Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Note to 66% of you

Please don't use Internet Explorer

Use Firefox from Mozilla. Get it here. Or email me if you have questions.

Google Earth Preview

I've mentioned my affinity for maps before.

Google + Keyhole = Google Earth

All I can say is... cool.

via kottke.org remainders

Free blogs for freaks

Tablet PC freaks, that is.

It's tempting, but maybe I should just go there and see what everyone else is talking about. I've been accused more than a few times of being more than a little enthusiastic about my favorite gadget.

Friday, May 27, 2005

Friday diversion - Hapland2

Knock knock.

Who's there?

Hardly anyone.

Yeah, here too.

Fortunately, although there seems to be a cricket chorus here at the office, I have enough real work to keep me busy until the (anticipated) early end of the day and start of the holiday weekend.

In case you're not so lucky, here's something to keep you amused. As if this wasn't enough frustration fun, here's the next level. So far, I've done a great job figuring out what NOT to do...

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Was he? Or did he?

What does it say about the state of professional sports/athletes when I see this title and immediately wonder, "What was he arrested for?":

Reggie Miller tried

Crazy Frog

Annoying? Yes.

So why do I keep playing it over and over again?

Don't blame me if you go there...

More info here.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Career change

I've decided it's time to move on in my career.

What next? Good question.

I think I'm going to take a sabbatical for a year or so, travel a bit, and recharge my batteries. Then, I'll move on to philanthropy.

I've already taken the first step. Have you bought your ticket yet?

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

May 24th

If we check out this list of today's events in history, the Time magazine cover from this day 34 years ago, what the White House was serving for lunch, and the Hit Parade list from the same date, there's nothing to indicate that today is any different than any other.

And, it's not, really, except that all of these people share their birthday with me.

Friday, May 20, 2005

That was weird...

So, every few weeks, we have a training class where new field sales reps come in to town and go through "Sales 101". One of the last parts of the class is a tour of our offices.

So I'm sitting here minding my own business, and I hear the woman directing the tour say, "And here we are at Miss Linda's work place. I know we've all been looking forward to this."

uhh...

Excuse me?

So I stand up and this guy comes around the corner and says hello and his name is...

get this...

Joe Waskiewicz (that's pronounced "double-you", btw).

No, not my brother. A different Joe DblU.

No, we're not related.

I think the training class was anticipating some kind of reunion of sorts.

Nothing to see here folks, move along...

The secret of my success?


maybe... :)

Thursday, May 19, 2005

The real New Orleans Review

Apologies for my lame wrap-up of the NO trip. I didn't really think anyone cared, but apparently, that's not the case.

SO. What else?

Here we are on our first night in town (for newbies, I'm in the middle) - at Razzoo's, our first stop post-dinner (yes, they DO serve food there).


Razzoo's is fun in that "I'm out on Bourbon Street partying like a rock star" kind of way. The first time I went there (a few years ago), we arrived at happy hour (after spending the entire afternoon at Tropical Isle) and enjoyed 3 for 1 drink specials. This trip, we got in late in the evening and got to hang out with the people who had already been out all day and experience what we must have been like that first year.

I decided on Thursday (day two) to get my hair cut. Part of my sister's motivation for going to the Big Easy before heading to our cousin's wedding was to visit her hairdresser of many years, who recently relocated from Nashville to New Orleans. He did such a fabulous job on her coiffure, I was inspired to let him have his way with mine. Picture? Umm, nope, not yet. But the new 'do is not as long, with layers, and as a result, more than a little curly. Enhanced by the fact that I've stopped blow-drying and brushing it out... for now.

We hit a few shops in the Quarter and the French Market on Friday, then moved on to true mall shopping... Not my favorite part of the trip, but I did add a new little black dress and a few summer tops to my wardrobe in the process.

Friday evening, it was on to Baton Rouge, where we got to my cousin's rehearsal dinner just in time to get back in the car and head to my aunt and uncle's house, where we hung out on the patio for a couple of hours, slept a few hours, and reconvened on the patio for coffee in the morning.

