Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Rain, Rain, Stay Away

OK everyone...I know I've been asking a lot of everyone lately, but if you could all do chants, anti-rain dances or whatever you think might work, please do it tonight.

I'm supposed to take the day off tomorrow to go golfing with my dad.

Unfortunately, the forecast doesn't look so good.

As Bartles & Jaymes used to say, "Thanks for your support."

Until Next Time...


Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Interview Update

Fortunately, I didn't have to make that follow-up call. One of the admin assistants called me on Monday to tell me they wanted me to come out to Arizona for the interview. Unfortunately, it won't be until the end of July, but I'm still thrilled that it's scheduled.

As a follow-up to that, I sent an e-mail to the CEO that I met originally to say thanks again and tell him I'd see him in Arizona later in the month. He replied back that he won't be there that day, but did say "You will have a good day." I don't want to read too much into that comment, but it does give me a little confidence boost.

Now I just need to brush up on my interviewing skills and make sure I don't fuck it up then.

The only other drawback is that I'm going to fly out and back on the same day. I'll have a 6 a.m. flight that morning to arrive at 9 a.m. Arizona time. That means I'll have been up for about 7 hours by the time I get to the interview. Hopefully, I'll still be fresh through the half day interview.

I'll keep you posted as events warrant.

Until Next Time...


Sunday, June 27, 2004

Linking Problems?

Is anyone else having trouble getting to their Blogroll links? Once I click on one of the links in my blogroll, it tells me the page cannot be found and then I can't get to any other pages.

Any ideas on what I might be doing wrong?

I can easily get to the blogs when I go through my Favorites.

UPDATE: Problem seems to be solved. Thanks for playing.


Sunday Rainy Sunday's raining here in KC and I'm quite happy about it. We've been very fortunate this summer in that we've had plenty of rain. In fact, I haven't had to water the lawn even once. It's the longest my yard has been green in many, many years.

The nice thing about today's rain is that it's just a steady drizzle without the annoying thunder and lightning that we so typically get around here.

I don't think I've mentioned it, but the in-laws are here this weekend. They came in on Friday afternoon and are heading back today. They came up to go to the wedding of the daughter of their friends yesterday. It's really been a pleasant weekend. The kids have loved seeing them and we had the chance to catch up and even play some cards (which I love to do).

And, for those who know me, no, they don't read this blog. It's actually been a pleasant visit (which isn't always the case).

We're heading down to their house in Arkansas in a couple of weeks and my father-in-law is already trying to convince K to let me go play golf one day while we're down there. (This isn't as important as the job interview, but if you want to cross your fingers for this, too, that'd be great.)

Speaking of golf, I still haven't picked up a golf club this year, but that's all going to change this week (weather permitting). I've decided to take Thursday off to go golfing with my dad. We're not sure where we're going to play, but that part doesn't even really matter. I'm just looking forward to spending time with him.

That does make the third day off that I'll end up taking in July. By taking Thursday off and the 16th (to go to Arkansas), I need to find another reason to give for taking off a day for an interview in Tucson if that happens. Any suggestions?

That's it for now...hope everyone's having a great weekend.

Until Next Time...


Friday, June 25, 2004

Weekend Update

Man...have I become lazy or what?! Only one post this week so far! That's just a bunch of crap, I tell you!

I wish I could say that I am going to blow you away with the awesomeness of this post to make up for the lackluster work week that has just been completed, but alas, I cannot make such assurances. Instead, I will grace you with a post that is typical of what you usually see overview of my week with perhaps a dash of insight thrown in.

It was tough to go back to work on Tuesday after the long weekend in Seattle. I managed to muddle through a week full of demos, sales projects and other such boredom.

Far and away, the highlight of my week was a phone interview that I had on Wednesday. Now, I'm trying really, REALLY hard not to get too worked up about this, but I really do think it went well.

I actually found out about this company when I met the CEO at that conference I attended a couple of weeks ago. He and I seemed to get along pretty well and he was kind enough to take my resume back to the head of his sales team. Last week, I got a call from the head of sales and she scheduled a phone interview for this past Wednesday.

Like I said, I think it went pretty well overall. I hope I didn't kill my chances by letting her know that we are expecting a baby this fall and I will need some flexibility in the early going. I know some career experts tell you NOT to say anything about that while in the interview process, but I felt very comfortable talking with her and told her I didn't want to jump the gun in talking about their plans for start dates, benefits, etc., but that I wanted to get all my cards on the table and not hide anything about what is in store for the rest of the year.

