Over the weekend Paige and I drove to Dallas and did a little shopping. I finally picked up a copy of Designing with Web Standards by Jeffery Zeldman. I was trying to decide between two different books and asked Paige for advice. She said “I have a good feeling about the orange one.” She was right, as usual. This is a wonderful book for anyone who makes web sites. In it, Mr. Zeldman clearly describes the problems with the way most websites are built today and presents solutions to them using current web standards.
I lost track of time as I was reading yesterday evening, and I read well into the night. As I was reading I wanted to try a few things on our website, so I connected to the internet (we still have dial-up at home). Finally, around midnight, I went to bed. I saw Paige set the alarm earlier, so I didn’t even check it.
Unfortunately, the alarm never went off this morning. A little after 8:00am, someone from Paige’s office tried to call our house. I was still connected to the Internet, so all they got was a busy signal. Then, they called my office to see if I knew where Paige was. Neither of us were at work and there was no way to contact us – hysteria ensued.
Between my office and Paige’s, I think most people had decided we had carbon monoxide poisoning and couldn’t reach the phone. Around 8:45am Paige woke up in a panic. A few seconds later, someone from her office pulled up in our driveway. We were both ready for work and out the door a little after 9:00am. Just as I was leaving, Ben pulled up in the driveway and told me to call my office since they were just about to start calling the hospitals to look for us.
I guess the moral of this story is – never give anyone at work your real address if you want to be more than an hour late on Monday mornings…