It is February 28, and I am in the Atlanta airport en route to Chattanooga for the UTC Region 3 spring meeting. The weather has been so warm in the mid-Atlantic and South that thunderstorms are creeping in like it's April or May. Not that I am complaining (although complaining about the weather is kind of fun and could even be considered a national pastime) ...

It is February 8, and I am on the plane heading back to D.C. from Reno via Dallas. Reno, Nevada has been home to the (in)famous Utilities Telecom Forum (UTC Regions 8, 9, 10 combined) meeting ‎for lo these many years. It was my first time at the event and my first time staying in Reno. I had flown into the airport before and driven from there to the nearby Lake Tahoe, but that doesn't count.  No offense to Vegas, but if you like to gamble, Reno is a much prettier place to do it. Below is one of the pictures I took of the view from my room -- hopefully, you can see the snow-capped mountains in the background. The officers of Regions 8, 9,...