Plane Spinning, About To Crash?

Thankfully neither of those happened.

It wasn’t until I started to peck this post out did I see the similarity with yesterday’s title to the thankful scenario that did not unfold yesterday.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Evaluate your priorities by drawing a pie chart of your life.

Balance is critical for a healthy, happy life, but it can be hard to achieve. Seeing your life as pieces of a pie can help provide a reality check, and may motivate you to look more carefully at your priorities. Are there some pieces that are too small? Are there ways to increase the size of those pieces, and cut down on others?

Mmmmm, pie.

Zone 1 Means Nothing
Unless you are a C programmer you start counting things with one. Right?
Not airlines.
Airlines start boarding with First Class, those who need extra time to board, Platinum/Gold/VIP, and then Silver/Zone 1 passengers.

Want to guess in which category I was?

Fortunately for me I had checked a bag (for free because I use AmEx) so overhead space was not something I really needed. Even more unusual my flight yesterday was only about three-quarters full, so not only was there ample overhead storage space, I had an entire row of seats to myself and even managed to take a nap. It was a pity that the flight was only fifty minutes long.

ITP Flickr Pic
“Friendly Fire?”
Friendly Fire?
After the premature fireworks last Saturday this dragon head was peppered with pieces of spent fireworks.

Your Programming Career Can Start With Me
Today I will be working the career fair at North Carolina State. Regular readers of this space will realize that I have not been doing much college recruiting, once a staple of my existence at my current company, in recent years. As career fairs go NC State’s is one of the hardest — it’s open to all students (not just NC State students) and it runs longer than most (9:30am-4:00pm) — but at least I get to eat some delicious Carolina-style barbecue for lunch.

Nicely Done, Noob
I’m traveling with a new-to-me career fair coworker, one who apparently doesn’t drink much, but seems to have decent taste in food.

Given that I rented the car, picked the hotel, and drove us there (and plan to get us around Raleigh since I know the area fairly well) I forced her choose the restaurant at which we ate last night. She knocked the ball out of the park by selecting 18 Seaboard where I ate beef brisket with mashed potatoes and red cabbage, and washed it down with a (single) Railhouse Brewery FCA IPA.

Instead of going out into a less-than-pleasant night we returned to the hotel to rest up for today’s activities. Though I slept more than six hours (in a row!) last night I am still sleepy and am about to seek out coffee.

Today’s Personal Project
Find a way to have some fun here in Raleigh.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay
Current Music – listening to this week’s “MacBreak Weekly” podcast
Website Of The Day – I’m surfing the internet from a public space, which means that I am also using Cloak VPN to tunnel my data.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – 220 pounds, and working on it

Foot Mileage – 0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 1 (1 cardio)

Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0

February Goals
– have European trip plans in place, if not carved in stone
– clean my basement to the point where I could have people over
– hire a plumber to fix all of the sinks at the ITP Estate
– walk no fewer than 75 miles
– publish an app to the iOS AppStore (new)

2014 Goals: Measurable
– Get my weight down to 190 pounds so that I can wear a 36″ waist pants comfortably
– Completely read ten books, audio books permissible
– Save $500 for the sole purpose of donating to charitable organizations of my choice
– Completely run at least one 10k
– Fix all (or at least most) of the things which are wrong with the ITP Estate
– Sell the ITP Estate (tentative)

2014 Goals: Unmeasurable
– Continue to Simplify, simplify, simplify
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem
– Eat smaller portions
– Start, and continue, to make my own bread using my bread machine as well as using the technique outlined in Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking
– Read and discard magazines during the month in which they arrive (even digitally)

Books I’ve Read/Heard In 2014

  1. “Johnny Carson” by Henry Bushkin

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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5 Responses to Plane Spinning, About To Crash?

  1. Steve says:

    I, too noticed the similarities in the titles… and thought Jenka had missed a big typo!

    Working from home today, prior to a doctors appointment at 1PM. Debbie spent the night with a friend who is going through a rough patch last night, so I had the remote control to myself and no heckling from the cheap seats (“oh, not Antiques Roadshow again!”).

    Maybe if the weather stays clear today, I can get a ride in after the doctor. Almost springlike this morning.


  2. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I just saw the Big Nerd Rabcg table and said hello. Working the table was someone I used to follow on Twitter and the woman I talked to a few months ago.

  3. Steve says:

    Good to stay connected with them. You just never know…

  4. Barb says:

    fun times at the career fair.

    Allan & I have decided to go to a wine tasting tonight down in North Buckhead at Savi Provisions. Leslie has promised it will be well worth the $15 tasting fee. Anyone else is welcome to join us, just need to call the store to rsvp.

  5. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Obviously “Rabcg” = “Ranch”.

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