Friday, March 30, 2007


Tomorrow morning Linzy and I will be flying down to LongBoat Key in Florida to spend the week relaxing on the Gulf of Mexico.

I'm looking forward to having a whole week to relax. It has been a couple of years since we were last in Florida, and this will be the first time in a long time that I'll have been down there and not been to Disney World. I'm a little disappointed we won't get to check out the new Everest ride, but we'll be going to Busch Gardens so there will be a little bit of theme park excitement. Plus there will be all that golfing.

See you when we get back.

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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Raising Cane's

On Tuesday night, Linzy and I went over to the latest fast food chain to invade Apple Valley: Raising Cane's. They opened shop by tearing down an old Burger King (which had struggled for years) and building a new place on the corner of County Road 42 and Cedar Ave.

Prior to Tuesday, I didn't know anything about the restaurant except that it served chicken fingers (that being part of the subtitle of the establishment).

What I didn't realize was just how serious they are about chicken fingers. Serious enough that their four item menu contains only chicken fingers. The furthest afield they get is by slapping those chicken fingers on a bun and calling it a sandwich. There's something to be said for knowing your strengths I guess.

Both Linzy and I went with the trademark "Box" combo, 4 chicken strips, texas toast, fries and coleslaw. The chicken strips are pretty good sized, so it was probably a bit more food then I needed.

Unfortunately, I wasn't all that impressed with the meal. The chicken itself was very good, but I would liked a bit more breading. The famed "Cane's Sauce" was pretty good, but not as spicy as I was hoping. The Texas toast was not anywhere near as good as Grizzly's texas toast, and the fries were not anything special.

Price-wise it seemed comparable to or perhaps just a little more expensive then your typical fast-food places ($6.39 for the Box combo I think).

All in all, I didn't think it was anything particularly noteworthy, and I doubt we'll be going out of our way to go back.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Claims and Representations

At work, we got a couple Sprint Mobile Broadband cards to use with our laptops when on-call. While I was working on installing the necessary software earlier this week, I was flipping through the contents of the package and notice a fairly large piece of paper with a legal disclaimer on it. It said:

The Sprint Mobile Broadband USB Modem by Novatel Wireless Ovation (tm) u720 offers broadband download speeds on the Sprint Power Vision (sm) Network where available.
...snip one sentence...
Sprint does not warrant and makes no representations or claims that you will experience continuous broadband-like speeds, where Sprint Power Vision coverage is available.

So which is it? Saying "offers broadband download speeds" sure sounds like a claim to me.

[ And yes, I realize they are hedging on 'continuous', but I still thought it was amusing since a mere 15 words separated the claim and the backpedaling. ]

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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Rusty Skills

Yesterday I related the embarrassing story of my second-to-last game of golf ever. The reason it was on my mind is because I've signed myself up for playing golf again.

Linzy, my parents and I will be heading to Florida on vacation next week. As a gift for his birthday, Linzy and I gave Dad a certificate for a free round of golf during the trip and a golfing partner: me.

In a most likely futile attempt to not look like a total idiot out on the course, I told my Dad the one condition of the certificate was that we had to go to the driving range once before we left.

So on Sunday he and I went over to a local driving range to try to work my copious rust off. Unfortunately, it looks like I might be in for some serious humiliation as I was looking pretty damn rusty. I guess thats what not playing for over 15 years will get you.

The lone bright spot of my trip to the driving range was the 7-iron, which I could still hit relatively straight albeit not particularly far. Don't think I'm too proud to use just that club and a putter for the entire round if thats what it takes.

Despite my rusty skills my Dad claimed he was looking forward to golfing with me, we'll see whether that still holds true if he has to make me walk a few holes during the round.

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Monday, March 26, 2007

Temper Temper

When I was a kid, I used to golf a fair amount. My Dad loves to golf, and so playing provided a good way for us to spend time together. I don't recall how long exactly I actually golfed but I definitely recall using kid-sized clubs for several years before eventually growing enough to be able to use my Dad's old set (complete with retro real-wood woods), so it was for a good number of years.

The main problem with me and golfing was that, despite taking a number of lessons and playing a time or two each month during the summer, I was not very good. And as you might have heard, I can be a bit over-competitive. That, combined with a young-adult's temper control, led to me getting pretty frustrated with the game at times.

The most infamous episode took place while we were on a family vacation in Florida.

My Dad and I took one morning and went over to a local course to play a round. Vacation golfing excursions were always highly prized, as my dad would rent us a cart and let me drive. That was awesome, as far as I was concerned, however not awesome enough to get me to behave.

