I'm watching a lot more quantity. Granted, it's all stuff I'm (sort of) interested in.

Importance

This is as close to a discussion on the election as you'll get from me. Good read.