February 16th, 2007

Conrunner Kevin

Shoes for Industry!

Although I liked the location of my old office, the current one on Campus Drive in San Mateo does have the advantage of having a shopping center within easy walking distance. Among the shops there is a shoe-repair shop, and as I mentioned, I had shoes to collect yesterday. This time, I remembered to bring enough money to redeem the shoes. When I got back to the office, I changed into the newly-soled-and-heeled shoes. (I change out of my wing-tips into walking shoes when I do those post-lunch walks; otherwise my feet start hurting pretty quickly.) I'm sure glad it was not raining yesterday. Those brand-new soles are slippery! Walking through my office, I felt like I was ice skating over the carpet.

I'm working from home today, but am still head-down over my current project, which has an ambitious, although not impossible, schedule.

(The title of this post is a Firesign Theatre reference, in case anyone wondered.)
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Cheering for the Company Team

Menlo's parent company, Con-way, sponsors Jack Sprague's car in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series racing. Normally I don't watch oval racing, but I tuned in to the Chevy Silverado HD 250 race, which starts the season, after a reminder e-mail from my company that our driver had qualified for the pole.

It came down to an incredibly close finish, as Sprague slingshot his way around the leader at the final curve to win the race by only 0.03 seconds.

I doubt I'll follow this series -- Formula One is more to my taste, but truck racing is more to my company's style -- but it was sort of nice to see my parent company's name out there prominently displayed on the car, and Sprague was careful to thank Con-way along with the other major sponsors in the post-race interviews.
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