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I’m Baaaaack!
Posted by: Dale Franks on Sunday, December 11, 2005

I've been away all week, which accounts for my total lack of blogging. Once again, I had to fly out to Washington, DC on business, and had a series of marathon meetings with some USMC officials. Over the last week, I've put in about 80 hours of work. When I got home yesterday, I went to bed at 3:00 in the afternoon, and didn't wake up until 8:00 this morning. I really slept badly while I was there, mainly because the abrupt switch from 60° weather to 25° east coast snowstorms gave me a nasty cold.

Adding to the misery was the meetings themselves. Usually, as a programmer, your job is to model the business processes of your client. So, when you ask the client's represenantives, "Does your process do X?", and two of the client reps answer immediately and simultaneously "Yes," and "No," then you've pretty much reached an impasse. The thing is that the Marines have created a new process, and, while they've got the Big Picture down, they haven't really gotten into the details. So, to the extent that they walked away from the week with some help from us in clarifying the details of their process, the meetings were successful.

In any event, I did manage to get a very little bit of extra time to get a few pictures while I was there, and I wanted to share them with you.

The Korean War memorial
The Korean War Memorial. The snow gives this a really interesting extra dimension, I think, because it brings to mind the long, hellish retreat from "Frozen Chosin".

The Vietnam War Memorial
The Vietnam War Memorial. I've always been of two minds about this memorial. It's just a black gash on the Mall. But, I have to admit, there is something oddly compelling about it.

Church Steeple
Yeah, it's just your standard Southern Church steeple, but I liked the moon.

Jefferson Memorial
The Jefferson Memorial.

The Washington Monument
The Washington Monument dominates the Capitol's skyline.

The Treasury Building
The Treasury Building.

The Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

The Capitol
The Capitol is pretty at night, but they only illuminate the dome.

The Washington Monument
The Washington Monument from close up. Or, rather, as close up as you can get, and still get the whole thing in a picture.

So, there you have it. I'm glad to be home, and I hope I never have to go back to DC in the winter ever again.
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When I went to see the Korean Memorial some years ago, I wondered at the time how it would look in snow. A little less imagination needed than during the summer, I supposed, since so much of the area within it was nessesarily concrete. Cover some of that concrete with something natural... grass? No... too fake... Ah... Snow... and you have a more realistic ’feel’, I thought. I see I was right. Thanks for the pics.
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So, when you ask the client’s represenantives, "Does your process do X?", and two of the client reps answer immediately and simultaneously "Yes," and "No," then you’ve pretty much reached an impasse
From my experience, I reckon you were lucky to get only two answers.
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