May 12th, 2006

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Redmond Bakery

Now that I'm doing a real test lead thing again, I want to occasionally get my testers little treats. Like donuts on Friday morning or some such. However, I was unimpressed with the donuts at QFC. Can anyone tell me where a decent bakery is in Redmond (specific - I don't want to do a lot of driving in the morning) and give me an address?
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Too Early on a Friday morning...

Jennifer (Endeavor Consulting) says:
So, is your mobile MSN defunct?
Brendan says:
yeah...the old account is kaput. I'll be setting up mobile access on the new one soon.
Jennifer (Endeavor Consulting) says:
Ok. I show it online.
Should I just delete the entry?
Brendan says:
yep....delete it, kill it, and cut off its head. Its the only way to be sure.
Jennifer (Endeavor Consulting) says:
I thought that was "nuke if from orbit"
Brendan says:
well there is that, but its so much easier to find a sharp bit of metal than a nuclear weapon.
Jennifer (Endeavor Consulting) says:
Point conceded.
Brendan says:
I'm all about the path of least resistance.
Jennifer (Endeavor Consulting) says:
But it's messier. You know?
From orbit, you don't get blood splattered on you.
Brendan says:
No question, but there's also other factors to consider. Maybe its a particularly nice bit of planet that would be nuked along with the target? Maybe you'd want to go back someday?
Blood, at least, is biodegradeable.
Jennifer (Endeavor Consulting) says:
But, where's the ka-boom? The earth shattering ka-boom!
Brendan says:
Very cathartic, I'll admit. But to quote mencken: "Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats." THere is a certain thrill to the visceral as well.
Jennifer (Endeavor Consulting) says:
Ah. I see. We're coming from the POV of different pleasures. You're is visceral. Mine is catastrophic. Both 'nuking from orbit' and 'cutting the head off' are appropriate ways of 'being sure.'
Yours, even.
Brendan says:
I'm glad we can appreciate differing tactics. All I ask is the chance to get clear of dealing with the problem in my way, before you deal with it in yours.
Jennifer (Endeavor Consulting) says:
Well, I could go the old fashioned way and just hire you to take care of MY problem YOUR way. My problem is gone. You get your visceral thrill and money to boot. Win-win.
Though, it now occurs to me that my problem is you... But, not really you. The old you. The false you. So, wouldn't you want to take care of my problem for free because it is a matter of honor on your part?
Brendan says:
There are quite a few philopshical ramifications to this.
Jennifer (Endeavor Consulting) says:
Quite. I would love to hear your view on this.
Brendan says:
Were I not about to head in to work, I'd love to give that a spin. Sadly, I must ensure kittens are placated with gooshyfood, and vacate the premises.
Jennifer (Endeavor Consulting) says:
Oh, alright. I'll just delete the old you. Though, next time, you won't get off so easy. However, kittens trump philosophy.
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Japanese Politeness Redux

Thanks to everyone who gave their comments. At this point, I have decided to stick with Lastname-san for everyone at all times. It is just easier that way. Especially since one of the on-site Toshiba guys, the 2nd in command, is addressing me as “Jennifer-san” in email and in person but upon introductions, gave me a deep bow and held it for a second during the handshake. The older manager in charge gave me a slight bow with the handshake. I held my lower bow longer than his. The other two shook hands and did the reflex bows. So, it doesn’t appear that standard rules are applying here. It seems to be a mixture of cultures and professionalism.

My lead PM was amused at me trying to figure this out. “You are a real QA person. That’s for sure.” I explained that the other PM had been very serious with me while expressing the need for the correct formality. Plus, it was only polite to try.