Camel at Sunset

So, there I was, pulling out the logjam of mail that fills our company post office box between my weekly visits, when I noticed the yellow card stating that I have a package to pick up. I go up to the counter, and hand my card to the clerk, who goes into the back and begins searching for the package. 'Tis not in the normal storage area, so they all begin looking for it. They finally find it way in the back leaning against a wall. It wasn't in a bin, because it wouldn't fit. The clerk comes towards me carrying this obviously heavy, long, wide, but thin package.

Having talked to my old college chum, Mike, over the holidays, the package struck an eerie chord of familiarity with me.

As she comes out of the back into the counter area, the package strikes the wall switches, plummeting the entire post office into darkness.

When the lights come back on, I see that it's from my pal Bunkey currently working as a project manager in Iraq. "On no" I think, "it can't be". I carry it out to the car, and before I even open it, I call Mike.

"I just got this package from Iraq"

Mike: "Have you opened it?"

"I'm afraid to"

Mike: "Is it about 3 feet long by 18 inches wide?"

"Yes, and only about two inches thick."

Mike: "Well open it already."

So, I move to back of the Highlander, and using my trusty leatherman, slit the tape and slide out this long wooden plaque, and a simple handwritten note in red ink "Dec 2005 - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year - Bruce".

Wooden Name Plaque with a Camel
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My name with a camel in front of a setting sun... or is it a rising sun? Mike got tanks. I did the reliability study for the A1E1 tank recovery vehicle back in the 80's. Do I get tanks? No! I have my pilot license. Do I get planes? No. Maybe it's time to take up camel racing. I love learning more than doing, and that definitely seems like an hobby I wouldn't pursue long. &#59;)

After some discussion, Mike and I decided the best use for the plaque. Let's see, too heavy to hang on a wall, especially in earthquake country. Attach four legs to the back, add a glass top, and use it for a laptop table, so in my dotage, when I'm blogging, I can look down and remember who I am. That's what I'll do; yep, yep, yep.

Princeton Was So Cold

Our meeting in Princeton, NJ went very well. It was so cold though, about 15F at night; ice on the roads, not fun. I'm glad that I live in an area where I can drive a few hours to visit snow, but never need to shovel it. B)

No wifi at EWR, at least not in the Continental area. Actually, my wireless configurator did see an wireless access point, COwlan; but it required a certificate to logon, and the counter folk didn't know anything about it. /sigh

But we're back in sunny California, and even here on the San Mateo Coastside, it is bright and sunny today.

First Blog for the Year

Sorry all for not blogging. Yes, I'm back from my trip to Melbourne. But, I am in New Jersey right now. I am sure I will get to blog about my Australia trip to satisfy the requests out there. Hopefully, I'll get to do that when I get back from this New Jersey trip.

It is a cold night here in Princeton, New Jersey. Snow is in the ground. We arrived late at the hotel, almost midnight. The flight was very delayed.

Anyway, it is early morn here and I promise to find time to blog again. &#59;D

On the Way to Princeton

Clarise and I are at SFO on our way, via EWR to conduct a roundtable discussion in Princeton, NJ. We have a fair WiFi connection in the Continental terminal - out in the hallway. It might be better when we move closer to the gate.

I understand that it's snowing in New York. Our flight has moved from being delayed 10 minutes to being delayed one hour and 15 minutes. /sigh

One of these days, I have to remember to buy gloves, other than ski gloves - too cumberson for driving. I dread getting in that rental car and grabbing that ice cold steering wheel. |-| /brrrr!

OracAlumni Event: Terry Garnett of Ingres Open Source

Clarise and I attended the Oracle Alumni event, held at SAP tonight. The speaker was Terry Garnett, the CEO of the new Ingres - the corporation spun off by Computer Associate in conjunction with their releasing the source code for the Ingres database, 2005 November 07. In addition to listening to Terry's talk (not a presentation - no slides, just a conversation with a room full of fellow ex-Oracle folk), we also got to talk with Terry privately as well as with other Ingres attendees: Dave Dargo - CTO, Andy Allbritten - Senior Vice President of Support and Services and Shelley Keefe - Recruitment.

All of this is actually quite new. The company Ingres took possession of the asset Ingres from Computer Associate only two months ago, and they are still formulating many of their strategies. Terry does have an interesting perspective. He feels that the next step for the Open Sorce movement is to become business open source. Just as the PC moved from a hobbyist movement to an ubiquitous technology with multiple, focused business models, Terry sees open source moving from DIY to ubiquitous technologies with multiple, focused business models.

Look for the upcoming podcast of this session. We'll provide a link to it, when it's available.

There will be a podcast of the event a week or so afterwards,
thanks to the sponsorship of John Houghton and MobilecastMedia.end quotation
-- email from Dennis Moore, Founder of the Oracle Alumni Group

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