John Holton (john_holton) wrote,
John Holton

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Over the hump into a long weekend

I fly home tomorrow. Yay!

It's been a productive week, all things considered. I finished the program that I was writing, as well as the web page to launch it, and turned it over to the users this afternoon for their comments. I invoked Holton's First Rule of Programming to get it all done: Good programmers write, great programmers steal. Basically, I found something that worked that looked kinda-sorta like what I was trying to do, and modified it so that it did what I wanted it to do. Nine out of ten programs are written that way, believe it or not.

Found a couple of gems at Best Buy this evening en route to dinner. One is Jazz For Couch Potatoes, featuring an all-star band led by Chuck Loeb on guitar and featuring a number of other musicians (the only other name I recognize is Randy Brecker, who's been around since at least the first incarnation of Blood, Sweat and Tears) playing theme songs from TV shows such as "I Dream of Jeannie", "Sex and the City" and "Taxi" (one of my favorites, and done beautifully here). The other is Quincy Jones' Big Band Bossa Nova, recorded in 1962 and featuring such familiar tunes as "Soul Bossa Nova" (better known today as the theme from the Austin Powers movies), a couple of Jobim tunes ("Samba de Una Nota So", "Desafinado" and "Chega De Saudade") and "Manha de Carnaval" from "Black Orpheus". I recognize more of the names on this one, oddly enough (Clark Terry, Roland Kirk, Phil Woods, Lalo Schifrin, and Jim Hall). So much of it sounds so familiar...

While I was out of town, Mary managed to hire some people to clear out the back half of our lot. We have a bunch of pine trees out there, and we're always worried that one of the severe thunderstorms that comes through during the spring and summer is going to knock one down on the house, so we're having them removed. I'm kind of sad to see them go, mostly because they've been a convenient excuse for not cleaning out the back half of the lot. Mary wants to set it up as a wildlife refuge of a sort, which is kind of a neat idea. She's actually researched it and found that, even without the trees, it qualifies as a wildlife habitat. So, we'll be working on that in my spare time--HA HA! She also managed to find a couple of neighborhood kids to do the lawn, which is a good thing, because it looks like I'm going to be getting quite busy in the near future and the last thing in the world I want to do on my days off is to push a lawnmower around in 90 degree heat and 70 percent humidity. I know, that's the weather that I bargained for when I moved to Atlanta, but it's easy enough to stay inside when it's beastly outside, and I wouldn't trade it for the kind of winters we had in Chicago.

Speaking of Chicago, I got invited to join my first community around here: The Chicago White Sox community. Hi to any of you who are looking in. Yes, there is that side to my life...

I'm going to turn in early tonight, because I was awake until 2 AM yesterday and kept having to wake myself up at work...

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