Numara training in Dallas, pt #4 
Thursday, June 4, 2009, 01:11 PM - School
Yay! last day! Training started as normal wit the exception of me checking out in the morning before i headed over.

We wrapped up and took the assessment test. I passed, yay! I promptly checked to see if i could get an earlier shuttle to the airport, i was able to get one and get to the airport in time to catch the earlier 5:50pm flight.

After the maze around the airport and a shuttle link to a terminal and back i found my gate and was good to go.

I made it home alive, and my wife brought me a pizza when she picked me up. wahoo!

I'm tired...

I helped her burn DVD's for her class video...

zzzzzzzzZZzzz......

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Numara training in Dallas, pt #3 
Thursday, June 4, 2009, 10:05 AM - School
Hello, day #3 has ended. I didn't feel like wandering the mall by myself again today, so i bummed a ride with some of the other guys from training. We hopped in the rental car and headed out to the restaurant area. We picked some Brazilian-Texas place. They had valet parking and people were walking in with suits. Ya, we found out it was 45$ a person for dinner. So we promptly left and went next door to Pei Wei. The food was good.

This is a picture of the huge bowl of soup a couple guys got when they ordred. It was enough soup for 3+ people and a couple guys got them for themselves. We shared one, and the big guy attempted to eat his.


Here are the crab and cheese wontons i got to share with everyone. They were quite good. The sauce wasn't the best. Still good though.


I got some fire chicken or something, it was rather good. The sauce was different than i expecred, but it was a nice change from pizza the other night.


This is the outside of the hotel as i am coming back from dinner, i was on the 5th floor, so i had a view of the tops of some buildings. Couldn't see much really.


Here is the lobby of the hotel in case anyone cares ;)





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Numara training in Dallas, pt #2 
Wednesday, June 3, 2009, 02:25 PM - School
I'm back! I'm in the middle of day 3, so i can now post about day 2.

I woke up to a nice gray cloud. When i walked into the training room it was pouring outside. Good thing i didnt have to leave the building to get to training.



Last night i took an earlier shuttle to the Galeria mall. Still the same mall, this time i tried to find specific store. The Mall directory was horribly out of date. The only two places i wanted to go were not actually there.

I wandered around for a while before deciding to walk to the next complex to the north. I got all excited when i finally found out how to get there. When i rounded the corner to the building i was hoping was a movie theatre, it turn out to be a furniture store. :( On to the next store! Furniture store >:( On to the next! Shoe store.. grrr! One more try! Lakeview teaching store. Wonderful. I turned around and walked back to the mall. On the way back i found a World Market behind yet another furniture store. Inside i found some bacon chocolate.




After my long walk i had pizza for dinner. Sbarro FTW! i saved my stromboli for my lunch the next day.





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Numara training in Dallas, pt #1 
Monday, June 1, 2009, 10:00 PM - Family
So i was sent to Dallas for training on Numara Footprints (help desk software). This is the account of my journey ;)

Yay, plane was cramped, but i had all 3 seats to myself, so it wasnt too bad. A little black girl, who was about 1 year old, was sitting in front of me and she was adorable. I played some DS, watched "the boy in the striped pajamas" and ate a sandwich.

I'm staying at a Hilton Hotel, which i will post about next time when i get batteries for my camera.

This brings me to my next picture the soda cabinet. I was sad that i didn't get a free breakfast, but i was pleasantly surprised when i found out my training provided free snacks and food and stuff. They have a whole cabinet full of pop, bagles, fruit, granola bars, cookies, etc.


Here is the view from my hotel window, 5th floor. This place is flat as a pancake. But what really surprised me is that its super dark here. No lights like anywhere, where are all the street lights? Not even the city it lit up. Strange...


The first night after i got here i went to the mall to find some food and a treat for my girls. It was quite the mall, it even had an ice skating rink inside!


I decided to go to 5 guys burger and fries, and the potatoes were from Driggs! I told there girl i was in Driggs last weekend and she just looked at me and continued what she was doing. Hey, i felt special...





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The straw that broke the camels back... 
Thursday, April 9, 2009, 10:23 PM - Rants
So i have been contemplating the removal of my hotmail account. After all, its crap. gmail offer so many more options that are fast, COMPATIBLE, and easy, but i have been putting it off for a while not wanting to move everyone around. After all i've had my hotmail account for over 11 years now.

I only have a couple people who still e-mail me on that account, mostly people who i havnt talked to in years. Well a friend of mine sent me an e-mail last night, and i wrote him back. Tonight i went to see if i got a reply and i was greeted with this crap.

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You don't have an inbox...yet
Sign up for Windows Live Hotmail and get a free, customizable inbox with lots of storage and great security.

Note: Whether you use Hotmail or not, you can always go to your contact list.
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There is a constant loop. It says "You don't have an inbox... yet." The only option given is to "Sign up for Windows Live Hotmail". When I click that there is an option that says "Already a Hotmail..... member? Click here." This link simply brings me back to point A where it says "You don't have an inbox... yet."

Yes, this brings joy to my soul. Joy! After some hunting i found i was not alone with this. http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index ... 947AAFDqrW

If my inbox ever returns, i will be doing an official migrate to gmail. Sorry Microsft, but you've dicked me over for the last time. If you refuse to live by the worlds standards (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acid3#Desktop_browsers), then i refuse to use your products.

Farewell hotmail, you wont be missed.

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Abbey and her tent. 
Sunday, March 22, 2009, 12:30 PM - Family
Tonight we busted out the big foam building thingies. They are foam poles with magnets on the ends, and little balls with holes in them to click together. We used every single piece that would could and built a huge fort. We had all sorts of fun. I would have loved these things as a kid!

Right before she went to bed, she decided that it needed to come down. I wish i had gotten a picture of that, it looked like a tornado that had gone through a trailer park.


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Chicken 
Tuesday, March 17, 2009, 12:41 AM - Family
Today i decided to try my hand at smoking. I defrosted a few chicken breasts, rubbed them in Grandpa Lynn's seasoning and let them sit for a couple hours. For the grill i set up a smoke pouch filled with cherry wood chips, and a indirect grilling for the chicken. It took a little while to get up to heat and start smoking, so i got a little impatient and turned the heat up. Hey, we were hungry!

Even though i sped it up, it turned out very nice!



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