I’ve been in Texas working on a project. I’ve spent most of my time here either (a) in a windowless conference room with beige-grey blank walls or (b) driving in circles on huge tall freeways. What’s up with the sky-high overpasses? Are they expecting even more roads or are trucks here just a lot taller than other trucks?
I really enjoyed the project that I came here for (despite the work space) – usability research and identifying gaps and balances between design and usage. Doing research is one of my favorite parts of my job. After interviewing 20 people, I encountered the usual quota of characters:
- The super chatty
- The arrogant
- The quiet
- The obnoxiously flirty
- The shy sweet smart
- The overly-perfumed-cologned
- The luddite
- The snarky
- The funny office sign – an engraved plaque on a computer “Please don’t touch the screen”
I’m a bit grouchy at this point. I miss my wife and daughter. Last night my daughter screamed “I want my mommy” (I’m her mommy, my wife is her momma) and that just about killed me. I miss being home.
P.S. Why is Rachel Maddow on at 10pm in Austin but not til 11pm in San Francisco? I’d watch her more often but 11pm is usually too late for my working parent life. There’s an ad about sexual predators “Exploiting A Minor is a Major Offense” on the Rachel Maddow show here in Austin? That stinks of the hateful lie that gays recruit children. Or maybe it’s not quite that targeted but it raised my radar. I’m cranky.