I thought you might be interested in what our design personas are doing for the holidays, since last year I told you what Samantha, Ted and Betty were doing.
Our new personas-- for Domino Administration and Domino designer-- have personal lives, too.
Fred the Domino administrator is skiing at Whistler with is wife. Originally, he wanted to upgrade the entire company to Notes 8 on Christmas day (it's really quiet that day), but his wife and his staffers who really enjoy celebrating Christmas vetoed that idea. So he had to settle for installing Notes 8 for the 40 people in a small, newly acquired (and formerly Outlook-using) company. He did that before he left. The three little puggies had to go to the kennel. They were not happy.
Ida the second line Domino support person is spending a quiet Christmas with her husband and son. Her parents are coming over on Christmas Day. Then she is working the rest of the week. She likes that. It is quiet and there are few support calls. She hopes to read up on some ID Vault literature.
Raj the Domino developer doesn't celebrate Christmas, but he plans to spend some time with his kids, take them to some movies, maybe ice skate. He wants to experiment with some new recipes. He really likes taking lots of hot chili peppers and burning them as part of a dish- he loves the tingling feeling in his nose and throat, and the flavor. However, the rest of the family claims that burned chilis makes it hard for them to breathe. If he gets some time, he'll look into fixing the Promotions planning database, er, application. People keep getting an "Object variable not set" message, and he does not want to look bad in front of that really nice Samantha woman in Marketing.
Ted is not going to Florida this year. He's spending a simple Christmas here in Chicago with his wife and daughter. His daughter Valerie is being recuited for a tennis scholarship, so they will spend a lot of time hitting at the tennis club. He did manage to move off a Palm and onto a Blackberry -- a Curve, even better than he had hoped. Even though he'll be on vacation, he'll check his mail at stoplights, in the locker room, while waiting for dinner....you know those executives, they just can't stop.
Betty has celebrated Hanukkah with her family and plans to spend a quiet week cleaning out mail files again. She did get adept and saving emoticons into her own emoticon palette and really enjoys using them. She was not brave enough to use repeating meetings much, though. She'll babysit the grandsons again on New Year's eve.
Last but not least,
Samantha is, of course, going back home to Boxborough (outside of Boston) to spend Christmas with her parents. She had hoped that this year, she might be able to leave Elvis-the-cat with a boyfriend, but alas, no boyfried worthy of Elvis-sitting materialized this year. After Boxborough, instead of snowboarding this year, she is heading to Baja, Mexico, to go sailing in the sea of Cortez for a week with some friends. She hopes to swim with some of the Pacific manta rays. She thinks they are the most beautiful and graceful creatures. She is leaving her laptop (complete with its local replica of every necessary application) at home.