There’s a certain irony in paying US Federal Taxes while I’m currently in England.
Who do I know in the Dorset, UK area the weekend of April 18th? Alternatively, what should I do?
Who do I know in the Orange County area and wants to grab dinner tonight?
I’m seriously thinking about never tipping anywhere. How do I communicate I’m not tipping on principle rather than bad service?
Editor’s Note: Not sure where this came from. It’s been sitting as a draft post for three years1. I think it may have come from How to be an Adult, by David Richo, which is a fantastic book.
- Face the facts
- Determine what’s not working
- Take responsibility for your actions and choices
- Make choices for yourself
- Acknowledge your emotions
- Say what needs to be said
- Acknowledge the authority you are beholden to
- Embracing what’s difficult
- Taking in/navigating the other perspectives in the room
- Opposite of being a victim of circumstance
- Knowing the difference between: didn’t, don’t want to, and can’t
circa 2011/09/18 ↩
I missed reaching Alaska Airlines MVP this year by 652 miles — not to be confused with the time I missed MVP Gold by 2000 miles. I thought about making a year-end milage-run, a process where you “[buy] a low-price airline ticket … and fly not because you want to go anywhere, but to earn redeemable miles and progress toward elite status on your preferred airline.”
The benefit of MVP is free checked bags for myself and Rachel (when she flies with me), which can easily save us $50-$100 per a trip. I also would get first crack at awesome seats such as 6A/F and 17A/F.
If I had been on top of my game, I probably could have accrued the required miles for about $200, which is equivalent to 2-4 trips worth of baggage fees. Realistically, I think there will only be a couple of flights we take this year (Colorado in August, and maybe someplace warm in the spring). This kind of makes it a push in terms of value. Unfortunately, I left it to the last few weeks of the year and it was going to cost upwards of $400 to get a flight that worked with my schedule. C’est la vie.
I suppose the good news is that I’m not traveling as often…though I sometimes miss it.
For me, it’s two.
I’ll often make decisions when some level reaches two.
If I need to email someone about something, I won’t email them if it’s just one thing. But I have to ask them about two or point things, I’ll do it.
If a request is made to add a feature, I may not add it if only one person requests it, but if I get two requests, then I usually do.
Ten years ago I started college — I started on this path to become a Professional Engineer: now I am. Feels good.
They may take our lives, but they’ll never take our freedom!
That problem when I go to write a blog and end up writing code to implement new functionality I want for the post.