Other news of a more personal nature: My niece Heather, who was serving in Iraq, returned this week, finishing her tour of duty at Fort Drum, in New York state. We got a call from her yesterday while she was on leave from her last few weeks with the Army. We breathed a sigh of relief that she made it back in good health and ready to go on with her life. Contrary to what we had heard earlier this year, she won’t be going back. Now I say that she should get every penny of compensation she can get in health benefits, the GI Bill for school, first time home buyer’s etc.. The US Government owes her big-time.
Not much to report on our end (and certainly nothing as dramatic as those two items). I’ve been attending meetings of the Vancouver User Experience Group and the Vancouver Weblogger’s meetups, as well as some talks regarding Ruby on Rails, CSS and AJAX at ActiveState, a software tools company downtown. I’m starting to recognize some of the same faces (and perhaps am being recognized as well). Pam is deep into the STC Vancouver Chapter’s Documentation Competition (that’s her page describing the competition), with the training of judges taking place this weekend.