LOL well, as a US federal employee
I thought I lived in the Land of Bureaucracy.
Much to my chagrin, amazement,
and half-vast relief (!)
there are people who have to deal with the FDA,
-- another US federal agency --
that envy the laid-back-ness of CDC.
My mini hats are off to all those who have to trim their toenails
before they toe the line drawn on parchment
with a fine-tip pen
by the FDA.
glad I'm not there,
uniforms only on Wednesday are quite enough for me.
I really enjoyed this conference
and was quite pleased to attach a good number of SAS-L faces
to SAS-L signatures.
I attended one paper where the author described how
a company who wishes to remain anonymous
vainly attempted to corral their programmers who wished to write macros:
* float an idea to The Committee
* write the macro
* find someone to read it (bench review)
and test it (bothersome review)
** testor ought not to be:
your cell mate
nor anyone on your hall
nor on your floor,
nor in your building
** how about someone in another time zone?!?
** better yet on the opposite coast!*!
* back to The Committee for feedback
I was going to explain
Doing The Dorfman:
* come to The Committee meeting called to Study the Problem
five minutes late
with the solution in hand.
but I was a New Guy on the block
and didn't want to seem tooo awfully pushy.
and here's Good News:
"PhasmaSUG Underestimates Attendee Interest"
it was a Sold-Out crowd:
they had to stop on-site registration
because the hotel didn't have enough ovens to bake chocolate-chip
for more than 570 people in one afternoon.
Ron Fehd the hand-in-the-cookie-jar maven CDC Atlanta GA USA