Yesterday was a good day from start to finish, really - and today's even
suddenly got a lot better, or at least more, well ... interesting ... after a
rather icky start, but more on that in a moment.
Sunday morning at Wolverton went just fine, with no technical problems at all,
meeting up with Zoe who had travelled up with Chris and Claire as planned. It
seems that I really have solved that technical problem plaguing the last two
practices, which gives me a lot more confidence going into the next month or
so, which promises to be a very busy time indeed. Highlight of the morning in
many ways was the formal announcement of Phil and Angela's engagement; as
Phil's housemate, I knew about it towards the end of last week, but yesterday
was when it became common knowledge.
While at Celebration, Andrea gave me a Bugsy Malone tape on behalf of Tim, so
I'll be able to practise that properly at home now before Wednesday evening's
performance. I also had a brief word with Maureen about what she had pencilled
me in to do for our Christmas outreach in the city centre, and it turns out
that not only am I likely to be in the band playing daily, but she also would
like me to do a twenty minute solo spot on the Thursday afternoon before
Christmas. She said to "think about it", but I reckon it would be quite an
interesting challenge, though I've no idea when what I would actually do.
Lunch took the form of Phil's birthday party, but after the morning's
announcement that obviously got rolled into a bit of an engagement party for
him and Angela too, so there were plenty of presents and cards and so on.
Helen and Angela had cooked up a truly wonderful lasagne, which was accompanied
with plenty of salad and French bread, plus very yummy desserts. It all needed
a bit of walking off, though, so we all - well, most of us, anyway - took a
stroll down to Willen, though it was getting a bit cold and dark by the time we
were back at the house.
After a bit of a rest, we drove out to Blockbuster, taking our longest ever in
making a decision, eventually going for "Chain Reaction", a fairly fast-moving
conspiracy theory type action thriller, quite an appropriate film to watch
after "The Net" on Saturday... Zoe had picked up her stuff from Chris and
Claire's earlier, though they hadn't been in for her to give them back the key,
so after the film we popped back round there, supposedly just to say thank you
and so on, but ended up staying there for a good while before we finally hit
the road back to Iver.
The journeys both down and back up were unusually straightforward, after the
last couple of nightmare trips, with no signs of any roadworks whatsoever and
really good progress all the way. Even stopping for a fair while back at Zoe's
- munching yummy coconut and cherry cakes - I was still back home not too long
after midnight and was able to get a pretty good night's sleep.
As for today, though... Well I dragged myself into work on time, and found
quite a mess, project-wise. Our software had been released yesterday morning,
of all times, after it appeared some of our guys had done an all-nighter on
Saturday, and there were hundreds of messages reporting problems. I'm sure
there were a lot more people who didn't experience problems, but this really
was not good news, and some of the problems were entirely avoidable, which was
doubly annoying. So we're slowing working through the issues, trying to make
the right kind of noises as we so do, but it's going to be a slow process, and
I still have that documentation to wrap up now the software is "finished".
We were rattled, however - if not entirely surprised - by the announcement that
Craig, our project leader, is leaving the university, and this coming Friday at
that. He's taken a job in Silicon Valley, and wasn't really in a position to
hang around, given the way recruitment tends to work out there. This is
probably the biggest blow to the project so far, but in its own way I think
could be the best thing that happens to it, given that it will force a
radically different way of working, hopefully free from the petty politics that
have hampered us right from the start.
Anyway, better get on with things this afternoon, so at least that mountain of
problems won't seem quite as high come tomorrow morning...