Monday, March 25, 2013

Monday Visual Inspiration: Wise Words from the 1980s

Sign in the coffee shop at the Colfax Avenue Tattered Cover bookstore. I couldn't have said it better myself.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Rest in peace, La Mama del Guy

Last week, Guy's mom passed away after a long illness and a short hospitalization.  She was kind and thoughtful woman, devout in her beliefs and always concerned for her children. La Mama del Guy was a longtime reader of Why Architects Drink as well as my sister's blog, and she would frequently email me with thoughtful commentary regarding my posts.  She was a strong woman who raised three great kids, one of whom I thought was so amazing, I married him.

She will be greatly missed.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Fun with User Groups: feeling old yet?

Facilities Guy #1: We need a big exhaust fan in the maintenance shop.
Pixie: Right on, fan in the shop.
Facilities Guy #1: [turning to Guy #2] Did she just say "right on"?
Facilities Guy #2: Is she old enough to know that phrase?
Pixie: So, this fan...I'm thinking of the kind of fan I remember seeing in my high school gym.
Facilities Guy #3: Yeah, like that!
Facilities Guy #1: I get the feeling that it wasn't that long ago that she was in high school.
Pixie: Oh, come on, I'm 37!
Facilities Guy #2: [sighs] Our architect is two years younger than my youngest daughter.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Fun with User Groups: overheard during a review of the nursery with the OB nurses

Nurse 1: in the Nurse Work Area, we need a blanket warmer and a small fridge for breast milk storage.
Pixie: [sketching on the plan] Sure thing.
Nurse 2: Will that fridge have a freezer?
Equipment Planner: No, not in a small fridge.
Howie: You freeze breast milk?
Nurse 1: Oh, sure, all the time.
Pixie: For what, smoothies?
Engineer: [under his breath] I bet they taste like vanilla...


Nurse 1: In the exam room, we prefer to do circumcisions on a countertop.
Pixie: [sketching on plan] Right on. 
Engineer: Do you need a card access lock on that exam room door?
Nurse 1: Hmm, I don't think so.  I mean, what would we lock in there? [turns to Nurse 2]
Pixie: Maybe you have to keep the baby in there while you're doing the circumcision?
Nurse 1: [laughs] Why would I lock him in there?  
Pixie: I dunno, maybe circumcising a baby is like trying to pill a cat--if you don't hang on to him, the little dude will scamper under the sofa and you'll play hell trying to get him out.
[Nurses, Howie, and Equipment Planner laugh]
Pixie: And babies won't come out for tuna like cats will, so you're gonna have to get him out from under there with something else. Maybe this is when you break out the breast milk smoothies, y'know?