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Jason Holliston
Tuesday, January 20, 2004  
I Love Wireless!

So, I'm sitting here in the hotel bar with my laptop, connected via 802.11b, having a beer and a cigarette, and catching up work (and blogging, of course). It used to be that only sales people and executives could conduct business over drinks, but no more. Up with the common man! Anyway, the geek in me is completely stoked.

I'm in Houston, where my boss is located, for a few days. The differences between Oregon and Texas is extreme, to say the least, as far as American cities can be. The highs have been in the low 50's since I've been here, and everyone is bundled up, complaining about the cold. While Portland certainly isn't anything like Fargo, we're not completely shocked when snow and ice covers our streets. The little things are interesting, too. The streetlights are setup horizontally, not vertically, like most of the country I've been in. It would be interesting to find out how that happened, exactly. I can't really see any major benefit in either orientation. Every major highway has feeder roads along side them. You can drive next to the freeway, and turn right for business complexes and merchant operations, and turn left every half a mile to get on the freeway. Nothing like that in the Northwest or the Northeast.

There's one thing, though, that's now standard across the country, and Houston is absolutely no exception: Starbucks. Thank God for massive caffeine-pushing chains.

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