Managing the rollout of our x64 editions has been an amazing experience—not to mention juggling launch duties with becoming a father of three. I find myself working at the oddest times, and trying to squeeze as much as I can from every spare minute.
Such was the case recently, when I was heading home prior to a conference call with our team in Japan. I was set to arrive around 4:00P, but the call didn’t start until 5:00P. I knew that if I went straight home I would get nothing done because my kids would jump me. So I pulled over a few blocks before my house and decided to plough through some email. I spent about 15 minutes on some low-hanging fruit, closed up the laptop, and continued on my way.
Later, as I’m on the call with our MSKK office and praying they can’t hear my sister, my kids, and my parents all braying about dinner, I hear an unknown male voice telling my wife that with his boots on, he’s 6’6″. That can mean a lot of things, but after 7 years of marriage, I know that none of them are good. She soon emerges to ask whether I’ll be much longer, because the police want to speak with me immediately.
As it turns out, someone spotted me on my laptop and concluded I was hacking into their home PC so I could play Tetris for free or God knows what. She then called her husband who said to unplug the modem, and if that made me leave, then I was guilty and should be arrested. As my luck would have it, I closed my laptop just as she killed her connection, and the chase was on. She gave my license plate number to the police and they sent two squad cars… my kids were crying, neighbors were pouring out of their homes, my mother nearly fainted…it was total chaos.
As if this cake needs any icing, I’ve got some: the lady who ratted me out is my son’s preschool teacher…