Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Travel pains

It's 1:45am and I just landed in Chicago. I landed to a voicemail fro. The W hotel saying they overbooked and don't have my room. So much for executive platinum at SPG. Now in in my way to the Westin, which is not that close to where I need to be in 6 hours and I'm sitting in stop and go traffic. Just great. 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

First week rush

It is been a good first week. So far the teams is working well together. Last night the team went out to dinner, and it was pretty fun.   I took every one to Shabu which was a first for most the people on the team. 

It's a little unfortunate that I have to leave early this week to go to training. It would be best If could stay around for last two days of the week to make sure that I finish strong this week, but that's the way goes.  Next update I'll be in Chicago.

Day one

I'm about to kick off day one of the new project. The hotel they have us at is nice. It's a golf resort right in the middle of commerce. Who knew?  

The weekend was pretty solid hanging out in MB.  Got to see all the friends. Now off to the factory. 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Zone 1 & 2

How does united managed to squeeze the whole plane into zones 1 & 2 when there are 5 zones?

On the road again

Waiting for my flight into LA. It feels good to be getting back out there. It is going to be hectic with the five week schedule. 

I am looking forward to spend the weekend in Manhattan Beach. Pub crawl today and concert at the beach tomorrow. Not a bad way to spend a weekend. 

On Wednesday night it's off to Chicago for training which is a quick turn around. I am looking forward to checking out Chicago though.  Hopefully we have time to see the city. I have a feeling the training group is going to want to go out. 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

LA here I Come... and Chicago too.

I booked my travel to LA this morning.  I fly in to LAX on Saturday morning at 10:30.  Man plan is to stay with some friends in Manhattan Beach for the weekend and go to the beach.  I am really looking forward to the beach and the Sunday concert series.  I miss that stuff.

As for work.  We have our kickoff meeting in Commerce on Monday morning.  I'm still not sure what hotel I will  be staying at.  Part of our contract for the project is that the client is setting up hotels.  Let's hope it is downtown and not in Commerce.  Fingers crossed.

I will be on client site through Wednesday then I will be flying to Chicago that night for training on Thursday and Friday then back to DC on Friday night.  And of course back to LA after the weekend.

So for review, the two week travel tally will be BWI->LAS->BIW, IAD->LAX->ORD->DCA->LAX.  Six airports.  Not bad.

Surviving Vegas

Well I survived 3 days in Vegas.  With that many guy it was a pretty aggressive group.  This was the first time I've done Vegas when I could really afford to.  It's a completely different experience when you can afford to get table at all of the clubs.  It's just a lot more fun.

I got home on Monday night and I didn't feel completely broken which is a bit surprising.  Now I need to have a good week before I head out west.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

It's LA

Five weeks in LA starting a week from Monday. 

Staffing again

I got an email last night about a four wall factory improvement effort in Ca for five weeks. It would start a week from Monday.  It doesn't seem as interesting as the other opportunity but it is billable. I should know by the end of today. 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013


There's a chance I could be staffed next Monday.  Hartford Connecticut. Fingers crossed. 


This weekend I am heading to Vegas for my friend Dave's bachelor part. He has 62 guys attending. Yep, that's not a typo. I have all ready started to mentally prepare. 

I fly out Friday morning and am schedule to return Sunday evening. I am thinking about changing it to Monday I I don't get staffed. Depends on price though.