Monthly Archives: February 2008

Welcome new Blog Friend!

The great thing about working with a large client is the chance to meet a lot of other practitioners. Since I’ve started with my last major client, I’ve met several people who seek to help teams run faster using Agile techniques. It’s great to have so many new points of view!

So in that spirit I’d like to Welcome Keith McMillan, fellow Agile Coach and technologist supreme. Keith has a blog over here. Those of you interested in the coaching and fast team game should check it out.

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Important Online Research

I’m stuck in Chicago O’Hare last night. Actually, I’ve been stuck there quite a bit lately. Seems like for the last eight weeks or so United Airlines has done the best it can to prevent from giving me regularly scheduled service. I was in a very poor mood. Still am, really.

I started my journey with a three-hour drive. United Airlines doesn’t seem to actually have regularly scheduled service into and out of Bloomington, Illinois, and yesterday was no exception. Out of 15 flights out, United was already predicting 2 hour+ delays. (Some days every other carrier but United flies in and out. I’m not really sure why they keep the charade up.)

So I said “Heck with it. I’ll just drive to O’Hare, drop the rental, and pick up my connection from there” This was a good plan: it was a 2:15 drive to O’Hare and my flight didn’t leave until 3 hours later. I got no bags to check, so all I have to do is grab a boarding pass and go to the gate. How simple is that? I got to Chicago just in time to have the check-in staff waste 15 minutes of my time simply trying to find my flight record. Then security wasted another 10 minutes by changing the active guard when I was second in line. The way they change the photo-id guard is special in O’Hare — instead of a new guy coming in, they shut down one line and append it on to another. So I went from number 2 to number 20 just like that.

Finally I got to my gate 2 minutes too late to board. So I sat there and watched the other passengers on my flight getting on my plane and sitting down while I stood just 20 yards away. What’s next? Try waiting in line for 30 minutes (I was only the third person in line!) to get them to rebook me, all the while staring out the window at the same plane they wouldn’t let me board! I watched as they loaded the baggage, fueled up, etc. I’m not sure, but I even think I saw a United Employee get onboard to take a free ride. I couldn’t go, no, because rules are rules. But the United employee could go, and the plane could sure sit there for 30 minutes while I watched it. Rules are very important.

But life has it’s little rewards. For instance, as I was reading CNN I came across an article that mentioned that Sports Illustrated has an edition where instead of bathing suits, they just paint the swimsuits on the models. This I had to see. In the spirit of research, of course.

Jessica Gomes
Jessica Gomes, champion non-swimsuit wearer

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Signs Life is Not as Interesting as the Movies

The headline reads:

Allentown man charged in two homicides

The alleged killer looks like this:


William Torres is escorted by Allentown Police from the police station to the jail. (ROB KANDEL/TMC / January 26, 2008)

The Morning Call has the story.

Is it just me, or did serial killers used to look a lot more scary?

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