Wednesday, April 30, 2008

My messy desktop

Every afternoon, I empty my pockets of stuff like smartphones*, mints, security badge and scraps of paper. Obviously, I'm very cluttered with my junk when I travel. Here's my Sheraton Metairie New Orleans desktop...

This week, I'm using a HTC smartphone and an AT&T issued Blackjack II for company emails; reading a great book - The Back of the Napkin (solving problems and selling ideas with pictures).

Sunday, April 27, 2008

New Orleans Bound

I'm heading to New Orleans for a couple days of work - My peer promised to take me to the Ninth Ward for a tour. I haven't been to the Crescent City since 1996 since the Promise Keepers Men's Conference at the Superdome.

I'm not a big fan of the French Quarter or MardiGras; I'm more interested in talking to the residents how they have coped in the midst of challenges of piecing their lives back together.


I'm wondering how the rebuilding process is moving along; the relief work I was part of during the Hurricane Rita damage while in Sulphur, LA for TN Baptist Disaster Relief trip Oct 11-15, 2005 was a life changer for me - especially how one person can make a difference versus sitting on a couch or a pew.

Photos of Chainsaw Relief Crew at Work

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

My 1st IKEA Visit

I was working in downtown Atlanta today and decided to visit IKEA. I've heard a lot about the place and the grassroots efforts to have a IKEA located in Nashville. I've put together some bookshelves before and even have a catalog that my son mailed from Seattle.

No doubt IKEA was a sprawling complex from the underground parking to the wide open showroom configurations of ready to buy kitchen, living room and bedroom bundles. It reminded me of a Target like, Rooms to Go, Sam's Club shopping experience hybrid.

Still, I was not moved to buy anything. Perhaps I was disappointed with the home office setups, or the one piece that would fit well into my existing hodgepodge of a Norwalk desk, cables, and homemade furniture along with a massive display table from a clothing store that measures 48 by 60.

I walked away feeling somewhat proud of not buying anything for the sake of spending money, but yet didn't see what what all the fuss was about.

It had to be my hurting feet...

Sunday, April 20, 2008

New Project with My Kids!

This Sunday morning, I woke up to a site that has absolutely inspired me to revisit my kid's photos!

Back in my day, I remember maybe 6 photos of myself at best; with my kids, I've got shoeboxes full of photos. Gary and Megan, I'll see you in June for some fun photos.

Basically, you recreate imitating an old childhood photo.

Check out colorwar2008 for all of the great submissions...

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Good Eating in Atlanta

I'm down here in Atlanta working away and training in my new gig with a three letter telecommunications conglomerate... which I share about when I get back in Nashville.

Meanwhile, what do seven guys do for eats? Easy! Bar-B-Que Ribs:

1/2 rack of ribs, spicy sauce, Brunswick Stew and a pitcher of Sam Adam's to wash it down with...

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

A Road Warrior's Dilemma

Whenever I travel, I struggle with carrying far too many clothes. I have yet to crack the code for carry on luggage. I remember on one trip my roommate packed one jacket, a pair of pants and two shirts to last five days. There’s no way I could go for that – I need to have a change of outfits at a 1.5 ratio per day! On my last trip, my luggage was delayed for two days; by then my jeans were standing straight up. Now look at this picture; granted I am on the road for an extended work trip, but I have to get a better grip on the amount of gear I carry. Do I need help or do all road worthy gadget lovers carry this much stuff?

Too Much Stuff!

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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

New Music Discovery: Sophie Zelmani

One of the great thrills about music (and YouTube) is discovering a new artist. It's rare to find them on the radio... I forget how I found Sophie Zelmani, and her song "Hard to Know", but I like this clip:

Sophie Zelmani and Freddie Wadling "Once"