I love that word.
Okay, what snarled traffic yesterday? Was it the handcuffed man jumping to his death from a building downtown? Were there multiple wrecks on the Connector? Was it a combination of these? It took me over fifteen minutes to drive from Piedmont Park to Colony Square (about two city blocks) on 14th Street. It’s a damn good thing that I am so anal retentive about getting places on time, so I had a decent time buffer before my German class. I can’t imagine the amount of frustration I would have encountered if I’d had to drive from work leaving at 5pm instead of 4:15pm. Some of my classmates were late because they got stuck in that mess worse that I did. Because I eat quickly I was able to wolf down my Tin Drum dinner with fifteen minutes to spare.
German class was fine, but as expected I am behind. Something about not putting in the work, yadda, yadda, yadda. “Intensive” studies begin this week. The next two classes will be interesting because our teacher will be in Hamburg, Germany for work, thus we’ll have a substitute teacher.
Yesterday I also realized that I need to start learning Swift, the programming language that Apple introduced last year. But when will I find the time? I’ve tried to learn it twice already, each time being interrupted by work, travel, or indifference. This is a skill that will prove to be useful given that I still have a decade-and-a-half in which I must earn income.
I continue to fantasize about taking a long hiatus from work. However, there are the lack of income and health insurance things to consider… And who’s going to hire a fifty-year-old programmer that decided to leave his job? Well, at least I think I could overcome the latter of these two concerns; I might need that hiatus in order to do better than I have done this year when it comes to that.
Yesterday I wore these things called “sunglasses” (die Sonnebrille in German) for the first time in what seems like forever. Today I plan to wear my cycling sunglasses. I toted the bicycle on the M6 into work and, if all goes well, will get out of work in time to ride 25 miles before it gets too dark. Hooray for October warm fronts!