Monday, June 30, 2008
Today while I was at the Webelos Wilderness camp I could not get a signal. I was really away. It was not that weird because I had 5 boys to look after and we stayed pretty busy, but when I sat down to watch the boys swim I thought I could get a signal - but I didn't. I truly had nothing to do. I am bringing a book for tomorrow.
I did receive 20 emails today while I was "away." I only responded to the important ones (sorry if one of yours wasn't responded to, but this was to be a day off).
Being able to write a curse word on a test and then getting points for it. That is stupid. What is even more stupid is that the curse does not really answer the question.
What more can you say about Tiger Woods? He is the worlds best golfer on one leg, one and a half legs, on a unicylce, where ever, whenever. He crushes the competition.
World Exclusive! See Walmart's new logo here.
Diana and I watched The Godfather (parts 1 and 2) this weekend and I highly doubt that Grand Theft Auto matches up. The Godfather created the mafia movie and the entire genre that so many people try to rip-off nowadays.
I think that original programming on the internet will take off in the next five years. As soon as everyone has the high-speed access to take advantage of it. If the media companies put good content out for people - we will find it.
This sounds good, but in my line of work I email so much that trying to cut it down would have me on the phone 90% of the time. I am just not willing to do that.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
All in all it was a great first day back in Utah. I have missed it.
I am home. It has been 9 days of work and fun. Back to bewing home...where things are always happier. At home I can go to bed when I am tired. My wife does not make me move signage at night. Breakfast is not served in a room that seats 700. Best of all, at home I have someone I can put my leg on as I go to sleep. The hotel does not offer that for less then $300 an hour.
The kids decorated the window - I don't think that Diana helped - she has much better handwriting.
"Cats are fireproof!"
"Only one of the most infamous Mexican prisons ever!"
"I don't hate peas, they are just not my preference"
"We are almost done with your yard, and when we are done it will be better, barely"
No quote, just close your eyes and imagine: Old dude with a Binky in his mouth.
I saw these birds ripping apart the top of a croissant this morning. It reminded me of Burton Group employees around the gummy worm snacks break from earlier in the week!
It was interesting how these birds have no fear of man. As I sat down for breakfast there was a plate with a croissant top. A bird flew right over me and landed on the plate, took the croissant and flew away. As soon as he had it on the ground five other birds joined in as they ripped it to shreds. Within five minutes there was no croissant left. It was pretty amazing.
Friday, June 27, 2008
The good news is that I am taking some time off in July to spend with the family and extended family and Chloe and my trip to Sacramento are coming up. Summer is just beginning for me now. I am sure by the time my vacation time is up Diana will be sick of me.
Catalyst Europe starts end of October.
"A yodel means we are starting right now"
"I love the stairs"
"This is so Grey's Anatomy"
"It is not testosterone, it is Sid-osterone"
"They know the way of the tramp"
"What is the safest way to do this?"
"We passed jacked-up two exits ago. This is destroyed"
"We are all wrapped up here"
"See you in Prague"
Thursday, June 26, 2008
The break consisted of just snack foods. Popcorn (three different flavors), licorice (red and black), chocolate malted milk balls, jelly beans, gummy worms, white chocolate covered pretzels, and caramel apples. I do not remember the drinks, but I am sure they were healthy. Can I just say that is the best break we have ever had at any Catalyst.
The very pinnacle of the cherry on top is when the hotel then rolled one of these bars into the work office. Sweet action.
By the way, this was one of our speakers today.
"It is always nice to feel special"
"I am the judge"
"I am perfect"
"We could use another mic"
"I am done with that girl, send up another"
"We like to help out deals"
"My brains not working"
"I want to drink it"
"If my wife leaves the top of the carrot on it pisses me off, but when the hotel does it, I kinda like it"
"I'm looking at her virgin"
"It's mister fluffy to you"
"Do you want some face mister?"
"That is what they say right before they pull out the weapon"
5. You do not look for the room number as you slide your entry card in.
4. You look for Zack and Cody in the lobby.
3. The view just is not as grand as it used to be.
2. You stack the pillows on your bed to be in the shape of your wife to try and get some sleep.
1. You don't have housekeeping make your bed so it feels a little bit more like home.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
To day was pretty smooth. Not that we did not have any problems, it is just that the problems were realtively small. Just 1 and a half more days to go.
"Coffee likes me"
"I'd pick you"
"That's a lot of stairway for one guy"
"We changed mic's because her outfit was too loud"
"That is so I-15 at 5:30PM"
"If we stick a CAT-5 cable in her ear"
"The PC Whisperer"
"Did he say 'broken catheter'?
"I can't find my phone" [Said as I was talking to Diana on my phone.]
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
"That would put a horse down"
"Can I hide this in a plant"
"Punish me Karl, punish me"
"Matt may be the muffin man"
"I don't mind heights, I just don't like falling"
"Do you need some sandpaper and little paint brushes brought up to your room?"
