Saturday April 19, 2008

Weekly Wrap-up 2008_16

Interesting weather this week. It started out WARM. 80 F in the house! We opened windows; there was a slight breeze. That helped. By Sunday evening, the fog was rolling in. Then, by week's end, the wind picked up. FWOOSH! FWOOM! We usually don't get this until May.


I discovered that Greenlee's cinnamon bread is available by mailorder! They only ship on Monday - Wednesday. I ordered four loaves. I took two to to work.

On Monday afternoon, I walked out to catch the 4:31 shuttle. I was at the parking lot at 4:25. Sometimes the shuttle is already waiting, but not this day.

Another rider came out 2 or 3 minutes later (cutting it a little close). But still no shuttle. I began to get a little worried. Back in March, there was a day when the shuttle didn't come at all.

At about 4:31 (the time the shuttle is supposed to leave) a white, unmarked shuttle bus turned into the parking lot from the east. There was no signage on the bus and I didn't recognize the bus or the driver.

The driver carded his way through the gate and drove slowly past us and then to the area where the bus usually stops and turns around. I thought he was going to stop, back into the handicapped spots and turn around. But, no brake lights. He just continued slowly driving through the parking lot, out the far gate, turned onto the strret and... gone. Was that our bus? As that one exited, here came another shuttle from the other end. This was a marked shuttle. I recognized the driver, although he never drives our route.

I called "Are you our driver today?" A conversation ensued. The supervisor was contacted.

We waited. The phone rang. "He's coming back".

At 4:44, the same unmarked shuttle pulled into the parking lot again. This time it stopped. We got in.

I asked a woman on the bus how far they'd been. She said they'd just gotten to the highway.

We made it to the station with about 5 minutes to spare before the train came. We didn't even have to jog.

But still. He drove right past us, didn't stop, didn't even slow down?? And I think this is the same substitute driver who didn't make the run at all last week.I hope he won't be with the new shuttle company next week!


A friend recommended a book called "Why Paint Cats?". I found a remaindered copy via Amazon for the cost of shipping (plus 1 cent).

Rich had a two-day Ruby conference in San Jose Friday and Saturday. He could take the train down on Friday. The weekend schedule, unfortunately, isn't as convenient or timely.

The meeting was held at The Tech Museum of Innovation. Rich brought me a present from the museum gift shop - a plush E. coli. It's both cute and deeply disturbing. :)

In order to appeal to the general public and present an air of lovability, some license is taken in the design of the toys in that they are brightly colored and furry.
-- GIANTMicrobes

This week I read Crimson City, urban fantasy by Liz Maverick. I also read Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die, an excellent book by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

In between and around the rest, I've had nearly enough naps and oodles of snuggles with the cats. There have been good meals and interesting conversations with Spouse and friends. I've chatted with my sister and found topics to twitter.

Onward and Upward.

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