Category Archives: Day-to-Day

My Day-to-day life…

This data shows how Seattle, San Francisco, and Portland entrepreneurs think differently – GeekWire

Fun read but I don’t think generalizing something across the region makes any sense. Smile 

Seattle-based entrepreneurs demonstrate more stable emotions and are better at coming to an agreement. Entrepreneurs in the Bay Area, however, are more conscientious, energetic, and social than their counterparts up north.

This data shows how Seattle, San Francisco, and Portland entrepreneurs think differently – GeekWire

Boyz 5th Birthday Celebrations

Abhi and Arni turned 5 this Feb 2nd. Time flies by, they look so grown up already. Smile They have started talking a lot and most importantly started asking so many questions. It is fun.

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Both of them wanted to visit Legoland for there birthday so we made that happen and also spent 1 day at San Diego Zoo. Legoland is perfect for 5 year old boys passionate about legos. Smile Actually it was perfect for there dad too. Smile 

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The only recommendation I have is if you visit Legoland with kids, stay at Legoland hotel. It is a bit cheesy but kids love it. The songs in elevator, the pirate ship in lobby and legos everywhere in Hotel and in Legoland are just what kids really want But you cannot spend more than 2 days at the park. Smile

San Diego Zoo was fun, quick 1 day trip before taking flight back. We took the bus tour and enjoyed.

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1 Years Since last Update!!!

Just noticed that I have not updated my blog since Mercer Island Half marathon last year(March 23rd 2014). Sad smile That was the last race before my surgery and was the day before I joined zulily. Smile Need to spend more time on my blog so hence things change starting today… Smile First post of the year coming next…

Bertha’s nemesis: 119-foot steel pipe

Finally we figured out what was blocking Bertha. SmileSmile 

Highway 99 contractors revealed Friday what’s been blocking Bertha, the giant tunnel machine: The obstruction is steel pipe, left buried by a state groundwater study in 2002.

By Mike Lindblom

Seattle Times transportation reporter

A fragment of steel pipe pokes between spokes of Bertha's cutting face, in this photo from Thursday's inspection. It's part of a 119-foot deep well, left in the soil after a 2002 groundwater test. <br/>

A fragment of steel pipe pokes between spokes of Bertha’s cutting face, in this photo from Thursday’s inspection. It’s part of a 119-foot deep well, left in the soil after a 2002 groundwater test.

Chris Dixon, Seattle Tunnel Partners project manager, left, and Matt Preedy, deputy Highway 99 administrator for the state Department of Transportation, explain what is blocking Bertha.

 

State officials revealed Friday that the mystery object blocking tunnel machine Bertha is a long steel pipe, left buried in 2002 by one of the Highway 99 project’s own research crews.

The tunnel drill has been stranded for a month near Pioneer Square, with no clear strategy yet to extract the pipe.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) could not estimate how much time and money it will take to get the world’s largest drill moving again.

Bertha’s cutting teeth struck the pipe Dec. 3, yet the DOT and its contractors avoided mentioning the steel as a possible culprit for four weeks, despite an incident in which the machine knocked a 55-foot pipe fragment to the surface.

What the ongoing delay means for taxpayers is unclear, but it’s certainly not good.

The costs will be determined later through negotiations between the state and Seattle Tunnel Partners (STP), maybe even a legal dispute.

The $2 billion tunnel budget includes a $40 million risk allowance for repairs and inspections near the front of the rotary cutting face — plus a $105 million general contingency fund to deal with crises. Matt Preedy, deputy Highway 99 administrator for the state Department of Transportation, said some of that money will be consumed.

The culprit is an 8-inch diameter, 119-foot-long well casing, used to measure groundwater for the Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement project, officials said. Back then, a shallow cut-and-cover tunnel was a leading option.

Bertha’s nemesis: 119-foot steel pipe | Local News | The Seattle Times

2014: New Year Resolutions

2013 was amazing year especially one of the most satisfying year from career perspective. Shipping Xbox One was one of the most exciting thing I have done in my life. There was surely side effect of shipping, Smile gained lot of pounds. So now there are 3 things to do…

  1. Get weight under 190 – Diet, exercise(12K steps a day, 3 days in gym, 6+ half/full marathons)
  2. Spend more time with family – At least 3 vacations and more activities together.
  3. Read More – Time to start reading again (book a quarter, more technical stuff with regular blogs posts)

Most importantly keep debt to $0 and save more.

2013 Resolutions

People who know me, also know that 7 is my luck number and I do everything on 7th, whether changing a job or making resolutions. This year I am planning to break that tradition. I am going to have just 2 goals which will transform into multiple activities.

1. Get Fit(Weight under 190 lbs):  Have gained a few pounds in past few months hence have to refocus on health. How do I do this?

    • Run at least 4 marathon/half marathons
    • Exercise at least 4 days in a week.
    • Set goal of 10k steps a day
    • Eat healthy

2. Launch an app in market: Have been thinking of building some apps for a while. This was one of the goals in 2012 but time flew by and nothing happened. 2013 will be the year to focus and deliver on this goal. Not sure what app or what I will do but have to do something. Smile Need to go attend startup weekend I think. Smile Need to find and spend more time on writing code for sure.

Additionally I have to spend more time with family, continue doing great at work and read more but that is a given. Smile