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Closing Time

Yesterday, DC United played their final match at RFK Stadium. For the first time since it opened in 1961 as DC Stadium, RFK has no tenants. United is moving to Audi Field in Southwest next year, and threw a big “Last Call at RFK” party to mark the end of this era.

The Breaking Point

My first experience with Metro was in the late 70s, when my grandparents lived in Arlington, VA. The first ride I remember was getting on the Blue line at Rosslyn and riding over to Smithsonian to go to my favorite museum, Air and Space. Several years later, I remember parking at East Falls Church, which wasn’t open for train service yet, and getting on at Ballston to do more or less the same trip. (We must have gotten a bus from EFC, but I don’t remember that.)

A Streetcar Named Misfire

The DC Streetcar project has been an ongoing boondoggle for a long time, but it may finally be coming to something close to an end. The system will open for business on February 27, or at least something close to “for business.” In what appears to be a rush to get the streetcar running before some arbitrary date, a few unfortunate choices have been made.

Gratitude

By now, just about everyone’s heard of the DevOps virtues of Culture, Automation, Measurement, and Sharing, or CAMS. (Some also add Lean in there to make CALMS, or CLAMS if you’re into seafood.) While it doesn’t make for a snappy acronym, I think we should add one more virtue: Gratitude.

Work-Life Balance Necessarily Includes Life

I’ve just returned from a week in Colorado, meeting with my colleagues at TeamSnap. We do these company-wide meetings about twice a year, bringing in most (if not all) of the team from around the world to discuss business, collaborate on new ideas, and have fun doing so. (If this sounds a lot like what some other businesses call an “offsite”, you’re right. That word sounds a little odd to me given that around 3/4 of TeamSnap works remote, but maybe I’m overthinking things.) At this meeting, many people commented on the quality and humor of my writing for internal consumption. So I’m starting this new blog to share some of that style with the rest of the world. And I’ll start with a story about how we do things at TeamSnap.

Better Ticketing for MARC

Update: MARC fixed things in 2018. See the Postpostscript.

Getting tickets for MARC is a fairly confusing process. There are various ways to get a ticket, all of which have their own idiosyncracies about them: