Thursday, November 30, 2006

Annual Christmas Party Tour

As we enter December, my annual Christmas Party Tour begins! This year, I will not have my old partner Ray to accompany me (many tears) so I am actively searching for a new partner. If you are interested in filling this role please apply by sending your complete resume to Tracy. Tracy is "in tune" with my requirements and will send your resume on to me if you pass her rigorous screening process.

The process will include a sense of humor test, personality quiz, type of vehicle you drive (I don't want to ride to the party in a pinto), your proximity to the various venues, top secret security clearance (you need to be able to keep any secrets that might be exposed) and submission of a picture for my photo contacts. Please note that you will immediately go to the top of the candidate list if you watch 24.


Apply now because the Christmas Party tour begins on the 7th. See Below for the full tour schedule:

December 7th-Dinner at Half Shell, Henderson
December 8th-Dinner at Clara's Restaurant, San Bernardino
December 11th-Lunch at Hungry Hunter, Bakersfield
December 11th-Dinner at Steamers, Central Coast
December 14th-Dinner at Castaway, LA Area
December 16th-Dinner at Hilton, Pasadena
December 19th-Dinner at Venue of Scottsdale, Phoenix

December 20th-24 Hour Fitness, Pasadena

No Hawaii....

David's sick, we aren't going to Hawaii tomorrow. I guess, I'll go to Phoenix instead, yeah thats a good trade, NOT. (Note Squidward: That NOT was for you;) )

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

A Clean Email Box is Like Peace on Earth

As we approach Christmas, we are reminded that is the season of good tidings, great joy and peace on earth. Increase your peace this year by cleaning your email box! Today, Larry and I discussed the peace we both receive when our email box is clean.

Email peace is relative. Email peace for me means that there are so few items in my inbox that I don't have a scroll bar. If an item is in my inbox it means that I either have a decision to make or a task that I must complete. Anything else is placed into the most appropriate folder. As I stated in a previous blog entry (
http://kim1champ.blogspot.com/2006/11/email-overload.html) I am not at a loss for email (averaging 342 emails per day) so ending the day with less than 20 or so messages is rewarding.

Stuffed email boxes lead to major productivity losses. The other day someone (who knows I am an email productivity Nazi) emailed me to tell me they had over 3,000 messages in their inbox. My head wanted to explode! When I have more than 50 items in my inbox at the end of the day, I go crazy. I click on the same item repeatedly because I forget what it is, what a productivity killer! I wasn't always at peace with my email. I used to run approximately 500-600 in my inbox with more than 100 or so unread. I have no idea how I got anything done.


Here are a couple of tips for good email management:

(1) If your email is currently out of control just buckle down and spend an entire day cleaning it up. Once done, follow steps 2-5 to keep your email under control.
(2) The only read items that remain in your inbox are items that require you to make a decision or complete a task. Everything else that has been read should be filed into another folder.
(3) Don't hold onto items that need to be delegated. Delegate them immediately and then file the request away. If it is something that requires followup create a task for yourself to follow up on it but don't leave the item in your inbox.
(4) Spend focused time on email. A short-focused review of email keeps you from falling behind and allows you to complete other duties without email distraction.

(5) Remove yourself from unnecessary email newsletters and distribution lists

When I end the day with email peace the pressure for the next day is significantly diminished. I don't feel like I need to be tied to my office instead I can be out and about, meeting with customers and co-workers. I can be out solving problems rather than sitting at my desk reading about them. Achieve email peace this holiday season, once achieved, you will never go back to the email distress you are now experiencing.

Ahh...email peace. Right now I have 12 items in my inbox. So everybody, do share, how many do you have????

Monday, November 27, 2006

Some Random Comments....

So nobody bought my philosophy on photo contacts, huh? Either that or it was just so profound that I left you speechless ;)

I want to give a thank you to Dawn for setting the record straight. Noting that "she has never felt that I have restricted her opportunity for ascertaining interrupted existence for her quintessence."

If anyone has the idea of having people pay you to watch their kids at Disneyland (or other theme parks, lets expand the business) please note that you are too late. This fantastic idea has already been patented so you will need to come up with a new plan. A brilliant entrepreneur from Arizona is starting up this business and I will personally help get it off the ground if need be. This is one of the best ideas I have heard in a long time, let me tell you, this girl is going places! Also, note that many rules will be established. They include (1) not allowing people to go shopping as soon as they get through the door. (Any good Disneyland visitor knows that you hit the shops last) (2) not getting lost (3) pre-planning on fast passes, (4) no whining, it's the happiest place on earth.

