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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. 

View from one of the bridges along the trail

View from Sammamish River Trail

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. 

My companions, Alex and Katie

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. 

The single stupidest thing Alex has ever seen

A sculpture Alex did not declare as stupid (and one of my favorites to boot).

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!

Until then, enjoy more photos of Rollerblading State #19 on my Flickr account.

October 28, 2007 at 10:47 pm 4 comments

Google Alert – False Alarm

Earlier this week, I got this Google Alert:

My diary – More thoughts on TGAW. But not too many…
Working with TGAW. I know that I have no chance with her and that is because she is married and so am I. I also have a family. And I know that the grass is …

“What the–” I thought and clicked on it.  It pointed to the diary of a married man who fancies a woman he works with.  This had me quite confused (especially since I usually work from home) until I finally realized he wasn’t talking about me.  TGAW = The Girl At Work.  Duh.

The fact that he lives in the U.K. was a strong indicator he wasn’t talking about me.  In retrospect, this line in the very first paragraph should have been a clue:

Her husband must put up with a lot because of the horses.

And perhaps this line as well:

And I bet she has a temper although I’ve never seen anyone give her reason to lose it.

Whoever this other TGAW is… she obviously doesn’t work with Microsoft technologies. 

May 15, 2007 at 11:03 pm Leave a comment

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