San Francisco, House!!!

I had a trip to San Francisco, with the usual week in Phoenix afterward. It was a nice trip.

The flight out connected through Dallas. Apparently it was the first Pittsburgh-to-Dallas direct flight (after the Wright Amendment expired and let Southwest fly the route direct), so Southwest did their usual awesomeness and decorated the gate, and handed out Texas-shaped cookies to everyone:

The trip itself involved the usual meeting up with people, and also an unusually high number of meetings. I was going from meeting to meeting to meeting most days, with a small break for lunch (with team members). But I think we got a lot of planning done, which was the entire point of the trip, so that was great.

Also there were randomly puppies at work one day, so that was cute.

The San Francisco to Phoenix leg of the flight hit a snag though. Apparently Las Vegas was having lots of rain and flooding and unhappiness, so the flight was delayed more than 5 hours. So that was fun. Vegas seems to always cause problems… the delay brought back unhappy memories of being stuck in Vegas for 12 hours.

More photos of the trip are here and here.

In any case, the big happy news is that we probably have a house! Our offer was accepted this evening on an awesome 5-bedroom house a couple blocks from where we live now, so assuming the inspection doesn’t turn up terribleness… we have a house!

This makes two houses that we’ve made offers on while I was not in Pittsburgh. At least this one didn’t involve trying to sign legal paperwork while boarding a plane and while on the BART from the airport…

Softball Piccaring

Life goes. I’m flying to San Francisco tomorrow for work (followed by the usual week in Phoenix with my parents), so that’ll be interesting. Traveling across the country is such a pain.

Work itself has been significantly better this week, now that the craziness of feature freeze has passed. I spent the week fixing tests and cleaning up bugs, which I can do straightforwardly, and doesn’t involve arguing with people on other teams, so I think that helped a lot.

Greg’s softball season came to an end last Tuesday after losing to one of the top teams in the league, in the second game of a double-header that had them win the first game handily. And all of that came after a Monday game that saw heavy rain that grew heavier by the end. I had the interesting experience of taking (actiony, quick-shutter-speed-y) telephoto photos in dark and rainy conditions while trying to hold an umbrella in my shutter-button-hand. So that was a new thing.

Here’s a bunch of softball photos:

Yay photos.