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by Sum1
Rated: E · Book · Travel · #1779685
I travel the country on business, sometimes the world. Come see where I've been.
         Talk about perks, my job has one of the best ones I can think of! I travel in the course of business, delivering classes for my employer. I am a Senior Training Specialist for Motorola Solutions, and teach classes on a wide variety of subjects centered around 2 way radio communications. I'm qualified to deliver approximately 30 different classes, but about half of those are 'Legacy' classes, and are not in demand anymore. My students are technicians, those who maintain, program, calibrate, and repair large 2-way radio systems. Some of these systems are statewide, and use TCP-IP networking to allow sites to communicate with others. Some are small, traditional type radio sites. The size doesn't matter, in each case the systems must be kept operational at all times, since many of them are Public Safety Systems. So I get to travel, sometimes frequently, 3-4 weeks in a row.... where am I this week?

         This probably won't have daily entries, but I will make entries when I get to go somewhere, and keep an updated list of coming trips. My schedule changes faster than the weather, so don't be too surprised to see me list an upcoming class, only to remark later on that it is cancelled, or delayed. Delays are fine of course, but a later date might mean that someone else gets to go instead of me,,, Well, here we go with this, let's see where it takes us.

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May 24, 2024 at 6:55pm
May 24, 2024 at 6:55pm
#1071642
Fort Lauderdale, Florida


         This weeks of May 6 and May 13 found me in Ft Lauderdale once again. I've grown to really enjoy this area, made all the more better by my friend Ariel being there the first week., We had a good time seeing each other, he even bought dinner one night at one of my favorite restaurants, The Pirate Republic. That's not a cheap place to dine at, but since he was the 'Senior Motorolan', paying for dinner fell to him. It didn't matter really, the money came from this project, so I could paid too, but that's how things go with us.

         The classes I delivered were both Networking classes, it was good to once again get my hands on the equipment as well as deliver the classes. It had been far too long for this, so I thought it was good, the class results proved my belief. I was able to relax at night both weeks, and spent the weekend in Clearwater with my ex-Father-In-Law. You might wonder why I would spend time with an ex-In Law, so I'll tell you. He's much more to me than just an ex-in law. We were shipmates on my first submarine, and were close friends while on the boat., Of course being married to his daughter meant we stayed in touch throughout the years. It was a good weekend, other than me having a pretty rough Allergy attack Saturday. But getting Flonase in my sinus', and eye drops in my eyes quickly cleared things up. Still, I spent far too much time Saturday napping, he didn't seem to mind. One of the big reasons for spending time with him is that he lives alone now. He lost his wife to Alzheimers almost 2 years ago, so is alone now. His youngest daughter live about 3 hours away, so he gets few visitors. He will turn 89 this year, so visiting him was almost a must. It was a good visit, just tiring for us both.

         Since I will be ending my time in San Francisco today, and will write a blog entry for this week later this weekend, along with editing this one to add restaurants I dined at later. I need to sit back and relax some, but wanted to post this at least.


         My upcoming schedule, as of now


Week of:


May 20: San Francisco

May 27: Schaumburg Illinois

June 3: Vacation!

June 10: Vacation!

June 17: Tennessee

June24: St. Johns Newfoundland

July 1: Holiday week

July 8: Fort Bragg NC

July 15: Work From Home

July 22: Los Angeles

July 29: Tennessee



         That's all for now, it's about time to get going again. A short entry today as a result.. Til next time, keep on writing, most of all, keep on loving those special people in your life!



Sum1
May 4, 2024 at 9:40pm
May 4, 2024 at 9:40pm
#1070527
Los Angeles, California


         This past week I was once again in Los Angeles delivering a class to LAPD. This is my 4th or 5th time working with them. I had not delivered this class since 2020 and it showed. My knowledge of the subject is sound, it was the timing and flow of the class that was off. It's fine though, everything went well, and since I'll be delivering the same class in Ft. Lauderdale this upcoming week, it was a nice tune-up, so to speak. Besides, Duncan Angami, the manager of the radio shop did offer me a job, in a way. He said that if I retired from Motorola because the travel was too much, but still wanted to keep working, that there was a job with LAPD for me. I'm not sure how serious he was, but I'd not take it if offered. Why? I'm not a big-city person, I'm much more comfortable with a city the size of Bloomington/Normal (~130,000 in this city).