"It's the friction between you and the shoe"
"I need more leverage"
"The moms get upset when the babies die"
"Going bo derek"
"I'd put that, but this is a g-rated blog"
"Godfrey, my cheeks hurt"
Monday, June 23, 2008
"Is it hot in here?"
"Did Karl get my pony yet?"
"Where's Stephani, I need to punch someone"
"I don't see any penguins"
"Matt has a secret 12-year old boy in him"
"I'd marry chapstick if I could"
"He's fixing the skirt"
"Is Matt wearing a woman's shirt"
"It's not a bird, they're dinosaurs"
"Gulp...and that is all I think I can say"
There are still some things to do, but I think we are mostly ready to pull this conference off. The registration system is running well. The speaker management and presentation management system is up and you can download from it. The schedule/meeting management piece had a problem yesterday and we have the vendor working on it. I hope they can get the problem figured out.
Burton Group employees from around the world started to arrive yesterday, and I was able to talk to some of the guys I usually IM or phone with. This is one of the weird things of being in a virtual company. You spend a lot of time working with people that you rarely meet and interact with. I work out of an office with about 50 other people. But there is another 75 people that are not in the office. The rest of the company starts to arrive today and tomorrow.
Our attendance numbers for this years Catalyst are just about to pass last years. Which, in the current economic climate, is pretty good for us. We will have over 1150 paid attendees, 125 Burton Group staff, about 30 vendor attendees that assist us in pulling of the conference, and over 400 hospitality suite personnel. That is a lot of people.
The madness has begun.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
"Helping your IT security one plastic banana at a time"
"You only get to punch one person per Catalyst, don't waste it on Sunday"
"Is that where they do Tai Chi on the boardwalk?"
"You need to get more sleep"
"I want to go out on the water. Does the hotel have a boat?"
Saturday, June 21, 2008
That is when the fire alarm went off in my room last night.
Speaking with the other BGers this morning no one else had this happen to them. Maybe this was just the hotel welcoming to another 8-nights of away from home goodness.
This is how it all went down: I had just turned the lights off and was actually just heading to dream land. All of a sudden the freaking fire alarm went off. It is buzzing. I am thinking this has to be a joke. The problem is, 5 minutes later, the alarm is still going off. Finally, someone comes over the alarm system and says that there is no report of a fire, but you can leave the building if you would like. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS. Now I am thinking, "If this was a test or something they would have said it. Maybe this is real." So now I am up and starting to get dressed and deciding if I should take MY stuff with me, or grab WORK stuff for the coming week. While I am trying to decide what to do and just sliding some pants on to leave a guy comes over the speaker system and says, "We have investigated the alarm and there is no fire. Thank you."
Now all I am thinking is, "That is all I get after 10 minutes of a buzzing alarm in my ear? Where is the 3 free nights? What the heck...over?"
Now I hear a fire truck coming. I look out the window and see the truck coming down the street and pulls into the parking lot for the hotel. A little late there. I would have been burned to a crisp before they got here.
Now I just need to know if it actually happened or if it was all a very lucid dream.
UPDATE: One of the Swisscom people, our wireless vendor at the conference, also heard and was effected by the alarm. He actually went down all 19 flights of stairs to the lobby before he found out there was no fire.
Friday, June 20, 2008
I took some pics and if I can get them off my phone I will post them. For some reason I cannot send the photos without getting an error on my phone.
Game update: middle of the third, Tigers lead 1-0. Granderson hit a home run on the second pitch of the game. Maddux is pitching and the Tigers are hitting him pretty hard. He is lucky we are in San Diego or a couple long flyouts would have been homeruns.
Watch for more later.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
The flat tire happened on I-215 right where there was a bunch of construction yesterday because there was a huge car crash and it ripped up the road. Then all the cars that went over the road caused a bunch more damage. The tire looks like it was slashed on the side. I do not know what I hit or ran over. The Infiniti did do a good job of being safe and driving great even though it had a flat.
Expect to hear a lot from me in the coming days. You will be able to see Catalyst from behind the scenes. I will even post some pictures of how it all goes down.
I bet you are all super-excited.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
The real bad news is that this meeting got me home way late and I disappointed my wife again. I am such a jerk.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Rarely do you see two really nice cars in an accident or two beaters in an accident. It seems that the nicer car gets smashed by someone else's piece of junk.
I do not have any numbers to back this up (think before you hit that comment button). I am just saying what I remember the most from my experiences.
Also, any woman that voted for McCain after hearing his history and how he got married to his current wife can never speak about the Clinton's and how they ruined the presidency. McCain is not a good man. He has done some good things, but he is not a good man.
Before you want to flame me...check the facts. Check the history. I am just reporting the truth. Here are a couple links to news stories on this subject. Story 1, Story 2, Story 3, Story 4
The girls think that I spend all day playing with the Blackberry, which is not true. Today while I was in LD's cube Littlkins did this:
She thought she was pretty funny, but I know that she is only funny because she hangs out with me.
