Saturday, December 08, 2007

Good Read
Reading great new Joe Conason about the Romney/Huckabee theocracratic views.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Reconnecting with the Past
I ran into an old elementary school friend whom I haven't seen in 30 years or so. Thirty years! So a bit of our recent time communicating has been to talk about our mutual past, our shared history, and our dim memories. "I remember the time that you...." "So do you remember when we...?" and so on.
At the same time, it's neat to find out what people have done since then. It's interesting to find out what we share in common (food, wine, travel, film) and what we don't (politics, music, movies). Yet it's great to widen your circle of friends by adding old ones to it.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Blues in Richmond

Kim Wilson
Originally uploaded by mojohand.
Kim Wilson wailing away in Richmond at Toad's Place. I like this space for taking pictures...

Friday, November 02, 2007

T-birds in the House
The Fabulous Thunderbirds played a grand, grand show on October 26 at Toad's Place. Great to hear them again—I'd just heard them a couple of months before at the Birchmere.
Also, Toad's Place is a good place for photographing, as evinced here:

Friday, October 26, 2007

opening Act Blues

So I'm at Toad's Place for the Fab T-birds...and this lame bans, Prometheus Clay, is wailing away Or, more accurately, wanking away. Three piece noise band. Lots of guitar notes do not an SRV resurrect.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Connecting with the Past

One of the main reasons I started this blog was to reminisce a bit about auld lang syne, as it were.
Then, out of the blue, I hear that a dear friend, one of my alltime best friends from elementary school and high school days, just moved to Richmond! How cool, how utterly cool is that!?

Monday, October 08, 2007

Helpful Voice-recognition Help

Recently, my wife had a question regarding our Wachovia online bill-pay system. When she couldn't find an answer on the Web page itself, she followed a link that directed her to call the telephone help line.
First she tried to cancel a payment...but saw no obvious place to do so. So she selected BillPay Help. She found this advice:
Canceling a Payment
You can cancel any payment that has not started processing. After you cancel a payment, its status changes to Canceled. Canceled payments appear in the Recent Payments section and in Bill Activity.

Note: If you cancel a payment that is part of an automatic payment schedule, only the selected payment is canceled. You do not cancel any future payments in the payment schedule. To cancel all payments in an automatic payment schedule, go to Manage My Bills and delete the automatic payment.

To cancel a payment:

1. Click Cancel next to the payment you want to cancel.

The Cancel Payment page opens.

2. Click Cancel Payment.

A message informs you that your payment has been canceled.

3. Click Done to return to the Payment Center.

The problem was, there was no Cancel button next to the payment.
Upon dialing, she heard a voice system respond with, "Enter your account number, followed by the pound sign. Or, simply say your number." Uh oh, she thought, a voice recognition system.
Instead, she found the experience helpful and intuitive. The male voice directed her to ask her question in her own words$#151;after giving an example. And when it couldn't understand her, it said, "I'm sorry, I didn't quite understand. Please ask me again."
She discovered that once a payment was being processed, she couldn't cancel it. That's why there was no Cancel button available.
Sadly, the help buries this fact in the first sentence. Yes, it says, "You can cancel any payment that has not started processing," but it doesn't explicitly say that the button isn't there, or that the facility isn't possible.
This sort of disjunct between help systems sadly isn't rare. Indeed, it's as if there were two teams: technical writers creating the Billpay Help popup window, and voice recognition writers creating the Billpay VR system. Someone should have done better usability testing, especially considering how critical the act of cancelling a payment must be.
So kudos to the voice recognition software and its script writers, but shame on the technical writers for burying the lead.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

The Brave One's Not a Good One

I'm tired of lazy movie wriing. Having just watched Jodie Foster's latest romp through violence and depression (think The Accused hangs out in The Panic Room and formulates her Death Wish), I'm bitterly depressed that I spent $8.50 for the ticket to see this wholly unbelievable tale.

The ease with which her character buys an illegal gun is beyond imagination: Not only does someone hanging out in the gun shop happen to overhear her desire to own a gun (when faced with the prospect of having to wait 30 days for a gun license, she whines, "I won't last 30 days"), but she blithely follows this utter stranger through some creepily exotic Chinatown locales (why are they always chopping fish in these movie Chinatowns?). Never mind that in the previous two scenes she suffered from agoraphobia, yet now all of a sudden she's following a stranger through alleys. Never mind that she was terrorized by thugs in the park, now she's just going with a total stranger who's obviously involved in nefarious activities. No, it's just way over the top.