This is a bit cryptic but some of you will get it immediately. I am no longer in a good state and that alone is making me feel great.

What if everyday you called someone from your past at random by mistake? You didn't know who it would be until they answered the phone. That would make for a very interesting experiment.

Is James ever going to post a blog again?

Lastly, I would like to give a shout out to the readers in Chicago and Kansas. You are the best!!!!!!!

Sunday, November 26, 2006

The Amazing Race

Two items of note from tonight's episode of "The Amazing Race:

(1) Tyler and James won Treo 700P's for finishing first. (You see, Treo's are everywhere, even in Morocco on the amazing race. Also fitting since they are on Casablanca time)

(2) Thank goodness it was a non-elimination night on the Amazing Race. The Beauty Queens, Candice and Dustin are doing awesome but they clearly had a bad night and are now marked for elimination.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Photo Contacts Strengthen Relationships

Most basic mobile phones on the market today, include the ability to integrate a personal photo and associate it with a contact in the address book. It seemed that the younger generation all used photo contacts but I looked upon them as a frivolous, unnecessary feature and one I would have never looked for when selecting a phone. All that changed, when I purchased my Treo 700W.

The Treo 700W was the first smart phone to feature photo speed dials and in an effort to minimize the large speed dial buttons I moved all speed dials to photos. In order to do this, I needed to add a picture of these contacts directly into the phone. I was now greeted by the picture of the caller anytime one of my photo contacts would call me.

I am in a highly virtual position at work and in this environment, relationship building can be a challenge. The organization is large (800+) and there are new associates joining our workforce every day. To compete effectively you must be able to overcome the relationship building obstacles that are inherent in the virtual work world. There are many suggestions I could make on building relationships and I will keep "Virtual Relationship Building" as one of the topics of the blog going forward but for the purpose of this entry, we will focus on how photo contacts strengthen relationships in a virtual work environment.

My phone has been ringing off the hook all day. This is typical for me as I am always on the road and am currently using over 2500 minutes per month on my mobile phone. As I look down at the phone, in a mild state of annoyance, I become relaxed when I see that "Ben's" photo has just popped up on my Treo. Ben's smiling face is nice to look at it and as I reach to answer the phone I am no longer fearing an action item or hearing about a problem, rather I am thinking about connecting with Ben and discussing the item at hand.

Cell phone manufactures have finally come to realize that photo contacts enable positive communication. As I said above, Palm's Treo 700w was the first to allow photo speed dials on a Windows Mobile device and Blackberry is expected to finally include photo contacts in the upcoming release of the 4.2 OS. There are also many add-on programs for Palm/Windows Mobile/Blackberry devices that add functionality to photo contacts.


As a society, we become more virtual everyday and thus the need to redefine how we build, manage and strengthen our relationships. Technologies such as video conferencing, instant messaging, SMS, MMS, and push to talk are all at work to instantly connect people in this virtual world. I would challenge that seeing a smiling face behind the ringing phone or incoming SMS will enable you to relax and shed a positive tone on the communication transaction that is about to occur.

Photo contacts strengthen relationships in a virtual work environment by:
  • Putting a face to a name. Through sharing of photo contacts you can immediately recognize a virtual work colleague who you may have never met face to face.
  • Defusing any negative emotions and setting a positive tone for the conversation
  • In virtual work environments you can go months if not years without seeing some of your colleagues. Photo contacts are a daily reminder of the person behind the voice on the other end of the phone.

You will need to establish a few rules in order to effectively use photo contacts as relationship strengtheners:

  • It is ideal to use a photo that has a positive memory of you and the contact. This positive memory will enter your subconscious every time the individual calls.
  • If you don't have a photo from a memory, ensure the photo you choose is flattering and that the contact is smiling. An angry photo of your boss is going to have the opposite effect on you than a picture of him/her smiling.
  • Engage other photo contact users in picture sharing. In a virtual world you may not have photos of as many people as you would like. Share your photos with others.
  • Do not just use photo contacts for your established relationships, the point is to strengthen relationships of those that you don't know well.
  • If a photo is annoying you, or every call from a particular person is upsetting, remove the photo. Don't let your photo contacts work against you.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Men are from Mars, Women are from the Mall-LOL

This was one of the headline's on the local CBS news tonight. I thought it was hilarious so I shared it here. Today, the biggest shopping day of the year is also known as:

Feeling Fat Friday (in reference to everything we ate yesterday)
The day after Thanksgiving (uh, I think that is self explanatory)
Black Friday (Because of all the shopping)

Monday is known as "Cyber Monday" because of all the online shopping and deals that begin on Monday. It is also said that many people use their work computers starting Monday to do their Christmas shopping. No shopping during work hours folks!

