Friday, September 15, 2017

Old board games from the late 70's and early 80's

My parents have stored old games and toys for my brother and I since we left home decades ago.  We poke around in the old boxes now and again, but there comes a time when we/I need to purge a little (especially for my parents' benefit).

I'd hate to just throw these out without at least making a token effort to see if there is any interest in the www for game collectors or hoarders of nostalgia.  So last chance, get in touch with me if you're interested.


Up Periscope

Air Traffic Control


Dungeons & Dragons

Sunday, August 27, 2017

A comprehensive electric lawnmower review

New Greenworks 21" on the left vs Black & Decker circa 1997 on the right.

The verdict: the one on the right works.  The other: DOA.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Not quite a nightmare, but...

Woke up after an unpleasant dream that centered around a poorly organized business trip.  

I arrived at an unusual terminal in Toronto with a technical colleague and neither of us had boarding passes.  We had an unconfirmed meeting agenda with customers in Montreal.  My colleague and I deal with different agents and end up with different flight arrangements.  

Only when I'm at the front of the security line do I realize that I'm not certain if I needed to fly to another city after Montreal.  I purchased a one way ticket (on a very odd airline) which came as a surprise to the agent because it cost me over $400 which the agent thought was very expensive - I answered "normal for me".  

I know airports quite well, but a really had trouble finding this gate and had to ask a number of clueless people where the gate was.  I found a ton of people on the third floor where multiple flights were all boarding at the same time.  I squeezed my way to my flight and tried to board, but found out that this plane was massive and I was asked to board very specifically by my seat section.

I had a look around the gate area and recognized a restaurant my wife and I had eaten at in the past.  There was a huge group of people waiting for the flight.

I arrive in Montreal without any specific meeting details and still uncertain who I'm meeting with and where I need to fly next.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoy my job that requires me to do a lot of business travel and I enjoy meeting customers face-to-face in exotic locations like Warren, NJ, but it does stress me out a little when flight and hotel scheduling is only confirmed days ahead of my trip.