         I spent my evenings resting and going to bed early because I didn't really want to get adjusted to PDT because I will be on the East Coast next week. I was successful until Thursday, but that was expected. The flight home last night was bumpy, but the plane had a lot of empty seats. As a result I was able to lie down in my row and relax some. We landed at O'Hare right about midnight. I knew it would be a while to get my luggage and my van, and drive the 2 hours home. Sometimes I hate being right. I got home last night about 3 am, and will have a whopping 25 hours here before leaving tomorrow morning. Wash had to be done, I needed to unpack and repack, and rest. I napped 6 hours today, and managed to get 4 hours of sleep last night. I think I'm ready for the week,

         Since I will be in For Lauderdale for 2 weeks, I will drive to Clearwater Friday evening to see my ex Father-In-Law. He and I are close friends, and always will be He knows his daughter and I are divorced, he encouraged me to divorce her 2 years ago when I saw him. He understands, and while he doesn't know the details about our relationship, he does understand why we had to do it.

         My upcoming schedule, as of now:

Week of:

May 6: Fort Lauderdale

May13: Fort Lauderdale

May 20: San Francisco

May 27: Schaumburg Illinois

June 3: Vacation!

June 10: Vacation!

June 17: Tennessee

June24: St. Johns Newfoundland

July 1: Holiday week

July 8: Fort Bragg NC

July 15: Nebraska

July 22: Los Angeles

July 29: Tennessee



         That's all for now, it's about time to get going again. A short entry today as a result.. Til next time, keep on writing, most of all, keep on loving those special people in your life!



Sum1
April 28, 2024 at 6:58pm
April 28, 2024 at 6:58pm
#1070043
Bloomington, Illinois


         Thank God for small favors! After a pretty exhausting schedule in February and March, I finally spent a week at home! Since February 11, I've now had 2.5 weeks at home, with a Saturday 'visit' here and there. It wouldn't be so bad if the classes were in the same time zone, but that was far from the case. Starting the week of February 11, I was in Dover New Hampshire, Hillsboro Oregon, Frederick Maryland (flew from Hillsboro directly to Frederick), Hillsboro Oregon, FOUR days at home, Bangkok Thailand for 2 weeks, a week of no delivery so I rested all i could, Dover New Hampshire, and St. Johns Newfoundland. Yeah, it was very tiring for this old man. But I survived and was able to spend the entire week at home. No, I wasn't idle, I prepped for a class I will deliver in July (more on that in a minute) ,and reviewed the course materials for my next 2 classes. I accomplished what I wanted to get done, that was my goal all week, Did I work 8 hours a day? Nope, but like I said, I accomplished what I needed to do.

         This class in July will be at Fort Bragg. This is a small system, one that few customers purchase. The class itself hasn't been delivered in 10 years too! As a result, I spent a bit of time reviewing the course materials and ensuring they are up-to-date, writing hands-on activities as needed. Things like that. I also napped whenever I could or wanted to. Tuesday was a day that concerned me a bit, and made me realize jusat how exhausted I was from the time zone shifts. Essentially I was dead to the world. I had Zero energy when it came to doing the simplest of tasks. The rest of the week was fine though, so I have to ask, "Was Tuesday an Aberration? Was it a day that was different than the rest for some reason? Or was it a reminder that I'm not so young anymore?" It was both. In 2021, I learned to pay attention to my body, and listen to what it was saying. So I rested more than I thought I should, and feel much better about things now. Am I all set to go? No way. I will take things as they come and pace myself all I can.

         My upcoming schedule, as of now:

Week of:

April 29: Los Angeles

May 6: Fort Lauderdale

May13: Fort Lauderdale

May 20: San Francisco

May 27: Schaumburg Illinois

June 3: Vacation!

June 10: Vacation!