As far as my shopping today goes, I did head to the mall around 9:30 or so and met up with Mom and Becca. We shopped for awhile and then went to lunch. I gave Joshua some coke through a straw and he really liked it. He is just so darn cute.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

24 Auction, Take 4

I know...you think I'm sick and I certainly may be, but I will continue to post the 24 Auction information here.

The season 3 auction ends on Tuesday, November 28th at 10:15AM (PST) Finally, there is a Jack item on there. It's a shirt that he wore in Season 3 and it's already going for over $1325.00. Other cool items include: Michelle's leather jacket, Nina's leather pants, and Tony's CTU jacket! Then we also have stuff worn by Chloe, Chase, Claudia, Julia, and Marie (S2). http://stores.ebay.com/VIP-AUCTIONS_24_W0QQcolZ2QQdirZQ2d1QQfsubZ6QQftidZ2QQtZkm

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope everyone had a safe and happy Thanksgiving. We had a whole bunch of family and friends over today. I think there were about 20 or so people over and we had a good time having dinner and then playing Balderdash.

Now I am trying to determine if I will be going shopping tomorrow. Comp USA is actually opening in an hour and I am wondering if I should run on over and pick up a new stylus. I am also considering going to Cabazon (which opens at midnight). I could use some new clothes and I could always go for a Le Creuset sale, but the truth is, I would be going for the adventure of it and nothing more. The only decision that I have made is that I will not be venturing out to my usual stops, Best Buy, Circuit City etc. due the ridiculous crowds. This morning I went to Starbucks to get my daily Chai and there were people in line for after Thanksgiving sales. Yes, you read that correctly. Stop the insanity, people.

At some point tomorrow I will do a little shopping with Mom, Becca and James. This is a day after Thanksgiving tradition and I can't totally bail.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Dinner with Mom and James

My plane touched down from Phoenix tonight and on my way out of the airport I made a couple of calls, the first to David (who didn't answer) and then to my mom. Mom told me that she and James were going to dinner at Ernie Jr's in Eagle Rock. Ernie Jr's is located right off the 134 freeway and directly on my way home so I suggested that maybe I should join them. Mom seemed pleased and so I called David again (he answered this time) and I told him I was going to meet up with them for dinner and I would bring him something home. He was fine with that and so I called mom back, told her to order for me and then drove to Ernie Jr's.

I arrived at Ernie Jr's and sat down. Dinner was on the table and they were starting to eat so I engaged in some brief conversation about my flight home (which I will discuss in a later blog) and then I started to eat. After a couple of bites the following conversation ensued:

James: What time is it?
Mom: 6:45
James: 6:45???? (sounding alarmed)
Mom: Yes, we're late, we better go.
Kim: Where are you going?
James: A meeting for winter sports, at school.
Kim: I just got here!
Mom: Oh, we're sorry
Kim: So I am supposed to sit here and eat alone? (Incredulous)
James: Hurry, mom!
Mom: Kim, I'm just gonna let you get dinner. I'll pay you later.
Kim: Are you kidding me? Not only am I here alone, I have to pay???!?!?
Mom: I'm really sorry (as she laughs)
James: (laughs)
Mom: Oh, I am also going to need you to wait for Dad's food.
Kim: Huh?
Mom: I ordered him six tacos to go
Mom: I'll pick them up from your house after the meeting. (laughs some more)
James: Bye

**5 minutes later**
Waiter: Did they leave you?
Kim: Yes

UNBELIEVABLE!!!!

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Good Eats in Southern California (Part 1)

In my work travels around SCAL and Phoenix I am often treated to some great eateries. Below is part 1 of a 4 part list of great restaurants that I highly recommend. You will not find "The Claimjumper" or "Olive Garden" on this list because these are all one of a kind places.

Central Coast-One of the best steaks (if not the best) that I have ever had is at Jocko's in Nipomo, California. I have only eaten there once (with a bunch of great folks) and I can't wait to go back. Another great place on the Central Coast is Splash Cafe, located in Pismo Beach. Splash Cafe serves the best clam chowder on the planet.
http://www.splashcafe.com/ I highly recommend a bowl of clam chowder with the seafood topping.....mmm. (For those in Bakersfield and Oxnard you can now buy Splash Cafe clam chowder at your local Costco.)

