My husband John Plocher and I took two road trips from San Jose to Kingsburg, California, to get our COVID-19 vaccines. We are now in the two week period before our second shots become fully effective. We chose to drive two and a half hours each way because local vaccine appointments were full and we got tired of the “Hunger Games” style scramble for open appointments closer to home. After checking websites of local pharmacies, medical centers, and county centers at all hours for a week (answering a dozen questions on each before finding out that they had no openings), we decided a longer drive cost less time overall. We got our shots at the Kingsburg Fire Department with no waiting.
Kingsburg is a small friendly farm town on the Kings River. It has a Swedish theme because it has been home to many Swedish-Americans. Kingsburg has a Viking mascot and the town water tower is decorated like a antique Swedish coffee pot. I bought John some Ole and Lena joke books at the Svensk Butik because he learned that style of humor growing up in Wisconsin. We even got a tour of the historical museum at the Kingsburg train station. We enjoyed a wonderful festive gourmet dinner at the Vintage Press Restaurant in Visalia driving home.
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After the hearings, the House of Deputies held a joint morning session with the House of Bishops discussing racial reconciliation. This featured inspiring presenters, including a hip hop poet. Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves lead the El Camino Real Deputies to the section of the hall where the Alternate Deputies sit so the whole Delegation could discuss together – since Alternates are not allowed to come onto the House floor unless we are formally substituting for a Deputy. The Alternates gallery applauded her! After the discussion, we took a photo of the whole El Camino Delegation.
This afternoon, the House of Deputies began its discussion on whether the revise the Book of Common Prayer – a subject of much passionate and prayerful consideration. The final vote was put off until tomorrow morning to allow for additional discussion. After the worship service, most of our Delegation ended the day with a (late) birthday party for Bishop Mary – including spouses and kids of some of the Delegates.
The Austin weather continues to be very hot and humid – going outside feels like having a soggy warm blanket dropped on you.
Since August 2016, I have been honored to be one of three Impact Advisors to the six TechWomen Emerging Leaders from Tunisia. We started meeting while the ELs were still in Tunis and we have continued our discussions at least weekly since. Mercedes Soria (Vice President of Software Engineering, Knightscope), Fatema Kothari (Senior Consultant,
T-Mobile), and I have had a wonderful time working on this.
On 7 October, the ladies presented our plan for WAKTECH at the TechWomen Pitch Day hosted by Oracle here in the Silicon Valley. This is the Executive Summary for WAKTECH, from our Action Plan:
The biggest public transport issue in Tunis is delay. Bus and metro schedules are confusing and unreliable. What makes this issue worse is the lack of total absence of online and offline information about these delays. Users are deprived from real time information about it. WAKTECH will be the first mobile platform to centralize the information about public transportation in Tunisia. It will provide all the needed information about traffic, schedule and transit itinerary. The particularity of this application resides in the community of trusted users who will be its main source of data.
We will be building an application that enables users to share information about public transit like departure and arrival times or possible incidents. Based on that data, the users can access at any moment that information to schedule their trip, be on time, and save money. Using WAKTECH will help create the smart Tunis everyone is dreaming of where technology serves the citizens to manage their time effectively and create a community of responsible users.
Our Tunisia team was one of 19 that presented – one from each of the TechWomen countries. I was so proud of their poised and professional presentation! Tonight at the TechWomen Community Celebration in San Francisco we will hear the results of the pitch judging – only five teams will win one of the cash prizes. There were many superb presentations and inspiring projects proposed for Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia. Wish us luck!
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