June 17: Tennessee

June24: St. Johns Newfoundland



         That's all for now, the time at home was so relaxing and refreshing. A short entry today as a result.. Til next time, keep on writing, most of all, keep on loving those special people in your life!



Sum1
April 19, 2024 at 5:00am
April 19, 2024 at 5:00am
#1069160
Dover NH & St. Johns NL


         Well, after spending two wonderful weeks in Bangkok Thailand, meeting Kåre Enga in Montana , I managed to get a week at home. That was needed, and welcomed Gee, I remember a time when all I wanted to do week in and week out, was travel. Now it wears on me, so a week at home is welcomed with open arms. I spent that week relaxing a bit, studying for upcoming classes, preparing Powerpoint Slides for a class in July (Fort Bragg), and just getting my feet back on the ground, so-to-speak.

         The following I was in Dover New Hampshire again. The training coordinator who originally scheduled their classes did not realize the type of system they have, and classes they didn't need had been scheduled, while classes the did need were not scheduled. That was corrected a couple of months before this class, it's how I came to be in Dover a second time.

         Overall, the class went very well, the travel home was a nightmare. Part of it was my fault, a lot of it was United Airlines fault. Why? Once the class was done, I shopped at the local Wally World. I needed a small collapsible bag, and knew I'd find it there. However, this delayed me some, plus the traffic around Logan Airport was a nightmare as usual. I arrived at the ticket counter a little over an hour before my flight. I had plenty of time though, since you need to be checked in 45 minutes before your flight. Imagine my surprise to learn that the Gate I would depart from had restricted issuance of boarding passes, and required their permission. The check-in desk called the gate, and the gate said I couldn't board. I've come to think that the flight had been oversold, with my seat already given to someone else. I ended up being booked on a later flight, and arrived in Chicago at 11 pm. This meant I missed my connecting flight to Peoria. So, I rented a car from Avis for the weekend (MUCH cheaper than a one-way rental on a Friday night) and drove home. I didn't arrive until after 2 am though. I wanted to get home Friday night vs Staying at a nearby hotel in Chicago because I would leave Sunday morning at 5 am. Such is life huh. I do have it much better than many people.


         I left for St. Johns Newfoundland at 9:40 am Sunday, and had a scheduled 5 hour layover in Toronto. As luck would have it, the five hour layover became 7 due to flight delays. I didn't arrive in St. Johns until after 11, and at my hotel about 12:30 am. I was in bed around 1 though, only to get up at five to start my day. I was pretty tired, but managed to get through things. Still, it was quite a weekend of travel, don't you think?

         Class this week has gone very well, it's actually two classes back to back. Still, all's well on the 'home front' here. I really like St. Johns, except it's rained almost all week., Yesterday I drove to the Cape Spear Lighthouse, and probably will again today. Why? Near the Lighthouse is the Eastern most point in Canada, and in my eyes, the Eastern most point in North America. I realize that some of the Aleutian Islands are over the 180 degree line of Longitude, but I'm not counting them. No insult to anyone living there intended. Id like to get a photo of that area, or better photos than what I took yesterday in the driving rain.




Cape Spear Lighthouse



Noteworthy Restaurants:

         St. Johns Fish Exchange          https://sjfx.ca/          I couldn't come to a small town like St. Johns and not sample their seafood, could I? Their Fishing Admirals Feast was outstanding! IT consisted of the Chef's Selection of daily fresh seafood. The dish had Cod, Salmon, Fish Cakes, 2-Shrimp Skewers, Steamed Veggies, and Rice. Each of the fish filets had a different sauce on it. To me, that made the dish!

         YellowBelly Brewery          https://www.yellowbellybrewery.com/food/          For some odd reason, I lkonged for a simple burger, saw their menu, and figured I'd drop by here, I chose well. Their Salt-Vinegar Cod bites were crispy and hot out of the oil. The Guilty Pleasure Burger came with crumbled Bacon, Tomato, Letttuce, Tomato Aioli, Onion Jam, Breaded & Fried Provolone Cheese, Crispy Prosciutto, and a Deep Fried Pickle Spear skewered on top of the bun. Everything I didn't really need, but wanted. It hit the spot, and removed that yearning for a burger.

