Archive for September, 2012

An Unusual Meeting of Friendly People – A2B3

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Ed Vielmetti has created an eclectic meeting opportunity each Thursday for lunch. The Group is called A2B3 (Ann Arbor Bi Bim Bop) and is comprised of mostly nerdy, tech types, geeks, and more than normally intelligent people.

I’ve been attending for a few years, and was also somehow chosen to stand in for Ed when he can’t make it. In addition to lunch, there is also an extensive mail list where people ask for advice on any topic, not limited to computers and technology.

The format for lunch is informal until 12:30. At that time Ed does a bit of a standup introduction if there are new people, which nearly always begins with “I’m Ed Vielmetti and I organize lunch”

There is a question that is used for an introduction, as people go around and answer the question as well as introduce themselves. At 1 pm we wrap up, announce any upcoming events, and then go on about the day.

Here is what I wrote for the email list about today’s lunch:

There were about ten of us today, without Ed.
The question was to talk about any recent polite complaints you’ve made with the option to instead talk about the benefit of escalation.
Also, a reminder to check your furnace and carbon monoxide detectors to avoid possible death from carbon monoxide. Get detectors if you don’t have them!

Mortgage companies, cable and phone companies were dominant although the discussion was begun with my complaint about perfume ads. It is also nice to have so many mechanisms for quickly complaining – Facebook, twitter, blog, and email to the company.

People stayed around for more discussion of geothermal heating and cooling and weatherizing and energy saving measures including the pros and cons of solar in Michigan.

i like the group because the people are mostly kind, generous, intelligent and funny. I’ve made friends I would not have otherwise have met. And I often get great ideas, help, and inspiration and encouragement form the group. It is part of my routine (which I have little of) and I like it.

We meet at Eastern Accents, every Thursday except holidays, art fair, and other times they are closed. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Not Happy with Macy’s

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

It has been awhile, but Macy’s has resumed perfume ads in the newspaper. Which is only twice a week. Thankfully they fell out before I brought the paper in, but that little exposure brings on instant headache, an elevation of anxiety, and brain confusion. Add a slight bit of dizziness as well, and I’m pissed.

The perfume can’t possibly smell that bad in real life – why is this a good advertising strategy?

An email to Macy’s and AnnArbor.com is next. When the paper was The Ann Arbor News we had an agreement that they would deliver a “clean” non perfumed paper when Macy’s did this. Many years later, I’ll see what can be done.

Bee Poop

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

I noticed an unusual amount of bee poop on my windshield. (What is a usual amount you might ask? I suppose noting a few drops a couple times a week…) This was about a dozen bits that wasn’t there yesterday.
Tracking poop is a legitimate way to note wild or semi-domesticated animals. Bee poop as well.
Bee poop is small brown dots that show up on your windshield, or hopefully not on your laundry that you hang out. I used to keep a bee hive on my garage roof, and hang laundry in the flight path. Bad idea. It doesn’t come out.
Back to today, I was happy to see a bunch of poop as I backed out of my driveway. It made me smile.

Starting over again

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Writing books took over from writing blogs. I’ve been writing, just not as much for free. Still for pleasure. I itch to get back into the blogging habit. It is better than facebook. My 6 – soon to be 7 – books are available here. Currently the last three are still available only by weekly subscription, but that will change before the year ends.

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