Tuesday, September 18, 2012

I am the Matrix

My day job is pretty cool.  I work for a software company and oversee the marketing and communications for it.  We are very much a start up company (within a larger, well established company) and each team member specializes in what they do.  Everyone also works a lot of hours. 

And I mean A LOT OF HOURS!

I've been busy getting the new website ready to go live.  For six months!  I've been working on this website concept for SIX MONTHS!  My day job has turned into my night, weekend and holiday job, too.  I'm not complaining because I honestly love what I do.  Keep in mind that I don't only do websites.  I also am in charge of graphics, writing, social media, market trends, industry awareness, collateral, international marketing material, database integration, presentations, and whatever else I'm forgetting.  And the variety of what I do is what keeps me going.

However, doing website coding for six months will cause a person to start seeing the world in a different light.  Driving to work the other morning I noticed how I was no longer looking at lanes of highways but coding for a table layout.  The color red had turned into "#E10D4D".  Answering a co-worker's question was framed in coding for a submit function.

I have gone nuts.

My saving grace is that the website is almost done.  I'm not sure when I swallowed the red pill or when Samuel L. Jackson showed up but I'm ready for this project to be done. 

However, if I start seeing snakes on planes then I'm committing myself to the loony bin.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Somewhere That's Green

I had the great opportunity to see Patti Lupone and Mandy Patinkin last night at the Eisemann Center.  Their show is constructed to tell a story with various songs from Broadway.  And it is absolutely incredible. 

The set has minimal lighting (various lamps with no shades), a fantastic pianist and a bassist, two chairs, and two glasses of water.  However, Patti and Mandy's performance is enough to feed your mind with all of the wonderment of where they are in the process of their story.  I'm one of those people that would prefer to read a book because the movie doesn't do it justice for what my mind has built the characters and scenery to be.  'An Evening with Patti Lupone and Mandy Patinkin' is the book of stage preformance.  Seriously.  Incredible.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Wholesome Vegas

This past weekend I ventured out west to Las Vegas.  While the journey for riches is mainly an illusion allowing visitors to escape reality the germs that infest the town are quite real (and many visitors leave with those germs).  Not to fret, though.  I went to spend some time with my parents who are temporarily living near Vegas while working on a project.

I've been to the Vegas strip before.  Been there, done that.  It was germy. 

This trip was to relax poolside at my parents' house and do some site seeing.  I love history.  I love cool things.  I love things that are just plain amazing.  Therefore, I went to Hoover Dam. 
Flying over the dam on my way to Vegas.
After watching the PBS American Experience special on Hoover Dam I have always wanted to go see the dam.  The engineering it took to build the structure is amazing but the dam project also provided a way out of the Great Depression for many of the workers.  It symbolizes a coming together of America and provides a sustainable resource for a large part of the country.  If there were no Hoover Dam there would be no 'Thunder From Down Under' or 'Siegfried and Roy'.
Don't think about all the water flowing through this tunnel as you are standing on top of it.  Creepy!
Where the magic happens!  Electricity, that is.
 
Beautiful floor leading into the power plant of the dam.
Creepy hallway to walk from elevator to generators.  This is where they put all the bad children.
Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge.  Arizona is on the left and Nevada is on the right.
Lake Mead behind the dam.
Winged Figures of the Republic near the dam.  Legend has it if you rub their toes they will bring you good luck.
Not sure why my face is photo bombing my own picture but I rubbed the patina off of it.

The dam from Lake Mead.
Not my photo but Lake Mead is gorgeous!
Hoover Dam is such a cool experience!  And, in case you were wondering, each time I tried to type the word "dam" for this posting I wrote "damn".  Habits die hard.