As promised in journal entries last week, I’m posting some before-and-after photos from the family vacation at Aspen Grove. This shows, among other things, why you don’t want to get caught on the mountain in a storm, even in summer.
take me to the pictures
Today I learned that Delta upgraded me from Silver Medallion to Gold Medallion. This means that on flights where there is a first-class seat available, I can have it at no charge. I’ve also got four coupons for free beer, wine, cocktails, or headphones. So it looks like Howard the Mormon will be scoring four sets of headphones, and sitting in Coach because First Class is always full.
In other news, I just got word that I’ve been officially upgraded from “Featured Guest” to “Guest of Honor” at Linucon this October. I’m not sure what that entails, but it MAY mean that I get my very own handler. Or perhaps access to the super-secret ConStash of GoH-Goodies. W007!!1!111.
(I’m sure they’ll revoke my GoH status as soon as they discover my 1337 exclamation. Sorry. I couldn’t h31p my531f).
Today I met the guy who invented the 2nd set of chains.
Dunno what I’m talking about? Don’t feel bad. I was at the local disc golf course, and there was this older guy (late 40s?) throwing some amazing putts on the last hole. We talked for a bit, and it came out that he’d been playing since 1975. Near as I can tell, that’s the year the sport was invented since that’s when the patent was issued on the disc golf “pole-hole” target. He went on to tell me that at one of the parks he set up, he decided to try a second ring of chains to see if the discs would stick in the baskets better. Turned out they did, so he went to the PDGA with the plans, and they adopted them. Nifty.
Anyway, it was cool talking to him. It made the truly crappy game I played a lot more bearable.
I had a VP for a while at Novell who said that someday he needed to write a book. I’m realizing now what he meant.