June 2008

30. June, 2008 - stick a fork in June

As you may have noticed over the years, I’m a believer in the 6 Ps. I plan things. And I get a little cranky when things don’t go as planned. So the second half of June has been particularly frustrating. Not going to go into details, but this past weekend was a fine capper for the month. On Friday morning I thought that “Plan A” was still in good shape, but I ended up on “Plan D” for the weekend. Builds character or something like that, right? Right?

I think that’s going to do it for June.

16. June, 2008 - WWDC and San Francisco

I’m back from WWDC and have had most of a weekend to get caught up. It’s about time to head off to work, but there are a few things I want to type about before getting started on the week.

As for WWDC itself, if you’re a Mac developer, it was fairly boring. It was more about what Apple’s taking away than what they’re adding. There are a lot of old APIs that are going to be a pain for Apple to support, so they’re going away. If you’re interested in programming for Apple’s phone, there was lots of good information, so probably half the people there learned a lot. I just wasn’t one of them. And I think that’s enough of a quick summary of the conference.

San Francisco in Fog
San Francisco in Fog

I had a revelation about San Francisco while I was out there this time. While it’s a nice enough city, and certainly is picturesque, and there are folks I like to see when I’m there, I found that I don’t really like it all that much. I’m always staying downtown, close to Market & Powell, and there are two smells in that part of town. Either it smells of piss, or it smells of Lysol for the half-hour after the cleaners have blasted the sidewalks. Neither is really my idea of appealing.

That’s not to say I don’t understand why folks want to live there. It’s a vibrant city, and as my cab driver said on the way into town, You don’t need a TV if you live here, just go outside and look around. But I’m getting older and crankier, and having to walk past the beggars on the streets, step carefully around suspicious puddles, and generally deal with a lot of “ickiness” every day I’m there has lost whatever appeal it might once have had. Add in the fact that it’s a very expensive place to be, and I don’t think I’m likely to want to visit there for fun.

7. June, 2008 - Zappa Plays Zappa

I went to see Zappa Plays Zappa at First Avenue last night. The reviews are pretty positive among the faithful, which is to be expected, but I enjoyed the show too, and I don’t think I really qualify as one of the hardcore faithful. If you liked Frank’s music, you’d have liked the show, and Dweezil has put together a pretty darned credible band to play his dad’s songs. And that’s about all I have to say about the show.

My complaint is more with the buses. The show was downtown, so I took the bus down. That went fine, and we had a fine dinner followed by some fine music. Walked down to the LRT station with Scott afterwards (he needed to ride the train down a ways before catching his bus to St. Paul), and missed both a 4 and a 61 bus that would have gotten me home while I was talking to Scott. No biggie, I figure. That was the last 61 of the night, but the 4s run every half-hour, and I can do some people-watching for fifteen or twenty minutes with no problem (and there was plenty of good people-watching downtown last night, including one gal wearing some “hot-pants” that might not have been substantial enough for some beaches – Yow!)

But for whatever reason, the next 4 bus never came. I ended up waiting almost an hour for the bus, and after three hours of standing around in First Ave watching the show, that was way too long. I just wanted to be home. I would have been fine with the normal wait, but when a bus completely misses a run, that’s just the kind of pain in the ass that makes me less likely to head downtown next time there’s something cool going on.


We're smug pricks on bikes!
We’re smug pricks on bikes!
(image courtesy Joey)
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