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America vs. The World

The big trouble with dumb bastards is that they are too dumb to believe there is such a thing as being smart. — Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Yay or Nay? A business trip list

On Monday I'm travelling to Lisle, Illinois to attend a conference for work. I might learn some answers about what the hell I'm supposed to do in the office besides eat plums, drink coffee and pretend to understand what I'm organizing.

I've decided to create a list of pros and cons of this trip using my gut intuitions and the itinerary my boss gave me a few days ago. Here goes with List No. 2.

  • I will be staying at a nice hotel.
  • I will receive lunch, dinner, breakfast and another lunch. Allegedly there are also snacks. That adds up to a lot of food. I bet there's coffee too.
  • The hotel might have a pool.
  • I love to learn. I might learn something useful.
  • I will enjoy "Session III: Managing Difficult Employees" because I myself am a difficult employee and will learn new tricks.
  • On Tuesday training ends at 1:15 (after a "Wrap Up" from 12:45-1 - what the fuck?) and I'll get to do something fun the rest of the day! Like swim in the pool! Cannonball!
  • I will be sharing a room with someone who I don't know. I don't like that. I know I'm not winning any fights about the cost-effectiveness of paying for an individual room for me, but I'd also argue that it's not very cost-effective to put people from the city and suburbs up in a hotel less than an hour from their homes.
  • "Session I: First Time Supervisors" does not apply to me because I am not a first time supervisor. I believe I was required to have supervisory experience to get my current job.
  • I fear that "Lunch / Color Personality Analysis" will give me hives and suck all my special powers away.
  • If I eat too much I might get a cramp when I got swimming! Oh no!
I'll report back on Tuesday. Any guesses on my personality color?

Thursday, October 11, 2007

AVW Lists: Mighty Mandasaurus

I'm here to announce that I, Mandasaurus, am blogging at least trice weekly in the form of lists. I love to make lists and AVW will be home to my smartest ones.

I might need to consider whether it's reasonable to put things like "work" and "take shower"
on my list of things to do, but to avoid that query I will not posts such dull lists. Ready for our first list? Me too.

List: Things I'm Doing For Betterment, Fufillment and Possible World Domination
  1. Flossing daily.
  2. Watching Heroes, Season 1. It's amazing and definitely improves my stealth comprehension of variations in normal human abilities, oddities in the time-space continuum and skepticism of evil vs. good. And I'm crushing on Hiro!
  3. I'm enrolled in Loyola University Medical School's Mini Med School. Every Tuesday I sit in a big college-style lecture hall and learn about medical issues (the immune system, clinical trials) from real medical school professors. I take notes! Don't ask me how I've missed taking notes since being in school, but I do. I'm learning, and I'm keeping my brain mighty.
  4. Eating apples. Honeycrisps are a miracle of modern science.
  5. Volunteering for an important congressional campaign - and walking to Cure Juvenile Diabetes!
  6. Tailgating! Go Huskies!
Jeff Goldstein is a wanker.