Eclipse 2017 Notes

  • Lasts week in Bend (OR), the predicted influx of people into town and the potential long lines, shortage of food, etc. was the talk of the town.  Indeed, the grocery lines were long on Tuesday and Wednesday.  But from what Ive read, it has been busy in Central Oregon but not as bad as predicted.
  • Woke up to clouds in Seattle, but they burned off quickly.
  • Zero traffic this morning!  I looked up the typically busy Market to see a total of 3 cars for the mile I could see.  Everyone must be watching 🙂
  • 946am starting to get dim!
  • Mailman had a pair of glasses and showed us the view – a quarter of the sun was gone.  Very cool.  He got them at the library, which was supposed to pass them out at 2pm but the line was so long it was createing safety concerns so they distributed them at 1pm.
  • 1008am – getting dimmer!  People are emerging on their lawns and on their decks.
  • Daughter L made a viewing box with a shoebox!  Love it!
  • A chill is in the air!!  This is how it would be if the sun were blotted out – cold.
  • Full eclipse time is very dark.  Very dim in the sunlight, very dark downstairs.  
  • 10:50 am – people are starting to emerge – traffic is picking up, I can hear people walking around, there were a few more people arriving at the grocery store, I am getting emails again.
  • The checker at the grocery store pointed out that the shadows from leaves and from a colander make crescents!  I showed my family and we all thought it was very cool.
  • The more curious of our two dogs (T2) went over to the TV when it was darkest, thinking it was family movie watching time. When it started getting brighter again he stared wandering all around, sniffing, like what the heck?
Eclipse 2017 Notes

What a sad state of affairs when F500 CEOs show a better moral compass than POTUS

After last weekends racist riots and Trump failing to condemn the racists, yesterday several F500 CEOs resigned from Trump’s administration in protest and lashed out at him.  What a sad state the US is in, when F500 CEOs show stronger moral fortitude than the President of the US.  Trmp was recently described as a “vile man,” and to date that is truly the best description for him.  Vile. What is sad is that the racists are misguided – they blame minorities for their problems when really it is our Decision Makers of the past 40 years who put us where we are in terms of disparity, including decisions made by the very same/wealthy F500 CEOs who are speaking out against Trump.  

The riots last weekend really aroused people of all kinds and beliefs on all sides, even before a racists drove through a crowd of protestors.

What a sad state of affairs when F500 CEOs show a better moral compass than POTUS

The mad rush for the eclipse starts tomorrow

For months, the the hype surrounding the Oregon eclipse has been building, and tomorrow is the day that the mad rush to Oregon begins.  It is said that gas stations will run low on gas, cell service will be interrupted due to demand, highways will be so clogged as to be almost impassible.  Ironically, we have a family place in Oregon but won’t be staying, for a few reasons: we have other commitments, we promised our place to a friend a long time ago, we honestly don’t care that much about the eclipse, and I remember the hype of 1979 only to be disappointed (in fact, it was cloudy that day).  I am happy for all the people who are so excited, but I myself will miss that day, although it would be interesting to watch the massive crowds.

The mad rush for the eclipse starts tomorrow

Can’t wait for the smoke to end

For nearly a week, smoke has been pouring in from the BC fires into the greater SEattle area.  Technically, it is clear and warm, but it is actually hazy and humid with the smoke, and I feel trapped indoors.  I haven’t been able to take my walks outside, and am really tired of treadmills.  Can’t wait for the fires to end. 🙂

Can’t wait for the smoke to end

Funny how I’ve changed on my approach to CRM the past few years

Time was, I more or less refused to put my activity into CRM, as mandated by most Sales Organizations.  I figured I was measured by quota, and if I hit quota they’d keep me regardless if I updated CRM and if I didn’t hit quota they’d fire me anyway, so screw them – if they wanted me to update CRM they could get ride of my quota.  But the past few years I worked as a manager where CRM was watched soooo closely and it was so chaotic that (to make a long story short) you had to use CRM.  So I;ve gotten int he habit of it and am one of the most ardent documentary in CRM now.  I still dont think it’s a great tool as compared to effort vs. reward, but when in Rome…

Funny how I’ve changed on my approach to CRM the past few years

Loved the movie The Big Sick

Wife M and I went to the Annex for a drink then to The Big Sick.  The Annex’s cocktail was awful – I am not sure how a drink can be too bitter and too sweet at the same time, but it was.  Wife M’s drink was too sweet.  Won’t be going back there…  We loved The Big Sick, which turned out to be a true story based on the Pakistani actor from Silicon Valley’s courtship of his girlfriend, where they fall in love, break up then she gets sick.  We loved it – it was a touching, funny and enduring story about lovable characters, and I loved it much in the same way I loved the lovable people in Bend It Like Beckham from 10 years ago.  A fun summer evening that ended at a reasonable hour (9:40pm).  

Note: her illness reminded me of my mom’s illness in 2009, when she had to be intubated and was in ICU for several weeks where we didn’t know if she’d live, and my dad, sister, wife and I spent a lot of wrenching time together where we all really bonded. 

Loved the movie The Big Sick

In my entire life, I don’t remember a “steamy” morning like this in Seattle

It is literally steamy outside.  The air is reasonably heavy but the air is so filled with humidity it is hazy and almost smoky.  We’ve had humidity before, but I don’t ever recall it being visible like this.  Very cool.  Luckily it is not too warm (70s).

In my entire life, I don’t remember a “steamy” morning like this in Seattle