Thursday, November 30, 2006
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
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Don't try this as home: http://today.reuters.com/news/articlenews.aspx?type=oddlyEnoughNews&storyid=2006-11-29T144757Z_01_L28215575_RTRUKOC_0_US-GERMANY-PURSUIT.xml&src=rss
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
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
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
(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
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
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
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
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
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?
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)
Mom: Oh, I am also going to need you to wait for Dad's food.
Mom: I ordered him six tacos to go
Mom: I'll pick them up from your house after the meeting. (laughs some more)
**5 minutes later**
Waiter: Did they leave you?
Sunday, November 19, 2006
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
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.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
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
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"
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.
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
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
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
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
(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)
(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)
(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
- 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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.