October 22nd, 2001


The Messiest Burrito


Wow, I've just had the messiest burrito ever. It was from a deli called Steamrollers (because they "steam" the pita bread and then "roll" it up with stuff inside... hey, I don't make this stuff up). Instead of using ground beef, they use stewed beef slices. It tasted pretty good, but it was really messy, especially towards the end. I had a huge wad of kleenex wrapped around the bottom to keep the liquid from running down my arm.

I swear, beef juice and tomato mixed together causes nuclear explosions.


Just Leave It Up to The Customer


AAAAHAHAHA!!! I love my job! I love this company!

I just got out of a 15 minute project status meeting. FIF-TEEN minutes. The thing that took the most time was me pointing out a "hole" in the design that I was concerned about. The project lead says, "wow, that didn't even occur to me...". I can tell you it's one of those side effects that you really don't think about unless you're the one constantly getting woken up in the middle of the night because you're carrying the pager for the 24 hour remote systems support on the West Coast for a client on the East Coast.

How can you tell I've been there, done that, didn't even get a lousy t-shirt (or fleece vest, in The Stinky Company's case) and wrote the screenplay?

Project Lead thinks a bit and says that because the customer hasn't made a decision as to what they're going to do with that piece, they're going to take our source code and integrate our modules with theirs anyway, we can just document it in our release notes and leave it up to them.

Leave it up to them, he said! That was a bit of a culture shock to me. I have never worked with a company that was able to assume that their customers are sentient life forms. It was a very amazing moment.