         I am currently scheduled to return here in June, we'll see if I dine at these two restaurants then.

         I fly home tomorrow, and will spend the next week relaxing/working before flying to Los Angeles on Sunday. Til next time, keep on writing, most of all, keep on loving those special people in your life!



Sum1
April 3, 2024 at 1:30pm
April 3, 2024 at 1:30pm
#1067497
Two Weeks In Bangkok


         The class I delivered to the Department Of State in Bangkok went quite well. My only trepidation about the whole delivery was that I would be delivering one portion of the class for the first time. Especially since I didn't 'qualify' to deliver that class the traditional way. A policy has been set that "To qualify on a new course, the person qualifying must sit in the class when it is being delivered. Once that is done, a Team Teach with a qualified instructor must be done." None of that happened. I had the equipment shipped to my house in December and spent a week studying the course Powerpoints, and performing every lab available for the course. Fast forward to April, and you can understand my angst. Especially once I learned that the State Department is doing far more with this small device than the course is written for. I became a mushroom, learning on the fly, and trying to remain one step ahead of them. I was successful in some of it, not so successful in others. But it all seemed to go well with all attendees quite happy.

         I want to say a couple of other things about the class. Most of the students were American Citizens working for the Embassy. There were 12 students in class, only three were from Bangkok. The rest were from Embassies in Kathmandu, Manila, New Delhi, Frankfurt Germany, and Springfield Va. Speaking of Frankfurt Germany, I may be going there for a week in late August, as well as two weeks in January/February. Plus, my Embassy contact told me that they are trying to ramp up their training since they are hiring a lot of new people, some with no RF background whatsoever. They have a technical/electronic background, but nothing to do with RF. I guess most have a bit of an IT background. If you are looking for a job, and have some kind of electrical/electronic background, you might consider applying.

         I didn't get out much while there, mainly because it was pretty hot, and the Bangkok traffic. Besides, I discovered that the Conrad Hilton has an executive lounge that serves an awesome breakfast (buffet), as well as a small lunch and dinner buffet. With food that good, and free to boot, I found it hard to do much in the evenings. The hotel does have 5 nice restaurants that serve excellent food. I found I didn't like going to the Bar/ Lounge on the first floor though. The music was incredibly loud, and the band's drummer seemed to think that he was the most important member of the group, not the singer. He was very loud, at times drowning out the singer's voice. I just couldn't deal with that.

         I did get out on the weekend, and that was a mistake I'm afraid. I bought a few small items, and at one of the stalls my debit card was compromised. I woke Sunday morning with a text from my bank about a Fraud Alert. And again on Wednesday. The bank locked my card so it couldn't be used, I didn't even lose a penny as a result of this. It also meant I couldn't use the card myself though. I didn't mind, I'd rather have my money safe than compromised. On Monday I went to my bank and received a new card. My old card was shredded by the bank. *Smile* On Friday, my Embassy contact pulled money from his account and gave me 7000 Baht, about $220 American. In exchange, I sent him enough to cover that, plus a little extra, via Paypal. It all worked out.

         I did snap a lot of photos Sunday, emphasis on Snapped. I'm love taking photos, but I could never be mistaken for being a photographer. I have one below that I posted in a previous entry, and am keeping it here with this entry. I did go out twice to dine, one was dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe, the other was a BBQ place that was very good. Plus, when I returned from that Sunday outing, I had dinner at Polo Chicken, Thai style Fried Chicken smothered in Garlic! Yummmmmm.



         We won't talk about me discovering I still can't walk on air. A skinned forearm, bruised and sore right leg, and somehow I bruised a rib on my left side. Minor stuff, all healed now. That's it for an update. Til next time, keep on writing, and care for those you love!


