Sunday, January 25, 2009

Back in Denver

Well, I just arrived in Denver again. I immediately drove to a Mexican restaurant I ate at in Golden last time I was here. The place is called El Tapatio, and if you're ever in Colorado, I highly recommend it. Now, I will say, I wasn't a big fan of their steak fajitas when I tried them... but really, the place's specialty is seafood. And the best thing I've eaten there by far is just the basic tacos de camaron. Now, I snapped a picture of it today, and of course, the iPhone takes shitty pictures, so it doesn't look as good as it is, but trust me, this is some of the most fantastic food ever.

And another thing I liked about the place is even just how their free chips and salsa they give out before every meal is really good too. First off, they have particularly good tortilla chips, which a lot of places have, but a surprising number of Mexican food places in Michigan fuck up. Also, the salsa is a really delicious fresh salsa that actually has a little bit of heat. It's still mild, but it's nice to have a salsa that you can tell actually contains chili peppers and uses them so well. I feel like almost all of the Mexican restaurants I go to are too afraid to put out a salsa with any kick or flavor. So anyways, the tacos de camaron (shrimp taco, for those whose Spanish is even more limited than mine... I only know enough to read menus at restaurants, and even then, poorly)... they're just done perfectly. The shrimp are flavorful and cooked perfectly, the corn tortillas are very good. They come with a very tasty pico de gallo that actually has some bite, and they include guacamole, which makes me happy. While I mentioned that the steak fajitas aren't particularly great there, I also tried some of a co-worker's order of their Green Chili, and it was also fantastic.

So yeah... as you can tell, I'm very infatuated with this place. It's too bad it's about 1200 miles from my house. I wonder if I could have time this week to apply for a job as a cook there, learn the recipes, and quit before I fly home. Alas, probably not.

Anyways, it is one of the nice parts about being on the road. It's just a bummer that we can't afford to just have Melissa be a stay-at-home and come along with me. Maybe we could also be food critics like Bruce Schneier and his wife.

So yeah, speaking of Melissa, here was a good New Year's memory for us.

Guess I should get ready for actual work tomorrow, I'm not lucky enough to be flown out here just for the food.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Another great hockey moment...

...and remember to be nice to the refs and linesmen. They have a tough job.

The moment in question happens about 40-45 seconds in, but you need to watch the whole thing to understand the context.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Welcome to 2009

So, we're here, it's 2009. Fuck, another year down.

I started this post a bit back, but never finished it, so the date will be well off.

Anyways, we made it through the holidays. Then I spent a couple days in Kalamazoo working. Of course, with that came a couple long nights hanging out with friends and co-workers.

It's been kind of a slow start to the year, I was supposed to be on my way to Denver tomorrow, but that's been postponed due to a family tragedy for the co-worker I was supposed to be traveling with.

Other than that, I've finally started watching Lost... We were talking about it at work and I've gathered a lot about Lost over the years, since so many people at work talk about it. Anyways, I'm about halfway through season one already. So far I think the show is good, although I think people may make a little too big a deal of it. Then again, I think it's been rolled up in the social phenomenon aspect of it, which probably makes it a lot more fun.

I've also been skating a couple times, and saw the Red Wings beat down Dallas the other night.

Workwise, I've been finding that CRM 4.0 isn't nearly as hard to work with as people make it out to be. I think that probably CRM 3.0 was a bitch, but that Microsoft has really improved things. The hardest thing to work with is the Active Directory environment. Even that isn't difficult like most people make it out to be. (Granted, having a properly deployed and secure setup for a large organization doesn't look like it would be fun, but for a virtual network for dev and demo purposes, it's easy.)