A Fun and Productive Weekend

Last night’s emergency post, typed into the just-installed WordPress Android app from my Nexus 7 tablet may have been just a tad uninformative, but certainly counted as a NaBloPoMo post. That said, you may find it useful to read that before this one.

Milwaukee woke up this morning with an inch or two of snow on the ground, the first of the

2002-2004 Toyota Camry XLE photographed in USA...
2002-2004 Toyota Camry XLE photographed in USA not unlike mine. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

season. I got out the big orange push shovel and cleared the driveway and sidewalk reasonably quickly. Both of the family cars were having issues, though. My car had complained of low tire pressure since Friday, and we got that tended to on the way to breakfast. Our new (actually quite old) Toyota Camry started displaying the Check Engine light last night. We deferred that to Monday; she’ll probably take it into the dealer for some other repairs that we’d already known about. I’m the eternal optimist, and thus inclined to think the other repairs will resolve the Engine light, but I’ve been wrong before.

After a lovely breakfast at John’s Sandwich Shop, and a bit of grocery shopping, I knocked out a Goodreads review of Virginia Eubanks’ Digital Dead End:Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age. Excellent analysis, if a limited conclusion.

Spent the rest of the afternoon watching yet another (ho-hum) Green Bay Packer game, this time a spectacular 53-20 annihilation of the Philadelphia Eagles. After last week’s pasting of the Bears, and yesterday’s Wisconsin victory against Nebraska, it’s been a good football week for the state of Wisconsin. Oh, and the college basketball teams did pretty well too.

We’re looking at a pretty quiet, if bone-chilling, week ahead. I expect to share more on-topic information. Will let you know what happens to the car, though. Hope you have a good week!


A Weekend Like No Other (with no BarCamp)

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This was supposed to be my review of BarCampMilwaukee6, with all the usual comments on what I learned, what I shared, and how much fun I had with the always-unique band of BarCampers. Only problem is that I missed it, for the first time.

I don’t know if this qualifies as a legitimate excuse, but there was a unique confluence of sporting events in Wisconsin last weekend:

Like 225,000+ other Brewer fans, I tossed my name into the virtual hat to get what limited seats might be available for a playoff game at Miller Park. Astonishingly, I was one of the 5500 names selected to buy tickets for the Division Series. At the time, nobody knew when the games would be, so there was a chance that BarCamp wouldn’t be affected at all. But I had a plan, just in case the games were on the weekend: I’d buy tickets for the Sunday game, and go to BarCamp Saturday.

When the time came to actually login and buy the tickets, the Virtual Waiting Room was not kind to me. By the time I got through, there was just standing room available for Game #2. Didn’t want to spend $25 to walk around the ballpark, so I dropped out.

What I didn’t know at the time was that my brother-in-law got tickets for Game #1. After he offered me one of his tickets, I was on Plan B: I’d see baseball on Saturday, and go to BarCamp Sunday. This is what happened last year, when I went to the Farm Aid show at the same location. This would be fine.

Until Thursday. I was working hard when I got a call from my boss’ boss. This sort of thing never happens. Any worries I might have had about the subject of the call were dissipated early. The CEO was wondering if I might be interested in using his tickets to the Packer game Sunday.

For a multitude of reasons, I said ‘yes.’ I was immediately glad I didn’t get those Sunday baseball tickets. But now what? Plan C goes into effect: Baseball Saturday afternoon, BarCamp in the evening (I could forego the Badger game), Green Bay on Sunday.

We had a great time at Miller Park Saturday afternoon. What I was not expecting was that my back would suddenly start acting wacky the instant I came home from the ballpark. I literally could not get out of my chair without great pain. So I was hosed.

With several big doses of ibuprofen and a long car ride to Green Bay, I somehow managed to make it through the football game too. It was my first time at the Temple of (American) Football, and it was certainly unforgettable. But I felt pretty bad about missing my favorite (un)conference. This will be different next year.

Anyway, if you’d like to see what we all missed, here’s the schedule.

If you went to BarCamp, please share some highlights in the comments. Feel free to denounce me for my wicked choices too.

Have you ever had a conflict between two or more events that you had major passions for? How did you resolve it? Was it the right decision? Comment below.

One more thing: GO BREWERS!!