Jim
March 19, 2024 at 7:39pm
March 19, 2024 at 7:39pm
#1066582
First Working Days In Bangkok


         Well, Monday arrived and I wasn't quite over the Jet-Lag yet. I was fine really, but not quite ready to deliver classes. Things go on though, there is no can't, there is only do. First though, I had to get an Urgent Work Permit (UWP) to deliver the class. The thing is, I breezed through Customs at the airport, no one would have known if I was working or not. But you know how things are, I do try to follow the letter of the law, so there I was at Chamchuri Square at 8:30 am. Imagine that you're to meet someone you don't know or have ever seen, at a center about the size of any LARGE shopping center. You're supposed to go to the 18th floor, but there's no obvious way to get there You can't ask for help easily because very few speak people English. Yeah, that was me Monday morning. Somehow I found my way to the 18th floor. I happened to wear one of my Motorola Training Polo Shirts, and as I was leaving the elevator a young lady saw me and took me in tow. Of course she was my contact person and recognized me because of the shirt I was wearing. How fortuitous that was! I handed her my required documents, thirty minutes later I had the UWP. I managed to the US Embassy (my customer this week), and arrived in the classroom about 10:45. The Motorola Sales person was there, and he spent a good 20-30 minutes talking the students before I could begin. I saw what time it was, we promptly went to lunch. *Laugh*

         After that it was a pretty normal day of class delivery for me. As I mentioned, the US Embassy in Bangkok is my customer this week, my students are all employees of the Embassy. They are not necessarily from Bangkok though. Three of them are, three are from Washington DC, the others are from Dhaka Bangladesh, New Delhi India, Frankfurt Germany, Manila Philippines, and Kathmandu Nepal. Thankfully all of them are speak English. It would be a long, trying class is they didn't speak English.

         Class is fine, everything is good in that regard. I'm staying at the Conrad, a Hilton hotel. Why such a 'fancy' place? Because I was here in 2018 and stayed here. It's a quarter mile from the Embassy, so just a short walk. It's a hard walk in some ways, because of the heat and humidity. I'll live, I'm sure of that.

         Since I am lucky enough to be a Hilton Diamond Member, I have access to the Executive Lounge on the 29th floor. (My room is on the 26th floor). The food there is awesome with a wide variety of options for you for breakfast. It's a buffet and amazingly, completely free! Wow! Breakfast has become my main meal of the day. There are 5 restaurants in the hotel, I won['t leave the property until the weekend. The reason for that is fatigue, traffic, and not really sure where I want to go. Monday night I had dinner outdoors at a restaurant on the 7th floor. I know I'll be back.



         That's it for an update. Til next time, keep on writing, and care for those you love!


Jim
March 16, 2024 at 1:13pm
March 16, 2024 at 1:13pm
#1066362
Meeting Enga


         I was fortunate enough to be scheduled to come to Bangkok, Thailand for two weeks this month. I was even more fortunate that Kåre Enga in Montana was there also, and we were able to meet. What an interesting day it was, and for several reasons.

         Liam (as he is known here) is a charming man, one of about my age, though we won’t try to compare ages here. We met at the Hostel he’s staying at and there was an immediate connection! Part of it was our mutual love of all things Writing.com, part of it was the similarity in age. I think another part of it was our inner desire to meet and interact with other people.

         I’ve never stayed at a hostel, but his hostel is about what I imagined a hostel to be. It has a small lobby where we sat and talked. Guests are not allowed in the rooms, which was fine by me. He described his room though, and frankly, it sounds a little like a barracks I lived in early in my Navy career. I think there are six beds or so to each room, and a couple of bathrooms also. So much like a Navy Barracks from the 70’s, but newer of course.

         Enga and I sat down to talk about anything and everything. As we started talking, a young man sitting nearby turned around at something Enga said. As it turns out, Timm (the young man) is from Switzerland. The discussion immediately switched to discussion of the dialects the Swiss speak. Timm was surprised that Enga knew of the languages, and could speak them to some extent. I don’t think he’s fluent in any of them, but he knows enough to be polite to people while speaking their language. What a skill to have! I mean, I speak only English, I butcher that all the time, making me very reluctant to butcher another language.