Also, today I took the Blackberry off during my service director meeting and then left it off during the company meeting. I did not put it back on for a couple hours. Could an addict do that?
I want to thank my wife for letting me watch all the games that I was available to watch. Hot action!
Monday, June 16, 2008
While it would be great if your company could provide every electronic gadget for you, in reality very few actually help the company and would be paid for by your company. I think everyone should be outfitted with a Blackberry, but not everyone likes being connected to work every second. For me, it is priceless.
Get the computer license to drive. I aced the part I took.
Some email really just is not delivered. Weird. Some of those emails that just go off into the ether have to be mine. I swear that. I think only about half the emails I send are actually delivered and read.
Some cool new laptops from Dell. I like Dell machines. The ones I have bought work great. The one I got from my IT team from work is a piece of junk. It is starting to freeze up sometimes on startup.
Click here for a freaky site. It takes a minute to load. Also, turn up your speakers.
I just love these challenges.
Below are pics taken while I was driving. You can see the kids - they do not want to be on the blog, but I took the pictures anyways.
So far, I have driven to Saratoga Springs twice and to work once. It is a good car and I still love it! Thanks again family for the great car and the great father's day present!
Saturday, June 14, 2008
As you all know I have been jonesing for a new car. I found one the other day, a 2002 Infiniti I35. I have loved Infiniti's for a long time, and now I finally have one. I am so happy. We got a good deal, I got a good car, things are good. I drove down to see Ry-Ry with it today. When I stopped by my parent's house they were gone, so they did not get to see it. I will take some more pictures of it tomorrow. You have to see the inside to believe it. It is super nice.
Ohh, and I will drive this car for, basically, the rest of my life. I love it.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
I will miss the wife and kids while I am gone and it is a ton of work, but it is a good time. I like to go to see my mostly virtual company come together at once, while at the same time seeing how much our clients really do count on us (Burton Group) and how much they admire most of our analysts.
It is usually very hard to get blood from Diana, and the vampire usually takes it from the top of her hand. This time they found a good vein on the side of her arm and they got it in one try. If this keeps up by the end of the week her arm will be completely blue.
Diana is telling her freinds that I caused the bruise...it is her revenge for my passive agressive NBA Final post the other day.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Dark Knight (new trailer):
Hancock (this movie looks great, and I am not a Will Smith fan):
X-Files 2 (I was not a huge fan on the TV show, but I really liked the movie):
Star Wars The Clone Wars (a computer animated movie to kick off the new TV show):
I still love my Blackberry.
I am such a jerk.
Anyways. The Sunday night game I called the big comeback by the Lakers. The Celtics were up 24, I told Diana that we could not change the channel because the Lakers were going to make a game of it. And they did. There was only about 25 seconds that were really close. The Lakers waited too long to come back, but it was fun being right.
The Lakers are not playing that well (Kobe is), but Boston is completely horrible right now. If Boston does not wake up the Lakers will crush them tonight. If Boston can come back and win this the series is over.
Saturday, June 7, 2008
I know that prices are going up, but paying over $6,000 for a watermelon is crazy! And, who knew there was such thing as a black watermelon?
Not only is Apple trying to beat the Blackberry. But the Nintendo DS as well. There are two DS's in my family and we love them. They are very cool. Apple does have the touch-screen and the motion down, so maybe. I just do not think Apple's price will be where it needs to be to really win market share.
Check out the numbers on how often and what consoles are being used for video games. I do not think it is right. Everyone I know is getting a Wii. One other thing to note is where are all these other adults getting time to play 20+ days a month? I play our Wii maybe once a month.
I knew that stupid horse would not win today. I should have called my shot! I did tell the eye doctor today though. If you want to verify this let me know, I will get you the number to the doctor.
Me and Chloe made our flight reservations home from Sacramento this summer. We will come home on the 19th (Saturday) of July. The flight was only $69, and going only one way means it will cost us only $159. Pretty good. Glad to get these before ticket prices really go up.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
The current plan is me and Chloe drive with my sister to Sacramento (she will be in town for the family reunion this summer). Chloe and I will stay in Sacramento for a couple days and then fly home. We will hit the Jelly Belly factory as well as anything else Sacramento has (does Sac have anything else?)
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Now that Barack is the nominee, what does it mean? Can he beat McCain? Can the country really unite behind him? I just do not think he has the complete package to win in November. I will vote for him, but there are many people will not, just because of his skin color.
Want an iPod touch (like me)? Buy a qualifying Apple product and get one for FREE! I say just go for it.
I like Bill Simmons on ESPN and he is a huge Boston homer. I can not believe the ESPN let him run this column in the magazine, but they did.
I hope to take this flight in October, but I probably will not get the firetrucks and the appetizers before getting on.
This is a little scary. Very Minority Report.
Now they look like this:
My yard is also a very nice green and weed free (for now). Hopefully I can keep this going for the rest of the summer. All I know is that it makes my wife happy.