Saturday, May 31, 2014
Friday, May 30, 2014
Let the ride continue
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Waiting for the Train
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Third One This Month
Starting the third conference of the month. Everyone seems to want to hold conferences before the summer sets in. This is six months of conferences in one month. Lots of listening and networking with my fellow wizards this month.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Monday, May 26, 2014
Memorial Day 2014
Sunday, May 25, 2014
Mr Tump's Building
The silver spire is the Chicago Trump tower. They are putting his name on it. A good idea or a bad idea? Most major buildings in Chicago don't have names on them.
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Much more crowded
Friday, May 23, 2014
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Then there were three
With a trip today to see the Milwaukee Art Museum, DG has now been to 47 states. Remaining to be visited are Idaho, Wyoming, and Hawaii. DG has a few states advantage over Travel. He started traveling 40 years before being accompanied by the flightless water fowl.
So what is Wisconsin like? It is like Florida without the warmth, palm trees and reptiles.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Can't get off the ground
The windshield is overheating, we are stuck at the gate. The shortest trip of the month, may take the longest.
The delay is now 8 hours. I am only 6 miles from home so far.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Who Could Be Angry Looking At That Face
Monday, May 19, 2014
Down the street from the hotel in Arizona was the Barry Goldwater memorial. A nice bronze in a park filled with cactus.
Sunday, May 18, 2014
We went out for a walk and spotted the duck tour comming out of the water at Gravelly Point. An interesting way to see the city. Note that the water is unusually hiigh, the dock is under water. It rained while I was in the dessert.
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Friday, May 16, 2014
This was the check in line at the airport this morning. I am very glad I was a couple of hours early. The line took about 45 minutes. Security was a breeze, other than the guy in front of me who kept stopping in the metal detector and putting his hands up. Pre check is metal detectors only no strip scan. He kept surrendering.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
On the road but still working. I had a planning call for a national conference scheduled for this morning that I was hosting. Looking at the calendar and time zones I figured out that my noon eastern time call would fit in before the 10 am opening session in Phoenix. So the call went on as scheduled. I sat on the terrace of my hotel room, working - working - working. I could get used to this. Headed home tomorrow.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Conference host committee reception
Nice reception this evening at the home of the chair of the host committee in Phoenix. Nice mid century modern.
Today I am in a board meeting, long and detailed, just watched a room for of people with advanced degrees debate for 30 minutes the difference between retired and emeritus professionals. Interesting, I have an opinion on that. The principle that the smaller the stakes, the greater the debate applied, the decision when it is someday made impacts about 10 members out of 4,500.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Daytime in Spo-ville
From this angle you can see why it is called Camel Back Mountain. Nice view from a nice hotel room. I had to decide which walk in closet to use. Who needs two walk in closets in a hotel room?
Monday, May 12, 2014
The Washington Monument opened today. It has been closed for 32 months to repair earthquake damage. Yes, earthquake damage. The view has not been repaired. I am at the airport headed to Spo-ville. Another week of dealing with time zones.
Sunday, May 11, 2014
I am a 10 minute walk from a subway station. The station has three parking garages. This is the view from the tallest of them. The tall building on the left is the George Washington Masonic memorial at the end of King Street. To the right of center is the patent office. The condo is on the top of a tree covered hill. If we cut all of the trees down I would have a similar view. In the winter when the leaves are off the trees I can see the masonic memorial from my terrace.
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Not Quite Calvados
Friday, May 09, 2014
Long day slaying dragons. Headed home for the weekend. Next week I get to go board or should it be bored meeting in the dessert.
Thursday, May 08, 2014
Bees, where would we be without bees? A lot of our food chain is dependent on bees for pollination. I grew up on a bee farm. From the mid 1950s until the early 80s my family made a living tending bees. Lots of bees. In a good year we would ship 100,000 pounds of honey. Our best year we shipped over 250,000 pounds. That is a lot of sweet and sticky. A little known fact, bees stink.
Wednesday, May 07, 2014
I Cleaned My Desk a Couple of Weeks Ago
I swear the paper fairy comes in here when I am home and adds to the stacks. Either that or the paper rooster has found his way through the fence, and the chicks are hatching.
Tuesday, May 06, 2014
Bad Joke for Dr Spo
Monday, May 05, 2014
What a $630 dent looks like
Sunday, May 04, 2014
I found this one in the airport in Portland, made by a local craft distiller. Made from sugar cane molasses, distilled in pot stills. It has a buttery flavor. Very smooth, not perfectly clear, but very flavorful. Limited production, labeled with batch and bottle number.
Saturday, May 03, 2014
Headed home today. It was a great conference. Lots of my fellow wizards to network with. It will be nice to be home. The time zone change will be difficult. And in a little over a week I am headed back for the three hour change again.
Friday, May 02, 2014
It may not be a streetcar named desire, but I wish DC would get over itself and bring them back. The fight in DC is over the overhead power feed. Did you notice the power lines in this picture, me neither. I desire streetcars.
Thursday, May 01, 2014
Out to lunch
A bright sunny day in Portland. I have noticed that the sun, even when bright, is softer then farther south. The quality of the light can trigger memories of place. Contrast, shadow and vividness of color vary with the nature of the light.
I am out to lunch. The morning session I was worried about went very well. The toughest of the work is done.