Being the good job applicant that I am, I sent my thank you note via e-mail that afternoon. She did tell me that I could contact her again if I hadn't heard anything back in a week. She also mentioned that the next step would be to have me come out to Tucson for another interview and meet the president of the company. I don't think she'd have mentioned that if she wasn't already thinking it was going to happen. (The comment was made at the end of our conversation.)

So anyway, now I'm just anxiously awaiting to hear back from her about the next steps. So if the few of you who are still out there could keep your fingers crossed for me, I'd really apreciate it.

A Rare Sports Commentary
You know...for a blog with a sports-themed title like "Play By Play," I sure don't talk about sports very much. There have been a couple of things that happened this week in the world of sports.

First, and this is kind of old news, but I do want to give big props to the University of Kansas bowling team for winning the national championship recently. I'm sure many of you are probably laughing your asses off and wondering why I know or care about this. The reason, my friends, is that I used to bowl on said KU bowling team...not well or often mind you, but I was a member of the team.

Next up...the Kansas City Royals. Man, they know how to drive me crazy. This week they traded away their best player in Carlos Beltran to the Houston Astros (new home of Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte) for three players...not major league players mind you, but minor league prospects. This is a clear statement by Royals GM Allard Baird to the few Royals fans left after their dismal start this year, that we're not even going to try to be competitive for the rest of the 2004 season. Honestly, if even one of those players has a significant impact in the next two years, I'll be shocked. (On a related note, I do realize and on some levels can accept what Baird did here. The reality is that Beltran was going to be gone to free agency at the end of this year in which case the Royals would get one draft pick in exchange for Beltran. Now, they have three chances to see if anything sticks...I just wish that he could have obtained a more significant, if slightly lesser skilled player, in exchange for Beltran.

A final sports-related note, my favorite sportswriter,'s Bill Simmons finally has his very own subpage at's Page 2. Go check it out! If you've never ready any of his diaries or "ramblings" and you like sports even a little bit, you MUST check it out!

And, with that, I hope everyone has a great weekend! (And don't forget to keep your fingers crossed for me!)

Until Next Time...


Monday, June 21, 2004

Blogless In Seattle

Look who's back from Seattle! We just got back a few hours ago from a nice, long and relaxing weekend in the Emerald City. I'll try not to bore you with too much detail, but here are the highlights.

Got to the airport a little late and because we were flying Southwest we were in the last boarding group and almost didn't get to sit together if it hadn't been for the kindness of a man who gave up his aisle seat in exchange for a middle seat somewhere else so we could sit together.

Upon arrival and checking into our hotel (where we had a great view of the Space Needle from our room), we headed down to the Pike Place Market first.

After that, we rode the "Ducks." It was a good time, but it's not the most comfortable ride for a pregnant woman (or so my wife tells me). Still, we did have fun overall.

On Saturday morning, we were up early due to the time change and were on the road to Whidbey Island by 8:00. It was my first ever ferry ride and the first one that my wife can actually remember. (She lived on Whidbey Island when she was a baby and her dad was stationed at the Naval Air Station there.) It was absolutely beautiful up there...especially a little town called Langley and Deception Pass on the northern edge of the island. If you ever head up to Seattle, it's worth taking a little more than a half day to make this trek.

Once we got back to Seattle, we headed back down to the waterfront to check out some of the shops and eat some more. (There was a LOT of eating on this trip and I can't wait to get to the gym tomorrow!)

On Sunday, we headed back down toward Pike Place Market and did a little more shopping before heading over to the Space Needle. Fortunately, it was a clear day, so we could see Mount Rainier in the distance. Very cool stuff.

K was pretty tired after that, so we headed back to the hotel so she could nap and I got to watch the end of the U.S. Open. I was disappointed that Phil Mickelson didn't win, but it was still an exciting finish.

Then, last night, we headed back down to the Experience Music Project so I could check out the gift shop. We weren't up for paying the $20 admission fee to go into the exhibits themselves last night, but I do hope to get back to it the next time I'm in Seattle for business.

Today was very low key. Got up late, packed our bags, grabbed breakfast, went back to the Experience Music Project so I could get my credit card back that I left there, and headed out to the airport to fly home.

Seattle Eats
As I mentioned before, there was a ton of eating going on while we were there. I'm pretty sure I gained at least 5 pounds over the weekend.

