I was up early and dressed, working at my bug but still pretty confused. I think I was in one of those spots where I just needed to be pointed in the right direction but I’d have to wait until Peter was available. This should all be much easier once I get back home and we are in the same time zone.
I couldn’t figure much out before it was time for lunch. Wow, ridiculously unproductive. Mary and Michael wanted to meet and go somewhere for lunch so we met in the lobby and walked to Bluebird Kitchen. I had called and was told they had a vegan sandwich as well as a vegan soup. Perfect! It was 16 degrees out so soup sounded great. We got down there and it was more of a grab-and-go type place but they did have a narrow bar to eat at. I asked about the vegan soup and sandwich and I guess the soup actually had “a little” milk in it. Yeah, that’s not vegan. I ordered the sandwich and was a little surprised when she handed me this tiny pre-made package. Oh well, we were already here and the others were ordering already. The sandwich was not good but was really expensive so I don’t think I’ll be going back.
We headed back to the hotel and Michael said she’d come up to my room and play, for Mary and I, a new song she was writing. Ok! We all hung out in the living room and she played and sang while I worked. Her voice is so beautiful! I really had only heard her recorded voice but she sounded just as good right there in the room, live.
I had to step out for a bit during our private show so I could chat with Peter via Firefox Hello. It is a pretty handy voice and video calling feature built right into Firefox and it worked really well! Peter and I talked about where I was and what I was stuck on. He gave me some pointers so I could move forward a bit.
Andrew had worked it out so that I could go to a session his work was having called Perl 101 presented by Tom Christiansen. I got part way through his talk though and had to take a conference call. I ended up on the call for nearly an hour so missed the rest of the talk. More of the “oh well”.
By this time it was the end of the day and everyone was thinking about dinner. I really didn’t get much of anything accomplished today. There are just pages and pages of functions, methods, views, and templates to create and edit and make work with other pages and pages of code. Mentally figuring out how all the pieces fit together is a challenge. This bug is definitely the most complicated thing I have worked on yet and feels like a huge jump in skills required. Time to ramp them up quickly!
Andrew, Josh, Jon and I decided to go to Proper Brick Oven for dinner. Andrew and I have eaten there a few times before and they make great pizza. We got there and it didn’t look too crowded but we were told it would be about 45 minutes. Hmmm….well we were already there and it probably wouldn’t take that long so we decided to wait. We waited, and waited, and waited. We waited long enough that we were discussing sunk costs. We kept getting promised a table and then something would happen and I don’t even know. There was definitely some staff drama going on. Finally Josh and Jon decided to just walk back to the hotel and eat in the restaurant/bar there. We would have joined but they have nothing vegan. Since they left we were just a party of two so got seated right away. In spite of the wait and the drama the food was amazing. We had a Black and Gold pizza that has thinly sliced potatoes and beets as a topping and also got a pesto, marinara, caramelized onion, sun-dried tomato pizza. I splurged and got a hot spiced cider as well. It was great!
Andrew and I walked back to the hotel and he said he’d sit with me and look over my bug. He’s really sweet to do that for me! We sat down and he had no trouble at all talking me through it even though he knows nothing about any of it. On the one hand I feel really useless but on the other hand I know he’s been doing this for a looooooong time so if I just hang in there and keep working it will come easier to me as well.
Today I learned about Firefox Hello for voice and video chat.