Wednesday, 21st of October, 2009
Back from the 2009 SAP BusinessObjects User Conference in Dallas - it has been a great week. The opportunity to review all the presentation slides for the education sessions beforehand really helped manage expectations of what a session was going to be about, and ensured an excellent learning experience. On top of the regular programming, SAP and the Xcelsius Gurus put together a reception Tuesday night too - I find it kind of humoring that I found my way into the first picture on the Flickr album...
Tuesday, 13th of October, 2009
Monday, 12th of October, 2009
Picture - People that I know who have been in a crash involving airbags never describe it as a pretty thing. I'm the only car going down the road for like half a mile and a man decides to pick the exact time that I'm driving by his street to pull out onto the road right in front of me. The last thing I needed after the collision was a passenger airbag (protecting no one) smashing the windshield, sending glass flying everywhere, plus the smoke making it impossible to see or breathe. Not the environment I needed to get the car off the road and parked in a safe place.
Picture - And then of course the man who hit me looks at my car and says, "I don't see any damage to your car." And this is with smoke pouring out the windows too. I suppose it's hard to see damage on a car that is invisible on the road. I should be used to cars vanishing right after I spend all day Saturday working on it. Oh yes, and of course the guy can't find his insurance card, doesn't think it's his fault, and can't figure out why there are other cars on the road when he's driving on it.
Picture - If you just stare at the front end it wasn't a serious enough crash to require such a violent attempt to save my life, though the bumper is clearly pushed in, which you can verify by the way it no longer lines up with the fender. Subaru sturdiness wins - the car is driveable though it was a hard core experience getting it home, broken windshield with the airbag flapping around in my lap as I make turns and glass flying everywhere.
Satuday, 10th of October, 2009
Picture - It was a great day for wrenching so I replaced the leaking coolant hose in the Subaru that runs from the back of the coolant pipe to some hard lines on the passenger side. It's pretty clear where the point of failure is - I pulled on it to remove it from the fittings and it came apart in 3 pieces in my hands.
The crusty hose was caked on the hard line pretty good too - I tried to do all this without removing intercooler but at the end of the day it had to come out. In my car that means unbolting the intake manifold too due to lack of clearance - the induction system was pretty much in many pieces by the middle of the day.
Saturday, 3rd of October, 2009
Road trips in the rain are annoying, but it's amazing how after 1300 miles the car is still clean. We managed to drive mostly out of it towards the end, and it was on the way back to St. Louis that was able to spot the old little toll bridge over the Des Moines river that runs next to the new bridge. That link up to the old Iowa-394 really used to give that drive character.
Thursday, 1st of October, 2009
I expected to revisit memories of high school math contest trips to Iowa City on our drive up to Minneapolis today, but now that the Avenue of the Saints is completed, I hardly recognize the drive. It sure makes the drive a lot easier now!