As this particular golf round progressed, I was having a difficult round. A monumentally difficult round, I hope, although I don't recall for certain. Regardless, I was in a funk, stomping around, being angry and likely no fun to be around. Eventually even my extremely tolerant Dad had had enough.

An ultimatum was laid down that if I didn't shape up and calm down, I would be walking the course. I believe I threw a club in response. And so, my Dad leaned over, picked up my ball, and I walked the next three holes in complete shame and humiliation.

That was the last time I played golf for quite a while. I believe I played one more round the following year, but after having a bad round and getting extremely frustrated during that one as well, I admitted defeat and gave the game up.

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Sunday, March 25, 2007

Full Day

How I filled every waking moment of Saturday:

  • Woke up, had breakfast/coffee and read the paper.
  • Took the dog for a walk.
  • Went running for a little over an hour.
  • Ate lunch.
  • Cleaned the house.
  • Went to the park and played catch with the aerobie with Paul.
  • Took the dog for a walk.
  • Met up with Allison, Brenden, Fred, and Robin at Buffalo Wild Wings.
  • Left BW3s and went over to Fred & Robin's to play Settlers of Catan.
  • Watched random TV and checked out the totally-illegal Chinese gaming system (made up of non-working and poorly copied NES roms) Fred bought Robin for Christmas.
  • Came home, went to bed.

That filled an entire day 8:30am through midnight. It was busy, but a lot of fun.

The weather was great, so it was fun to get out and play with the aerobie in the park. And Linzy and I hadn't seen Fred, Robin, and Allison since the end of January, so it was good to spend some time with them. Even if I didn't put up a particularly good showing in Settlers. :)

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Friday, March 23, 2007


Today it was sunny and about 60 degrees out. I went for a quick walk around the building after lunch and it felt great out. Perhaps not as great as the guy who was shirtlessly breaking up a concrete sign with a hammer wanted you to believe, but pretty nice nonetheless.

I snuck out of work a little early, because it was quiet and seemed like the perfect day to duck out a bit earlier then normal. On the way home, Linzy called me to see if we wanted to have two friends over to share dinner on a whim. In a weird coincidence, one of them happened to be standing behind me at that exact moment, as we had ended up on the same bus.

The weather made it the perfect day to fire up the grill for the first time in months, and enjoy a fancy dinner. Days like this are why spring is my favorite time of year.

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Thursday, March 22, 2007

Package Tracking

I've had a couple occurrences again lately where I order something online and it takes days or weeks to ship and then when it finally has 'shipped', the tracking information provides no insight into what is going on with the package. Then it will just randomly show up without there having been any updates to the tracking info.

For example, I ordered something on the 14th. It theoretically shipped on the 19th. Up until 4pm this afternoon there was only this information regarding tracking:

Date Time Location Event Details
March 19, 2007 --- US Carrier notified to pick up package

Then this afternoon it was updated with this:
March 22, 2007 12:03:00 PM LAKEVILLE MN US Delivered

Can you really call that tracking information? It looks more like delivery confirmation to me.

The last time this happened the package spent an entire week in the 'carrier notified' state, and then the package showed up a week later. The day after I got the package they dumped in 6 rows of tracking information. That was very helpful.

Similarly, last week Linzy had a package that was updated as delivered despite the fact hadn't been. That package showed up the following day, but the tracking information insisted it had been delivered the previous day.

Now, I have no issue with it taking 4 days to mail something to me, especially when they were predicting a delivery date of 3/30 and I wasn't paying for shipping. But it seems like they could at least make a half-hearted attempt to provide some sort of status information other then 'trust us, the package is on its way' or 'Didn't we already give that to you?'.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Power Outage

My work building lost power briefly this afternoon. It didn't affect the server room, so that kept the excitement to a minimum, but we did lose the network, the VoIP phones, and all the desktop PCs. This would not be of particular note, except that my boss happened to be in the elevator when the power went off.

Apparently all the lights went out and the car screeched to an abrupt halt (I assume as a safety mechanism). Some of our elevators don't have phones in them, only call buttons. Which of course don't work when the power is off (if you could even find them without lights). Anyway, my boss is somewhat claustrophobic and so ended up forcing the doors open when he realized he could hear people talking and assumed he was near a floor.