Oxnard-"Hook, Line and Sinker", in Oxnard (formally known as "Fresh Catch") is the best place I have been for Fish and Chips. I was introduced to this place by Bruce and the Oxnard crowd and it has become a regular stop on my trips to Ventura county.

The Valley-There are so many great places that Nelson and the Northridge group have taken me to but one the bests has to be the Pizza from Ravanelli's. It is located pretty close to Northridge Hospital and we routinely order in this fabulous pizza. Another note worthy location is Brent's Deli, in Northridge. Brent's is a Jewish deli that serves the most unbelievably good sandwiches and the menu is almost as huge as the sandwiches. (
http://www.brentsdeli.com/pdf/BRENTSdinner.pdf) Make sure you take advantage of the pickled green tomatoes that are served as a free appetizer, they are out of this world.

Friday, November 17, 2006

The Fall (Closet) Shoe Exchange

About this time, every year, I put my Birkenstocks into the closet and I get out my Ugg boots. I have several pairs of Birkenstocks but my favorites are probably my black or brown Milano's. Milano's are just like the most famous Birkenstock style "Arizona" with the exception of an additional strap along the back. I have several (3) pairs of Milano's as well as 4 pairs of Arizona's. The Birkenstocks will still come out of the closet at least a few times during winter but like I said above, it's Ugg boot season.

This year I have a new pair of Ugg Boots. They are the Mini's, I used a small argument I had with David a few weeks as an excuse to run to the mall and do a little shopping and these ended up coming home with me. Last year I loaned my Classic short boots to my mom when she and Dad when to Banff, Canada. Of course, when she got back, the boots disappeared somewhere in her house. When I brought it up to her she said that I gave them to her.....I don't recall doing so, however it is possible, I may have been thinking I could get my hands on some new ones if I gave her the old ones. Anyway, my new Mini's will fit perfectly under a good pair of jeans. Here's a pic of the Mini, in Chestnut. You can buy your own pair of Ugg's at http://www.uggaustralia.com

I am hoping that I will get a pair of the Ugg, Tazman slippers for Christmas. The chocolate color is especially nice and I can see myself wearing this pair on New Years Eve or at the Rose Parade. I have been wanting Tazman's for about two years and for some reason I have not purchased them (shocking, I know). Here's a shot of the Tazman in Chocolate.

24 Auction, Take 3

Another 24 Auction from Season 3 is going up on ebay. The auction ends on Tuesday, November 21st at 10:15AM (PST) Included are items worn by Sherry, Michelle, Chase, Chloie, Ramon and Saunders. http://stores.ebay.com/VIP-AUCTIONS_24_W0QQcolZ2QQdirZQ2d1QQfsubZ6QQftidZ2QQtZkm

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Starbucks and Treo's

I must refer you to my brother, James, his blog and his latest post. I was ROFL (Rolling On the Floor Laughing) as I read it. I am so glad that I remembered to go look at his blog tonight because I needed something to make me laugh. My Treo nightmare continues and while I am no longer a wreck and in need of medication, I am totally frustrated.

So please, in lieu of just reading another post about Treo's, go read James's post about Starbucks, then you can continue the Treo saga below:
http://snavesemaj5.blogspot.com/2006/11/starbucks.html

Suffice to say, I became a victim myself to the calendar problem with the syncing software so I switched over to another solution. I hate the new solution even more than I hate my appointments being off be an hour.....Argh, I know, I know, everyone is sick of hearing about it. But, how would you feel if your picture speed dials disappeared, you didn't have quick access to your text messaging, the display on your Treo turned to junk, you couldn't customize your ring tones (Hello?!?!?!?) and your Treo no longer supported the categories that organize your life???????? As Chloe O'Brien would say "Gee, I think you'd be a little pissed".

BTW, James....tonight I ordered a decaf, non-fat, maple latte, stirred, with whip and syrup on top..mmm

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Shabu Shabu

Shabu Shabu is a type of Japanese food in which you cook your food in a pot of boiling hot water, on the table in front of you. Typically, you cook a type of very thin meat (beef, chicken or even fish) and vegetables. The meet only needs to be cooked for a few seconds since it is so thin.

