4th Of July 2018 Trip Photos

This past week, the family and I headed to San Antonio for the 4th of July holiday.  I naturally wanted to take some photos, and we wanted to see some fireworks.  In addition, the eldest wanted to start looking at college campuses.

The trip was a lot of fun, and I did get some good photos (see below), but the weather did not cooperate for the fireworks.  There was some serious rain in the afternoon, and the Powers That Be(TM) decided to cancel the displays.

We did end up spending a lot of time wandering around the River Walk which was nice and relaxing.  Our favorite places were still there, so we enjoyed some good food and ice cream.

As you can see, the light was good, and the River Walk was nice and lush.

We did get to SA a few years back for the 4th, and we enjoyed it then, as well.

 

Another Trip to the UK

As I teased before, I was back in the UK for some meetings.  The original plan got all sideways when my main person I was meeting with left for paternity leave just before I got over there.  No worries, as I was able to use the time to meet with others and get some good work done.

This time, I brought my main camera over with me, and spent some of the downtime taking pictures, mainly in Bournemouth, as I was only in London for the Monday, and was in meetings all day.

Anyway, here are some of the pictures I took.  Enjoy!

Back from London (again)

So, when I started the new job last November, my boss told me that the new position was not a traveling position.  Well, after three trips this year (including one to Columbus, OH), and the one I just got back from, I think he was wrong. *grin*.

So, this time, I was in London for most of the two weeks, but I did get a side trip to Bournemouth to meet with the team there.  I was over there to get brought up to speed on a new project I am starting.  This one will be more project management  vs development.

Oh and of course, I took some time to take pictures.  Some are here:

More Travel

Well, I had to open my mouth and say that I thought things were going to slow down. About that…

So, I get word late on a Friday I needed to get to New York for a meeting with a vendor. A frantic hour or so later, and I have things booked, and that Sunday, I have this view:

view-from-the-seat

In my rush to pack (I had lots of little things to get done before climbing on the plane, including a quick round of D&D with the kids: "Dice!"), I totally forgot my camera. So, I spent some time playing phone-photographer. The results are here.

Trip To Bournemouth, UK

Sorry for the lack of updates, but the last few months have been very busy with work and everything going on with the kids and their activities. It is summer time, so now I might be able to get some rest.

So, last month I got to go visit Bournemouth, UK for work. I was going over for a kick-off meeting on a new phase of the project I have been working on for a while.

It has been a few years since I was last in the UK, and then it was mainly in the London area.

I did have some downtime, so I was able to explore a little bit, and take some pictures.

The food was good, and on the last night everybody was there we went out to a small pub and listened to a local group playing ‘Western and Clasic Rock n Roll’. Very odd choice for someones from the US to hear in the UK.

And May is almost over

The month is almost over, and again, this site is quite. Sorry about that.

Last week, I was in Austin, TX for OSCON 2016. The show was fun, and it was the first time in over 5 years that I was just an attendee instead of a presenter or booth worker. While OSCON seems to be targeted more for developers and the DevOps scene, there were a few things I could use in my current Ops role.

Speaking of current Ops Role, I have transitioned to a new group at $EMPLOYER. I am now in the HPC (High Performance Computing) group, still as a Senior Linux Administrator. While most of the job is the same, the HPC group uses a global file system, and I have never played with one of those, it is learning time for me! The group has had some transitions in the last 12 months, so there is a lot of digging in to find out what is where, what is working, and what is not. The users are doing good work with the systems, so it is more of how can we manage the system better and faster, and react to changes better/faster.

On the photos side, I have not gotten back into the swing of things, and I need to set a goal, and go for it…and stop making excuses. 🙂

The motorcycle is down, and I guess I have not found the time to work on it. I think I know the issue, and it requires a little work. With Ride To Work Day in less than a month, I should get busy and get the bike back up and working.

And in the geeky side, I think I am going to switch over to using MarkDown like all the cool kids, as it does seem easier to use than RST…