When he sells her the gun, she says, "I'll take it." Wait. He said it'd cost her $1000. Does she have 10 $100 bills? Does she give him a check? Does he take debit cards? Wow.

She never test-fires the gun, yet in her first encounter with a criminal, she puts three quick rounds center mass into him. And she never flinches.

And the ending is just, "Oh my gawd!" ridiculous.

No, this is a lazy movie.

Monday, October 01, 2007

On the Road...and Working

The weather is great for why not motorcycle! That's exactly what I'm doing. Yet with wireless I-net and a recently issued Blackberry, I can do my job from almost anywhere (except for major parts of West Virginia).

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Foggy Without Sleep

Working on a multicontinent schedule means I have calls at 7:00 a.m., meeting in the afternoon, and calls around 11:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. Ugh. Be careful what you wish for....

Sunday, September 16, 2007

First Days in Germany

Came across this note from the first week I spent in germany in October 1999:
Well, it's been a full week, I can tell you--left last Monday, arrived Tuesday. Came to the office for a couple of hours, then went to the hotel they'd booked for me. Wednesday was a full work day! Thursday, too--and that night I went out with three of the guys from the company to eat & drink & chat. Lots o'fun! Friday I was told I'd be moving to an apartment...but I'd already made plans to go see a good friend of mine play blues in Belgium (see or Had to leave at 1 and got there at almost 10. Great night, lots of music, but had to find a place to crash. The club owner was nice enough to let me stay with him. The Belgians are very nice!
The next day I spent on the trains getting back to Hamburg. Saturday night I then had to get all my stuff from the hotel & move into the apartment. Yesterday I went shopping at the main train station (Hauptbahnhof), since the stores aren't open on Sundays...except for the ones in train stations. Comical....So, I had to buy a few items, just to survive for a couple of days. Still have to buy soap & another pillow (the one in the place is a feather pillow, and I like more neck support!).
So, I´m slowly getting used to living in´s a bit different from all the times I traveled here before!

It was a great time, and it was quite a weekend. Seems like so long ago...

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Coming Back from Boston

Had a set of very good meetings with my former boss/now peer, Kathy. We had great discussions about IAs, UX, and the integration of our newly defined areas. It's a small but important step.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Are You Es-in' Me?

Unbelievable. Not the archaic title (it's users folks, not end users), and not the context-mapping marketing....but the freakin' price. In an email, they sent me this info:

We've noticed that customers who have purchased or rated GUI Bloopers: Don'ts and Do's for Software Developers and Web Designers (Interactive Technologies) by Jeff Johnson have also purchased End-user Computing: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools and Applications by Steve Clarke. For this reason, you might like to know that End-user Computing: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools and Applications is now available. You can order yours for just $1,400.00 by following the link below.

Yup, that's the price—One thousand, four hundred dollars! Not Rupees, not Lire, but dollars. Four hardbound books with a total of 2,600 pages. That's a buck-eighty a page. Compare that to Jeff Johnson's great and practical book, which comes in at about a $.067 a page.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Seeing and Not Seeing

Errol Morris of the Times provides a thoughtful, exhaustive essay on how photographs are mementos, not the thing itself. Years ago I heard the term fetish used to describe photographs. That is, they are placeholders for the thing, the person, the event, the memory—not the thing, the person, the event, nor the memory itself.

Monday, August 13, 2007

What the..., Blogger?
How in the world did Blogger's spam-prevention robots determine that my blog might be a spam blog? What writing characterizes my silly little Blogger site as a threat? Indeed, I think it's the lack of context that makes robots so...well, ultimately stupid and useless. Perhaps characters like my way of showing decreased expedition:

Or maybe the 'bots take umbrage at my activities? Weird. Weird approach to censorship perhaps. Quien sabe?

Monday, July 30, 2007

User Experience
So the makers of the movie "Ratatouille" get the need to go to users' environments to do research. Why can't the corporate world?

