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What’s Going On

My posts have been few and far between lately. It isn’t that I stopped having opinions, but that I haven’t had the time or organization to put them together. How about a life update instead?

  • As you know, Grandpa died in August. The world goes on, of course, but differently than before. There’s stress and uncertainty about Grandma living alone, about the house, etc. that causes stress for his children, and then his grandchildren. This isn’t a new story; I’m sure you all know what I’m talking about. That doesn’t make it any easier. I continue to think about the care he received, and the questions aren’t going away. The hospital promised to look into it. I’m waiting to hear what they say. And I miss him.
  • I really really really really want to see Mike Doughty in November, but the tickets sold out in less than 2 minutes. If you have tickets you’re selling, drop me an email. I’m paying a lot – $50? $100? Name it.
  • Work. During conversation, it’s normal for friends to ask “And how is work going?” For weeks I had been saying “It’s very interesting and challenging. I’m enjoying it.” That answer surprised me as much as them. We’d all expected me to be searching for a new startup by now. More recently I’ve hit a rocky stretch. The entire management chain that purchased Tabblo left the company over the summer. HP created a new software division and put Tabblo in it. The uncertainty in mission created by that change has been unpleasant. I’m not going anywhere at this point, but I’m not saying “interesting and challenging.” At least not this week.
  • Vacation. I just got back from a three-day weekend in Las Vegas. It was great. I ate great meals, gambled, and caught up with friends. It was particularly good to see Craig and Dina Lozofsky and Trey Ideker. They are friends from the west coast that I see too rarely, and yet it’s great that we can have fun and catch up together. I treasure the friends that last this way. (The dinner with Doug and Karl in August qualifies in the same way.)
  • Sox. I was at the game on Friday, and saw Manny hit his mammoth homer. I’ll be there again on Friday to watch Beckett show the Indians who is boss.
  • Vacation II. In the winter, many New Englanders think of Florida or the Caribbean with longing. I am not one of them. I’m going to the top of Mount Washington on an EduTrip in January. January’s means are 5.2 Farenheit and 50 inches of snow. I can only hope for more.
  • Last but not least: I bought a new motorcycle. I drove it to work for a few days, then rain put me back in my car. A Ford Mustang has never felt so slow.