Thus right as a co-worker and I were heading over to the elevator to go check on the servers, there was my boss climbing out of the elevator over the couple foot gap between the bottom of the elevator and our floor. At that point we decided that perhaps we didn't need to actually physically go into the server room. At least not via the elevators.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007


Tonight the house a couple down the street had some sort of emergency. We had a couple cop cars, two fire chiefs, a full-sized fire truck and an ambulance show up. I only noticed the commotion when the last cop car showed up because he was parked nearly in front of our house and his flashing lights reflected into the room I was in.

However, everyone else on the street however was apparently well aware. I've never seen so many people milling about trying to look like they weren't gawking. Checking out their car parked in the driveway, inspecting bushes they haven't looked at all winter, walking the dog down that side of the street, driving up and down the street (over and over), etc.

Apparently no one could resist trying to find out what was going on. The ambulance's arrival was relatively low-key (flashing lights but no siren, relatively low speed, reasonably relaxed jog into the house) so I assume it was nothing too serious. Or it was very serious, and they knew it was too late.

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Monday, March 19, 2007

Did I Say That Out Loud?

We have had a couple of all-hands meetings (at various levels) scheduled at work recently and they got me thinking about the meetings and how they sometimes end up coming off a little weird.

My former company was the king of the head-shaking all-hands meeting. Sometimes when executives were adlibbing you would get the distinct impression that the strategy was hashed out on the back of a napkin during happy hour, since every story would start with 'X and I were at a bar'.

That was nothing though, compared to one of the all-hands that company had back in the day.

It was during one of the many periods of layoffs and poor results. The whole all-hands had been about job cuts and how we were going to save all kinds of money by not rehiring positions that left by attrition, etc. A real upper of a meeting.

Anyway, at one point the CEO brings out a new executive they had just hired as "Vice President of Cost Containment" or something very similar to that. During an awkward transition between portions of the company-wide TV broadcast, the CEO goes:

"So, do they call you the hatchet-man then?"

Whoops. The new VP gives him this look like "WTF did you just say?". There was a horrible, cringe-inspiring pause and then they mumbled something and tried to move on.

That exchange was good for countless laughs over the next few months as we re-enacted it for various co-workers who missed the broadcast.

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Sunday, March 18, 2007

Dad's Birthday

Saturday was my Dad's birthday, and as is tradition we got together to celebrate. This year we went over to my parent's house. We watched Casino Royale (which my Dad and Linzy really liked, Mom...not so much). Then Dad and I moved a sleeper sofa out of the basement. How's that for Birthday fun?

We had an awesome dinner with a homemade lasagna Linzy made for, but was leftover from, the bridal shower last weekend. Afterwards Dad opened his present and we ate the cake he had picked out. The 'cake' was actually a Cheesecake Factory Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake, and was just as good as you might suspect.

All in all it was a very fun time. Read on for some pictures.

The birthday father.

The lasagna Linzy made, which was great.

Dad's cake with candles.

The cake was sort of a strange size, so there was some discussion about what would be appropriately-sized pieces.

The piece size Dad and I ended up with. It wasn't quite as grotesquely huge as it looks, because the piece was short. Honest.

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Saturday, March 17, 2007

Movie Wrapup

It has been quite a while since I've had to sink to movie recaps in order to come up with content, but I guess it was inevitable. To try and keep things interesting enough for Dan (who says he reads most everything on the blog except those 'movie reviews') I'll try to keep each one brief.

In chronological order of when I saw them, dating back to mid-January:

Over the Hedge
Very funny, perhaps not quite as funny as everyone claimed but it was pretty good. The squirrel on caffeine was the highlight of the movie.

Jet Li's Fearless
I was pleasantly surprised by this movie. Brenden had previously warned me that it wasn't nearly as good as he was expecting, so I had pretty low expectations going into it. The movie was definitely not on the order of Hero or Crouching Tiger, but it was OK for what it was. Which was a story about a Chinese martial arts master who became something of a folk-hero.

The Illusionist
Good, but ridiculously predictable. Previously reviewed in-depth.

Thank You for Smoking
I liked the movie, but it was a bit different then I was expecting. It was less about smoking then it was about lobbyists, and it wasn't really as funny as I thought it would be.

I enjoyed it, as previously mentioned here.

Smokin' Aces
Very strange, but it was OK. The huge sniper rifle was awesome, but the rest of the movie was weird. Also previously mentioned here.

I really enjoyed it. I didn't know much about the Robert Hanssen story, so most of the story was new to me. The movie was pretty fast-paced and kept the tension up pretty well. Linzy and I saw it in the theater, and while it might not be worth that it should definitely be a rental.

