May 7th, 2003

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Day of launch stress (part one?)

Boss boy just came over and asked me if I've done any load testing of the new product. No of course I haven't and don't you think that asking me 14 hours before we release is a little on the pushing it side?

In other news, flamenco class went pretty well last night, and it's all because of the girl who's in the class who has already taken a year of flamenco. I think she's very frustrated with the teacher, though. And I was accused of clapping my hands like a seal last night. Sheesh!
  • Current Music
    "Back in Baby's Arms"
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Tasty Bite review three: Simla potatoes

Had half of my stuffed bell pepper and the TastyBite Simla Potatoes today for lunch. The potatoes had fairly good flavor and were a nice accompaniment to the meaty stuffing of the pepper. I could actually see the coriander seeds, and the contents of the packet looked less like slop than usual, with actual Chunks o' Tater swimming in a yellow sauce. I was too scared to try the Malabar Mixed Vegetables, though. The idea of something in a white sauce sitting in a space-age aluminum packet at room temperature for months on end sets off my food poisoning radar.

I also went for a walk to Grand Central Bakery to pick up a pastry treat, successfully avoiding the yummy looking daily specials (a kind of chicken oriental salad and a lamb sandwich) and returning only with an Apricot Jammer and a mother's day card for my remaining grandmother. I got kind of sad thinking about how just two years ago I could remember being in the same store (the Paper Cat) and looking at all of the cat cards and trying to figure out which one my other grandma would like the most. And I was also thinking about how sad it was that I didn't have a mother any more, and what a horrible state our relationship was in when her life ended. I wonder if I'll get sapped out every Mother's day now. I also hit the post office for a stamp, and since we're getting a wee break in testing right now I should be able to get the card mailed out today and hopefully there on time. And you, you should also get your card mailed out today to whoever is supposed to get it, or face the wrath of FTD.

We're going to see "Hercules' Sneeze", the puppet opera, at the Northwest Puppet Center this Friday. Anyone want to come with us?

It's really time for me to write my article on blogs. Maybe I can start on it tomorrow.
  • Current Music
    "Oye Como Va"
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The day of much busyness

I'm back at work, feeling very proud of myself for figuring out how to get myself to Pioneer Square and parked immediately after a baseball game without getting blocked by newly christened one way streets and closed off thoroughfares. And as expected the work is not ready for me yet, as a new bug "only visible on live" showed up while I was gone and it is still being remedied.

I'm pleased to report that Dear Raed did make it back online, and I'm killing some time now catching up with his last month. It looks like he didn't have internet for a very long time.

I managed to get out of here in time for my dinner meeting at Shanghai Garden, where I tried two new dishes per the recommendation above, one for pepper-salted spareribs (okay but not up to their normal standards), the other for what I call "tang bao," the "soup dumplings" made with an extra teaspoon of juice inside. Yummy! Those were just like in China, only better. We had a pretty good conversation about reorganizing the Early Music Guild site, then I ran Worthy Opponent home, drove Charles to Town Hall for the EMG board meeting, and ran to Mud Bay Granary to get some food for Boo. At the meeting, I actually voted against Charles' motion to get a new artist support program going, and said that the person who made the donation to the Guild in support of this program was arrogant (since they were trying to determine how we spent our money instead of letting us do it ourselves) ... we'll see if I made any enemies. It was the most outspoken I'd been in a while. Good thing Bill McJohn wasn't there or it would have been World War III in Town Hall. (Actually, David Brewster seemed to be getting most upset at my comments ... was he the one who made the donation?)
  • Current Music
    "Cellophane" - Chicago