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April 14th, 2008
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Seatbacks and traytables up. Stow your newspapers and cups. We're about to touch down...

Photos now online: LAX ''Theme Restaurant'' building is getting an overhaul. Sacramento trip (06-08-Apr-2008)
The Old Homestead part 30: Books and kitchen walls (04/05-Apr-2008)
LASFS/Aftermeetings part 315: Coral Cafe (10-Apr-2008) et seq.
Librarian Send-off Party (11-Apr-2008)
Cosplay Picnic in Irvine (12-Apr-2008)
Adriana and Stephanie's Birthday Party (12-Apr-2008)
The photo of the LAX Theme Restaurant building with the scaffolding is taken from my recent trip to Sacramento (right). From Terminal 7, as I went to my United Express flight, in fact.

I went to Sacramento last week. West Sacramento, to be specific. West Sacramento is on the other side of the river from Sacramento, and therefore is actually in a whole different county from Sac'to. I was in town for a quick two-day Project Management crash course, because I needed a bit of training in how to manage projects. Specifically one big project that's cooking up at work, although what I've learned will apply to a number of situations that I face in my professional and volunteer lives.

Lindsay Tallman, Jeanne Goldfein at Zachary's Pizza I find that when I go to a strange town, I'm sometimes at a loss as to who do I know in the neighborhood. In this instance, for example, I completely forgot about Cat that I met at Anime Vegas. Oh well, it's not like we're long-time best buddies. I had a rental car and nothing much to do Monday night, so I met fairegoddess and seshat for dinner (left). Lindsay lives up north near Santa Rosa, Jeanne works in Mountain View, so the logical place to meet for dinner was Berkeley -- we'd all have to drive an hour or so, but we could enjoy some delicious deep-dish pizza. In this shot, Lindsay's looking at the photographer and Jeanne's looking at me.

Chaz Boston Baden, Pat Larson at Zachary's Pizza Would you believe, I drove all the way from West Sacramento to Berkeley to meet three friends I don't see much, and forgot to bring my camera? Fortunately, Pat Larson (right) was able to join us, and she brought her camera. Whatever was I thinking?

I was thinking that I was on a business trip, not a jaunt, and it wasn't my job to be muddling around with photography. The reason I was taking this class here is because the training company had been recommended by my boss, and the next seminar offered in SoCal wasn't until August. So it made sense to the company to fly me up here. I didn't plan to take pictures of the ballroom our project management class was being held in, and wasn't really in a "photography mood."

Mermaid/dolphin fountain at Ramada Inn, West Sacramento. The mermaid fountains at this Ramada Inn caught my eye. One fountain in front had a mermaid and three dolphins (left). There was a fountain on the Ramada's pool deck with three mermaids and some large seahorses (right). Ramada Inn, West Sacramento. Fountain with three mermaids.

When we were all done with our two-day course on Tuesday, I realized that I already had absorbed a lot of the fundamentals of project management over the years by running conventions. The class put a lot of names to concepts that I had learned by the seat of my pants, and told me a few new ones and gave me some pointers as to what's more important and what's less so. And as Jeanne put it, "The Gantt Chart is your friend." It didn't give me a magic bullet for finishing the task that I face, but it did give it a name -- "WBS" or Work Breakdown Structure -- a diagram showing (ideally) the smallest identifiable pieces of work that need to be done. And I learned which part I need start filling in more details first, compared to the rest.

Colleen Crosby and some clothes she made. colleency and obishawn were so kind as to drive me to and from the airport. When we got back to their house, Colleen talked about how she thought she didn't have many new costumes to bring to costume_con -- just all these '30s and '40s and '50s-style clothes that she's made and wears to work. So maybe she does have some historical costumes to wear to the con after all! Here you see her with her 1930s Fried Green Tomatoes pants which she recently mentioned completing (left).

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