Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Dinner - The Petersons - Playlist

NOTES: 1) Lactose and Gluten Free 2) They want to play on the lake on arrival, so nothing will be time sensitive. 3) Due to "table density", we will go with large plates, serve family style

Anti-Pasta, COLD 3 kinds of pasta cooked with caraway, stirred with star anise, garlic, salt, olive oil. I will add some veggies, olives, meats closer to time and recheck spicing, (pasta eats spice)

Sides: 1) Rice pilaf, HOT, served with first two mains. 2) Falafel ROOM TEMP on a plate. 3) Hummus, COLD 4) Panko/Rosemary encrusted Zucchini, HOT

FIRST: Pollo Puttanesca, Maiale Pancetta
SECOND Souvlaki, Maiale di Funghi w Marzanos

NOTE: pull plates, put out dessert plates
Flourless Carob Date Raisin "brownie"

Friday, July 21, 2017

Dinner - Brent and Peggy

Playlist July 20, 2017
Pupus: dips and dippers, (Trader Joe Veggie Chips)
Shrimp gumbo dip
Chicken lime cheese dip

Initial table setting: small plates with small bowls - load bowls in kitchen
Bean and mix grill soup. Serve broth from kitchen. Pass bowl around with grilled meat, (fillet mignon and sausage) Remove bowls when people are finished, leave plates.

Fruit Salad in dish at table self serve on plates. Remove plates and wash when people are finished.

Large plates load in kitchen
Backyard rub pork over greens
Potato patties with yogurt/Parmesan topping, put extras in dish to pass around
Hummus balls with green enchilada sauce?

Dessert - small plates, load in kitchen:
Brownies with vanilla yogurt + date honey drizzle + dust with nutmeg

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Duracell Batteries Leak

This is not the result of scientific testing, but in both houses I have noticed that my flashlights with Duracell batteries are getting ruined by leaking batteries. The crazy thing is that they are all Duracells. The batteries in my supply cabinet that leak and make a huge mess are all Duracells. I am very tired of the white powder from a battery leak, tired of feeling my skin burn even after washing with soap.

I don't know if it will be any better, but we plan to go to Costco after church tomorrow and I think I will try the Kirkland brand; probably cannot do worse.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Goodbye Kauai, Hello Seattle/Tacoma

When we fly to Kauai on Halloween last year, we expected to be back December 03, 2016. However, while we were there a piece of my foot fell off, (how strange is that!) and I was grounded from flying. Oh well, stuck in Hawaii, what a burden to bear :)

I healed, we rescheduled, and flew back on Alaska Airlines , flight 816, 27 June, 2017. Nice flight, bit of a delay taking off because the LIH airport tower closed and we had to be remote controlled from Oahu, but we made it. Not a bad flight, I watched the Independence Day sequel which was predictable and then Collateral Beauty with Will Smith. I am glad I saw then, doubt I will watch either again.

There were no porters at Seatac at 7:00 A.M. to help us with out dog, Yogi, in his kennel. A baggage handler came to our rescue and helped us get to the street. Starline Limo was ready and reliable as always to get us home.

Kathy was able to stay up, but I crashed for a few hours after we got home. Then I got up and started to work. The the best of my knowledge, I am caught up with all SANS.EDU work as of 29 June. Today, I went to the foot doctor in Tacoma and we had skipped lunch to leave with all the traffic of a Friday on a 4th of July weekend. Yup there was traffic, but we got there on time and they were running late. After, I got my foot inspected and adjusted, we were hungry and went to Asado Steak House. Ymmm, we had a Happy Hour feast, (bar food is 1/2 off and it is the best bar food I have ever experienced). Kathy had two skewers one shrimp and the other scallops. I had the Asado Burger, their mix of ground beef and house chorizo. I had tried something similar at Lava Lava and it was OK, not memorable, but Asado knocked it out of the part. I also got a lamb meatball skewer. As you might guess neither of us could finish it, so we got boxes for later.