Little Miss Sunshine
A victim of too-high expectations I think. Too many people raved about how hilarious it was, so that I ended up a bit disappointed. The big scene at the end was of course funny, but it seemed to take a long time to get there.

A beneficiary of rock-bottom expectations. I was expecting a horrid, horrid movie, and it wasn't. Oh it certainly wasn't Oscar worthy, but I did find it funny. It made me want to watch Super Troopers again.

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Thursday, March 15, 2007

Things I can Do Without

We were over at a friend's house for dinner tonight and at one point got to talking about crazy injuries we have suffered in the past. As a result I now have three new things to add to the list of things I don't ever want to have happen to me:

Stepping on a nail and having it go through the bottom of your foot and out the top.

Stubbing your big toe on a buried razor sharp rock on the beach in Mexico and having it slice your toenail off the toe.

Having wisdom teeth taken out without being put under anesthesia.

Sure that last one isn't really an 'injury' but I'm still pretty sure I don't need to experience it.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Important Lessons

Tonight Linzy had made plans to meet one of her cousins for dinner, leaving me unsupervised and fending for myself. When I got home and surveyed the possibilities, I realized I was in luck for 'easy' meals. Since we had the party here this weekend, the freezer was unusually stocked with easy-to-cook leftover snack items.

I was initially thinking about making a meal out of TGI Fridays Chicken Quesadilla Rollups, with a side of tortilla chips & salsa but that seemed unreasonably irresponsible, even for me. Instead I settled on frozen pizza.

Unfortunately when I took the pizza out I discovered it was actually only a small 9-inch one. After comparing the size of the pizza to the size of my hunger, I decided that perhaps one pizza wasn't going to be enough. It looked small, after all.

Thus I learned an important lesson: there is no reason for me to eat two whole 9-inch frozen pizzas, even if they are thin crust and light on toppings, that is way, way too much food.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2007


Well, the new start of Daylight Savings time came and went at my office with no problems on anything I worked on, despite the fact that Sun botched their DST patches. Our calendars were all screwed up (though not consistently, some meetings were moved an hour, others not at all) but that was pretty easy to fix.

I did notice one problem at the office though, the waterfall by the escalators isn't DST compatible. Normally it turns on every morning automatically at 7:30 (which coincidentally happens to be around the time when I am walking in), but the past two days it hasn't been turning on. On Monday I happened to be downstairs to see it turn on at 8:30, like clockwork.

I imagine in three weeks it will be right back on schedule, assuming no one in maintenance notices it first. Until then, though, I'll have something to smile about first thing each morning when I look at the bone-dry waterfall.

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Monday, March 12, 2007

What a difference 9 days makes

Exhibit A (3/3/2007):

Exhibit B (3/12/2007):

Then, 33 degrees, snowy and icy with about 2.5 feet of snow on the ground (in the picture you lose the perspective of how big those piles were). Now, 55, sunny and virtually no snow in the front yard except where the driveway or road snow was piled.

The weather felt spectacular today.

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Sunday, March 11, 2007

Twilight Imperium

On Saturday, as planned, Dan P, Dan O, Brenden and I got together for an epic game of Twilight Imperium. None of us had played before, but I had a blast even with trying to figure out the rules as we went.

If you aren't familiar with Twilight Imperium, it is a strategy boardgame of space combat. It is known for extremely long games, such that saying 'an epic game of Twilight Imperium' is probably redundant. Supposedly a typical game takes between 4-6 hours. Lets just say we exceeded that expectation. By a lot.

In fact, it took 2 full hours just for us to setup the board, read through and try to understand the rules and get everything ready to play. For reference, by the time everything was 'ready to play' we had filled every square inch of a 4x6 table as well as an auxiliary TV tray.

We started setting up at about 1:30, had the game more-or-less in progress by 3:30, and called the game at about 10:30 even though we weren't technically quite done at that point. So about 9 hours of game time. It would likely be quicker (relatively speaking) now that we understand what is going on.

The game takes so long because it is very complex, but that complexity adds a good amount of depth and opportunity to strategize. You have to juggle building armies with saving political influence with maneuvering to takeover and hold planets with researching new technology and trading with other players.

Dan P won the game (apparently a strategy game threat since this came on the heels of his Risk victory), and I was in a close second place. Brenden and Dan O. had a bit tougher time of things, Brenden in particular had a terrible starting position and Dan O's position wasn't much better.

Anyway, the game was a lot of fun and I think everyone enjoyed themselves. It was great to spend all that time with my friends.

