Sun Pony Ranch

Diary of novice (clueless) ranch owners

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Why we love colorado

Because the sun is never far away:


The Blizzard of 2006

If you've been living under a rock, we've had some snow in the past 24 hours...
This is what we got up to this morning:

The Kennel front entrance

This is just our introduction yard -- the gate to the main yards is, yep, right there burried in the drift...

And then the calls started. Some clients are stuck in North Carolina, don't know when they'll be able to pick up their dogs. Many are supposed to drop off today, but they don't know if they can even get to our place yet. Our driveway isn't yet passable, though Dave is making a valliant effort. Our plowing service came last night, but 10 minutes after they left I got stuck in the driveway. Today I don't think they'll even make it to us.

And THEN -- our phones went out. So I started calling all of our reservations to make sure they have our cell phone numbers. Ufff Dah!

But no one needs to worry about the dogs. They are having the time of their lives


Wednesday, December 13, 2006

And again

Oh, ohh, ooohhh! Not to show off too excessivly, but I really have never been on a project getting this much press before! The coolness factor is over the top.

Boeing 787 showroom

Yesterday we got a private tour of the Dream Liner gallery. Oh my god -- so wicked cool it hurts. They can accommodate several different airlines at once, providing each with a private space to spend a week or two to set up shop, discuss configurations, have private offices and rest rooms and access to catering facilities. Then there are half a dozen galleries set up with samples of all the seats, all the gallery inserts, fabrics, etc. And then of course also our software which will allow them to make their configurations and in real time see 2D and 3D renderings of their choices.

They estimate what is now about a 6 month process may well be condenced into one taking a few weeks. Just not having the month-long lag inbetween discussions will be such a huge efficiency.

Tomorrow? Getting a tour of the manufacturing plant. Largest building in the world, ya know. And my co-worker is all jealous cause he's been coming out here for 6 months and hasn't gotten the tour before now, and this is my first trip. HEE!

Anyways, I'm jazzed. Does it show?


Thursday, December 07, 2006

In the Press!

So, been on this project for a little over a week, and it’s already getting press. Ha ha, I think this was a good time to come on board!

Boeing held their grand opening for the new gallery facility they’ve built for the purpose of configuring new 787’s – of which the software I’m working on plays a central part. Employees and family were invited… oh and I was too. :) Didn’t get to attend as I was here, but I’m going out next week and our guy said he’d give us a tour for sure.

There are a few screen shots in the news clip here:
Virtual Rollout of the B787

Meanwhile… my job has been off to a very slow start. The guy I’m here to take a load off of has been on vacation for a week, and is off again today and tomorrow (to work with Lucas Arts, by the way – have I mentioned we have high profile clients? Not bad for a 40 person company.) So I’m doing a lot of self study. Oh well, I guess this might be typical, but this feeling like I don’t know what is going on is incredibly foreign, and frustrating to me.

The best thing so far about this job? I have a bus pass, AND a bus that starts from 10 minutes from my house to 2.5 blocks away from my office. It's a 50 minute ride and runs during commuting hours every 15 minutes. It's FABULOUS! I'm getting a lot of reading done on the bus, and am loving it.