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Shout-out from Connecticut

So, I'm here in lovely Brookfield, CT; at present, it's rather warm and sunny out (which was actually nice this morning for reasons I'll get into shortly), and I'm sitting here in the Cerulean Studios offices with my co-workers, hacking away on Trillian. Yay! It's rather nice actually to have everyone in one single spot, seeing what everyone's working on together and stuff. Really builds up excitement for the next release!

My plane ride out was first class, surprisingly. Turns out that there was a misprint on the ticket pricing or something, so Scott leapt on the first-class (which was cheaper than coach!) and they honored it. Mark one up for US Airways, I guess.

Arrived in Hartford and went to pick up my rental car. Let's just say... whatever fiscal responsibility was involved in getting the tickets went out the window on the car reservation! A red 2004 Mustang convertible is not what I expected as my rental car, believe you me! But I got set up, got the keys, and headed off to Danbury (where my hotel is). Got checked in and set up, and that was nice, then met up with Kevin, Scott and Kid for a late dinner after Kid's bus got in.

Next day it was raining, and Kid and I got settled in at temporary stations in the Cerulean offices. Poor Kid's cellular phone ran out of batteries, so it was forwarded to the office line until recharge. Worked late, but everyone's getting psyched about the new release, which is great. Drove back to the hotel, lazed about for a bit, watched CSI: Miami reruns, and slept.

This morning, it's gorgeous out, but Kid overslept. I waited in the lobby of the hotel, no Kid. At 9:00am (when we should've been getting to the office), I tried calling the room. No answer. Called Scott, got Kid's cellular number. Called the number... whups! It's still forwarding to the office. Finally went up and pressed the doorbell (the hotel rooms have DOORBELLS) until I roused the sleeping artist. Since it was such a nice day out, we put the top down on the Mustang as we drove in, and now we're all getting ready to break for lunch.

Whew! Anyway, we'll work all this week, we have Saturday as buffer, and Sunday I fly home. Then I have a little while before I have to fly anywhere again. :)


Hmmm, I see they've brought back some of the old styling on the 'Stang... the after-door scoop.... nice on the outside, but too roundy on the inside. Beetles are supposed to be round. Stangs are square, darn it.

They may have got the 'Stang thru a double-upgrade.. this is a Hertz? They had a special....

That's your Apple sitting there amongst all those PC's? (Actually, is that a G5 just behind the Powerbook??)

First class is cool. First class on the cheap rocks. :)
Yep, the 'stang is from Hertz. Nice car. I actually really enjoyed driving with the top down today! I still like my Beetle, though.

The Titanium Powerbook in the office shot is my laptop, Pixel, yes.

There are indeed two G5's (and, I think, somewhere among the stuff at least one forlorn G4) here in the office, as well, for testing interoperability (and perhaps to port to MacOS X someday, though AdiumX fills the Trillian niche on MacOS pretty well).

The new version of Trillian is lookin' pretty darn neat, though!
Mac port? Hey, if I still have access to a Mac if when you do port it, I'd be happy to beta test it.

And, oh, hell, no, if I had the choice of Beetle or Stang I'd take the Beetle any day. Particularly a TDI Beetle. (I finally read about those engines the other day... way cool. Want.)

AdiumX? Where? iChat is fine, but if there's better, I'd like to give it a spin...
Oh, my god. You're driving that thing on 84 east to Hartford Sunday? Better leave around 3 am before the traffic gets heavy, otherwise make sure your insurance is up to date! :)
3am?! On a Sunday?!
What you consider normal traffic patterns really do not exist between New Yawk and Boston.
Amen, brother.
3 am. On a Sunday. Otherwise you're going to have to be sharply alert for darting traffic, left lanes suddenly turning into exit ramps, right lanes suddenly turning into exit ramps, and very carefully making sure you stay in the proper lane to curl around a curve to get onto 91 North to Bradley just before you hit Hartford...

.. come to think of it, no wonder you got a Mustang.. gonna need a very nimble car! :)
Ummm, yeah, and don't get stuck behind some slowpoke in express on 91 North... happened to us, once, and we damn near missed our flight. Would've, post-New-York, but this was 1995, and the TSA goons were but a gleam in Dubya's eye....
Connecticut is so far the only state where I've been rolling along down an expressway and all of a sudden have to stop for A TRAFFIC LIGHT.
so close, but so far..... if I only had a car, but ours was totalled recently....

oh BTW, the AFS thing.... have you thought about CODA? I'm going to attempt to switch from AFS (because OpenAFS is being a pain in my arse) to coda 5... and see if it works. I'll let you know.
looks like YOU are having fun :D :D

must be nice