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Friday, March 09, 2007


Tonight Linzy and I spent rushing to try and get enough chores done so that her bridal shower/bachelorette party for Felicia can go on tomorrow. Schedules and plans got all screwed up when Linzy had her accident and spent most of the week trying to recover.

Tonight I got challenging and important jobs like 'inflating the palm tree', and 'cleaning the house' while Linzy did the real work of making the lasagna and slicing the snack foods.

Then after some more last minute work tomorrow morning, then I'll be leaving to spend the day playing Twilight Imperium with Dan, Dan, and Brenden and perhaps seeing a movie. I'm really looking forward to it. Hopefully the four of us can manage to figure out enough of the rules to make the game work, since none of us has ever played it before.

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Thursday, March 08, 2007

Team Building

Yesterday, we had a team-building event at work where all the people working on a particular project went over to Gameworks for some lunch and bowling. It was a pretty good time. The food wasn't spectacular, and the bowling lanes at Gameworks are fairly subpar, but it was still fun to spend an hour or two during work doing something fun for a change.

I actually ended up winning 4 bucks, as my four bowling partners wanted to bet a buck a game. I'm always up for taking people's money in bowling, so I was game. After the first game, no one wanted to bet anymore. Although, they should have because I actually ended up losing that second game once another guy got warmed up, 174-181 (which was quite an improvement from his 111 the first game).

Interestingly, that was the second fun event I've been to for work since I started less then 6 months ago. And that doesn't count the occasional lunch & board game sessions. By May, I'll likely have tied the number of events we had in the ~7 years at my old job (other then going away lunches).

I don't think these events are all that expensive for the company to put on, but they sure make a world of difference for morale.

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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Waffle House

When I was younger, we used to take long summer vacations where we would pile into the family mini-van and drive all over the country. In addition to making a loop out west and a loop out east, we also drove to Florida at least once.

The trip to Florida spawned many interesting memories, but the one that I recalled tonight was our breakfasts at Waffle House. If you've ever been to the south US you know there is a Waffle House every two or three blocks once you get a bit south. This particular trip we hit Waffle House as a new experience after the first night in a hotel, and never looked back. I think we ate there just about every single morning on that trip.

Waffle House is fine, I suppose (though it is virtually impossible to order anything without grits), but at the time I loved it. I was probably the primary reason we ate there every morning. However after eating there every day for a week or two, even I was getting a little sick of it.

Anyway, Waffle House came to mind today when I saw the much-linked-to picture of the Waffle House code system cheat sheet. Its a picture of the way they use condiment packages to keep track of what order is what.

Honestly it seems overly complicated to me, it seems like it would be easier to just remember what each order was rather then try to translate it into specifically positioned ketchup packets. But then again, I've never been a short-order cook so who knows.

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Tuesday, March 06, 2007


Today my Dad and I went out to lunch and decided to branch out a little and try the Panchero's in Block E. I had previously heard from a friend that it was pretty good, particularly their quesadillas.

Upon arriving at the restaurant I filled my Dad in on the quesadilla recommendation and we both ended up ordering one. After all, it had gotten a specific mention as being particularly noteworthy.

Now, a quesadilla is pretty hard to screw up. Its got cheese, some tasty meat, perhaps a bit of salsa and/or sour cream, maybe even a little lettuce, if you want to get crazy.

Unfortunately Panchero's managed to screw them up. The quesadillas had cheese and meat, but the tortilla was barely warmed, let alone crispy. And the cheese and meat (what little there was) was surprisingly bland. Even the addition of a little salsa couldn't save it. The most ridiculous part was the fact that the quesadilla was virtually the same price as the burrito (which in hindsight looked like a better choice) but had virtually none of the ingredients.

I was highly disappointed, but I guess that is what I get for getting my expectations up.

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Monday, March 05, 2007

Safely Drivable

I called the insurance company tonight to find out how exactly I go about securing a rental car to replace the Pathfinder. Apparently the claims agent I talked to on Friday was as incompetent as he sounded when I called, because nothing had been started other then opening the claim. I should have been suspicious when he kept insisting that he had no 'Lakeville' police department that could have responded to the accident; that it must have been 'Lake Elmo'.

Anyway, before I knew any of that I was just trying to find out how to get a rental car. So when I asked how I go about doing that, the lady responded "But...the car is safely drivable, you don't need a rental car".

I was laughing too hard to come up with a response other then "Are you serious? It has no front end".

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Sunday, March 04, 2007

Bumper Cars

We had some excitement here at the Eck household this weekend, Linzy got in a car accident.

