Watching FedEx at work

I’ve gotten lucky and found a good and dependable cab driver, so when I have to go to the airport, I call him up and make arrangements in advance for the trip, rather than take my chances with whoever Yellow Cab sends my way. He’s always on time, has a clean cab, makes interesting conversation, and his shocks even work — this is quite an improvement over the normal Silly Valley taxi experience.

But today, I discovered the downside of pre-planned arrangements. I have a 1pm flight to Boston; I was supposed to have a noon phone call, so I asked Gordon to pick me up early enough to get me to the airport in time to make the call there. No problem. Until my call was cancelled — too late to reschedule with Gordon. So I knew I was going to be at the airport earlier than I needed to be, but the prospect of not having to run through the airport didn’t seem to bad, either.

Gordon came on time; we had a fast trip to the airport (it’s amazing how much faster you can travel when it’s not rush hour!), and as I got out of the cab, I looked at the flight display and discovered that my flight was delayed by an hour. I hadn’t even bothered to check before leaving home, since I knew when I was going to be picked up. Oh, well; at least I was able to find a phone, power outlet, and chair at the Admiral’s Club and now I can catch up on my reading while watching FedEx unloading a truck.

[Later…] For a change, I think that my flight was delayed for a good reason. Apparently a passenger on the inbound flight had a medical problem, and they landed in Chicago to get the person off the plane and to a doctor. Right answer!

English is not always English

Andrea and I are having a chat about the differences between various national dialects of English on her weblog. I find it intriguing that differences which are so obvious to me are invisible to her.

Book of the Day

Actually, it’s yesterday’s Book of the Day, but I didn’t post yesterday. The book is The Cluetrain Manifesto; I feel that I could have written large parts of the book myself (maybe not as entertainingly!), as it talks about the things I’ve been doing at IBM for years. For a long time, I described my job as “tearing down the Blue Curtain” — making it possible for IBMers to join the conversation on Usenet by building gateways between Usenet (and BITNET/Internet mailing lists) and IBM’s natively-developed conferencing tools. The software I developed became mostly irrelevant with better Internet connectivity throughout IBM, but I consider connecting IBMers with the rest of the world to have been one of the most satisfying things I’ve done during my entire career.


Brent announced the change I’d been waiting for to allow all the BlueLogs sites to share a membership group. I need to update the default “It worked!” and
“about” pages before making the announcement, and it appears that making the changes in the default theme has to be done at the server if I read
that HowTo correctly (since I don’t have remote access to the Frontier menus), so that can’t happen before Thursday.