Friday, July 27, 2007

IM Helps Fight War
An interesting snippet on ZDnet about chat's use in wartime. Interesting that text messaging over a secure network was used...and I suppose is still being used. The other interesting thing is that the colonel mentions that users found other collaborative tools too wre "frankly too difficult for users to get their hands around."
In other words, poor usability degraded warfighting.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Riding on the Weekend
Motorcycle-wise, I rode some last weekend. I went up to Lake Anna and rode on a guided Civil War ride done by my friend Bob Annandale. However, the group (the North Anna Lake Riders Motorcycle Club) are all Harley-heads...and go sllllllllllllllllllllooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwww. Bob's leading, I'm following him, and we leave the rest in the dust...AND WE NEVER GET UP TO THE SPEED LIMIT! Crazy how anyone can ride a motorcycle so slow. Anyway, after lunch I had to meet Karen at her mom's house in Alexandria. We went to a party in Alexandria given by friends of mine from the Guzzi world. A nice BBQ--very pleasant.
The next morning we did yard work with Karen's mom, Vi. Tree cutting, hedge clipping, that sort of thing. I left around 11:00 and rode west to avoid traffic. Ended up spending time at the Manassas battlefield, seeing some of the 2nd Manassas sites I'd never visited. Then I rode to Warrenton where I had some lunch at a neat diner at the intersection of 211W and 15/29S. After that, I rode south on 15 to 522 to 20 east, picking up SR 601 and going along the northern side of Lake Anna toward home.
All in all, about 250 miles. Not a long weekend, but it was good to get out on the

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Great Ride
Had a great ride today in western North Carolina. Came to Clemmons (just west of Winston-Salem) yesterday to ride in the 2nd Christian Neuhauser Memorial Ride. He was the editor-in-chief of Road Runner Motorcycle magazine. Sadly, two years ago, his Ural motorcylce collided with a semi on I-40.
The semi won.
Out of bad things, though, sometimes good things come. So last year, Christian's wife and cofounder Christa hosted a memorial ride. Low key, just friends & fans going for a motorcycle ride.
Though I missed last year's ride, this year's was great. After breakfast of fruit, pastries, and coffee at the Village Inn, we left in three waves of riders--first north on 601, then west on some county roads to US 20. What a great road! Twisties and near-switchbacks taken at the limits of our bikes' abilities. We then went south on the Blue Ridge Parkway to Blowing Rock, NC, where we had catered BBQ chicken and pork.
After this great lunch, we crept down 321 in construction traffic until we turned left on 268--another great road. Twists and turns through a lush valley. Then dinner with new friends capped the event.
Great, great day.

Friday, July 06, 2007

Two Very Good Movies
Well, my tip for movies extends to these two: Once and Miss Potter. One a great music and unrequited love tale, the other a biopic with a delightful and poignant theme.
Once tells the tale of an Irish busker and a Czech single mom who meet on the street. She likes his music, and he likes her smile, style, playing, and lyrics. Call this the movie that Music and Lyrics wanted to be. Once deftly captures the tensions of halting romance as well as the difficulties of songwriting and playing live music.
Miss Potter, on the other hand, gently tells the tale of Beatrix Potter's initial forays into publishing children's books and a fictitious romance. Rene Zellweger does a marvelous job as the illustrator and writer, while Ewan MacGregor sets aside his Moto Guzzi to portray Potter's neophyte publisher and, ultimately, surprising love interest.
Two good movies. Now, Jesus Camp is a diffent, disturbing story altogether....

Monday, July 02, 2007

Death in the Family
Sadly, the brother of a close friend died suddenly Saturday. Rod had been traveling west with his nephew, taking a long-planned trip to Alaska. In Saskatchewan, Canada, Rod had difficulty breathing. His nephew got him to an ER, where doctors tried to stabilize him. They realized they needed to transport Rod to another facility; on the way, he passed away.
Our friend Greg is simply devastated. He was visiting us for the weekend—sadly, too, his wife Nancy was supposed to be here, but she had to go to PA to visit her father, who'd fallen and broken his hip last Wednesday. For Greg, it's more than the fact that Rod was his brother—Rod was his last sibling, and his death made Greg the last living direct relative. His parents had died several years ago, and his younger brother had died from cancer earlier as well.
So sad, so very sad.

