Monday August 21, 2006

Weekly Wrap-up 2006_33

The weather was nice.

This was week 10 at the Job. They like me. They've told me that they want to extend the contract, or even make the position "permanent". We're... talking. They keep telling me how much they like what I'm doing, yet they still don't seem to be willing or able to put a Mac on my desk. It's frustrating. That and the killer commute.

We went to to a talk by Andy Lester on "Paying Down Technical Debt", sponsored by the SF Perl Users group. It was quite interesting.

We went looking for a "new" office chair for Rich on Friday at lunchtime. The problem with office chairs is that the best ones are expensive and we're cheap. Sigh.

We found one that wasn't half bad at a used office furniture outlet downtown. Rich asked the price. The salesman checked. $179. Rich said "It's not a bad chair. I'll look around a little more and I may come back..." While he was talking, the manager wandered over. He looked at Rich. He said "You like that chair? That chair's $99." Rich said "Really!" and sat back down, swiveled a little and said "You've sold yourself a chair." Good sales technique, that. "That chair's $99".

Rich managed to damage his back on the weekend so we spent a lot of time at home.

This week I re-read Peopleware, 2nd edition, by Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister. It's a great book. If you're a manager, an individual contributor, or anyone who works in Cubeville, read this book.

In between and around the rest, I've had almost enough naps and plenty of snuggles with the cats. There have been good meals and interesting conversations with Spouse and friends.

Onward and Upward.

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