Here's a sampling of where we went:

13 Coins (twice) - Dinner was much better than breakfast. Our dinner waiter was from Kansas City.
Gordon Biersch - Great menu
Duke's Chowder House - Yummy stuffed salmon
Cold Stone Creamery - Great ice cream, but it goddamned better be for $6
Cheesecake Factory (for dessert(s))

Other Seattle Observations
I'm willing to bet a fairly decent sum of money that the greater Seattle area has more Subarus per capita than any other metro area in the country. MY GOD!!! Now, I'm sure I noticed it more because we were driving a Subaru Outback ourselves (which i liked), but I NEVER see that many here in KC.

If you want to get rich, build a parking lot in Seattle. Talk about a racket they have going on down there! I probably spent over $100 in parking this weekend ($45 at the hotel alone).

Seattleites (?) are a bunch of wimps when it comes to heat. It was sunny and in the mid to upper 80s the whole time we were there. The weather guy on the news actually said, "It's a sizzler out there today." Oh how I'd love to force him to spend a week here in Kansas City in late July or early August when it's over 100 and about 80% humidity. I thought it was absolutely beautiful up there this weekend.

OK...that's about all I've got. I hope everyone had a good weekend and a great Father's Day (especially Dan who was celebrating his first Father's Day).

Until Next Time...


Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Cleaning, Cleaning, Cleaning

Yep...that seems like the only thing I've been doing for the last week or so as we get the house ready for my parents to come watch the kids while we go to Seattle this weekend.

That, and running our kids to a bazillion different doctor's appointments. My girls have had their fair share of eye issues this week. K, the oldest, somehow managed to scratch her eye on a foam square at gymnastics class yesterday. We took her to urgent care last night and her regular doctor this morning and were basically told in both places that it would just heal by itself.

From there, we took youngest daughter, L, to see the pediatric opthalmologist to check out one of her eyes that's been drifting. Unfortunately, we also learned that she's a little nearsighted, so this means glasses for the next two weeks (and thereafter) and adding a patch for six weeks starting two weeks for now. After all of that, there's a 50/50 chance she'll have to have surgery to relax the muscles in her eye.

Oh...and did I mention that tomorrow daughter K has her first orthodontist appointment? I'm thinking of opening a charitable fund to pay for my kids medical expenses.

(Don't get me wrong...I know I'm fortunate to have any insurance coverage at all...but if I can't bitch about these things on my blog, where can I bitch about it?)

That's it for now...tomorrow I'll just be counting the hours until we get to split for Seattle.

Have a great weekend!

Until Next Time...


Tuesday, June 15, 2004


Thanks to Busy Mom for posting the link to this great game from the movie site.

Dan should find it especially intriguing given how he's organized a few dodgeball tournaments in his time.

Not much else to say so I'll see y'all on the flip side.


Sunday, June 13, 2004

Happy Father's Day! mean I'm the only guy celebrating Father's Day today? Lucky me!

In case you're wondering WHY we celebrated Father's Day today, it's quite simple really. You see, the wife and I are heading to Seattle next weekend for a long weekend and didn't realize when we booked the trip that it was Father's Day weekend. So, rather than tell our kids that I was abandoning them on Father's Day, we decided to lie and tell them it was this weekend instead.

Makes sense to me!

I know this probably takes me out of the running for the Father of the Year award, but, really, I don't have the space on our bookshelves anyway for ANOTHER award.

So today I got two "Dad" t-shirts and a "World's Greatest Dad" ballcap which I proudly wore alll day today. I also got a couple of casual shirts to wear to work. (The wife finally got me to clear out my t-shirt collection and get rid of the old faded ones.)

So the rest of my Father's Day was spent doing laundry and other tasks to prepare for next week's trip and getting the house ready for my folks to take care of the three kiddos. Not glamorous, I know, but at least we had a chance to take the kids to the swimming pool for the first time this season.

Garage Sale Update
The garage sale on Saturday went alright. I didn't get rid of near as many tapes as I'd wanted. I finally started giving two away with any purchase...should have made it 10.

We did manage to sell a matching sofa and loveseat that gave us almost enough money to buy a new futon for the playroom in the basement. I went and picked that up today and unpacked it, but haven't had time to assemble it. That'll probably happen tomorrow night after K's softball game (and after I mow the lawn).

