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Monthly Archive: March 2007



March 2007



I love LA, but I love NYC more

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I was lucky enough to spend Wed-Sun in the sunny southern California region, thanks to work. Wed-Fri was a conference; I got to stay and hang out with friends the rest of the weekend. I saw my wonderful former roommate Lindsay, who I’ve known since before I could form complete sentences, and we got caught up. She’s a friend with whom things just always fall right back in to place. In fact, as I parked my rental car she was driving up, and within maybe five seconds we were bickering about something (not in a bad way, just joking). Who else besides old friends and siblings can get away with that?

On Saturday after brunch at a Hollywood-type place (with really yummy fruit bowls), I took off for Ventura. Sunny, sandy Ventura, where my former coworker Ariel and her family live. She gave birth a year ago to a premie who had some real problems, but the baby is just fine now, and I finally got to meet her!

Also fun? Driving. With my music playing. Loudly.

However, despite the loads of “pretty” people and sunshine, I can’t say I would really want to move back. Santa Monica would be the only place I’d want to live, but even that seems a little . . . eh.



March 2007



Oh snap

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Perhaps you’ve experienced that sinking feeling when a single keystroke accidentally destroys hours of work. Now imagine wiping out a disk drive containing an account worth $38 billion.


That’s what happened to a computer technician reformatting a disk drive at the Alaska Department of Revenue. While doing routine maintenance work, the technician accidentally deleted applicant information for an oil-funded account — one of Alaska residents’ biggest perks — and mistakenly reformatted the backup drive, as well.


One hell of a screw up.



March 2007



Irony Bell

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Lovely weekend!

After a relaxing evening in on Friday, I travelled to Philadelphia on Saturday to visit a colleague who moved down there last fall. We had a great time – the city is really cute.  We visited the Flower Show, which happened to have an Irish theme (perfect!).  The exhibitions were breathtaking – and of course the hall smelled wonderful.

We then hit this massive market, where I was a bit over-stimulated, so we bolted for less-crowded options. I saw the “Liberty” Bell – but had to pass through a metal detector, and put my bag through an x-ray machine, before I could. Heh.

Sunday was spent doing Sunday things – brunch with friends, a movie (The Lives of Others), then some summer vacation planning.

Back to work!