Happy Friday, and happy solstice everyone! Here's hoping today's better than yesterday - my whole Thursday morning was a string of obstacles and upsets. Started off with early word that some weekend meeting sessions happening next week with a project I help on... was going to require my presence. WTF? Weekend meetings heading into crunch mode aren't unheard of, but I'm more of an outside consultant on that kind of thing and it's highly unusual to be invited, let alone required to attend. It's an honor, but doesn't feel like one. Then, heading to my workshop place to build ziggurat parts... massive traffic and construction. Get everything loaded only to find things are first delayed, and then my session's got to be canceled because equipment went down. So reload the stuff back in the van, deal with even more traffic, then of course there's no nearby parking, and once I do find a spot I realize I left my USB key (with my files and stuff on it) at the workshop. D'oh!
Clearly I needed to take a different approach to the day, it was determined to thwart my attempts at productivity. I made my way back over to the workshop, and then zipped on up to the mission (SF neighborhood), where my bacon food truck buddy was having his first day at a new storefront location. The place was doing pretty good business but he was glad to see me (his biz has had a bunch of crazy setbacks this year that would have ended things for a lot of companies), we played a bit of catchup and talked about junk ranging from mobile foodie culture to future plans. Then I grabbed some food to go, and took it home to surprise Pandorra (she was working from home). There still wasn't any parking, and I ended up having to bounce between a couple different 2hr limit spots before finally finding someplace close by to put the van.
Last night I distracted myself by diving into word cloud stuff. I was fascinated by the pic Bravo from placement had put together
, and wanted to use it to make a piece of art to display at our camp. He had kindly sent me his original file, but of course because yesterday the universe wasn't letting anything get by, the file wasn't usable for what I wanted to do. That led me down a few different paths and took forever, but I've got two word cloud sets to work with.
Happy birthday to the away-from-message-board mgb327 (he's off in Vegas to see Fatboy Slim). Between that and the solstice, it seems right to share one of my all-time favorite summer songs (and a really infectious earworm)...
While you're watching that, I'm going to sneak off and try and get something productive done