It was a running joke among my Reston employees that I kept track of the number of times that I had to wear a suit on an appointment and that it would cost you when performance review time rolled around.
Actually I never could figure out how to penalize anyone for making me wear a suit in July and walk from Pentagon City Mall through the tunnel to the Pentagon.
But anyone who has done it knows just how hot that can be and that people who schedule appointments there in July do need punishment.
Today I took the day off down here on the coast. I cut some brush and grasses in the morning. Then three of us in our neighborhood, Bluewater Cove, near Cape Carteret, NC cleaned the furniture that goes around our community pool. It wasn't very tough duty. We were done in thirty minutes, and then spent the next couple of hours sitting around talking.
Had we known how long we were going to sit there, I know we would have retrieved some beer to quench our thirst. Once we sat down, it so pleasant that none of us could move.
We have a fair number of escapees from high pressure areas like Reston so we love to sit around and trade war stories. We also have lots of northerners who have seen the light and moved to where snow is only a fond memory.
Today I was telling them about a company who called me to interview as their VP of Federal Sales. The recruiter told me the salary which was very attractive, and then I said I was not interested.
I told the lady that putting on a suit and fighting beltway traffic wasn't what I wanted to do for the next five years even if it meant I have to work some for the next twenty years.
I have noticed most people here work at least part time which considering the sixteen hours that I sometimes worked at Apple seems like a vacation.
The people in Reston are some of the most intense hardworking people around. It does take a toll eventually, and there were times when I worked in the high tech world that it was the second week of my vacation before I remembered how to be on vacation.
Now I hear people don't even take two weeks much less three. I wonder if a town can burn out?
After we adjourned our poolside meeting, I went kayaking for a while in the White Oak River. I was surprised that the water in the river seemed to be warmer than the water in the pool. That will change soon as we're expecting stellar warm weather for the next few days.
Once I got cleaned up from my river trip we headed over to the beach at Emerald Isle. It was quite a bit cooler on the beach, but I waded out enough to get my shorts pretty wet while I was taking pictures.
The beach was empty except for my wife and myself. After the beach visit we headed down to the Crab Shack in Salter Path for some seafood. I had to settle for snow crab legs instead of blue crabs since my wife wanted to watch the finals of American Idol.
The staff there was looking forward to the holiday crowds. I am just dreading the suit I have to wear to a wedding in Harrisonburg this weekend. Well I guess I have to use it once in a while to make sure it still fits.