Monday, December 29, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Day 1: Depart from Home
Experience the genuine "Heart of Italy" on this familiarization tour that features the renowned regions of Tuscany and Umbria. Your journey begins with an overnight flight to the Italian capital of Rome.
Day 2: Rome, Italy - Tour Begins
Arrive in Rome today. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers for a special welcome dinner at a popular local restaurant featuring regional delicacies and fine Italian wines.
Day 3: Rome - Montecatini Terme
A panoramic tour of Classical Rome features such incredible sights as the Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, the Roman Forum, the Circus Maximus, the Colosseum and the Arch of Constantine. Travel north through the stunning region of Tuscany to the elegant spa town of Montecatini Terme, where you will spend the next two nights.
Day 4: Montecatini - Florence - Montecatini
A short journey brings you to magnificent Florence. Begin your day in the "Cradle of the Italian Renaissance" with a guided walking tour of the city sights, including the cathedral of Santa Maria Del Fiore, located in the religious center of the Piazza Del Duomo; Palazzo Vecchio; and the Ponte Vecchio. The remainder of the day is yours to continue exploring the cultural capital of Italy. This evening enjoy a cooking demonstration followed by dinner at a popular local restaurant before returning to Montecatini.
Day 5: Montecatini - Siena - Perugia
Today you will travel through the spectacular Tuscan countryside to the city of Siena. Here you will enjoy a walking tour and visit the historic piazza famous for the Palio Horse Race. Later, continue to Perugia, a stunning Etruscan town and your base for exploring Umbria.
Day 6: Perugia - Assisi - Perugia
Travel to the walled city of Assisi. Enjoy a guided tour of the historic old city featuring the magnificent Basilica dedicated to St. Francis, founder of the Franciscan order of monks. Afterward, enjoy some time at leisure to experience this spiritual place at your own pace. Experience the sights of historic Perugia during a free afternoon in this fabulous city. See medieval palaces, the ornate cathedral and the magnificent Piazza IV Novembre.
Day 7: Perugia - Rome
Return to Rome and spend some time independently exploring the city and strolling its boutique-lined streets for some last-minute shopping. This evening gather for a farewell dinner to celebrate your adventures in Tuscany and Umbria.
Day 8: Depart for Home
This morning your familiarization tour comes to a close in Rome.
YOUR ITINERARY AT A GLANCE
Day 1 Overnight Flight
Day 2 Crowne Plaza St. Peter's - Rome, Rome
Day 3, 4 Hotel Ercolini e Savi, Montecatini Terme
Day 5, 6 Sangallo Palace Hotel, Perugia
Day 7 Grand Hotel Palazzo Carpegna, Rome
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Anyone who reads this...let me know if you want anything from the old countries.
Thursday, October 02, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
WTF?!? Not that I actually would ever willingly fly United or anything but what the hell?
Hypothetical: I am flying somewhere and need to check 2 bags. I could fly with Airline X and Pay $Y amount....or I could fly with United and pay $Y amount plus and additional $50 for that second bag(plus $15 for 1st). That's adding $65 to the ticket price.
Sorry guys...but United ticket pricing is not $65 less then their competitors. Why the hell would anyone fly with them?
Sadly I think that once one airline makes a move like this it will give a free hand to others to follow suit.
Next fee they will come up with. $50 fee if you are alive. $75 if you are dead.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
PALIN: I have not and I think if you go back in history and if you ask that question of many vice presidents, they may have the same answer that I just gave you. But, Charlie, again, we've got to remember what the desire is in this nation at this time. It is for no more politics as usual and somebody's big, fat resume maybe that shows decades and decades in that Washington establishment, where, yes, they've had opportunities to meet heads of state ... these last couple of weeks ... it has been overwhelming to me that confirmation of the message that Americans are getting sick and tired of that self-dealing and kind of that closed door, good old boy network that has been the Washington elite.
So is she talking about McCain here? I really hope someone catches this as a sound bite.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
I'm looking forward to when the surprise has worn off and we can get some actual information about her...
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Monday, September 08, 2008
Saturday, September 06, 2008
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Monday, September 01, 2008
Sunday, August 31, 2008
3 car loads of stuff today. At least 1 more tomorrow. Truck on tuesday to move the 'heavy' stuff.
Not going to be a fun week I don't think.
Monday, July 07, 2008
Thursday, July 03, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Saturday, March 08, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
My other goal tomorrow is to release to the Outside Sales team the new web based project form that we've been working on. I think that will thin out much of the confusion due to Sales reps not filling out the old MS Word form properly.