There is a Shabu Shabu place right outside my office called the "Boiling Pot". I can see the Boiling Pot from my office window and the place always intrigued me but since I almost always eat at my desk I had never gone in. One day, David was up here (and he is adventurous with food) so we went over and tried it. We really liked it and I decided that going forward I would only go to the boiling pot if I was with someone who had never been before. The reasons for this are as follows:

First, eating shabu shabu is more about the experience than the food. It is fun going with someone that has never experienced it before. While you are eating the steam from the pot is coming up in your face, then there is a whole procedure on how you cook everything and then how you eat it, also, you have to customize the sauce to your liking. Plus, it's a bit pricey for a regular lunch so you want to make the most of your experience.

Brian, Larry and I went for Shabu Shabu today so I could take a break from the Treo problems. Today, Larry was the newbie. Watch these video's as Larry tries to grab the noodles out of his "Boiling Pot"

Here's Brian------------->

Video #1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUjluKeN5Dw
Video #2:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QBuHZ19RFI

By the way: Only Larry would indulge me and let me take this video. He is the best!. Watching Larry pick up these noodles is sort of like waiting for a Treo to sync. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, sometimes you think you have just about made and alas you don't. Dora and Kevin will appreciate my comments in the video "Try it again", "Try it again" LOL.

Treo's suck (Part 3)

Well, I keep saying "Treo's suck".....and I have been known in the past to say "My handy dandy Treo". The truth of the matter is, Treo's don't suck, syncing Treo's with email using the method we are currently using sucks. It is not the Treo's fault.

However.....

I find it amusing that tonight the stylus for my Treo broke. Coincidentally, Jane McKay had given it to me a couple of months ago. Also, the case for my Treo dropped (with my Treo in it) and it the case cracked and it is now unusable.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Treo's suck (Part deux)


Another 112 minutes....and still no progress.

Come one, come all, Treo support right here!





Treo's suck

I was going to post tonight on the Jane McKay Treo saga but I have no energy to do so. Why? Because Dora and I have spent the last 9 hours working on this Treo! After being on the phone literally all day, we started again, 86 minutes ago and so far have made no progress. I will have so much to say once this is over.

Overall, I calculate that I have spent over 84 hours working with Treo's during the last two weeks. 13 hours of which were on Jane McKay's. I feel so successful.

Monday, November 13, 2006

www turned 16 today

The first webpage was posted on November 13, 1990.

My first day on the internet, April 22, 1994. I went on "Prodigy" and I think I was on for a few hours total.

I did not go back to the internet until August 18, 1995 when I joined AOL. The rest is history.

(I realize that it is sick that I even know these things)

Sunday, November 12, 2006

I crashed.......

When Katie (my puppy) crashes and burns on our hardwood floor, David or I will announce to the other, "Katie crashed". Last night, at 4:00AM, when I got a call from work, I crashed. I tried to get quickly out of bed and go into the other room so I wouldn't wake David and instead, I tripped on the power strip that my phone was plugged into. I totally bit the dust and I crashed, really hard and really loud. LOL, I laugh but it hurt really bad. Needless to say, David woke up. I completely bruised by right thigh and knee. I think the person that called me heard the whole thing although when I called him back he didn't say anything. Hmm....maybe the person, who is an avid reader of the blog but a non-poster will comment on this one.

High Definition TV Review

As Christmas approaches and we all start making choices regarding gifts etc. I will begin a series on tech gifts, items. etc. The first discussion: HDTV.

We are FINALLY making progress on our addition so the time has come for the furnishings in our new family room. The first question is barely a question, "LCD or Plasma". We went with LCD of course due to lifespan and overall quality. (Tip number one: Choose LCD not plasma) The second question deserved much more consideration "Should we spend the additional money for 1080P?"

The question, is all about resolution. 1080p, sometimes referred to as "Ultra-HD" or "Full HD" means that the TV is capable of displaying "1920x1080 pixels. This is almost double most HD Televisions (know as 720P) which displays 1280x720 pixels. The "P" refers to progressive scan formats that portray a smoother image. The 720P HD televisions are also referred to as 1080i which has the same resolution as the 1080p but the pixels are not all displayed at the same time (They are interlaced and they can be off by 1/30 of a second). Ultimately, the 1080p does have a better picture but it also costs about 1K more than the 1080i (720p).

