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May 31st, 2010 by Jeremy

Posted in Travel on May 31st, 2010 by Jeremy at 3:37 pm with (39 views)

Regan National Library

May 31st, 2010 by Jeremy

Christina and I hit the road over the last few days to visit her grandparents in Southern CA.  We left on Saturday morning a few minutes after 5am and traded off sleeping and driving.  I didn’t get to bed until 11pm Friday night because I was up cleaning the house from a long week.  I’m always glad I cleaned the house prior to traveling because there is nothing more stressful than coming home tired from a trip than returning to a disorganized home.  Not to mention I had someone checking in on Wilbur so I wanted to give the impression I have my life half together.  I made a big pot of coffee which Christina and I took with us on the road.  About 30 minutes down I-5 I was a talking fool, the caffeine hit me and I don’t remember what the conversation consisted of but it was tired caffeinated banter from me I’m sure.  I loaded up my iPhone with a bunch of podcasts which came in handy after the caffeine and my bantering slowed down.   I’ll post the interesting podcasts later with some comments, but I was happily playing talk show DJ for a few hours.  At some point she fell asleep which gave me a chance to listen to Pandora for a while.

I think our first stop was a gas station and then McDonalds for a gourmet breakfast of Egg McMuffins.  The McDonalds we stoppped at was really busy for some reason and in 20 minutes or less we were back on the road.  If my groggy memory serves me right Christina took over driving and I took a nap for an hour.  I can usually get by on very little sleep but anything under 6 hours and I’m a zombie.  I woke up when Christina was going over the grapevine and we listened to more podcasts until we hit LA.  We talked with Christina’s sister, brother in law and saw played with their baby for a few minutes before getting in their car to drive another two and a half hours to Palm Desert which is outside of Palm Springs.  Holy moly Palm Desert is hot and dry but I guess that is why the word desert is in its name.

We got back to the LA area around 9pm so Christina and I went to a nice mexican restaurant.  Somewhere between 10:30 and 11:00 I found my hotel which is a few feet from where trains go through town.  Luckily only one train went by which was before I went to sleep.  We had planned on going down to San Diego Sunday morning to see friends but I think we were overly optomistic and decided it would be too much in one day.  Therefore we decided to head back to the Bay Area and hit as many destinations headed north as we could.  The first stop we made was completely unplanned which was the Ronald Regan National Library (they need a new web designer).  Of all places we visited yesterday I think the Regan Library was my favorite.  The above pictures and video are from our visit.

Posted in Travel on May 31st, 2010 by Jeremy at 3:26 pm with (61 views)

Jeremy The Urban Cowboy

May 5th, 2010 by Jeremy

CMMA had their Spring 2010 President’s Dinner at Eddie Dean’s in downtown Dallas which was very fun.  They had calf roping (it was a mechanical one), armadillo racing, and bull riding.  I didn’t think I’d get on the bull until Dan persisted but I have to admit it was pretty fun.  I was thinking “you know, you only live once” which helped me sign the waver and my life away.  As you can see from the bull riding video I am quite the “urban cowboy”.

Posted in Travel on May 5th, 2010 by Jeremy at 9:51 pm with (42 views)

Double Rainbow

May 3rd, 2010 by Jeremy

Before we left for the ballpark tonight the skies opened up and the winds were very strong.  The rain subsided but the winds didn’t (I know it doesn’t look like it from this picture).  The second rainbow is feint but I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a rainbow as bright as this one.

Posted in Travel on May 3rd, 2010 by Jeremy at 8:23 pm with (50 views)

JCPenney Headquarters

May 3rd, 2010 by Jeremy

JCPenney’s headquarters is amazing!  Here are some pictures and a fun video of the JCPenney headquarters. The building is 1,930,000 sq. ft and is home to 4,000 employees and sits on 429 acres.  Don’t miss the robotic mail carts video down in their basement. Those robots are awesome and I must have one!

Posted in Travel on May 3rd, 2010 by Jeremy at 3:04 pm with (1,915 views)

Dallas Cowboys Stadium Tour

May 2nd, 2010 by Jeremy

This morning we had our CMMA Board Meeting which was the work part but the fun part was taking a private tour of the Dallas Cowboys stadium this afternoon!  The stadium is amazing and the stadium screen is even more amazing.  I certainly didn’t expect to get to do this on the tour but we pretty much got to see every part of the stadium including the locker room and even go on the field itself and throw footballs around (forget that I took lots and lots and lots of pictures)!  I took some HD video on the field but the hotel connection is so slow I’ve given up on that for now until I get back home to the Bay Area.  Tomorrow we are off to visit the JCPenney headquarters down the street which means work but this conference is focusing on social media so it should be especially interesting for me.  More to come on that tomorrow.

Posted in Travel on May 2nd, 2010 by Jeremy at 6:48 pm with (4,269 views)