Greg and I had lunch with the Pythoneers today, the first time I've seen them since they moved to BeOpen. The aim was to finalize what's left to be done before releasing 1.6b1; I have a few things to do, but nothing major, and updated the 1.6 job list accordingly.
Tim Peters stopped by CNRI to pick us up; I can now confidently attest that he and Guido van Rossum really are two different people. (Though it's strange how I never saw Guido talking while Tim was drinking something...) Tim looked nothing like I expected; I had pictured a soft-voiced professoral type, perhaps something like Tim Merrett who taught the filesystems course at McGill. This picture wasn't accurate in the slightest, though Tim's speaking and posting styles do match up pretty well. After the 2.5-hour break for lunch, I started writing some use cases for the run card system. Oh, those grueling 5 hour days of mine!
Reason #3425 not to learn to drive, from this Washington Post article:
Once, motorists would pull aside and permit funerals to pass. Now, drivers regularly cut them off at intersections rather than allow them to continue through red lights and weave in and out of processions instead of pausing, say funeral directors and police. Although motorists once got out of their cars as a solemn gesture of respect, funerals are now often accompanied by honking, cursing and gestures of a most vile kind. ... He witnessed it again this week while escorting about 150 cars in a funeral procession along Hunter Mill Road for a 15-year-old Fair Oaks girl who died after the car she was in crashed into an oncoming truck. As he held traffic at the intersection with Lawyers Road, an impatient driver with a clear view of the cortege kept blaring his horn. "That's the kind of thing we see on a daily basis," he said.