Libby Says...

Friday, July 30th, 2004 Author: Libby
Sick, sick, sick Time: 09:57:52 AM
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You are 47% geek
You are a geek liaison, which means you go both ways. You can hang out with normal people or you can hang out with geeks which means you often have geeks as friends and/or have a job where you have to mediate between geeks and normal people. This is an important role and one of which you should be proud. In fact, you can make a good deal of money as a translator.
Normal: Tell our geek we need him to work this weekend.

You [to Geek]: We need more than that, Scotty. You'll have to stay until you can squeeze more outta them engines!

Geek [to You]: I'm givin' her all she's got, Captain, but we need more dilithium crystals!

You [to Normal]: He wants to know if he gets overtime.

Take the Polygeek Quiz at

I haven't had this caliber of summer (or winter for that matter) cold in a long time. Or my memory is getting selective and shoddy in my (increasingly) old age. No telling. Either way, I've got the cough to end all coughs right now -- I kept myself awake last night for over an hour because I couldn't stop coughing. Moral of the story? Don't get near the Libby right now if you don't want to be coughed on.

Found the giggly-geek-quiz via Heather's site via Guy's site. Heather and Guy and Marcus and Courtland and Jey and those folks are all friends of mine living in SF.

I think I found an apartment, so the lease-signing and moving will commence momentarily. Of course, that means that I'm not going to get to go to Oregon to visit my Mom, speak to the Portland user group, and visit the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland after all. Guess I'll have to make do with the Houston Shakespeare Festival this year -- Macbeth tonight (if I can manage to drag myself out of the house!).


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Friday, July 23rd, 2004 Author: Libby
Noted and Quoted Time: 10:47:57 AM
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There are a lot of amazing people in my life. The best and most amazing is my mom, who loves me and takes care of me and watches out for me no matter what. She sent these to be blogged. Love you, Mom.

I need no warrant for being, and no word of sanction upon my being. I am the
warrant and the sanction.
                Ayn Rand, Anthem, 1946

It is not advisable, James, to venture unsolicited opinions. You should
spare yourself the embarrassing discovery of their exact value to your
                Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, 1957


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Friday, July 23rd, 2004 Author: Libby
Moving, again. Time: 09:53:27 AM
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Just back from a few days in Dallas at the Rational User Conference, which was also billed as the developerWorks Live! show this year. I understand why they merged the shows, but I don't think it particularly succeeded as a merged show this year. As a Rational show, it was great -- lots of Rational developers and customers there. As a broader developer show... something to be desired. Ah well, perhaps as developers from the other brands get more used to their tools being part of the Rational toolset, that will change.

Unfortunately while in DFW, I got sick. Icky summer colds. So, I'm spending a bit of time curled up on the couch, coughing. I did have to go out for a walk this morning, as Yogi the dog is visiting me for a few days and needed his walk. I think I tired him out, although it might have been the heat tiring us both out.

There has finally been a nibble on the house. It looks like I'll be moving in mid-August, although I'm not really sure yet where I'll be moving to. I've started to look for a duplex or apartment to rent here in Houston for the time being.


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Friday, July 23rd, 2004 Author: Libby
All Star Game and Events Time: 09:41:56 AM
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I am so lucky.
I got to go to all three of the major All-Star events: the futures game/celebrity softball game; the home run derby; and the All-Star game itself. I also went to the Fan Fest (a cool exhibit there from the Hall of Fame museum) and a pre-game party.

Too much fun.

I made the mistake of not keeping score for the futures game, so it went by me a bit, but it was still interesting to watch the game. I have a friend who knows a lot about the minor league teams, but unfortunately he was out of town and unable to go with me that day. The celebrity softball tournament was mostly funny, although it was kind of cool to watch some big names of the past play.

The home run derby was possibly the most fun. First, it was great to watch two players who were not supposed to be at the derby go to the finals (Berkman and Tejada), and that was made even more fun because Berkman was the home-town favorite. I think the other thing is that everyone seems to be able to really get into the home-run derby -- even people who aren't really baseball fans have fun with that event.

If only the actual All-Star game had gone as well. We had a whole slew of home-town players at Minute Maid in Houston (as an aside, almost all of the actual "Minute Maid" signs were taken down or covered up during the All-Star events. Pepsi was a sponsor!) and almost all of them did badly. Clemens, who has been having an amazing season, gave up six runs in the first inning. Kent made an error at 2nd. None of the Astos got the runs/hits that would have helped make up for it.

Still, even with the Astros and the entire NL doing so poorly, it was an exciting thing to be there. I expected to see more people keeping score, which you know that I do at every game, just because I expected to see more actual baseball fans there. Surprisingly, I only saw one other person scoring the actual All-Star game (which is, perhaps, somewhat understandable when you take into consideration just how many substitutions I had to try to squeeze on to a single little sheet!) and nobody else at all scoring the home run derby (which is little more than writing down how many home runs in each round. Ah well; I guess my geekiness is confirmed.

The pre-game party had a lot of good food but some very very loud music. The very nice gift at the party was an actual all-star baseball in a lucite box -- nice souvenier from the game.


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Thursday, July 15th, 2004 Author: Libby
Slience... Not so golden! Time: 02:47:02 PM
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Perhaps you've noticed the fairly long silence.
My apologies.

Since I started writing more for and our Lotus Informer Blog, I've had less bandwidth to write here. Plus, I took a trip to California last week. The highlights:
  • Had a great book club meeting with the girls in San Diego -- I miss them a ton! I'm pretty convinced I need to start a book club with some of my girlfriends here in Houston since the experience with that club was so rewarding.
  • Hung out with my friend Liz and her new beau, including some great food outings in La Jolla and by the water in downtown, and my friend Christa and her husband Rob, and my friend Shana.
  • Ran the Coronado 15K, also with Liz. I kept up with Liz for about 3 miles, but her pace is about 45 seconds faster per mile than mine -- it's amazing how much of a difference that actually makes. I did the 15k (which is about 9.3 miles) in a 1:40:31, approximately, so that's about the same pace as the 1/2 marathon (pace of 10:48, although that's not actually how I ran it -- it went more like a couple or three 10 minute miles, maybe one or two 11 or 12 minutes miles, then back to 10 and change...). Despite the fact that I'm losing more toenails (ick), I'm pretty sure I'm going to train for the HP Houston Marathon, to be run next January. Expect many marathon updates as the year progresses.
  • Saw my Astros lose two games, one with the Padres and one with Dodgers (thanks for getting us such great seats, Kathleen!)... My poor Astros have been sucking it up so badly, up to and including the All-Star game on Tuesday. So badly that Jimy Williams is out as manager. I'm never sure if I agree with the firing of managers, but hopefully we'll see some improvements and the boys will stop underperforming.
  • Visited my former neighbors, Rachel and Dan, and their adorable new baby, Demi Rose, and then spent a few days visiting with my grandparents.


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