A Blog by Scott Isaacs

Month: May 2005

TSA Targets Tux!

Apparently, even the government thinks that penguins might be dangerous.

Speaking of the TSA, did you know that knitting needles are allowed as carry-on items?  I was on a flight a couple weeks ago and there was a lady knitting with two 10″ (estimated) knitting needles that appeared to be made out of stainless steel or some other metal.  But pliers and toy weapons aren’t allowed?  Now, I’m not looking to allow pliers or plastic guns on planes, but I would think that if those weren’t allowed, then long, pointy knitting needles wouldn’t be allowed either.

Fortunately for all of us, cattle prods are prohibited.  Call your airline or go here for a complete listing.

Bravo, BRAVO!

I mentioned a bit earlier how we were going to dinner tonight for our anniversary.  Well, the restaurant was really quite good.  I’d recommend it to anyone who likes Maggiano’s or good Italian.

Anyway, off to bed.

Cinco de Mayo

Gather ’round, kids, I’m going to tell you a little story.  Today is a very special day.  It’s Cinco de Mayo.  What is Cinco de Mayo, you ask?  It’s a Mexican holiday, but that’s not really part of this story.  Today is special for another reason.

Many, many days ago — 1,461 days ago to be exact — I found myself in Kohler, Wisconsin, at a hotel called “The American Club“.  It’s a very nice hotel, with beautiful gardens and fountains and furniture and just about everything else a 5-diamond hotel should have.  I was there with a few friends for a special gathering.

On May 5, 2001, I was blessed to be able to marry my wife, Kelly.  It was a wonderful day, and there have been many wonderful days since — almost 1,461 of them.

In celebration of that day, 208.71 weeks ago, I am taking my wife to dinner tonight at a new restaurant in Brookfield, BRAVO! Cucina Italiana.  Feel free to wish us a happy 4th anniversary, but, whether you do or not, it will be happy.

P.S., I’d also like to wish a happy 1st anniversary to Brian and Belinda Tinkler, who celebrated their day yesterday, and will be celebrating another special day in about a month — the birth of their son.

Another Learning Lunch

Today I had another learning lunch.  This time, Gerry and I met Matt Deiters at Panera in Delafield which is much more convenient for me than going downtown.  A co-worker of Matt’s, Chris, was also there.

Sidenote: Matt and Chris are very bright guys.  I typically consider myself to be of above average intelligence, but when I’m around people like them, I can see just how much that I don’t even know that I don’t know.

Next Tuesday (May 10), Matt is speaking about Design Patterns in .NET at the WI .NET Users Group.  Today he ran through his presentation with Gerry and me.  It was practice for him and learning for us.  It was very interesting, and my only two complaints were:

  1. I got there late and had to wait for the lunch rush to die down before I could get any food.
  2. I wish we had another 3 hours to talk about this stuff.

I did find out that something I developed just last week used the Strategy Pattern.  I didn’t know that then, and I’m still not 100% sure about all the details of this pattern, but his code sample looked very similar to my application.  I have to admin that I felt pretty good about that, even though, at the time, I didn’t really understand the relevance of what I was doing.

Anyway, he only skimmed his slide deck and we spent most of the lunch in the code (due to time constraints at lunchtime), but I liked that better and it was very interesting.  Gerry and I each had a few questions and comments, but overall it made sense.  I understood what was going on, although I may not be able to tell you when something should be done using one of these patterns.

He’s going to be recommending a few books and other resources, so I’ll be sure to check into those.  If anyone has any suggestions or reviews (good or bad) of their own, feel free to list them here in comments.

Like Sean, Matt is another guy that I could definitely learn a lot from.  I’ll have to try to have lunches like these more often.

TechEd 2005 Milwaukee Attendee Lunch

I booked hotel yesterday via Hotwire.  I booked a room for myself and one for a co-worker at the Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa.  It looks pretty nice — Hotwire even called it a “condo”.  We got it for a pretty good rate, too — only $58 per night.

I’ve talked to a few people over that last few weeks that were either going or planning to go.  Of course it’s sold out now, so I don’t know if those “planners” are going to make it.  So, anyway, all of us Milwaukee-area locals that are going should plan on meeting at lunch one day or something.

If you’re going and would be interested in hooking up during some downtime, leave a comment here with your link or e-mail so I can get in touch with you later.

Otherwise, I’ll just have to hang out with my co-worker, Steve, and with Gerry

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