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Happy Valentines Day!

A little girl and her mother were out and about. The girl, out of the blue, asked her mother, “Mommy, How old are you?”
The mother responded, “Honey, women don’t talk about their age. You’ll learn this as you get older. The girl then asked, “Mommy, how much do you weigh?”
Her mother responded again, “That’s another thing women don’t talk about. You’ll learn this, too, as you grow up.”
The girl still wanting to know about her mother, then fires off another question, “Mommy, Why did you and Daddy get a divorce?”
The mother, a little annoyed by the questions, responded, “Honey, that is a subject that hurts me very much, and I don’t want to talk about it now.”
The little girl, frustrated, sulks until she is dropped off at a friend’s house to play. She consults with her girlfriend about her and her mother’s conversation. The girlfriend says, “All you have to do is sneak and look at your mother’s driver’s license. It’s just a like a report card from school. It tells you everything.” Later, the little girl and her mother are out and about again. The little girl starts off with, “Mommy, Mommy, I know how old you are. I know how old you are. You’re 32 years old.”
The mother is very shocked. She asks, “Sweetheart, how do you know that?”
The little girl shrugs and says, “I just know. And I know how much you weigh. You weigh 130 pounds.”
“Where did you learn that?”
The little girl says, “I just know. And I know why you and daddy got a divorce. You got an “F” in sex.”
( 😀 Shamelessly plucked from AltoJokes. )

Cam, Good Feedback, Ultimate and Drive-thru Everything!

Oh man! So Cam arrived last night around 8pm. After a downing a couple of BEvERages and making my now-classic carribean jerk-chicken fajitas (soo good!), we watched Bend It Like Beckham [imdb] [trailer].
Bend It is about an Indian girl in England battling a generational and cultural divide. If you’ve been paying close attention, you know this is the second time I’ve watched it — and it’s just as good the second time through! Having Indian heritage, many parts of this film resonated with me. But you don’t need to be Indian to enjoy it — it’s very good storytelling and manages to be serious and funny and uplifting all at the same time. Go see it if you get the chance [worldwide release dates].
After the movie and fajitas, Cam did the Right Thing:

Made Hungry Jack for breakfast, and we were on the way to Starbucks for a pre-interview caffeine injection, but we ran out of time. 🙁 Forgot about the 8 o’clock traffic jams on Fruitville.
Cam was in Sarasota for less than twenty hours. The flight-time alone is more than that. I can’t really say much here about how the interview went. Suffice to say I’ll be finding out more in about two weeks! 😀
Apart from the inteview with Cam, work today was fantastic — got loads of feedback from the trainers that teach folks how to use our product. Although we had them in to basically get their stamp of approval for our new features, we also got a ton of feedback on things that would be easy to change in the software and would increase overall usability. So that ruled. Hopefully I’ll be getting some time budgeted in this year’s software plan to incorporate some of this most-excellent feedback. I’ve got my fingers crossed anyhow. The master plan ™ should be unveiled sometime in the next week or so.
And of course, what Thursday evening would be complete without a little Ultimate with the Sarasota Slackers? We played *three* games tonight!

Here’s something neat: Scotty brought organically-grown leafy veggies to the game and gave them away.

It was a big hit. Just ask Jeremiah!

Not sure who this guy is, but he was sure grinning like an idiot!
I also met Emily tonight. She had been standing on the sideline the whole night, so I had to ask her her name. Turns out her coworker Thomas brought her and that she’d never played before — but she’d like to learn! Very cool. Here’s another cool thing: I told her I was from Victoria, and she already knew I wasn’t from the US. She overheard me speaking before I came over to talk to her, and she noticed I didn’t have an American accent. How cool is that? On top of this, she’s from Nova Scotia. A fellow Canadian! And she’s got an Aunt who lives just minutes from Victoria in Sidney! Crazy.
After ulti I had to get my traditional post-game coffee. You know what? I’m not sure the tradition extends very well. It used to be that I would get the coffee after playing on the beach on Monday nights. Because we stopped playing when the sun went down, that meant I was getting my coffee at around 6:30pm. Now that I’m playing under lit-fields, I’m at Ultimate until much later than before; today I got home at 10pm. So perhaps I’ll have to link my weekly grande vanilla latte to something else. 🙂
Got to Starbucks and the parking lot was full, so I decided to use a feature of Starbucks that’s totally alien to me: the drivethrough.

I’ve got to admit, it was actually pretty convenient!
And the photo of the night? How could I pass this sign and NOT take a picture?


So last night was Superbowl Sunday. I didn’t watch the game. What can I say? I don’t have a TV, and I don’t really like the game all that much. If someone had called me up to go watch it, that might have been another story. I figured out that Tampa won when I heard fireworks going off around 10pm.
Nah, instead I got some laundry done, assembled my vacuum cleaner, watched a movie, and chatted with a few folks over irc and instant messenger. I’m beginning to think it’s not healthy to spend so much time in front of this computer. It sucks up my time, much like a TV might. I’ve got to get out and spend time with people that are here.
Julie wrote a bit the other day about the ratio of time she was spending in the past/present/future. I’ve thought about that idea over the past little bit. I’m something like 25% past, 70% present and 5% future. If that. I need to develop a plan that’s longer-term than “what am I going to eat for dinner tonight?”. Sometimes I don’t even get that far. I’ve got some big questions that need answering.

Donahue interviews Michael Moore

My friend Jessica just sent me a link to an interview with Michael Moore, the producer of the widely acclaimed documentary on violence in American culture, Bowling For Columbine. I saw it a couple of weeks back with the other Canadian at my company here in Sarasota, Florida. It’s a good film; it did wonders for my identity as a Canadian.
The interview is long, but I think it’s worth the read. Check it out.

Nice rifle, Officer

This photo was taken when I was warming up at the Fallout 2002 Ultimate tournament last week. It was the strangest sight: dozens of people throwing around frisbees while drill sergeants barked orders at uniforms.
Asking around revealed these guys are part of the ROTC program. As a Canadian, the degree to which the millitary is integrated into American society never ceases to surprise me.

Dumb ATMs

Wow, so it looks like at least some of the ATMs at the Bank of America are dumb. You know, those kind that give you your money before your card. Talked to the bank on Friday at lunch, it turns out that’s exactly what happened to me. I took out money on Tuesday night, and walked away from the machine without my card. It was sucked back in, and automatically devalidated it.
They’ll be mailing me a new card within 5-7 business days. Bank of America’s bank cards have the owner’s picture on them. They still have my picture on file, so that was nice. They gave me a temp ATM card for the time being. One thing that took me by surprise is that the Bank of America rep who gave me the temp card said he thinks they’re one of the only banks that have the ability to give out temp cards.
On one hand, American banks are way ahead of Canadian banks (customer service). On the other hand, Canadian banks are way ahead of American ones (technology). The rep who was gave me the temp ATM card asked me if I’d tried the new “free online banking” yet. Free?! I told him, quite plainly, it was the only way to go.