Statement of work, detailed requirements, work order completed and returned to vendor. After several discussions and three SOW revisions, I think we’re ready to sign the WO and get the ball rolling. Exciting!
I’m at the post office to pick up a package that would otherwise be returned today. As I stand in a line of, oh, say 25 or so people, I’m thinking to myself, “why did I come right before closing??” Secondarily, I’m thinking that the post office has got to be the slowest place of business in the nation, second only to bank branches and old diners in BFE. Why? Thinking strictly about the logistics necessary to accurately process the tons of mail that flows through here, it baffles me that the lady who just stepped up to the counter could say, “when I’m here for something that takes 30 seconds and I have to stand in line for 30 minutes, that’s ridiculous!” It seems to me the experience could be improved. Here are a few reasons why the US Postal Service doesn’t need to worry: 1) They can always add a penny to stamps to recapture lost revenue from alienated customers. 2) Without having sources to confirm this, I’m going to blindly assume that while e-communications are growing, physical mailings are not shrinking. 3) People don’t have any comparable alternatives. Talk about cornering the market! Ah, government.. In the 10 mins that I have been in line, I’ve moved a little bit, so I guess there’s hope to beat avoid that 30 minute experience. Next time, I’m letting the package go back to the sender! :). …. You know I’m lying (refer back to #3 above). Cya.
I’ve been in the terminal since 11ish, just hanging out on the web. For those who haven’t travelled recently: many airports now have these laptop “stations” where you can plug in, surf the web wirelesslyn and charge/power USB devices. If you’re a technophile, this is awesome. I love it. The one piece of advise I’ll share is get an end seat on the high table. Middle seats are squished, and the low table is a bad height, with no foot rests. As I rock to J.Timberlake, tap out this entry on my Blackberry, and wait to board, I must say, I’ve been very pleased with transportation on this trip (minus the bus fiasco yesterday). ;). In Evanston, everything was walkable, which made it even better. Hard to accept that I’ll be home in 5 hours-I wish trips could be extended indefinitely (of course, I wish y’all could join). Greg Low is picking me up at Oakland Int’l around 4pm, and we’ll head back to San Leandro afterwards. I anticipate one more post, recapping my thoughts, before I put my blog to rest for a while. See you in the Bay!
On the road again! *apologies in advance for no paragraph breaks-i’m writing from my Blackberry, and my blog just makes everything one blob* so, I said goodbye to Luke and Toni this morning, thanked them for an awesome night, and now I’m on my way back to Chicago Midway Airport. My thumbs hurt-thank you, RIM. Rewinding a little: last night I spent the night in Rockford, IL with my cousin, Luke, and his wife, Toni. After getting into town, Luke and I made a quick trip to Walmart for paper towels and toilet paper-and as we waited in line for the self checkout (slowest option ever), we couldn’t help but also grab candy from the checkout lane (best marketing ever). When we made it home, we chatted for a bit and then Luke finished up cooking dinner, which was salmon, garlic potatoes (not mashed), green beans, cheesy broccoli, and garlic bread-delicious! After dinner, we relaxed for a bit, got my bus ticket squared away, looked at planes online (Luke is a pilot), and then hit the sack. Luke and Toni, thank you for the invite and the great time last night! It was great to see you both. Now, as I make my way back to the airport, I wish I had more time to spend in IL. Next time! Time for some tunes on my iPod and a snooze. Next update: prior to boarding at Midway.
Ok, besides being one of my favorite TV shows…. I AM LOST ON A BUS IN CHICAGO HAHA… Actually, I just talked to the bus driver and found my way. One observation I’ve made: buses here don’t run on time (maybe it’s the snow). Alas, I’ll make my transfer in a few min, and hopefully I’ll be on the 4:30 bus to Rockford.
Scary, but plausible… Today I went back to Kellogg for an info session and tour, but I was the only attendee. The info session was hosted by Janet, the woman who I interviewed with yesterday. We chatted 1-on-1 and it went well, although who knows if it will help or hurt me in the admissions process. The tour was good, and even thoguh I covered much of it yesterday, the guide provided another perspective of student life. I’m finishing up a pesto chicken sandwich at a place called, “Cosi,” and then heading over to grab my luggage and hop on a bus towards Rockford!
I spent this evening in my hotel room, on the web. I got some bus tickets to head up to Rockford, IL tomorrow afternoon and visit with my cousin and his wife, who are having a baby in 5 weeks! I have two and a half hours of down time on the buses, so expect some kind of blog activity! Now, I’m going to catch some zzzs. Good night, sleep tight.
Well, today I kicked off my business school interviews with a 1-hour interview at Kellogg. I had planned on having a 2-hour interview, so I was shocked to learn that only 30 minutes was slotted for my appointment (I wasn’t disappointed). And luckily, I talk a lot. So we took an hour.
I feel that my interview went well. I was able to discuss my experience in ethnography and describe the assets I can bring to Kellogg. However, I do not think I did a good job of describing why I want to go to Kellogg, nor did I have a compelling story about what I want to do with my degree.
My story was this (and this is true - but you probably know that I am open to most ideas): after business school, I want to get into the sustainable consulting industry, focusing on helping businesses set and attain goals of being more socially and economically conscious. Unfortunately, when she asked whether I had looked into any specific companies, my answer was, “Well, no. I just know of a couple in the Bay Area.” So, the interview was not perfect, but I feel good that it was candid and upbeat.
Now, I get to wait until sometime between now and the end of March. Waiting sucks!
After my interview, I stuck around on campus. Really, I stuck around in the same building (the business school isn’t spread out). There was a student led event, called “TG”, going on and I figured I might as well partake in the fun. TG is a weekly, Friday, happy hour geared towards the “TGIF” mentality. Each week, a different student organization leads the event - tonight, the Women’s Business Association was in charge, and they had a red theme, observing National Wear Red Day (women’s heart disease awareness). I was in blue, of course, but had a good time drinking wine, eating from a chocolate fountain (straight into my mug), and socializing with the students. I even bought raffle tickets, but walked home empty handed…that is…until I went to CVS and went shopping.
CVS is like Walgreens, so they have everything. My purchase, however, only consisted of 3 things: a disposable digital camera, $2 Asian noodles, and $2 garlic parmesan noodles. Big spender. And to top it off, the noodles suck. That’s what I get!
So I am midway thru my garlic noodles, I am just taking it easy this evening - going to look up some bus and train schedules, look at flight stuff, and maybe watch last night’s episode of LOST at ABC.com. I know I know…I’m such a party animal!
Anyway, next update before bed. I hope you have had a great Friday.
Hurray for consistency! It’s 6am Pacific. I just woke up. My alarm has been going off for two hours! It’s still early enough (8am Central), but I was supposed to be getting out to downtown or Kellogg right about now…
Anyway, it is still snowing outside - equivalent to a pretty decent rain in the Bay Area. There is a storm this weekend, apparently (saw a storm warning on TV)..