My entire day Saturday was spent lying by the pool, on a raft in the pool, or on the patio, enjoying a lot of great food. A quick trip to the church for the wedding that evening, on to the reception, then out for a couple of drinks with my cousin (sister of the groom) & her boyfriend before calling it a night. Sunday was day two poolside, until it was time to head to the airport and come back, a little tired, a little sundrenched, and a lot happy to be home.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

This sucks

It's 4:55 and I should be thinking about getting out of here for the evening.

Instead, I'm headed to the board room for a conference call.

Gotta agree with Dickie V

5 teams that flopped this year will Dance in '06
Let's look ahead to next season as I identify five teams that missed the NCAA Tournament this year – but will return in 2006.

I'll start with Indiana. Coach Mike Davis will be back, but he's under plenty of pressure because the Hoosiers have missed the Big Dance for two straight years. D.J. White, Robert Vaden and company will be joined by two transfers from Auburn, Marco Killingsworth and Lewis Monroe. Despite the loss of Bracey Wright, who will enter the NBA draft, the Hoosiers should be tough in the Big Ten.

A 29-29 record the past two seasons puts pressure on Indiana. It would help if the nonconference schedule was a little easier.
Ok - gotta agree with all but the last sentence of that excerpt. Bring it on.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Warning: recycled post ahead...

Because it made me smile (and considering I've been a little grumpy quite a bear today, it wasn't an easy feat), I thought I'd share this:

Looking for something to do?

And a big thanks to the Googler who helped me rediscover it. :)

Monday, May 16, 2005

Woo-hoo!

Ban On Out-Of-State Wine Shipments Unconstitutional

New Orleans: A minimalistic review

To protect the innocent, some details have been omitted. Let it be known a good time was had by all.

We ate at these places (btw, the crispy crawfish tails at Pierre Maspero's are awesome).

We drank at these:
Razzoo Bar & Patio
Famous Door
Utopia
The Alibi (a great dive bar right by our hotel - I had to go back a second time for more spinach artichoke dip).
Margaritaville (go to the tire swing bar - we went twice).
Howl at the Moon

And don't tell anyone, but we might have stopped in here (warning - potentially NSFW).

I just realized the worst part about being back...

I can't have lunch at any of these places today:
Pat O'Brien's
Napoleon House
The Original Pierre Maspero's
Acme Oyster House

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Farewell, my four-legged friend

Goodbye, girl...

"Evacuating the Capitol: My Real-Life Tale"

Reading this recap about this morning's evacuation in DC hit a little close to home. It reminded me of an evacuation I went through a few years ago, when I took the stairs down to the first floor of our DC office building and was headed across the lobby to the parking garage to continue the downstairs climb, per the emergency instructions, and decided instead to go outside and see what was going on. I figured it was a better choice than the possibility of being trapped three stories underground (that, and I'd have a better view).

Don't know when I'll be back again

Well, OK, I know I'll be back Sunday, but after work this evening I will be leaving on a jet plane.

It's time for 2 nights and 2 days in the Big Easy with the girls, followed by a family wedding over in Red Stick.

Not sure what the agenda will be, except the fact that lunch on Friday is taken care of. Can't see how we're not going to have a great time, though.

See you next week.

Monday, May 09, 2005

An evening at the Ryman

Thanks to our generous benefactor, Nashville's next blogger and I headed to the Ryman this evening to catch a Peter Frampton (sorry - inside joke) show.

I have to be honest and say I had my doubts when Ethel took the stage, but halfway through their set, I was hooked.

Joe Jackson entered stage right, and entertained. By his third song, I knew my neighbors were in trouble (even though they swear they cannot hear my frequent attempts at what I call music), as I was without a doubt going to go home and try to justify my 14 years of piano lessons.

During the intermission, Julie turned to me and said she'd be satisfied if the evening ended then. Looking back, I'm thinking we may have been better off if it had.

Todd Rundgren took the stage and immediately, it was obvious something was wrong. In contrast to Joe's compliments to the audience for clapping in time, we were warned that if we attempted to keep the beat for him, he would go Roboto (with no domo arigato) on us (who knew he was a blog reader???). 4 songs into his set, Julie turned to me, and said what was on my mind: "Can we go now?".

