Friday September 12, 2014

Thirty Years Ago This Month

Thirty years ago this month (Sept 1984), we packed everything into a 24-ft U-Haul truck with a VW camper minibus on a tow bar, and drove across the country from Fort Washington, Maryland, to Walnut Creek, California (2830 miles).

The original plan was to rent a house (owned by a friend who was moving to Hawaii for a few years) in Walnut Creek. However, the night before we got into the truck to drive west, we received a phone call. The house had been sold (surprise!). We could stay one night in that house when we arrived and the friend put us in touch with a real estate agent to help us find a different house to rent.

The trip wasn't bad, not really, but you could say that the phone call the night before we started rather set the tone.

— posted by Vicki after dinner on 2014_255 in RetrospectoscopePermalink | Comments (0)

Thursday August 28, 2014

In Mavericks, iTunes plays only audio, gray screen, no video

I recently upgraded our Mac Mini to Mac OS X 10.9 (aka Mavericks). This Mac Mini is connected to our television screen; we use it primarily for movies and tv shows played via Amazon or iTunes.

Imagine my surprise when I tried to play a purchased tv series episode and saw this:

Screen Shot

— posted by Vicki before dinner on 2014_240 in Computerware , Show & TellPermalink | Comments (0)

Saturday July 19, 2014

My Brain on EEG

I'm a Science Geek. I've loved Science, of all kinds, for as long as I can remember. In College, I discovered Psychology and participated in as many Psych labs as I could, whether for extra credit or not.

I also love learning about how the brain works. When Rich and I discovered Jeff Hawkins' book, On Intelligence, we purchased additional copies to give or lend to friends and family.

in 1994, I discovered the MBTI and I've been fascinated by it ever since. So, you might guess that I want to learn everything I can when science, brain studies, and the MBTI intersect! Or, as Dario Nardi put it:

Ah, the magic of Type + neuroscience... :-)

— posted by Vicki after noon on 2014_200 in Special Interests , Trivial PursuitsPermalink | Comments (0)

Thursday May 15, 2014

Aim for the Gold

Archery is the only sport I've ever loved. I took fencing, bowling, riflery, and pistol classes in college Phys Ed and I enjoyed them all, but archery was by far my favorite. I've loved it since I first tried it, in 6th grade. I was on the Archery Team for four years in college.

But, until today, it had been a Very Long Time (25 years or more, easily) since I last picked up a bow (in real life, that is; I shoot regularly in my dreams. ;-)

Today I spent a very happy hour doing something I used to do three nights a week... shooting arrows at targets.

I'm feeling happy, contented, and surprisingly energized right now.

— posted by Vicki after dinner on 2014_135 in Special Interests , Trivial PursuitsPermalink | Comments (0)

Monday May 12, 2014

The Price of a Cup

SBucks Love Your Beverage crop

There's a sign at Starbucks that says "Love your beverage or let us know. We'll always make it right." I think we can agree that arguing with a customer doesn't make things right; it makes things wrong (and annoying).

I like Coffee Frappuccinos. I like them a lot. I buy them often (gold card customer). I know, from watching these get made, that a large scoop of ice varies in the number of ice cubes and that there is often more "Venti Frappuccino" than fits in comfortably in a Venti cup.

It's one thing to order a latte and not get all of the foam. It's quite another to watch several ounces of Frappuccino go down the sink. I paid for that mixture. I want everything that's in the blender pitcher.

I used to ask for a dome lid (messy). Then, one day, the barista at our local Starbucks proposed a brilliant solution: ask for the next larger size up. Now I ask for a Trenta cup. Problem solved (all the drink; no mess) except in those occasional situations where the cashier is new... or wants to argue. **

— posted by Vicki before noon on 2014_132 in Random Thoughts , Trivial PursuitsPermalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday May 6, 2014

How Not to Handle Meeting Attendees

We went to a meeting last night. We've been to many meetings, at many venues, throughout the SF Bay Area over the past 10 years but this one was ... different. The security for the venue was both overdone and seemingly naive at the same time.

Venue: Silicon Valley tech company. "Training room". Sign in at the front desk. Security person on duty. Fairly standard.

Event registration was handled through EventBrite. I registered two people (myself and a "+1"). $20 each. I brought my receipt with me just in case. Again. fairly standard.

When we arrived, the people at the front desk had a list of names. Rich's name wasn't on the list. They had no idea how to handle a "+1". Literally, no idea. I was sent to talk to the woman who handled logistics for the meeting.

— posted by Vicki before noon on 2014_126 in Trivial PursuitsPermalink | Comments (0)

Sunday April 27, 2014


I had an interview two days ago... One of the questions stumped me.

The manager asked "Tell me about some challenges you've faced."

Now, I know from reading Ask A Manager (AAM) that the subtext is "work challenges that can be related to the position we're talking about." So, even if I broke my toe and yet needed to climb a mountain to rescue an old granny and her dog before they were evicted, that isn't what he's looking for...

Also from reading AAM, I know that I should not bring up any interpersonal or political issues, and most of my "challenges" over the years have been interpersonal (manager interaction).

And, finally, I'm a typical introvert; we need time to think. This wasn't a question I had prepared for because it wasn't a question I expected. Maybe that surprises you, but it wasn't a question I'd been asked before.

— posted by Vicki before noon on 2014_117 in Odd Corners , Random ThoughtsPermalink | Comments (0)