Hitting the road (aka I’m screwed with school)

The official word has come in that I’m going to be doing some traveling in February for work.  In my role I normally don’t travel for work, but it this looks like it’s going to be a great opportunity.  Working on a virtual team, I always love an opportunity for a face-to-face with my teammates.

However, there’s a pretty big wrench thrown in – I’ll be traveling for two weeks.  Worse yet, this trip is going to be back-to-back with my LA Congress trip I previously scheduled.  I’m going to be out of town for 2 straight weeks.

Normally that wouldn’t be a big deal, but this absence is going to deal a crippling blow to my class schedule.  Missing four class sessions in a semester is always a bad thing, and it becomes worse when they’re consecutive absences.

I’m trying to be proactive about this, and hopefully that will pay off.  Right now I’m emailing my instructors with hopes that they’ll have enough advanced notice to accommodate this situation.  The other advantage is that I’m traveling to Atlanta, so it’s not like I’ll have an abundance of activity at night.  I’ll probably be able to devote 3-4 hours to homework each night, plus an entire weekend to play catch-up.

Right now it’s a bit nerve-racking.  This is an exciting opportunity, but it couldn’t come at a worse time.

24’s Sutherland Mutilates Bauer Figure Prototype

It looks like 24 action figures are in the works, but one of the models won’t be released as hoped. It seems Keifer Sutherland was sent an advanced version of one of the 24 figures and decided to bring it out for a little partying. The end result? Well let’s just say he went “Jack Bauer” + “Chinese capture” on it. Too bad he didn’t realize it was a prototype. Check out the story – it made me laugh out loud in my cube.

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Bluetooth Headset withdrawals… freakin Buy.com

Back on January 4, I ranted about the bad experience I had with the Plantronics Discovery 640E Bluetooth Headset that I purchased off Buy.com.  I actually received the item back on January 3rd, and the evening of the 3rd submitted a Return request (RMA).  I promptly printed it out, boxed the item and on Thursday I couldn’t get that in the mail fast enough.  I got a nice tracking number that told me that Buy.com received the item on January 9th.  However, here I am on the 24th and my status still shows “RMA Issued”, which indicates that the item has not been received or processed.  I sent an email off to Buy.com last week and was told by one of their agents that RMA’s can take 5-7 business days to process (which at the time I was still within that window).  However, now over a week later I am losing my patience.  I fired off another email to Buy.com support, so we’ll see where things go.

So why am I ranting? Because I really just miss my Voyager 510, and am going through Bluetooth withdrawals.  Ugh..  Thanks for nothing Plantronics.  Thanks for nothing Buy.com.

DVR’s make "must see Monday’s" manageable

With the spring TV season in full swing, Monday has definitely become the night of “must see” shows.  The trouble is, my two favorite shows, Heroes and 24, are both on at the same time!  A year ago when I had the Series 2 Tivo, I would have been in trouble and frantically would have been plugging in the VCR to the bedroom TV.  However, for once I can say that I’m glad I had that Comcast DVR with the dual tuner, allowing me to record both shows at the same time.  Now it’s a simple matter of plopping in front of the couch for 3 hours straight (for Heroes, 24, and Studio 60).  Ugh, too much TV!

It’ll be interesting to see how NBC and Fox will battle for viewers for both of these shows.  I have a hunch that many of Heroes viewers are also rabid 24-lovers as well.

Recapping a busy weekend

It’s not technically Monday morning, and in a few hours we begin another busy week!  I was hoping that this weekend was going to offer some time to unwind, but unfortunately that didn’t happen.

Saturday morning was spent with family time and errands, then finished with drumming at church.  We spent some extra time practicing this week getting ready for the Nigerian Mass they’re going to have.  It’s been a lot of fun swapping out some of my traditional drum set components for African drums.  Originally I was dreading the musical change of pace.  After practicing some of the songs, I’m really excited about it.  If you’re going to be in Fort Collins on Saturday the 28, you should come to the 5:15 Mass at Bl. John XXIII.  It’s going to be a blast!

I logged in some quality family time Saturday night, which was spent planning a Vegas trip in May, as well as getting some time on the Wii.  It’s funny how popular the Wii – a video game system – has become with my family.  My sister who hates video games, always insists that I bring the Wii over when she comes up.

Sunday was the big gig for Greenfoot, which turned out to be a pretty long day.  I woke up to a little snow on the ground up in Fort Collins, which I found was a lot of snow in Denver and along the interstate.  The trip down was pretty long, and put all of us into a weird funk.  I don’t know if the snow just seemed discouraging (dissuading fans from coming to the show), or if the cold threatened our musical chops – but it just starting things off on tough footing.  The weather turned it into a slow day at the bar, and it didn’t help that we were screwed out of some of our stage time.  The soundguy apparently was late, which pushed everyone back a half-hour.  While the first act was on, he approached us and said that he would have to shorten our stage time by 1/3.  Having little choice, we accepted.  Looking back, I’m disappointed and a little pissed about it.  We got to the bar 90 minutes before we were scheduled to be on stage, and when we saw the snow we left earlier to make sure we were on time.  Yet it was our group that was punished for having our set list chopped.

We also encountered some instrument difficulty during our show (broken string), but in the end we recovered quickly and got back into the groove.  I’m grateful to my friends that came out and supported us, and hope they’ll come back when we don’t encounter all of these hardships.

I passed the time on the rough drive home by listening to the Colts/Pats game, and Bethany and I made it home in time to catch the 4th quarter.  It was an amazing comeback and with no dog in the fight, I’m really glad to see the Colts go to the Superbowl.  I like Payton Manning and want to see him get a ring.  I was also hoping they would match up with the Saints, but it looks like we’ll have to settle for a Bears matchup (which isn’t bad either).  It should be a great game in two weeks!

Most of all, I loved to see Tom Brady and “Hoodie” Belichick pout on the sidelines after the game.  Part of the reason I was rooting hard for the Colts was because I didn’t want to see the Pats head to another Super Bowl and begin 2 weeks of “greatest team of all time” talks again.  The Pats are good and they have a great system, but these guys couldn’t be sorer losers about the whole thing.  Hoodie showed a lack of class when he tapped (or shoved) Payton Manning after Manning sought him out in the sea of cameramen to shake his hand after the game.  Give me a break!

Oh, and amidst all of the weekend activity, I didn’t do any homework.  Hello Monday!