Thursday, October 12, 2006

It's beginning to look a lot like....

Screw that! It is waaaaaaayyy too early for snow...but yet, there it was today, right along side temps in the 30's. Isn't it great to live in the Midwest?

Totally hoses my golf game....

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Back and at it again...

Hi Campers- When last we left things, I was just getting over sinus/tonsil/throat surgery. Must say it is a great recipe for loosing weight- pretty much can't eat for about 10 days! But alas, my trim appearance did not last, for once I could eat normal again, I indulged. Oh well, I'm happy and thats what matters. Lots of things have happened since I last wrote, so it may take some time to catch up, but at the same time I see lots of things happening out there that I need to make observations on....elections, n. korea, etc.....

So, for all of you that missed me in my absence, and I know there are hordes of you, let me update a bit on what has been going on.

Well, I got sacked from my job back in June. Not quite as scandalous as my old colleague Webproze, but still wasn't fun. Essentially, I was told that there just wasn't enough business to support my position- hence my position (which means me) was eliminated. There are a lot of lessons learned in this, the biggest of which is if you see many different warning flags during your job interview- STOP and PAY ATTENTION TO THEM!

First and foremost, if your soon to be boss doesn't know performance numbers of the group he his hiring you for, and guesses, and you know he is guessing- RUNAWAY! Definitely admit was a huge mistake on my part.

Second- when your soon to be boss' strategy doesn't make sense- RUNAWAY! Hard to make money when your strategy centers on providing short term training to SMALL banks that won't spend money. Also, when your firm is client driven and your boss' strategy is geared towards not generating annuity based client work, there is a problem.

Third- when your soon to be boss shows up to your interview in a wrinkly suit and sloppily tied tie- RUNAWAY! Maybe this is just my thing, but I expect a well groomed, professional appearance from the guy who is soon to be my boss. Seriously, it looked like he had his ties pre-tied by his kids and he just threw them on out of necessity at the last minute.

Finally- when a small firm offers you everything (read $$$) you asked for, which you knew was not logical for their business- STAY AWAY! Don't get blinded by things that in your logical reasoning you know are a formula to prevent you from being successful. The sad part about all of this was that I was heeding my advice on the first three items, and when asked what I wanted to come work for them, I put numbers way out there that I never thought in a million years they would be able to do. So, I got blinded...

There are many other factors that contributed to this, which are not worth getting into here, but the reality was before I was fired, I had finally seen the lack of potential in this endeavor and was already working on an exit strategy once I saw them through their busy season. Little did I realize that they would be so short sided as to can me BEFORE the busy season and right BEFORE the biggest client (which I had a very good relationship with). But the kicker is that after firing me, they then had the audacity to ask me to stay and help work on the large client...oh it gets better. So when I asked what my severance package would be if I stayed and HELPED THEM, I was told that it would be quite a bit less than if I left within the month. And they were genuinely miffed that I chose not to stay!....hmmmm and is it any wonder they stay stuck in the small market, small success path??? Granted there is much more to the story, including some of the things I could have done better (hey, I'm willing to accept some of the responsibility- I'm not a liberal that will blame others for my problems). However, it will serve no purpose airing that dirty laundry here. Suffice it to say there were things I could and should have done better. The best way to describe the events that transpired was that it ended up being a great decision for me to move on.

Oh- I do have a new job, one that is going good well so far. But, I won't be commenting about them here- don't want to end up in court!

Well...that's it for now, but I will try to be posting more regularly. I know I'm like heroin- you were hooked, but then I went away...you suffered through detox...but I'm back...you will get hooked again...at least all 3 or 4 of you that actually read this :)

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Down, but not out...

I must apologize for those of you who can't live a normal life unless you are able to get your regular dose of PGF. I recently went under the knife for a few things and it has taken me out of commission for a while. The list of what I had done is long, but worthwhile...

1. Deviated Septum repaired
2. Sinus' modified and several polyps removed
3. Tonsils removed
4.Uvula (dangly thing in the back of your throat) removed
5. Other areas of my throat trimmed.

Basically I have been suffering from frequent and sever sinus infections for years now and in the last couple of years have developed a small case of sleep apnea. All the crap above is suppose to make everything all better...keeping my fingers crossed...

The whole experience was not fun, to say the least. But I did get to experience the joys of liquid Vicadin, which makes everything much better :) Surprisingly my nose and sinus' didn't have any discomfort after the surgery, but my throat is another story. Let's just say the pain from swallowing is quite bad. But, I may have found the answer to weight loss...just have throat surgery done and you can't eat for a couple of weeks. I have lost about 13lbs in a week...which I needed to loose, but not being able to eat normally is the most frustrating part of all of this. I know many of you had your tonsils removed as adults and can share my pain...

