Can Construct – Tabulation

Good day software engineers / developers. Hope your day has started on the right note. Today is Wednesday (hump day). Two more workdays and the weekend will be here.

I have read on different articles that airline traffic in the USA is back to pre COVID-19 pandemic levels. After reading the articles I felt good about the pandemic coming to an end and for the airlines and their employees. That said; I live in a suburb of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. MSP is an international airport and a hub for several airlines (including Delta). The airport is located next to Bloomington, MN. I used to own a software development company which was based in Bloomington. Every day on my way back home, depending on the wind direction, I could see two lines of six or more airplanes on final to land at MSP. In addition, the city in which I live is very close to a pattern used by planes to land on a third runway at MSP. Depending on the time and wind patterns, we could see several dozen planes around lunch time.

Today you can see a few planes if you spend an hour watching for them to land or after takeoff. By no means, the amount of traffic is close to pre COVID-19 pandemic levels. Being generous I would say that the traffic at MSP is about 10% of what is used to be a couple years ago when the pandemic started. So why are we seeing FAKE NEWS? Is there a presidential election coming up that I have missed? Of course not! In my opinion airlines are so desperate in getting people to vacation this summer, that they might have recruited writers and reporters to spread the need to take a vacation in the USA or better yet in Europe.

For reasons I do not wish to get into at this time, my wife and I decided on a weeklong vacation OUS this summer. We have done this before for the birthday of a good friend. We booked our tickets and hotel via Delta. A week or so we added our two granddaughters that wanted to meet my friend and family and just wanted to relax for a few days.

In the recent weeks we decided that the flights are good, but want to make changes to the accommodations to a different resort. The resort we are currently booked on has a one day policy for cancelation. In other words, you can cancel without penalty if you do so one day before you are scheduled to arrive. Nice!

I have tried to cancel the resort component of our trip using the Delta website. I have tried calling Delta Vacations (800.800.1504) on multiple occasions. A recording states that there are busy. After indicating to do a search on-line, the call disconnects. You cannot wait for an attendant. VERY POOR SERVICE CHOICE DELTA!!!

I have also called General Sales & Services (800.323.2323) on multiple occasions. As I am typing this post, I am holding for about two hours waiting for a representative. After half hour on-hold I hang up.

While waiting I found a different number for International Sales & Service (800.241.241). I will also give it a try. In addition I found on the Delta app on my iPhone Silver Medallion Reservations (800.325.6330) so I called. There was a two-hour wait. I left my phone number. I should be receiving a call from Delta within a couple hours. I placed my call at 13:27 CDT. Will let you know my findings after lunch. It seems that a couple family members from my wife will be joining us today.

We are done with lunch. We usually have lunch around 12:30 CDT, but today it was a couple hours later.

I have not received the call from Delta yet. Believe or not, having to wait for hours allows customers to continue searching the web and finding answers to most of their problems. I found what I needed on-line. I was able to cancel the resort reservations. My wife and I will book on a different resort tomorrow morning. We have stayed at this other resort a few times. The grounds are quite larger and the facilities seem to be newer. Continue reading “Can Construct – Tabulation”

Best Sum Tabulation

It is a nice Tuesday in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Today is the 15 day of June, 2021 and the temperature is forecasted to reach the low 80s.

My wife and I typically do not grill during the week due to the time it takes me to get the grill ready, cook the meat we are preparing, and then clean the unit. Our granddaughters stopped by to go shopping with my wife so my wife decided to grill some steaks. She did a nice tomato salad, some fries in the oven, and some rice in the stovetop. Overall lunch was quite tasty. I prefer grilling on weekends when I can have an adult beverage or two. Today we just had some Pellegrino water.

In Peru the government agency in charge of elections is still counting votes. It seems that the winner will be the communist candidate. Fearing for what seems to be inevitable, many people have left the country with bags of money to be deposited in foreign banks. Hopefully a miracle (I do not believe in them) may happen and the candidate representing democracy will be elected president. Continue reading “Best Sum Tabulation”

Grid Traveler – Tabulation

It is another nice and hot spring day in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Yesterday after work my wife and I headed to the bank. On our way back I noticed that the temperature had gone up to 99F.