On our way out, we both turned to each other and shared our one word review: "Wow". Followed by, "What's up with THAT?". We passed by several others who were also making an early exit and confirmed that no, we weren't the only ones and even wondered together if maybe we did decide to stick it out, Joe Jackson might possibly return to the stage.

I have to apologize if things turned for the better (and for the audience's sake, hope they did), but I am glad to be home and headed for bed, just a little after my usual bedtime.

My job: not rated G

Product Management: for adults only

And people ask why I don't drive to Spring Hill more often...

Actual conversation from Mother's Day lunch yesterday:
Me: Guess what I got yesterday?

My sister: Rabies?
My brother: Pregnant?

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Prelude to a good-bye

When my brother was in college, he adopted a (mostly) yellow lab from an animal rescue. Even though she removed all of the buttons off the top of his baseball caps and gnawed on every remote control she could find, Casey quickly became a member of our family.

When my parents moved to Tennessee, my bro decided Casey would be better off running in their yard than stuck in a condo with a bunch of frat guys. Besides, she had two poodles and some cats to keep her company there.

The poodles are long gone, she's down to one cat, but Casey and her three year old canine "sister" have the run of a fenced-in yard, complete with a herd of cows on the other side of the fence. Casey has always been fascinated with cows...

I found out at Easter dinner that Casey had been diagnosed with a liver disorder. She was placed on meds and a special diet. It was decided that while keeping Casey healthy and comfortable was important, when it was time to say goodbye, we wouldn't prolong things.

Two weeks later, at my mother's birthday dinner, I found out Casey had been diagnosed with (the dog version of) Alzheimer's. Again, medication was working and she wasn't having the panic attacks that triggered the visit to the vet.

Monday evening, at my sister's birthday dinner (have you recognized the pattern?), I walked in and said hello to Casey. She had become much more mellow than her old self, and I had to seek her out, rather than be met by her wagging tail and probing nose as I walked in the door.

As I patted her head and lifted her chin, I noticed a dent in her forehead over her left eye. My brother informed me he would be taking her to the vet this morning and would call me when he knew what was happening.

I got the call.

And the vet is a little concerned at how suddenly this dent has appeared and isn't quite sure what it is, but said it resembles a condition that affects shepherds, and maybe there's some shepherd in her bloodline.

A proper diagnosis would require an invasive procedure, which we won't put her through, so she's being put on steroids and the vet is holding her for observation the rest of the day.

The next family dinner will be for my birthday later this month, and I have a feeling Casey might be attending in spirit only.

And you thought radical diets were a recent fad...

New Dinosaur Documents Diet Shift from Meat to Veggies

Next, we'll find out they moved on to low carbs...

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Not the kind of adventure I had in mind...

We used to have a group here at work who get together for an "adventure lunch" when our schedules permitted. I'm really glad this place is not within driving distance...

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Judging from my inbox, the $10,000 question

Q: Why haven't you updated your blog?

A: Work.

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Lame answer, I know, but oh, so very true.

Want proof that I'm not imagining it? Here's my horoscope for today:
So work's frustrating -- keep your trap shut and start updating that resume.

Needless to say, if I had posted anything this week, it would be about how much fun work hasn't been. And I know how little I enjoy hearing me complain about work, so I can imagine your thoughts.

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Thanks for those of you who came out to the crawfish boil this past weekend. It was fun. A little cold, it's true. The look on my face says, "I'm trying to look warm and smile, but I really want to get back to the bonfire NOW!" Daisy, on the other hand, looks fabulous:



I'm guessing that the attendance would have been far heavier had the weather been a little more seasonal, but I'm glad there was no need to fight for a place in line for either crawfish or beer.

As a side note, I didn't realize they had added a feature this year: the mud pit/tractor pull. As luck would have it, I was fortunate enough to be in a vehicle equipped with 4-wheel drive, and didn't get to participate in THAT sport.