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The Washington Post decides to find out what happens when a world famous violinist (Joshua Bell) plays anonymously in the L'Enfant Plaza metro station.


The only problem I see is that they did it during the AM rush hour. I think they would have had a much better response in the evening when people had more time to stop. I remember when I commuted to DC by metro and bus, a few minute delay could result in a domino effect of missed connections that would add an hour to my trip. I'd be much more likely to be late getting home then risk being late to work.

Manchester Pictures

Got home from Manchester Saturday. I spent a week training our UK office and some staff from our Netherlands office on new software. The training went very well, and I had a great time on the trip.  Pictures are up at http://www.nalyd.com/photos/v/Manchester .A few highlights:

  1. Manchester is not what I thought of when thinking of England.  Usually the ideas in my head are either of London or of a picturesque English Countryside.  Manchester was much more of an industrial, blue collar town.  In many ways it reminded me of Baltimore, except Baltimore does not have 800 year old Mansions.
  2. One of the best parts of the trip was wandering through Ordsall Hall, a manor house that dates back to the early 1200s.  More information, and a Ghost Cam, are available at http://www.salford.gov.uk/leisure/museums/ordsallhall.htm .
  3. I saw Harry Potter on Friday afternoon before I Came home.  I didn't make it to the 12:00 AM showing, but still saw it opening day.  The movie theater offered a choice between Salty or sweat popcorn.  I don't kow if it was just that theater or if it was common to the country, but I'd love for US theaters to do the same.
  4. They was a lot of building going on, including a major expansion to the Manchester United Stadium.  They needed to expand the stadium after a law was passed requiring that there be seats available for ecery spectator who was admitted to the stadium.  This law apparently cut the number of fans they could accommodate by 30-50 percent.
  5. I got tired of fried meat very quickly.
  6. Coffee in most restraunts and the Hotel was very weak.  In many cases you could see the bottom of the full cup, making it look like you were drinking tea.  It was rather amusing to watch one coworker from Italy try the espresso.
  7. The special characters that are supposed to make your password stronger can be very challenging to type on non keyboards with a different layout then what you are used to.