Friday, June 29, 2007

La Vie en Filme
Run, do not walk, to see La Vie en Rose, the great film about singer Edith Piaf. Having seen it Monday night at the Westhampton in Richmond, I felt utterly drained by the engrossing yet enervating experience. Marion Cotillard is riveting as la môme piaf. Indeed, if Penelope Cruz can be nominated for her Volver performance, Cotillard should be granted one this week.
Too, the cinematography and the editing is utterly brilliant. Too, with Olivier Dahan's direction, you get a great sense of Piaf's life--by its jumping forward, backward, then middle way in time.
Go see it!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Stuck Inside of Memphis...
Well, not really stuck..but watching the thunderstorms on the Weather Channel. Of course, they're pretty much in my path any which way I wanna go. I think I'll alter my route and go north to see Ft. Pillow, then back to my US 64 East trek, making Shiloh by late midday. My goals are to have Shiloh and Buford Pusser's Museum done by tonight :)
Latest from the Road
Not doing a great job of keeping up with blogging, but, well, sue me. I'm in the middle of an 11-day motorcycle trip. Already been out to Fayetteville, AR, for a Moto Guzzi rally.
Yes, the Haven-meisters have done it again! Apparently a red Breva 1100 is to have changed hands yesterday, and they were riding east today and tomorrow. Still, Bob was grateful to Steve & also the dealer from Nebraska (or was it Montana? I only heard second-hand) for willingness to jump in & help.
I had to leave the BASIL (brothers and sons-in-law) at their hotel yesterday a.m. to go camping for two days with my bro- & sis-in-law & my wife, who'd flown out to Fayetteville to visit w/her sister (& bro-in-law, too!). We drove to Fayetteville, gathered food & beer & ice & barbecue & other stuff for the property they own, & headed east of Fayettteville to near Rush on the Buffalo River.
I rode behind Donna's Forrester, enjoying 412 and 65 and 62 and 14 to Rush road. I also enjoyed that, too...till the pavement gave way to a gravel 8% downhill! I rode the gravel, though, and made the turn onto their dirt road...but I gave up when it began to pour. Mud and rock and slope do not a Breva 1100 riding course make.
So, David came up with the trailer & we ratcheted my Dawn Treader down and took it to the campsite.
Had a great time hangin' with family and also friends Laura & Andre Codrescu, who live nearby. Drinking in front of the fire and telling stories, having fun, was just what the doctor ordered...because on top of everything else this trip (tire, wind, lightning, storms, Bob's bearings, heat), I lost a filling Sunday a.m./Sat. night! So, I left the Rush property early and am headed east...hope to still make the VA rally & all, but I wanted to be in civilization in case I need emergency dental work.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Detail of Moto Light

Detail of Moto Light
Originally uploaded by mojohand.
Love these lights on my motorcycle! They improve my visibility and how visible I am to others. Thoguh expensive, they are definitely worth it.
Remember--we motorcyclists are out there! Be careful and watch for us.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

More on the RidgeRunners' Ride 2007

Pictures of the ride.

The route was, starting in Richmond, then
  • West on River Road to SR 6
  • SR6 west through Scottsville (still torn up), with a side trip to Schuyler, VA (home of Walton's Mountain creater Earl Hamner, Jr.)
  • US 29 S to Colleen (after lunch in Lovingston).
  • SR 56 west to Piney Grove, then SR 778 west/southwest to US 60.
  • US 60 to the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • South on the BRP to SR 130
  • SR 130 west to Natural Bridge, VA

Spent the night at the hotel there (20% discount for motorcyclists, with the coupon from the hotel's page)
  • Sunday north on US 11 (with a stop at Foamhenge!)
  • Putz around Lexington looking for an open coffee shop (couldn't find one!) Grab some fruit at Kroger's, then stop for fuel outside of town.
  • SR 39 west through Goshen Pass, with stops at the Maury River and Dan Ingall's Overlook.
  • SR 39 west to US 220 north, stopping for lunch in Monterey, VA.
  • US 220 north to West Virginia. Shortly after crossing the line, SR 25 east to SR 21 North to Brandywine, WV.
  • US 33 east all the way back to Richmond,, with a stop on Shenandoah Mountain, fuel before the Blue Ridge, discover low oil, stop in Ruckersville looking for oil, stop in Gordonsville for a chocolate malted & a quart of 10W40 dino (mixing with my 10W50 synth, due to low oil).

Approx. 440 miles round trip, 9.5 hours in the saddle, top speed 102mph (for me, not Dave & Ray), average speed 44 mph, average fuel 39 mpg.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Tired from the Weekend, but Oh How Much Fun!  My brother Ray and my best friend Dave went motorcycling this weekend. They drove up from Georgia (Dave from Rising Fawn, picking Ray up in Lawrenceville NE of Atlanta) with Dave's new-to-him 1996 Honda Magna 750. I had Ray's '92 Nighthawk 750 here.
More about the trip later, including pictures posted to Flickr. Suffice it to say, however, that we had a blast on Saturday & Sunday! Blue Ridge, Shenandoah, and a bit of West Virginia heaven.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

And they say the surge is working... Looks like Gen. Petraeus got some 'splainin' to do.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Is Apple Still Cool?  Has Apple still got it? Forbes has an interesting discussion. I still think it is and will continue to innovate.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

So It Goes.  RIP, Billy Pilgrim. May you live forever on Tralfamidor.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Shopping for Records  Went to Plan 9 Records the other day. While browsing through the LPs, I was struck by how many of them came from my peak period of record-buying—1971 through 1982 or so. Artists like Dan Fogelberg, Billy Joel, Frank Zappa, and so many others show up. It's almost like a slice of musical time.

Monday, April 09, 2007

The Wayback Machine Redux  Yes, it's me, on Broad Street in St. Elmo...the area at the foot of Lookout Mountain, across from the Incline Pharmacy and almost next door to Kay's Kastle ice cream store Good gravy! What was I thinking back then?
Lord, look at that collar! I was wearing the "uniform" of McCallie School, which by that time had turned simply private...before, it was military, from 1908 until 1971.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Capturing the Past  In a few weeks I'm planning a motorcycle weekend. My middle bro Ray and my high-school friend Dave are planning to come up from Georgia (Lawrenceville & Rising Fawn, respectively). Dave's bringing his Honda Magna 750 in the back of his truck, while Ray will pick up his Honda Nighthawk 750 I picked up for him.

The goal is to ride for a day or two together, and then they'll pakc both bikes into the truck & diddy mau back to Georgia. All three of us are re-entry bikers, with me having the most riding experience lately, about 60,000 miles in the past five years. Dave picked his bike up about a month ago, while Ray just recently got his license.

I first rode on Dave's 1971 Honda 450 in the summer of '72. He even took me to get a haircut on it. I remember riding a hundred miles an hour on the back of the bike, wearing my McCallie blazer, while we raced to the back of Lookout Mountain to get to a barber we knew...who was closed. We then had to race to the foot of the mountain, where the St. Elmo barber was still open.

The next year, Ray bought a brand-new Honda 450. I vividly recall the first day he brought it home, stalling out as he humped and bumped it up the hill to our Franklin Street/Bragg Avenue house. I also vividly remember our mother absolutely collapsing in tears on the living room floor when she learned he'd bought a bike.

Now, 35 years later, the three of us will ride together. It's sort of a nostalgia trip for me in a way...the three of us were close those early '70s summers, and now, three decades later, we have a chance to spend some time together.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Bellagio at night

Bellagio at night
Originally uploaded by mojohand.
It was fun being in Vegas...up to a certain point. Winning almost $400 at roulette was a gas. Having to breathe my room neighbor's cigarette smoke and the gambers' smoke was not.

Still, Vegas is Vegas. The fact that they do what they do and do it well is great. American commerce at its most designed.

Oh, and the conference was great!

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Social Economics  Sitting in McCarran Airport in Lo$t Wage$ after the IA Summit with Jason Hobbs and Andrea & Everett Wiggins, we got to talking about social network analysis (Andrea's field) and non-commercial Internet transactions (Jason's recent research topic). Andrea was talking about the interactions of people in Internet cafes in Ecuador. Jason was mentioning that, in South African Internet cafes, no banking or credit card transactions are occurring because of security concerns. They were coming close to a synchronicity of sorts, when I suddenly said, "Social economics."

