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  • Blog Post: Why are airlines such a mess ?

    So here I sit in an airport again. LaGuardia this time in NYC (Ajax World ended yesterday) Every flight I’ve been scheduled on in the last 2 weeks has been either canceled or delayed. (A total of 7 cancelations.) Judging by the announcements, there are more late or canceled US Air flights...
  • Blog Post: The Best Steak Anywhere !

    I happened to get into a conversation at Ajax World with the CTO of a medium sized company with a pretty large infrastructure that is considering moving from Java to .NET After the days events went up the block from the hotel to Morton's. The BEST Steak-house in the country (says me ) http://www...
  • Blog Post: The Intercontental Super Heavyweight Championship

    I’ve been involved in the sport of Kickboxing for over 30 years. Up until this January I owned a Gym and now am a (somewhat) silent partner in one. This guy, Jason “The Trooper” Bonacorsi is one of the fighters that I’ve trained fort about 10 years. He’s won the US Heavyweight Processional Kickboxing...
  • Blog Post: I've been tagged.

    Susan Wisowaty, my friend and former team mate on the MSDN Events team has TAGGED me. Tagging is a bit like a chain letter, but with some redeeming social value. The idea is that after reveling five things about yourself you get to compel 5 other people to do the same. So……. ...
  • Blog Post: She Asked me - Do I Look Fat ?

    My office is across the driveway from my home, and three days a week, when my beautiful wife Jill loads the kids in our mini-van to take them to pre-school - I run down from my office to kiss the girls goodbye. This morning my wife asked me “Do I Look Fat” ? Now, lets forget the fact that, as I...
  • Blog Post: My first week in the New Role

    Well, last week was my first week on the Web Platform and Tools Product Team. I spent it in Redmond, primarily in “Top Secret” meetings with another software company. Since this both a new role for me, as well as a new role at Microsoft, I thought I’d start to share my experiences on “Joining the Empire...
  • Blog Post: My Windows XP Powered Root Canal

    My Windows XP Powered Root Canal. <RANT-ON> Everyone seems to like to talk shit about Microsoft. The bashfest of recent years has become an entire platform for the press (even publications like PCWeek seem happy to adopt the National Enquirer’s standard for insightful journalism...
  • Blog Post: 2006 – Who am I and why am I here.

    So I was a crummy holiday blogger. December was an extreme month for me and I burnt the candle at both ends. Ultimately, I got pretty sick. I spent the holidays catching up and engaging in my annual period of introspection. 2005 was a great year in many ways and tough year in many other ways. I...
  • Blog Post: Why a lawn tractor is a business expense ?

    So I admit it. After my Children, my Wife, and Microsoft, yard work just doesn’t fit into my schedule very oft. Add that to the fact that I pretty much hate doing it and procrastination starts to figure in. Problem: My Wife is very into the “Groomed Yard” thing. When we built the house she laid out...
  • Blog Post: VerizonWireless - You Suck !

    So, I’m home with Pneumonia, and my wife is confined to bed rest after having surgery, but….. I had to make a trip to the pharmacy to pick up some more of the medication they put me on for my lungs. The pharmacy is right across the street from the VerizonWireless store so, I figured while they were filling...
  • Blog Post: Another example of how working at Microsoft ROCKS !!

    I just woke up after the closest thing to a nights sleep I’ve had in Months and I confess to being somewhat heavily medicated. On with the post….. Microsoft is the #1 Software Company on the planet, and as a result, it’s become fashionable to hate Microsoft in recent years. (I was reminded of this yesterday...
  • Blog Post: "Smelling the Roses" during the Holidays.

    I was technically on vacation this week, though I've been doing alot of work, I've also been spending time doing holiday "stuff" with my little angels :) - here, decorating Christmas Cookies. I laughed so hard my stomach hurts. (... and the clean up took longer than the cookies.) I hope all of you are...
  • Blog Post: New Years Resolutions

    Useually I don't do New Years Resolutions but I've really been working on my organizational management skills after attending the FranlkinCovey class a few weeks ago. So here is my years major milestone planning. 1.) Daily Temperance Passion is a great thing, but it sometimes interferes with my most...
  • Blog Post: BOOK: Good to Great (Jim Collins)

    BOOKS: Good to Great (Jim Collins) I just finished reading "Good to Great" for the second time. As I recall, I first read it a couple of years ago and thought it was a fine book, but it didn't especially GRAB me. Early this December (2004) the entire MSAM (Microsoft Across America) team met in Las Vegas...
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