Oh the joy
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
I realized that I haven't written here for a few days so here's a quick update as to what's been going on. This past week market the end of my tenure as a Group Operations Coordinator at Work. I start at my new job tomorrow as the company’s sole Territory Marketing Coordinator. I think I posted a description of this a few weeks back. Anyway, I’m really looking forward to the new position.
Today we are heading down to Norton to throw down some dice for a few hours, and hopefully get some dinner out somewhere afterwards. Not sure when the next time we will be able to meet for this will be as the next couple of weeks are pretty busy. It’s amazing how difficult it can me to get 5 people on the same schedule. But no matter, its always fun while we are there.
Simon introduced me to a new Online tower defense game. This time there are wizards and skill trees. Kind of fun actually. I think my favorite part is that all of the names guys you hire in the game are taken from other things. A few I can mention off the top of my head, Harry Potter, David Blaine, Belgarion. There are tons of others as well. So far its been a total time suck for me. They even are so nice as to tell you exactly how much time you have wasted. At the moment I am at 3h 53m 19s. I can only imagine what Simon's time wasted is.
Infact, I think I’m going to go play that right now…
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
Friday, February 08, 2008
Thursday, February 07, 2008
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Monday, February 04, 2008
Sunday, February 03, 2008
Saturday, February 02, 2008
Friday, February 01, 2008
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
In other news, they announced my move up to Marketing at work. The official transition date is February 18th, but I'm sure I'll be going up there before then to sit in with the team and begin training for the position.
Monday, January 28, 2008
The soup did in fact turn out pretty good in the end.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
(insert scary sounds here).
"Vrock" from the Monster Manual
Saturday, January 26, 2008
We just finished up watching the series "Freaks & Geeks" which we got from Netflix. Overall a good series with lots of unrealized potenial. My favorite moment of the last episode was when "Daniel" the Freak leader ended up haning out with the geeks for the night playing D&D. His character..."Carlos the Dwarf".
Today is going to be a short game day most likely and I'm not sure what else I'm up to. Maybe play some more Mass Effect on the 360. I played that for several hours last night(and didn't seem to get very far it). Overall no major plans beyond gaming this weekend. I should really do something about that...
Friday, January 25, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
-Annual planning with each DSM to identify opportunities
-Leveraging ad-hoc opportunities by going on road with sales, communication with RSMs and Top Accounts team.
-Track all activities and report on project effectivenessCoordinate annual budget
-Partnership development Key Account Marketing Coordination
The successful candidate will possess the following attributes:
-Strong project management skills
-Creative - ability to think creatively and develop innovative approaches and new campaigns
-Ability to multi-task
Qualifications - Education and Work Experience: B.S. degree in marketing or related field and previous work experience
Things have been pretty crazy in general of late. Crazy in a good way of course.
On the work front, I've just been promoted to a new position. My new title will be Territory Marketing Coordinator. Its a good step up I think as I will be moving to the Marketing department. I'll see if I can add post a job description at some point. While I haven't actually moved to the new position yet, I'm pretty sure that it will happen within the next 2-3 weeks, once they've done the paper work, and scheduled trainings etc. I need to learn a whole new part of the company which is great! I also will still work with the outside sales team as part of the new job which is also good because I already have good relations with 1/3 of them from my old job.
I just bought a new lens for my camera. 50mm 1.8 prime lens. The more that I've been using the 18-135mm (which is a great general purpose lens) the more I missed using something more simple. Greg and I went into Boston a couple of weekends back and I was using his 35mm prime which for part of it. That helped decide for me. The larger aperture makes such a huge difference. While I probably could have forked over another $200 for the 50mm 1.4, since I'm still not shooting nearly as much as I'd like I figured I should just buy the cheaper one and not worry about the extra cost. One of my goals this year is to shoot much more than I have been. For a hobby that I really enjoy I just don't do it enough. Another side project to work on is portrait shooting. I was offered an easy job a few days ago buy someone at work who was looking for somebody to shoot a school dance(middle school). They were expecting about 250-300 kids maybe and were offering $4-$5 a shot. Quick easy money. But I turned it down as I'm not sure I'm up to something like that. I've never done a formal job for money before and I didn't want to screw it up if I'm getting paid. So I told my co-worker that to ask me again next time. So if anyone wants to volunteer to stand in a badly lit room while I take pictures that would be awesome.
I've read 3 books so far this month and about to read a 4th. I need to make an order from Amazon ASAP as I'm running out of new things to read again.
And I'm still trying to find a flight to England for less than $600. Its insane how much the cost has gone up over just the last year alone. I blame the republicans!! Between insane fuel costs, the US dollar tanking, and the airlines cutting back their flights the rates have more than doubled since 2003. What the hell?