I can't help it; I'm a mother. I am so excited about what my son is doing that I just have to share it. My #2 son is a budding actor and vocalist, and to earn money this summer he is working as a clown for a large organization that provides clowns, rides, games, balloon artists and magicians to local events. I found out several months ago that he was going to be working at the Microsoft Picnic this summer, and I started wondering how I might go about getting in to see him in action. But today, as he was walking out the door in full clown makeup and regalia, I found out he was working at a private picnic for the Gates Foundation! At this very moment, he could be making balloon butterflies, or unicorns, or puppies, or bears, or swords, for Bill and Melinda's kids! So far, he hasn't allowed us to take a picture of him in his makeup, but maybe he'll relax about it and I can get one posted.
And what is his poor mother doing while he is out entertaining the hoi polloi? I'm working on my next book. I spent much of yesterday researching the internal storage format of the new date and time data types, and today I started writing about them. It's actually pretty exciting and I'll blog a bit about it in the next day or two. Even though I'm not at the party, I still love what I do.