K (with the help of J & L) ran a lemonade stand during the garage sale and managed to make about $18 at 50 cents a glass over the course of about two hours. Not too shabby! She hit the mother lode when a group of about 20 late high school/early college-aged kids stopped at the sale. I was really proud of her!

If you're out there and want any of those tapes, let me know. Otherwise, I'll probably just trash 'em.

I hope everyone else had a great weekend and for the other dads out there, let me wish you a happy Father's Day for next weekend.

Until Next Time...


Friday, June 11, 2004

Clearing Out the Cassettes

Yep...time to finally get rid of these cassette tapes I have lying around from the 80s and 90s. I haven't listened to them in forever and, since we're having a garage sale tomorrow, it seems like a good place to get rid of 'em.

So what's in the box right now? I'm so glad you asked! Here for your reading pleasure (and my embarrassment), I present the list:

Hooters - Nervous Night
Hooters - One Way Home (yeah...I like hooters, I mean THE Hooters)
INXS - Listen Like Thieves
Crowded House - Crowded House
Billy Joel - Greatest Hits: Volume 1 & 2
Roachford - Cuddly Toy (Feel For Me) (Single)
Journey - Escape
Midnight Oil - Diesel & Dust
The Alarm - Strength
Stand By Me Soundtrack
The Alarm - Change
The Alarm - Electric Folklore Live
Elvis Costello - Veronica (Single)
Howard Jones - Dream Into Action
Madonna - You Can Dance
Amy Grant - Home for Christmas
Tears for Fears - The Seeds of Love
Meat Loaf - Bat Out of Hell
The Karate Kid Part III Soundtrack - (Oh how I wish I was making some of these up.)
Pump Up the Volume Soundtrack
Bruce Hornsby & the Range - The Way It Is
Sting - Nothing Like the Sun
Debbie Gibson - Out of the Blue
10,000 Maniacs - Hope Chest
Janet Jackson - Rhythm Nation 1814 (Bet you forgot about the 1814 part of that title.)
U2 - Live Under a Blood Red Sky
Men Without Hats - Pop Goes The World
Tiffany - Hold an Old Friend's Hand (I should mention that some of these were my wife's purchases)
Adam Schmitt - World So Bright (I have no clue who he is.)
Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water
Beaches Soundtrack
The Alarm - Eye of the Hurricane
The Romantics - In Heat
Bryan Adams - Hearts On Fire (Single)
Peter Cetera - One More Story
The Karate Kid Soundtrack - (TWO COPIES!!!!)
The Karate Kid Part II Soundtrack
Whitney Houston - One Moment In Time (Single)
Bette Midler - Some People's Lives
Pretty In Pink Soundtrack
Elton John - Classic Elton John
Mike & The Mechanics - Living Years
The Outfield - Playing the Field
Kris Kross - Totally Krossed Out
Tiffany - Tiffany
ELton John - Blue Moves
Ralph Tresvant - Ralph Tresvant (He was the lead singer for New Edition)
Bruce Hornsby & The Range - Scenes From the Southside
Steve Winwood - Back in the High Life
Hooters - We Came To Play (Told you I liked 'em)
REO Speedwagon - Life As We Know It
Better Off Dead Soundtrack
The Police - Every Breath You Take: The Singles
A-Ha - Scoundrel Days
Bobby Brown - Don't Be Cruel
Taylor Dayne - Can't Fight Fate
INXS - Kick
Iron Eagle Soundtrack
Phil Collins - A Groovy Kind of Love (Single)
Midnight Oil - A Place Without a Postcard
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - He's the DJ. I'm The Rapper.
Starship - Knee Deep in the Hoopla
Bryan Adams - Bryan Adams
Night Ranger - Big Life
Journey - Raised on Radio
Yes - 90125
Yes - Big Generator
Scritti Politti - Cupid & Psyche '85
Michael Bolton - Time, Love & Tenderness (Single)
Glass Tiger - The Thin Red Line
The Escape Club - Wild Wild West
Boyz II Men - Cooleyhighharmony
The Beatles - 20 Greatest Hits
Dire Straits - Money for Nothing
The Outfield - Bangin'
Thompson Twins - Here's To Future Days
Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians - Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars
The Moody Blues - Voices in the Sky: The Best of The Moody Blues
Midnight Oil - Red Sails in the Sunset
Duran Duran - Notorious
David Lee Roth - Eat 'Em And Smile
New Kids On The Block - Hangin' Tough
U2 - Rattle and Hum
Squeeze - Babylon and On
White Men Can't Rap Soundtrack

Whew! That took long I should be able to get at least $500 for this collection, right?! OK...I'd be thrilled if I could get 50 cents to a $1 for each (or any) of them.

