Wednesday, May 11, 2005

NYC Day One

I suppose that while I am sitting here on the second flight of my day, I may as well write a blog entry even though I won’t see the likes of an internet connection for a few more hours. This morning Salt Lake City was the recipient of a May snowstorm. I couldn’t believe my eyes; I suppose it was a good thing that I didn’t get the vegetable garden in last weekend. The Salt Lake Airport was busy this morning; I have flown post 9-11 and have never had to wait in a long security line. Thinking all would be well, we arrived at the airport 60 minutes before the flight was to leave, and found some fantastic lines. Thankfully, they were moving quickly and we were able to get boarded on time, though the flight did start boarding right as we arrived at the gate.

Due to the weather in Salt Lake City, our flight ended up leaving 40 minutes late. I didn’t really notice as I was wrapped up in reading Joel on Software. The flight was a little bumpy, but other than that not very eventful. The events happened with it landing in Cincinnati at 3:47pm. Yes, our connecting flight to NYC had a departure time at 4:07. We didn’t get off the plane until close to four. We literally ran down the airport hoping that we wouldn’t miss the final boarding call for our connecting flight. We were close to the last people to board the plane. For anyone that knows me, I was a ball of stress. I just don’t do the “great race”, need_to_get_to_the_next_flight_NOW thing very well. Thankfully I am here on the plane, which I didn’t miss, to New York.

For those that don’t like the geek talk, you are welcome to skip the next two paragraphs.

I didn’t mention that on that flight form SLC to Cincinnati that I managed to finish reading my book. What an interesting and unique view of software development and IT management Joel Spolsky has. He has the experience to back up his opinions, and certainly has no problems calling it how he sees it. Reading his book reminded me, once again, how very little I know about the big bad world of software and computers. As I read the book, I was amazed over and over again how many little things that man knew. Where does one find the time to keep up on all of the technology? Not just in the domain of software but also hardware, law, and business.

I know that I have said it before, but of most interest to me were Joel’s ideas on hiring practices. It just reminds me that I have a lot of learning and practicing to do. Sometimes I wonder if someone coming to the software world as late as I am even stands a chance against the kids who have been programming since they were two, but I enjoy it, and I am learning quickly. Joel on Software was a good book that does exactly what it purports to do. Sometimes you may want to disagree with the author’s opinions, but at the same time, he recognizes when he is taking a controversial stance, and backs up his position with solid examples, anecdotes, and logic. If you like reading in the computer geek genre, this one is for you.

Back to my New York adventure, yep, I am still on the plane, and it is getting really bumpy again. I am not a frequent flyer or anything special like that, but I have been on a fair share of flights in my young life, and I am hard pressed to think of any flight that I have ever been on that wasn’t bumpy at some point or another. I do enjoy air travel though. There is something exciting about getting on this machine that has the ability to let me cross the entire country in a matter of hours.

I am going to put the laptop away for now… will write again when I get to the hotel and have some pictures!

We just got back from a very authentic dinner at a deli downtown. What an awesome city, it is gigantic and tiny all at the same time. Everything is so close, there are so many people, yet the streets are just tiny. The cab drivers are insane; I don’t think that traffic laws or right-of-way are considered very seriously. But then again, that is just after walking around for a couple of hours tonight.

Here is a picture of my sister, me, and my cousin in Times Square tonight. More tomorrow.


Anonymous said...

Hey I know that place!! Hehe :)

You didn’t give your camera to a stranger to take your picture did ya?

I can’t wait to see you! I hope you can fit me in!! :)

rfin said...

Just as the trip to Florida was my 1st as a blogger, your NYC adventure is your first as a blog writer, digital photographer and laptop owner. I'm excited you're seeing the quintessential American city and that I get to read about it and see photos while you're there. Have fun and keep posting! -Love, Dad