On Friday morning I was working from home again and Linzy left in the Pathfinder to go to the YMCA for her morning pool activities. Since it was still sort of snowing she decided to stick to the main roads and go up 35W to Burnsville. Unfortunately near Buck Hill there was a sheet of ice on the road and the truck spun out of control (even though she was only going 35-40 mph) and slammed into the concrete median.

Two women driving by stopped to check on her, and found Linzy unconscious after hitting her head on the steering wheel. Linzy woke up, someone called an ambulance, and then Linzy called me to let me know what happened.

I beat them to the hospital (which coincidentally happens to be across the street from the Y) taking backroads, because it took a while for the ambulance to respond.

We spent basically the rest of the day in the ER waiting. The initial consultation was quick, but once they determined Linzy didn't have any life threatening injuries, we got shuffled to the bottom of the list and ended up waiting 4.5 hours to have the x-rays read and get discharged.

Anyway, the bottom line is that Linzy should be fine. She is just bruised, and got whiplash on her neck from the crash. Whereas we had plans on Friday and Saturday night, instead we stayed home and Linzy slept all weekend (the medicine they gave her makes her sleepy). Hopefully in a couple three days she'll be back to normal.

The same may not be true of the Pathfinder. To my amateur eye, it appears that the crumple zone worked as designed and basically just the front foot of the car got crushed in. As long as the frame isn't bent and the engine didn't get damaged it should be fixable. We'll know more later this week when the adjuster checks it out. If we weren't already going to get dropped by the insurance company after our roof claim, I fully expect this to seal the deal.

I'm pretty relieved that Linzy escaped with relatively minor injuries. I imagine they don't seem minor to her right now, but in my mind 4-5 days of recovery seems 'minor' as far as slamming into concrete walls at 40mph goes.

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Saturday, March 03, 2007

Rules, Schmules

I was at the gas station today filling up my car, as well as the snowblower gas can (with all the snow I went through a surprising amount). While I was waiting for the process to finish, I heard a car pull up behind me. Then I heard the car door open and shut, and someone getting the pump ready. What I didn't hear was the engine shut off.

Turning around, it became apparent that the lady had no intention of turning her car off. That's not that uncommon around here, if the weather is very cold, but today the temperature was a sunny 33 so there wasn't really much reason not to turn off your car.

I shrugged, and it was time to switch to filling the gas can anyway, so I went back to minding my own business. After a bit, I was all down and working on putting everything away when I happened to look back at lady-with-the-running-car. She was milling around the area, smoking a cigarette!

Between turning off your car and not smoking, that's like rule #1 and 2 on the list of instructions for pumping gas.

I left shortly there after so I didn't see if she actually put her cigarette out by squirting gas on it, but if tomorrow there is a story about a gas station going up in flames, you know why.

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Friday, March 02, 2007


Linzy ordered some books from a few weeks ago. They've been 'in transit' forever, and this morning I was teasing her that they may never arrive. The mailman proved me wrong by delivering a package today. Unfortunately for Linzy, the package only contained one of the two books she ordered.

Fitting I guess.

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Thursday, March 01, 2007


We're in the midst of a fairly messy snowstorm here in the fine state of Minnesota. It was supposed to have started yesterday at noon, but instead held off until this morning. Things looked OK in the early morning, but then got steadily worse as the day progressed.

Rather then spend several hours trapped on, or waiting for a bus to take me to and from work I decided to just work from home today. Being home also let me witness an amusing sequence of conversations between Linzy and the doctor's office.

You see, Linzy had an appointment today at 2:30. We were laughing yesterday when we heard the weather report about what the chances were that the appointment would actually take place.

Mid-morning, Linzy called the office to make sure the Doctor actually made it in and had this conversation with the receptionist:

Linzy: Yeah, I have a 2:30 appointment, I was wondering if he made it in today?
Lady: Well, no but he doesn't normally come until 1:15pm
Linzy: Oh. Well, do you know if he is still coming in today? The weather is kind of bad, you know...
Lady: Oh. He always makes it in.

Now, you have to read that last sentence with a significant scoff. As in, "You're an idiot, why would you even ask that?". Linzy responded "Oh, OK. By the way, have you looked outside lately?". To which the lady responded, of course, "No".

Flash-forward to 1:45, and the phone rings. Who is it? Oh, the doctor's office. Why are they calling? Oh, because not only did the guy not make it in, but they are closing the entire office because of the storm.

I guess someone actually looked out the window.

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