Digging deeper, we discovered that very little content is currently available in 1080p. DVD's display at480p, most HDTV content displays at 720p, the Sony Playstation 3 is the only 1080p content that is currently available, it hits the market next Friday for a whopping 599 bucks. The Playstation 3 does not require 1080p but the picture and gaming will be sharper on the 1080p versus the 1080i.


Long story short, we thought the smarter move was to get the (720p) Sony Bravia KDL-46S2000. This TV was discounted at Best Buy from $2800 to $2100, the Sony Bravia KDL-46S2010 is $2899 and the ONLY difference between the two TV's is that the one we chose is silver and the new model is black. It was a fantastic deal.

Remember, owning an HDTV does not necessarily mean you will get HD picture at home. If you are on Cable TV, you will need to upgrade your cable box or obtain cable cards which allow you to access HD content. Direct TV users have the most HD content available however you need the dish that receives content from 3 different satelites. (I am not sure of the model of the dish)

So, the new Bravia sits, waiting to be installed in the family room. There is one construction item to go before installation, the base boards need to get installed throughout the addition.

Next tech shopping item to discuss? The wonderful box sitting proudly above the Bravia and the wall mounting bracket.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Photo Blog of Trip to Henderson

On the way up:

(1) Interesting that on the way into Barstow (from LA) you see this sign for the California welcome center. (2) It was a pretty day in the desert.



(3) I have to wonder what type of trouble the person that owns this property is in. Note, it is in the middle of nowhere and the sign says "The crookest sherif's department in the USA" I would love to know the story behind this (4) The new Starbucks I stopped at in Baker. I ordered a Venti Ice Chai (mmmm)


While there:

(5) The new hospital is beautiful. (6) At night, dinner at the Wynn



(7) Security at the Bellagio (they check the inside of every car entering the parking structure and they were more thorough than Burbank airport (8) This is the bathroom in my hotel room. Note the horrible placement of the toilet paper roll. I will not go into this very far (for obvious reasons) but it reminds me of when we deploy a PC without testing. You should ALWAYS test before final design and/or deployment.




On the way back:


(9) I had to stop at my most favorite outlet store, Williams Sonoma. (10) Baker, home of the world's largest thermometer.



(11) Ooh...welcome home over the Cajon Pass. Look at this air quality, ugh, must be left over from Tuesday's election results. Seriously, though, the weather was disappointing since when I left on Tuesday morning, it was gorgeous. (12) Back to the 210, surprise, traffic and an accident.



(Note: You can click on any picture to make it bigger)

How to survive a hotel fire

This article was featured on my google home page tonight. Note, I just saw it and I am preparing for bed. Normally, I never click on this stuff but tonight, as I sit at the Hilton, I click on it. The article is instructions on how to survive a hotel fire. http://www.wikihow.com/Survive-a-Hotel-Fire. Major points are as follows:

(1) Bring a flashlight and (if possible) a portable smoke detector. (What type of person takes smoke detectors to hotels with them). I did not bring a flashlight either (uh oh)
(2) Get a room on a lower level. (Uh oh, again, I am on the 15th floor)
(3) Learn your escape route (nope, that didn't happen)
(4) Put your flashlight and keys in your shoes (no flashlight and I am not putting my keys in my shoes)
(5) Leave everything behind (I must take my Treo)

You will have to read the article in order to receive the rest of the tips. I would advise that you read these tips at any other time other than when you are getting ready for bed and in a hotel room.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Upcoming Blogs

Keep reading, folks.Upcoming Blogs include:
  • The saga of Jane McKay's Treo 700!
  • Great sounds clips
  • The diary of my drive to Henderson, Nevada
  • Chai Tea takes on "24"

I am also taking, special blog requests so let me know if you have any thoughts on blog topics.

More "24"

Upcoming 24 (or Keifer Sutherland) Stuff:

Keifer on the Late Show with David Letterman-November 9th
I Trust You to Kill Me Movie Premeirs on VH1-November 11th
Sean Callery's 24 Soundtrack (Seasons 4-5)-November 14th
Season 5 DVD Release-December 5th
Season 6 Prequel (Available only on Season 5 DVD)-December 5th
Kiefer's Birthday-December 21st
Season 6 two hour premere-January 14th

Cool Merchandise:

2007 Calendar: http://www.24fanclub.com/productDetails.do?productID=757&categoryID=39
24 Pint Glass: http://www.24fanclub.com/productDetails.do?productID=694&categoryID=2
Jack's Bag: http://www.24fanclub.com/productDetails.do?productID=732&categoryID=2

And....a picture from the set of 24. Greta Van Susteren visits 24!

