Expectation Setting

Since I catch heat about things going buggy at work (“How could there be an error in the most buggy browser on the planet, just because we asked for thirty last-minute appearance changes and skipped testing!”) I thought I’d put a little bit of perspective. Click below to see a larger size view of Boeing’s 787 promo site–not as high profile as cnn.com, but pretty big. Looks like their fellow Washington State residents let them down (yes, I know Boeing is moving, just shut up):

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<Nelson>Ha-ha</Nelson>

The lesson is that a) mistakes happen, and b) Microsoft isn’t the answer, budgeting for and performing acceptance testing is.

I Graced the Summit of Hawksbill … Again

The freakish summer-like weather having come in early March, I started off this season of hiking with my usual warm-up hike, Hawksbill Mountain. Yes, the same one Ginger mentioned in October, though this time Ginger and another friend wussed out–but I’d met a new friend the previous night, Olga, who was as determined to go as I.

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The rocks fail to remind me of raptor beaks.

Typically, even though Olga would have been as happy as I to see snakes, bears, or salamanders–and it’s not often I find a traveling companion who shares my lack of ick factor–nary a one showed its furry or scaly hide. A bunch of whitetail deer, a pretty relaxed crow, some Brown Thrashers, a Hairy or Downy Woodpecker (too far to tell–odds would be that it’s a downy, but it looked a little bigger and Olga thought it had a bill more like a hairy), an Eastern Phoebe, and the ubiquitous Junkos were all that were in evidence. Oh, a squirrel and a couple of chipmunks. Whee.

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Fortunately, the Not Global Warming, Nuh-Uh! had cleared off the ice except in crevasses like this.

Still, it was nice to be in the mountains again, and given that it was in the mid-sixties, the wind was blowing, and it was threatening to rain, the conditions weren’t too different from a couple of hikes I had in Dominica…but of course everything else was.

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Olga Was Here

Her lack of ick came in handy when we discovered these little black things all over the rocks we were sitting on as we ate lunch:

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Little. Black. Different. Like 3mm and slowly crawling at random. I guess rock lice. *Shrug*

Afterward, discretion being the better part of valor and cowardice the better part of discretion, we valiantly chickened out of what turned out not to be a very scary rainshower and headed down to Missy’s place to pet Sam, Jack, and Tillie (Gertie wasn’t having it, ‘cuz it was that time of year, if you know what I mean). After giving Bruce a chance to demonstrate just how surly and reclusive he utterly fails to be, we headed back to the shores of the Potomac.

WTF? When Did Spring Happen?

Just a few days ago it wasn’t getting out of the 30s, and now it’s 61 after midnight and going to be 70 tomorrow. The cherry tree outside my apartment is blooming and the birds are out in force. I know March comes in like a lion, but of the big cats, this is resembling a cheetah.