Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How long have you been doing this?
D and S started hiking on Wednesday nights around 1991.

Why do you do this?
The original goal was to do a 1000-foot ascent, every Wednesday, to keep in shape for our 3000' weekend adventures. Inevitably, the delta-a (altitiude) in Phase 1 decreased as the delta-c (calories) in Phase 2 increased.

What does "BNO" mean?
It means "Big Night Out."

What are these "phases" you keep talking about?
We've been doing three basic things every Wednesday: hiking, dinner, and coffee. Because we're geeks, as a form of shorthand (as if saying "hiking" wasn't short enough),  we designate these as Phase 1 (hiking), Phase 2 (dinner), and Phase 3 (coffee).

What about Phase "zero?"
Fortran indexing is 1-based. We are happy to support zero-based indexing when necessary, but we retain "Phase 1" for backward compatibility.

Do you hike during the winter too?
We celebrate Phase 1 primarily during daylight savings time. In the colder months, aka daylight spending time, we have Phase 1, but we agree to set its duration to zero.

What is the 15-minute rule?
We will wait at most 15 minutes for a table for Phase 2.

Who are these people and their initials?
See "The Participants." We use initials to protect privacy. Also, to sound like world-weary Russian novelists.

Why do you alliterate so much? It's annoying!
According to Authors Craft, "Alliterative sounds create rhythm and mood and can have particular connotations. For example, repetition of the "s" sound often suggests a snake-like quality, implying slyness and danger." So basically, we do it to sound sly and dangerous.


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