Here are some pictures of me at the CMMA meeting in Scottsdale, AZ last month. I was arguing (on a panel) for using YouTube in the enterprise.
If you don’t already know I am up in Portland, OR for Thanksgiving to visit my family this year. I left the house at 5:05am yesterday and was expecting to hit rush hour traffic in Sacramento but I guess it being a holiday week the traffic was really light. I drove past Weed, CA where I normally stop for lunch and gas because at 9am I wasn’t hungry and with a Honda Civic I get great gas mileage. In fact I didn’t have to stop for gas until Grants Pass, OR which is a whopping 392 miles. Another bonus was I only paid 1.89 a gallon for gas so the bill came to $21.00. Although I didn’t go to Weed I took a picture of the sign for you. :) Being that I am traveling alone this year I didn’t have anyone rational to tell me they want to stop. I’m always someone wanting to test my limits and decided stopping wasn’t an option and after filling up with gas (and a bathroom break) in Grants Pass, OR I drove the rest of the way to Portland. I got into Portland at 3pm and was amazed that I still had a half a tank of gas left. When I normally drive up to Portland I take a Saturn Vue which requires you fill up at least twice. So that means I was able to get up to Portland on pretzels, corn nuts, water, and a little more than $30 in gas. Since technology hasn’t allowed me to blog and drive at the same time (safely at least) all I could do was listen to my iPod and take pictures.
Once I got there my mom and nephew Evan were there to greet me. They have been having Evan practice “Uncle Jeremy” which turns out to be “Meeemeee Uh Uh” when he says it which is the most adorable thing in the world if you ask me. Evan is super smart and as soon as my mom told him I was the infamous Meemee uh uh he instantly associated me with that name. I would leave the room and he would say “Meeemee uh uh”? Of course then returning he would say Meeemee uh uh! We went to dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory which is so awesome. This morning we are going to Bob’s Red Mill for breakfast and I’ll blog about that later because it seriously can’t be beat for a breakfast place.
My wife and I have been discussing divorce and today started that process by me helping her move her things to an apartment. I have to tell you I wouldn’t wish it upon my worst enemy. On Friday it was decided that the divorce is now mutual. Although the past month has honestly been the most most difficult time in my life I am learning a lot about myself and others. I’m not going to blog about this beyond this post because what is done is done and as I have said many times in the last month, you can’t unring a bell. I wish my wife lots of luck and happiness and if you also know her please do the same.
“Being divorced is like being hit by a Mack truck. If you live through it, you start looking very carefully to the right and to the left.” – Jean Kerr
I have been at a CMMA event since Sunday and am coming home this morning. On Wednesday they ended the sessions early in the afternoon to let attendees go out and network with others since we started the conference on a Sunday. Many attendees went golfing but since I don’t golf I was invited to go mini cart racing. The carts are high powered and have a top speed of 45 MPH. The people that went with us were from Safeway, Intel, Nintendo and Team People. Check out the video below to get an idea of what it is all about. The track we were on was a quarter mile track and my best lap was 27.81 seconds to give you an idea of how quick they really go. If you are ever in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area be sure and go if you are into that sort of thing. Directions to the indoor track are located here.