Earlier today after breakfast my wife and I went out on our daily walk. There were more people than usual. We stopped to talk with a neighbor that was also out and about. She likes to walk at a good pace. She was covered in sweat.

The forecasted temperatures for the next couple weeks will are in the mid 80s to the mid 90s. During lunch time the temperature went up to 93F. In general the high temperature for the day occurs around 05:00 PM.

A couple weeks ago we were talking with a couple of neighbors. They mentioned that some of our plants in the front yard were dead. Today during lunch the company that handles plants and lawns stopped by to remove and replace all the dead shrubs.

On a separate note, things are not going well with the vote counting process. There seems to be a lot of cheating going on. It seems that the candidate that represents communism and terrorism will get elected president. The economy has come to a standstill. The Peruvian currency is devaluating.

In addition the candidate from the left is instigating people to go after the upper and middle classes. Hope this things is resolved peacefully in the next few days. Continue reading “Grid Traveler – Tabulation”

Fib Tabulation

The temperature for the next week or so in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul will be in the lower 90F’s. That is rather hot for this time of the year. Due to this fact, my wife and I will be having breakfast as usual and then heading out for our daily walk. This way we should avoid the high temperatures in the afternoon hours and in addition most bugs. Most bugs then to come out in the late afternoon hours.

Friends in Peru have been sending my wife and me messages with the current results of the presidential election that took place this past Sunday. At this time it seems that the democratic candidate is slightly ahead of the communist one. Not sure how long it would take to have a final count but there is a lot of animosity in the air. If interested you can check what is happening with the vote tallies on the internet. Continue reading “Fib Tabulation”

Count Construct

This short week after Memorial Day seems to be flying by. I have not been outside today yet, but the day looks quite nice. The high for today is 87F. Somewhat low when comparing to what is expected for the next three days: 92F, 94F and 91F.

The cleaning lady typically comes on Fridays. She will be here today Thursday around 09:30 AM. Not sure if the nice weekend has affected her plans.

As I have previously mentioned, I move to the dark side when I decided to get an iPhone instead of an Android cell phone. My Google Pixel 4 phone died with less than two years of service. The actual phone looks like I just purchased it. I like to keep my cell phones in good shape so they are as reliable as possible. A day or two before my Pixel phone dies, the Pixel 4 phone of my daughter in law dies in a similar way. My son lives in a different city about five miles from us. What a coincidence!!!

So far I like my new phone and watch. I can do a lot of things from the watch without having to access the phone. The watch displays a lot of information that I like to have readily available (i.e., temperature, heart rate and to top it off it has access to Siri).I spoke with my wife a few minutes ago. It seems that the cleaning lady will not be coming today or tomorrow due to personal issues. Wonder if the nice weather had something to do with it.

One last thing, while getting ready to publish this post I found out that this blog has reached 8,000 subscribers. Thank you a lot, I appreciate your support. I am targeting 10,000 subscribers in order to make a switch from WordPress to YouTube. If you wish to express your opinion please leave a message bellow. I will take it into account!

Continue reading “Count Construct”

Can Construct

It is Wednesday on a nice and warm day in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. To be honest with you, it does not matter much if the day is nice or not. I have not been outside today. On the other hand the forecast for Friday, Saturday and Sunday is calling for temperatures in the low 90’s. Hopefully my wife and I will be able to enjoy the days. In particular we are planning on walking early morning so we can avoid the high temperatures. We are planning on grilling and consuming some adult beverages. I believe we are almost out of beer so we might stop by Friday evening after work by the liquor store. Continue reading “Can Construct”

Best Sum

It is the first Tuesday after the Memorial Day 2021. As I mentioned in a previous post I have been experiencing problems with my Pixel 4 phone. Apparently I purchased the phone less than two years ago. About a week ago the phone was working fine and suddenly it died. I tried restarting it but the phone was completely unresponsive. My wife and I ended taking it to the T-Mobile store where we purchased the unit. After a few minutes of tinkering and a reset the phone came up. BTW the service at T-Mobile is quite good.

