Rollerblading – State #19
Circa 1999, I called out a particular inept Microsoft Support Technician and criticized his approach to troubleshooting a customer’s server. Basically, he sent the customer a new DLL to install and once that update paralized their machine THEN he decided to ask what OS version they were using. After our altercation, someone from Microsoft left me a stern voicemail and told me that they were “appalled” at my tone and that they would be contacting my manager. That call never came and as far as I know Microsoft and I are back on professional terms. If there is still bad blood between me and the corporate giant, at least they did not block me from rollerblading in their hometown!
Rollerblading State #19 was secured on the beautiful Sammamish River Trail in Redmond, Washington. The weekend rain stopped just in time for a morning skate before my travels took me to Canada.
It was one of the few skates where I had company (Delaware and Colorado are the other two)! A high-school classmate of mine, Alex, rode his trike and my brand new co-worker, Katie, walked on foot.
As if the surrounding scenery was not enough to look at, local artwork accompanies the trail. Most of it is very interesting. But, it’s safe to say Alex is not a fan of the “Bluebird” piece.
“It is the single stupidest thing I have ever seen.”
To put his statement in perspective– I went to high school with Alex. I can attest he’s seen some pretty stupid things in his day (some performed by ME). And yet, this item stands out.
What lucky state will get the honor to be my 20th? Signs point to either Mississippi or Indiana. Both loom as possible trips for November!