After late lunch/early dinner, we went to Trader Joes, (the one on Bridgeway). What could possibly be in Washington worth leaving Kauai. Well, we can start with Trader Joes. Their impulse buy dark chocolate peanut butter cups for $.99 are one example. I have had two while working on this blog post, though Kathy swooped in and grabbed a piece. So, we are back home both from Kauai and Tacoma, have started catching up with our neighbors. I am looking forward to sleeping in a bit late tomorrow, nothing drastic, just not getting up before the sun. I learned about the concept of SILS, (Sleep In Late Saturday) from my sister and we have adopted the tradition here as well.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

SPAM: I wrote you, you didn't reply, so I am writing again

This is an example of a persistent SPAM.

Hello Stephen -
I've reached out to you a few times without reply. I completely understand that you are really busy, but because I haven't heard back, I am worried that I may have offended you in some way!
I would love to show you how PerformYard simplifies employee performance and goal management, but I also don't want to make a pest of myself! 
We haven't connected yet which I believe means:
  1. You are not interested because you already have a solution in place that employees love and is not a drag on the HR team.
  2. You are interested, but are not quite ready to commit to anything...
  3. You are ready to lock in a 15-20 minute discussion this week or next.
Could you respond with 1, 2, or 3, so we can get something on the calendar or I can get out of your hair? 
Name Withheld

What, not, Where

There was an interesting post on Linkedin recently:

Considering making a move to a different province in the next half year.
What do you think, where should I head? 
Where is the best place in Canada for Cybersecurity and Information Security or will be in the next few years? What cities should I be looking at besides Vancouver and Toronto?
Any advice would be much appreciated. =)

And there were a number of replies, including mine, that dutifully talked about this place and that. I was lucky enough to get a reply back from the author.

And then it hit me. I have been part of a fairly expensive class, ($5k), on what are you going to do with the rest of your life. Apologies to my friends who graciously allowed me to talk their ears off with this question. But one of the HUGE takeaways from the class was how geography doesn't matter. Remember the movie Pretty Woman?
Vivian: What would it be like?
Edward Lewis: It would get you off of the street.
Vivian: That's just geography. 
In the course I heard from a number of people and we did a number of readings from people that found when they moved from here to there, both their problems and their skills came with them. This is not to say geography does not matter at all; it does. But it is not the major driver for employment in 2017 for "knowledge workers". To take on the question:
Where is the best place in Canada for Cybersecurity and Information Security
The answer is probably "at home". Here is Fast Company and Forbes take on the topic, you have to decide for yourself. Kathy and I have been working from home for 20 years and we have enough irons in the fire at this point that no single entity can change that. 

Anyone that knows me well has heard the story of taking a friend to the hospital 8 years ago for a procedure and forgetting my smartphone at home on the charger. Now what do I do? Turns out they had a lending library so I grabbed a copy of Alex Toffler's Future Shock, (1970). Here is a story about some of the things he got right, (hint telecommunications was one of them). The bottom line for employers is that many of the best and brightest are going to leave near a beach, or a lake, or somewhere else they consider desirable . . . then we will consider whether to do work for you.

Social interaction! Ah yes, that is important to most of us. There are tons of scholarly articles on telecommunications and social interaction, here is one. Let me spare you the pain or reading them. I just finished a Skype call with my boss. I fly next week to Seattle, one of the world's tech centers. I just had dinner with Jim Manico, one of the top minds in secure coding, who - get this - lives on the island of Kauai. And most importantly, God blessed me with a fantastic wife and dog. No wonder I smile all the time.

I do not know that I could survive and thrive in a world without coffee, but I know I can go the rest of my life without working in a sea of cubicles.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Kapaa Safeway - Fried Chicken Drumstick $1.79

I was hungry, Kathy wanted to stop at a grocery store on the way home from Lihue. I have been craving fried chicken, so I agreed, happily and wholeheartedly.

Service was great, I bought two and brought them home. Do you remember being a kid on Sundays when they had dinner after church and some kind soul brought in a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken.  And . . . the adults were so dumb they said, "children first", hehe, no chicken for you oh last shall be first!

I brought the chicken home. Fired up Google news. Started to eat and saw the cost. $3.58 for two drumsticks, $1.79 a piece. Good thing I didn't get a bucket to take to church.