After a couple days, while visiting our son in Madison, WI the phone died once again. Tried reviving it but the phone did not come up. On Sunday we returned to the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. We decided to wait until Monday to take the phone back to T-Mobile.

At the T-Mobile store they tried reviving the phone once again. This time the phone did not respond. We decided to get a replacement. Since we did not purchase an extended warranty we would not get a dime for our phone. It is hard to believe that you can buy a cell phone, use it for less than two years and with the phone looking like new, it would be worth nothing. We decided that we would no longer get an Android phone or a unit by Google. So my new phone is a IOS Apple phone. I also got an Apple watch since my Ionic Fitbit had been slowly dying. When I purchased it a few years ago it could communicate with my android phones. I was able to screen incoming calls. With time my Fitbit would just count steps. The new Apple watch is not only able to count steps but I can answer incoming calls and hold a conversation without needing to have with me the actual Apple phone. Not only that, but the watch looks much better than the Fitbit.

I have been using Android phones for a long time, so now I need to get used to the Apple Store and the different ways things work. In a few weeks will let you know my initial opinion on this combo. Continue reading “Best Sum”

How Sum

Once again it is Friday in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. This coming weekend is Memorial Day 2021. My wife and I will be heading out after work to visit our younger son. It is about a three-hour drive. Today in the Twin Cities is rather cold. As we reach our destination it might be raining. At least that is what the weather forecast call for today. While driving the temperature is not much of a concern. Rain on the highway is OK as long as we do not encounter thunderstorms. Yesterday evening we filled up the SUV so we are ready to leave at the end of the workday today.

I kept on watching the Dynamic Programming – Learn to Solve Algorithmic Problems & Coding Challenges video on YouTube. I am around the 2nd hour into the video and to be honest with you I am enjoying it.

My wife and I drove back after spending a couple days with our son and family. We have not visit with them in person for the past year and a half. The boys are growing like weeds. We are planning on visiting them before the yearend holidays. They are planning on a trip with friends around Christmas 2021.

On a side note my Pixel 4 cell phone died again while we were out of town. Tried pressing and holding the different buttons but nothing happened. Back home, I tried charging the phone for an hour or so to get some juice in the battery. After repeating the process the phone continues to be dead. Today we have other plans. Will stop by T-Mobile tomorrow and see if they can revive the phone once again. The issue appears to be battery related. Now a day who knows? It might be a virus. One way of the other we are done with Google phones. We are moving to Apple. Will let you know my first impressions as soon as I get the new phone configured to a point I can have what I consider basic configuration. Continue reading “How Sum”

Grid Traveler or Unique Paths

The weather is acting somewhat erratic. Today the forecasted high in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul will be 20F lower than yesterday. Tomorrow it should be 10F lower than today and should be raining. The water level in pond in my backyard is very low. Some rain should help. I noticed that a couple of cranes have made their home for summer the pond. Not sure if they are the same that return every year or they are an offspring of the ones from last year. I do not know much about cranes.

Since the weather will be nice today; my wife and I will go for a walk after the end of the workday. Not sure what we will do tomorrow. Perhaps we will go to the Mall of America.

On a different note, as you might know, I work in 2-hour blocks. After each block I go up and get something to drink. A few minutes later I head back to work. A few weeks ago I moved a stationary bike from a utility room and set it up in the lower level living room. I started biking for 5 minutes after completing a 2-hour block. That is working very well. I get between 20 to 25 minutes biking each workday. Since the bike is indoors I can do it year round. Continue reading “Grid Traveler or Unique Paths”

Movies on Flight

Good day! It is a Friday in the month of May. The forecast called for rain and thunderstorms. We only received some rain. It is good to have some rain because things were starting to dry up. When vegetation dries up it may catch on fire.

In this post I will attempt to solve two flavors of the same problem. I believe one can create a few more problems by changing just a few words in the requirement. This will become clear as we read the requirements and describe the differences.

I found this problem named Movies on Flight in the LeetCode web site. Apparently Amazon has been using different versions on some of their technical assessments. Continue reading “Movies on Flight”