Have a great weekend all!


Thursday, June 10, 2004

God Bless WiFi

I think I've used that title before, but it certainly applies this week.

I've spent most of my week in the back of a big meeting room listening to speakers talk about some fairly boring topics. Thankfully, the hotel has a free WiFi hotspot in its lobby which I can (barely) connect to from this room two floors up.

Because of this, I've spent the bulk of the past few days checking my personal e-mail, checking my work e-mail, player poker online, reading my favorite sports columnists (note the two links),catching up on the Washington Post's online discussions and reading my favorite blogs (see the blogroll on the left).

New Reads
Speaking of bloggers, I wanted to point out a couple of my new finds to the rest of you.

Check out Claire's blog...she's new to the blogging world, but seems to be settling in rather nicely.

Also go see the Zero Boss when you get a chance. It was this post that really sucked me in.

Bloggers In the News
I had planned on posting about this earlier, but when I saw it over at KC Bloggers, I kind of let it slide.

Anyway, in last Sunday's KC Star, there was a good-sized feature on area bloggers. Go check it out when you get a chance (free registration required).

I'm off to read more blogs and hopefully leave bunches of comments.

Until Next Time...




I just had what I think was one of my best (and most linky) posts in recent memory and it got lost after I clicked Publish.

GRRR...back to the drawing board.


Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Early Morning

Yeah...I've been up since 5 this morning and it wasn't even to catch a flight.

You see, I'm exhibiting at a conference here in KC this week and had to be at the hotel by 6 to get our booth set up. Fun, fun.

One minorly interesting note is that the conference is at the Westin Crown Center hotel which is also the hotel for this week's Champions Tour event. Because of this, I got to the hotel this morning and saw golf analyst Gary McCord walking through the lobby.

Personally, I'm a fan of both McCord's and David Feherty. I like their styles. I especially found McCord amusing in his cameos in the movie Tin Cup.

I'll be sure to let you know if I see any other celebrities or golfers while I'm here.

I'll basically be tied up with this all week, so if you don't hear from me much, that's why. For now, I'm off to grab some breakfast.

Have a great week!

Until Next Time...


Sunday, June 06, 2004

The Aforementioned Meme

Thanks to Chris for this little gem of an idea. So when you finally roll in here, take a few minutes to respond!

Answer the following questions in the comment box:
1. Who are you?
2. Have we ever met?
3. Give me a nickname and explain why you picked it.
4. Describe me in one word.
5. What reminds you of me?
6. If you could give me anything, what would it be?
7. Ever wanted to tell me something but couldn't?
8. Are you going to put this on your weblog and see what I say about you?
9. What do you love like a fat kid loves cake?
10. What makes you come back here?

And, if you decide to use this on your own blog, let me know!


A New Look

So I was getting bored with the big-ass font that my blog had been displaying lately, so when Blogger/BlogSpot added some new templates I kinda dug this new one. Of course, I lost all my links and favorite posts, etc., but I can add those back later (if I decide to).

The most important thing for me to get back in there is my Blogroll. Hopefully, that will be there again shortly.

I don't think comments are there either, so I need to get those added back in. (If they are still there, just ignore me...most of you already know I'm an idiot when it comes to these things.)

When you get a second, let me know which you liked better...the old one or the new one.

Also...stay tuned for a new meme coming soon. (And if someone could give me a definition of meme, I'd appreciate it.)


Friday, June 04, 2004

Happy Weekend Everyone!

Of COURSE I'm in a good mood! It's Friday for crying out loud!

Work's actually been pretty good lately. I've been keeping very busy and I felt I nailed a presentation today after only studying the new product for about 10 minutes. We're launching this product on Monday and started prepping for it you some idea of the organization I work in.

Workouts have also been going well. Last night I did a full 30 minutes on the elliptical trainer for the first time ever. I was beat by the end of it, but I was glad I made it. I also went and played basketball today. I couldn't hit a basket to save my life in the first and second games, but managed to make a three and a fast break (by my standards) layup in the third game. Bottom line is I was able to run for most of all three games. (There was some "lollygagging" in a few spots, but all in all I kept up.) With a conference going on most of next week, I won't get to play basketball at all.

