Saturday, January 30, 2010

Snow in the South

Here in the south, even minor bouts of snow tend to gob things up for a while. We have a small number of plows and resources to salt/brine only the highways and major roads. Based on this, those of us in the burbs (with no driving-in-snow skill) may be stuck for a while. The joke is about southerners flooding the grocery stores for milk and bread when a flake or two is forecast; I was far more worried about my stock of yarn and wine. I have some nice alpaca for the Aleita Shell and a bottle of Petite Sirah. I'll be fine, for a little while anyway.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

San Francisco

When I tell people that I will be working in San Francisco for a week (which I did last week and will likely do 3 or 4 times per year), they tend to react with glee..."ooooh, that sounds so fun!". While it IS a cool place that is very fun, there are big differences in:

  • Living in San Fran
  • Vacationing in San Fran
  • Working in San Fran briefly as a guest
I don't mean to sound ungrateful; I am happy that my SF teammates invite me and that we have an opportunity to get together for cocktails while I'm there. I love staying at the beautiful Omni San Francisco (see lobby pic) with it's luxurious bed.

What I do not like is the all day Monday and Friday airline extravaganzas and the attempt to pack a zillion meetings into the remaining three days. I similarly don't look forward to the backlog of emails and work that went unattended while I had all this "fun". I also would prefer not to spend $200 to board Snickers at the Pampered Pets Inn.  Admittedly, I could get out a little cheaper on that one, but it keeps my guilt in check.

While these trips break up the monotony of my life and give me the opportunity for new experiences, honestly I'm just tired.