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What I Learned Driving 2850 Miles Across the U.S.

As most of you already know I just completed a move from the Washington, DC area to the Seattle, WA area, which involved what turned out to be a 2850 mile westward trek across this great nation of ours. It was a quick drive (4 1/2 days) so I didn't have a lot of time to stop and see the sights, but I did learn a few things on the journey.


2850 miles is a long-ass drive no matter how you look at it.

The Prius is a damn comfortable car, and even loaded down going 80 mph it gets about 45 mpg.

Minnesota has serious work to do on their stretch of I-90. Guh-DUNK guh-DUNK guh-DUNK for hundreds of miles can drive even the most sane person a bit batty.

Quality Inn tends to take pets, and tend to be of fairly good, um, quality.

You do not want to be in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in late October when the wind's blowing 60 miles per hour. I haven't been that cold in a very long time.

Most of what you will see driving through South Dakota is signs for Wall Drug, even when it's a…

Avoid Refactoring Yourself Into a Corner

We have developer meetings twice a week at work, and we use these as a forum for people to show things they've been working on, ask for advice on how to approach solving a particular problem, share cool tips and tricks they learned, etc. This has been working really well and fosters what I think is the most important aspect of any development team: learning from each other. Regardless of the various skillsets and experience levels on a team, people have different areas of expertise and I learn something new or start thinking about something differently at every one of these meetings.Today's meeting was particularly interesting and since it's not an uncommon situation, I thought I'd share a bit about it. A co-worker has been working on an application for the past few months and this application has a very hard deadline. Without going into all the specifics, based on the client's own description of how things should work, this is a person-centric applic…