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Tentative birthday shindig

OK, folks! If you are in Portland, Oregon, or plan to be on Monday, August 17th, and if you read/stalk my blog, you are hereby invited to my birthday party! It will be in the evening, and probably at the AMF bowling alley on Powell St. (SE)– check back here and on Facebook for final details. I am thinking around 7:00 PM until 10 or 11, which will give time to bowl a round before driving home for the early risers, and plenty of time to hang out for the night owls.

$$ details: We’ll buy a few pitchers of beer, some kind of food (will try to meet dietary concerns, but do eat beforehand if you’re on a really restricted diet), and the lane fees. Bring a couple of bucks for shoes, or your own bowling shoes– whatever works for you. Your presence is your present. RSVP so I have a rough head count for the reservation.

Please come if you can. I would love to see anyone from the area (and out-of-towners)! Even if you don’t plan to bowl, just come hang out and share some birthday fun!

Speaking today: CIC-SIG progression at the STC conference

Hey, folks!

I’m speaking today at the STC’s 55th annual Summit in Philadelphia, on the topic of the Paperless Office for contractors and independent consultants. The progression runs from 9 to 11:30, and I give my talk 4 times, so if you’re here at the conference and want to check it out, you don’t have to give up 2 of your sessions– just one half of one.

That’s the quick update. Later, I’ll blog about my impressions of the conference. Perhaps some of the folks who have steadfastly read my blog all year and are wondering “does she ever work?” will be happy to have something more “technical writing” oriented for a change. Just remember, you can filter out the knitting stuff by selecting a category (left-hand side of the frame) and then subscribing to the RSS feed for the category’s page, rather than the whole blog. It’s never been my intention for you all to read everything I post– knitterly folks should subscribe to the crafting feed, writerly folks to the writing feed, personal friends to the personal feed (yeah, LiveJournal folks get the short straw, but I even filter what gets cross-posted to LJ, too).

Also, since I never write about my clients or jobs, anything work-related is usually a more general thing, and not “OMG, my company just did the coolest thing!” Except in rare cases where the company explicitly says they’re OK with me evangelizing.


Because I am tired and have a cold and because we have a bunch of stuff to do tonight before we take the RV to be serviced in the morning, I’m just going to tease you about the launch.

We got out to the Space View Park park this morning at about 9:30 and set up our chairs and a sunshade. We sat around watching while hundreds of other people showed up. When we arrived, there was a 70% chance the launch would be delayed due to weather. Those odds only got better and better as the skies cleared and winds, though variable, settled into a decent pattern. The shuttle had a 10 minute window for launch, and they were set to go right in the middle of it. If they had had to delay more than a few minutes, they would have to delay the launch until tomorrow.

It was a textbook launch with absolutely no problems (at least, none broadcast to those of us on the ground). Gorgeous.

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John and I took many photos and John shot video of the launch. We will post them soon. I promise!

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