Well, not much I know, but better than nothing....it is golf season now, so my posts may start to change in that direction some...

Cheers!

Monday, March 27, 2006

No Internet Access!?!?!

For all of you- and I am sure there are thousands- that read this, I issue humble apologies for not posting in a while. You see, I was at a Security Sumitt this past week to man the exhibit booth for my firm. I had every intention of writing some things last week. However, when I inquired at the front desk about Internet access, I was told "We have dial-up". Huh?! A confused look on my face like George W. trying to say a 3 syllable word prompted the desk person to then say "Yeah, I know...thats not very good". Still reeling from the blow, I feebly mumbled "ummm, ok..." and walked away. Thats when it hit me...who the hell does not have Internet access? Dial-up does not count; in fact I can honestly say I do not remember the last time I actually had to dial-up for my Internet access. And this was a place that was trying to build up there meeting and seminar business. Now I will concede, this was a casino as well...in southeast Indiana...that caters to those that come on buses and take their oxygen tanks into the very smoky slot machine room, so they probably figured that the majority of their visitors don't even own a laptop....but still, no Internet access???? I did express my discontent to the conference organizers and I actually put the blame on them- scheduling a Security conference at a place where there was no Internet access...unless thats their idea of security.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

B.B. King...Living Legend

I had the pleasure to see B.B. King in concert this past week. He was great...even more impressive was that he performed at such a high level at the young age of 80! That's right, this is his 80th Birthday Tour! His guitar playing was stellar, his singing smooth, and his story telling enjoyable. While he is not very mobile (sits in a chair the whole time), his wits are very much in tact and has a good bit of a 'horn dog' spirit in him that was refreshing and enjoyable....

If you get the chance, I highly recommend seeing him in concert...at his age, he may not be a living legend much longer...enjoy him while we can!

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Hotel Room Electricity...

Ok, I know it may not seem like much, but why is that hotels like to hide all the electrical outlets? My favorite is a hotel that only has internet access via cable from a desk that has no identifyable electrical outlet...

Friday, March 10, 2006

Disney...not so bad....

Hey there campers...currently down in Orlando for a few days of R&R. Wanted to get away with the wife for a few days with no kids. My preference, and normally my wife's, is Las Vegas- I mean what more could you ask for: good food, good booze, and good gambling....

Anyhow, my wife surprised me by suggesting we go to Orlando instead, which really means "Lets go to Disney World". Not necessarily my preferred type of vacation- dodging little vermin kids all day long, especially when I have the rare luxury of not having to herd mine around. But, trying to be a good husband, I agreed and we planned out an itinerary. My wife suggested me getting in a round of a golf while here -meaning "I want to sleep in and not be bothered, so get the hell out of the hotel for a few hours"- but hey, who am I to complain?- golf in March is something a person from Michigan sees about as often as liberal voting for a tax cut, but it made it easier to go along with the flow. Given our relatively short stay down here- 3 nights- we decided to spend 1 day at Disney and chose the MGM park.

I must say I am quickly becoming a Disney convert. This is my second Disney experience, the first being a Disney cruise with my wife and at the time our only child a couple of years ago- awesome vacation! Regardless of what anyone may say about Disney, I cannot say a bad thing about my experiences. Everything has been remarkably clean, the staff extremely curteous and knowledgeable- service is impeccable. Normally at an amusement park you get the drop-out wannabe that has an attitude like they are doing you a favor just be letting you breath their air. Not at Disney- everyone there actually takes pride in their job- not matter if they are serving food, cleaning trash, or just general information. They actually all seem like they genuinely want you to enjoy your visit.

Don't get me wrong- this all comes at a cost that isn't cheap- but it is worth it. (we used miles to fly down and hotel points to stay, making the trip a lot less expensive) Actually, Disney really has pretty much the license the print money. It was about $145 for the two of us to get in the park. But surprisingly, our food and refreshments were reasonably priced (for park food). We used the 'Fast Pass' system that lets you get a 'pass' for a particular ride that you use to return at a set range of time- once there, you essentially get to move to the front of the line. As a result, the longest we had to wait for anything was about 10 minutes. The best part about the Fast Pass- it is free and available to everyone!!! By the way- the Rock and Roller Coaster was damn good- and I normally do not like riding coasters. 0-60 in about 3 seconds....wow!

While it does pain me to recommend such a blatant monopoly of entertainment, Disney does not disappoint. They do it all the way it should be done. As a result, I will be leaving on Sunday wishing I had a few more days so that we could experience the other parks down here.