Sunday, November 05, 2006

"Thrown under the bus"

The phrase "thrown under the bus" or "throw under the bus" is used daily, multiple times at my work. As a matter of fact, it is one of the most commonly used phrases and I find myself using it quite frequently.

Anyhow, this weekend, I said it in two separate conversations to two different people, about two different circumstances. Both of these people looked at me, with a puzzled look and then asked "What does that mean?" I was surprised that neither of them had heard this expression. This prompted some Internet research (of course!).

Thrown under the bus:
From the Urban Dictionary: Definition #1-to sacrifice some other person, usually one who is undeserving or at least vulnerable, to make personal gain. Example-He'd throw his mother under the bus if it'd mean he could beat the rap.

Definition #2-One is thrown under the bus when they are made the scapegoat or blamed for something that wasn't their responsibility in the first place. A cover up for your mistake. Example-Ruby Red, I didn't have time to do the business report, so I threw you under the bus and told the boss it was your job instead.

Ooh a blog: http://www.thrownunderthebus.blogspot.com/

And just in time for Tuesday's elections: http://digg.com/politics/Employee_Unions_in_CA_Throw_Phil_Angelides_Under_The_Bus

This week I urge everyone to avoid throwing your fellow Americans under the bus. Happy Monday!

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Intro to "You Tube" and Chad Vader videos

I am so shocked that I just started getting on Youtube this summer. I have spent way too much time working and not enough time on the Internet the last few years. I missed the first 1.5 years of You Tube and now it is going to be taken over by Google. The Google takeover will mean more regulations and restrictions. Right now, You Tube is free, fun and pretty much void of rules.

I stumbled upon this series called "Chad Vader" and it is totally necessary for the Star Wars fan.

Leads-I wish this was out when we did all our Star Wars-Episode 3 trivia last year.....Ahhhh, remember that? Good Times.

Chad Vader-Day Shift Manager-Episode 1-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wGR4-SeuJ0
Chad Vader-Day Shift Manager-Episode 2-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPVlljVWqBg
Chad Vader-Night Shift Manager-Episode 3-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8N0Wx09n1E
Chad Vader-Night Shift Manager-Episode 4-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogIqayRDr4w

Another 24 Auction

This 24 Auction from Season 3 expires on Tuesday, November 7th at 10:15AM (PST)
Included are items worn by Sherry, Michelle, Hector, Claudia and Julia. (I don't even remember her). http://stores.ebay.com/VIP-AUCTIONS_24_W0QQcolZ2QQdirZQ2d1QQfsubZ6QQftidZ2QQtZkm

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Email Overload

Yesterday, I hit my all-time high amount of email for a single day. 411 messages! I surpassed that record today because as of right now I am at 510 messages for Thursday, November 2nd.

I hate going to bed with unread email but I currently have 12 unread messages in my inbox and I cannot read one more message today. I have managed to clear my inbox down to 59 items, not bad considering I had 510 today but definitely below my standards. (I like to have less than 20 items in my inbox)

My email statistics for 2006 are as follows:

Total Storage Space: 3.675 gigs
Total Number of emails sent: 12,424
Total Number of deleted email: 36,220
Total Number of unread deleted emails: 11,995

Total File Folders: 615
Average number of emails per day: 342

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

More on "Lost"

None of the comments in my last post about "Lost" have helped endear me to the show. I ran across the following article written by the "TV Gal" over at Zap 2 it. http://www.zap2it.com/tv/zap-tvgal-101606-lost,0,1662240.story

She actually compares the Lost Island (Does it have a name?) to Desperate Housewives's Wisteria Lane. How can a great show like Desperate Housewives be compared to a ridiculous show like Lost? I mean this week on Desperate Housewives we had it all....my favorite moment? Lynette busting down that door to get after Nora. Worst moment, Carloyn enlightens Bree about Orson. OK, OK, back to "Lost".

In an effort to keep "Lost" exciting (or something) they are actually splitting the season like the Sopranos did earlier this year. So "Lost" has 6 episodes, then it goes on a 13 week hiatus and then it will come back to finish Season 3 with 17 more episodes. "Lost" basically just tries it's best to copy the best stuff of all the good shows, too bad it fails miserably. "Lost's" main character, Jack, all I have to say to that is, puhleeze. I'm afraid, you don't know Jack!

I plead again with the Lost viewers, enlighten me.