I left work a little early today so we could beat the Friday night crowd to dinner at a relatively new chain restaurant in town called The Elephant Bar. Very good stuff...I had salmon and then my wife and I shared what I think is the best cheesecake in town...even better than The Cheesecake Factory.

From there, we headed over to Border's because I wanted to pick up another Stuart Woods novel and L, my youngest girl (for now), wanted to get a Care Bears book. J ended up getting a Spiderman book and my oldest, K, got a dollhouse sticker book. Basically, everyone ended up leaving there happy.

I just got back from returning movies to Blockbuster and going to the grocery store. Now, as I'm leaving the house with the windows down in the car, I can't help but hear the annoying clicking noise that my car has been making for at least a couple of weeks. So after I drop the movies in the drop box, I decide to pop the hood on my car and see if I can figure out where the noise is coming from. Please keep in mind that I'm a complete and total idiot when it comes to cars so this is akin to me trying to split an atom or something...ain't gonna do much good. But I pretty much figure it's coming directly from the engine and figure hey...that can't be too good.

I should also mention that my car's been leaking oil for...well...forever, but not a ton at a time. I decide that I should go ahead and pick up a quart at the store. I do so, go ahead and pour it in before I head home and...wouldn't you know it? By the time I was home, the clicking had stopped.


In some weird way, I was hoping it would be something much worse than that so I'd be forced to get a new car...or at least a new used one.

So, anyway, now that I'm home, I'm watching Letterman, who has Billy Crystal on to promote his new children's book that was inspired by Crystal's daughter's pregnancy a year or so ago.'s the thing. Billy Crystal is a year younger than David Letterman and he's now a grandfather while Letterman just became a dad for the first time. Just strange stuff.

Could you imagine becoming a dad for the first time when you're in your 50s???

That's enough blogging for me for tonight...I'm off to play a little poker.

Have a good night!


Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Musical Mood Swings

How is everybody? The weather has been absolutely beautiful here in Kansas City this week. I could deal with year round weather like this.

Before I dive into my music musings, I'd like to give a little plug to Dan for the running diary he kept of the Miss Universe pageant...I really feel sorry for him. Definitely good for a laugh and he's taking requests for future running diaries.

On to the music...
I'm not sure what's caused it, but I've been in much more of a rap/R&B mode lately. Right now I'm listening to Ludacris' Chicken -N- Beer CD. There's some pretty funny stuff on there, along with some very crude stuff. And some of it is both crude and funny. Definitely not for the PC crowd out there.

I also just borrowed Usher's latest CD from a guy I work with. It's the one with that song "Yeah!" that's being played all over the radio. I'm still not sick of it and I do like Ludacris' contributions to that track.

Over the weekend, I bought Prince's latest disc, "Musicology," over at Circuit City when they had ALL of their CDs on sale for $9.99. I also picked up Dave Matthews' "Everyday" CD. (That's the second time I've paid for that disc in the last week. I bought that and Five for Fighting's latest at the Virgin megastore in Times Square and promptly lost them before I even got back to the hotel room.)

So if there are any other R&B/rap fans out there, what would you recommend? I'm a little more partial to songs like "Yeah!" and Nelly's "Hot In Herre" (why he spells it that way, I'll never know) that have a little more groove and danceability to them.

Let's see...what else?
Work's been going pretty good. I've been busy, but that's a good thing. We've had two people quit in the last two weeks and one of them had her last day today. She's been an equal of mine for the last four years and is moving on to pharmaceutical sales. We had a nice going away happy hour for her at a local Mexican place and just shot the shit. I did learn from her that one of our slightly higher up people told her that he thought I'd make a good manager for our sales team. I'm definitely not holding my breath, but it's always good to hear unsolicited comments like that.

On the workout front, I'm up to about 20 pounds that I've lost and am having a lot of success sticking to my overall diet and just eating better. I played basketball today, but we were short a couple of guys, so we could only run one game at a time instead of the usual two. That meant I only got one game in as I had a meeting to get back for. I also managed to get to the gym and do 25 minutes on the elliptical trainer last night. I always feel good after that. Now, I need to try to find time to hit the weights.

I think I've rambled on enough for now.

Don't forget to send me your music suggestions and also swing on by Dan's place to check out his diary of the Miss Universe pageant.

Until Next Time...