Thursday May 15, 2014

Aim for the Gold

Archery is the only sport I've ever loved. I took fencing, bowling, riflery, and pistol classes in college Phys Ed and I enjoyed them all, but archery was by far my favorite. I've loved it since I first tried it, in 6th grade. I was on the Archery Team for four years in college.

But, until today, it had been a Very Long Time (25 years or more, easily) since I last picked up a bow (in real life, that is; I shoot regularly in my dreams. ;-)

Today I spent a very happy hour doing something I used to do three nights a week... shooting arrows at targets.

I'm feeling happy, contented, and surprisingly energized right now. ...
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Aim for the Gold ( in category Special Interests , Trivial Pursuits ) - posted at Thu, 15 May, 19:35 Pacific | Comments (0)

Monday May 12, 2014

The Price of a Cup

-- Or A Tempest in a Coffee Cup

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There's a sign at Starbucks that says "Love your beverage or let us know. We'll always make it right." I think we can agree that arguing with a customer doesn't make things right; it makes things wrong (and annoying).

I like Coffee Frappuccinos. I like them a lot. I buy them often (gold card customer). I know, from watching these get made, that a large scoop of ice varies in the number of ice cubes and that there is often more "Venti Frappuccino" than fits in comfortably in a Venti cup.

It's one thing to order a latte and not get all of the foam. It's quite another to watch several ounces of Frappuccino go down the sink. I paid for that mixture. I want everything that's in the blender pitcher.

I also want a bit of space at the top of the drink, between the drink and the lid. I need to stir a Frappucino regularly and it's messy when the drink oozes through the straw hole. (I also like to add some extra concentrated cold-brew coffee when I get the drink home, or add a bit of my spouse's "Misto" if we're out. I need extra space to do that.)

So: Venti size recipe, everything from the blender pitcher, plus some space before the top. How to get that?

I used to ask for a dome lid without whipped cream. (Have you ever knocked one of those over? Don't.) Then, one day, the barista at our local Starbucks proposed a brilliant solution: ask for the next larger size cup. In my case, that would be the Trenta.

Now I ask for a Venti in a Trenta. Problem solved, right? All the drink; extra space; no mess! Simple... except on those occasions when the barista wants to argue. ...
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The Price of a Cup ( in category Random Thoughts , Trivial Pursuits ) - posted at Mon, 12 May, 09:45 Pacific | Comments (1)

Tuesday May 6, 2014

How Not to Handle Meeting Attendees

We went to a meeting last night. We've been to many meetings, at many venues, throughout the SF Bay Area over the past 10 years but this one was ... different. The security for the venue was both overdone and seemingly naive at the same time.

Venue: Silicon Valley tech company. "Training room". Sign in at the front desk. Security person on duty. Fairly standard.

Event registration was handled through EventBrite. I registered two people (myself and a "+1"). $20 each. I brought my receipt with me just in case. Again. fairly standard.

When we arrived, the people at the front desk had a list of names. Rich's name wasn't on the list. They had no idea how to handle a "+1". Literally, no idea. I was sent to talk to the woman who handled logistics for the meeting. ...
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How Not to Handle Meeting Attendees ( in category Trivial Pursuits ) - posted at Tue, 06 May, 09:40 Pacific | Comments (0)