Both of them kinda turned to me and said, "Hmmmm, yeah, you might have something there." Small smiles of growing recognition that, maybe, there's something there. What if there is a sense of an economy in social interactions that is not based on currency but rather on social costs and benefits? I think there might be something here worth pursuing.

One of the core things that's so cool about the conference is the web of connections that occur. so, grnted, I and Keane spent some chunk of change in my attending the conference. But think about it—I gained friendship, knowledge, and inspiration for my investment in time, extroversion, and, yes, even space invasion (that idea that I allow others to interfere with my sense of space).

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Content analysis

Content analysis
Originally uploaded by mojohand.
took a great pre-conference workshop from Indi Young on Friday. Matching content to task groups (and spaces!) is pretty mind-numbingly tedious.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Vegas Bound!  I'm leaving on Thursday for the Information Architecture Summit 2007 in Las Vegas. I'm definitely looking forward to it. It's the one conference I've attended since its inception. Indeed, I've been to almost every one that's occurred:

I missed only two summits (albeit in rather cool locations: Portland, OR and Austin, TX.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007


This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Back Home  After spending the past five months in almost non-stop travel, I'm home...for awhile.Other than VA Beach this coming weekend for the Shamrock Race and the following weekend for the IA Summit in Vegas, I'll be working outta the house. Nice! Good to be able to walk the dog, ride the bike, get clothes out of my own closet instead of a suitcase, and go to klatsch at Betsy's.

In other words, lead a normal life.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Yet More Hidden Costs  So it now comes out that the surge isn't just 21,000 troops. From the AP:
Gates said that the request for extra MPs is in addition to the 21,500 combat troops that President Bush is sending for the Baghdad security plan and 2,400 other troops designated to support them.

Gordon England, the deputy defense secretary, told Congress earlier this week that the number of required support troops could reach 7,000.

So, that means, 21,000 + 2,200 MPs + 2,400 other troops = 25,600 extra troops...which could be 29,000. Go figure.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Why Do Republicans Hate the Troops?  Endemic to the Repbulican party is the hollow flag-draping and bloody shirt-waving posturing of the party as being "tough on defense." Instead and indeed, the truth is that the GOP is the party of big pockets for defense contractors. The recent revelations of deplorable Abu Ghraib-like conditions in Walter Reed and other outpatient care facilities shows just how little the Republican-dominated Congress and Administration care for the broken cannon fodder it has been sending to an illegal, ill-conceived war in Iraq. So the next time a Repub sez he's voting for Cantor or McCain or Gilmore or Giuliani or even John Webb, remember that these guys belong to the party that has, for at least the last seven years, gutted veteran's care.
Never forget, just like an elephant never forgets.

Monday, March 05, 2007

VCU Wins!  'Nuff said! But sitting in Cambridge, Mass, watching my alma matter spank Geo. Mason. I think it's great—a come-from-behind victory that's as thrilling as any end of a game I've seen.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Me, Jorge, and Susheet

Me, Jorge, and Susheet
Originally uploaded by mojohand.
Note the depth of the snow, relative to our legs--it's up to our knees! This shot is in Barre-Berlin, Vermont, just south of Montpelier. Too, this shot is on Thursday, when we ventured out to the Applebee's next to the Comfort Inn. Much, much snow.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Jonesing for a Ride So the weather sucks, I'm stuck in Boston, my bike's in Virginia, and I really wanna ride. I've been reading Alexis' stories lately. Man, there's a woman who rides! 50K miles last year. Crazy, or what?

I'd love to be able to do that. Tonight, Captain Bob & I were chatting about riding. We were talking about doing the four corners....7,000 miles in 21 days. He said, "That's really not too bad—400 miles a day as an average." I reminded him, though, that we'd be somewhere else...Key West or San Diego when we finished. He said, "Yeah, but then it doesn't matter how long it takes to get back."

To which I replied, "Uh, well, if I still have to work, it does."

The life of a retired guy.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Ain't Bad Work If You Can Get It So, work for less than a year in a job for which you have no specific, relevant experience and gain $10 million? Seems that it worked for Catherine West, former Capital One credit cards prez.
And folks wonder why we gripe at deals the bigs get. Sheeeesh....