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It’s strange spending Christmas someplace other that home. I have very fond child hood memories of Christmas morning as well as adult memories. These Christmases are great, but tend to the same old thing every year. There is nothing wrong with that, but sometimes is nice to break tradition and do something different.

This is not our first Christmas away from home. One Christmas that sticks out in my mind away from home was a trip to Montreal River Horbour for a massive amount ice climbing. I remember the ice floating on top of lake Superior, as well as the heavy snow stuck to the pine trees. It was quiet, and so is Salt Lake City today.  SLC is full of strip malls (at least where we are), and they were all closed today. There was no traffic, just a nice sense of quiet that is not found on any other day of the year.

We got an early start today, and were able to make it to Snow Bird right when it opened. From 8:30 - 4:30, I Snowboarded and Carla Skied.  Carla is having issues with her boots, so she took it easy on all blue runs. I was able to jump on a bunch of black diamond shoots, and meet up with her very easy all morning. When I could, I did a few double black diamonds which just toasted my legs.

During the day today I thought a great deal about quality. The last book I read (Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance) talked a great deal about quality and how differently it can be interpreted.  In software development, it has almost become expected that when software systems are developed there will be bugs. Recent years, have introduced developers to advanced testing techniques and processes that increase the quality of software.  I thought about all of our current projects at Gravity Works, and thought of a large project where we don’t handle the database changes from production to staging very well. I have been struggling with “issue” for over two years now, but never took the time to fix it. The reason for this is because we have only been burned a few times on this, it’s still incorrect and needs to be fixed. is an open source project that I like to use for this situation. The great part about this trip is, I have time to do things like this. Nothing will get deployed to production until I run it by the rest of the team, but the process is there, and is in place now.