         It was very interesting as Timm and Enga talked about things. I became a listener then and learned a little about each of them. Liam is far more traveled than I am, I travel for business, he travels for leisure. I loved listening to them talk though. I don’t get to meet a lot of ‘foreigners’ in my travels. When I have traveled internationally, most of my students have been Americans because I work on a US Military base or at an Embassy. The times I have taught a class for the citizens of a country are few and far between. Listening to Liam and Timm talk was very interesting for me. The places the two of them have been!

         I did manage to have photo’s snapped of us. In this photo you’ll see his hat is pulled down far over his head. He doesn’t want his face to appear on social media at all, I’m honoring that request. I do have permission to post this one.



         We went to lunch at a nearby place named Porwa Restaurant. I loved that the name was written in English as well as a local dialect. It wasn’t true Thai, even I could tell that. I couldn’t read a thing of course, it was just nice to be exposed to a written language, even if I couldn’t read it. I’ll leave it to Liam to tell you what we ate. I was a rice dish with cucumber and fried chicken (I think). Liam and I talked a lot during lunch also. I have to say that it was a truly pleasurable day. I’d love to spend more time getting to know him, but he has to return to Udon Thani Monday, while I have to start work then. We’ll meet tomorrow and spend a bit of time talking again, then part ways for a final time. At least for now, because you never know what tomorrow will bring.






Jim Dorrell
March 9, 2024 at 5:29pm
March 9, 2024 at 5:29pm
#1065941
Locale: Frederick, Md

Week of: 226


         The week of 2/26 I was in Frederick Maryland delivering a class to FEMA. Yes, that FEMA. I was with their Mobile Emergency Response System (MERS) team. I always learn something in every class I deliver, in this class I learned a bit about their operations. When a disaster occurs and FEMA is on the scene, the students in my class this week are too. The people assisting the local populace need to stay in touch with their HQ, they do it using radios. So the students in my class also deploy to set up communications for them. It's very interesting how this is done, but I won't bore all of you with details because you'll probably fall asleep in seconds. *Laugh*

         I'm delivering this class to FEMA because a co-worker recommended I deliver it, They are looking for specific information on a couple of our products, and I'm the SME (Subject Matter Expert) on these two devices. Like I've said before, it's nice to be needed, but it's not nice when you are going East Coast to West Coast, and repeating it. Yeah, in the last three weeks I've been in Dover New Hampshire, Beaverton Oregon, now Frederick Md, and next week, Beaverton Oregon again. That back and forth from one coast to another can really get to you. Plus, by the time I go to Oregon again, I will have spent about 30 hours at home in three weeks. It's okay, it could be a lot worse.

         I did enjoy myself, there's a lot more going on in Frederick than you might think. Plus, downtown there's a small canal/creek that has quite a few small boats in it. I found myself fascinated by this area, and snapped a few photos of it with my phone. I found this while going to dinner one night. See what you think.




Noteworthy Restaurants:

         Firebirds Woodfired Grill          https://firebirdsrestaurants.com/frederick/menu          I dined at this restaurant while in Brentwood Tennessee last year and really loved their menu. I had to return, didn't I? I enjoyed myself again by having an excellent appetizer of Lobster Spinach Queso - Lobster / spinach / pepper jack cheese / tortilla chips. There were far too many chips with this, I didn't even try to finish them, but the Queso was history. For my meal, I enjoyed their Seared Tuna Superfoods Salad - Seared sushi-grade tuna / organic ancient grains / cucumbers / spinach / radish / avocado / grilled corn / edamame with an outstanding avocado lime vinaigrette dressing. This was exactly what I was craving, and didn't know it until I was eating it.

         Brewer's Alley          https://brewers-alley.com/menu/to-go-menu/          My students recommended several breweries around Frederick, however almost all of them had food trucks instead of a dine in restaurant. I wanted a dine in area, and chose this place. It was very good. I had a nice sized serving of their Fried Pickle Chips - Cajun Spices, Kölsch battered kosher pickle slices with Sriracha ranch. For dinner I had to try their Kölsch Fish & Chips - Kölsch battered Pacific Cod, Fries, Coleslaw & Tartar Sauce. I was in the mood for Fish-n-Chips that day, this hit the spot for me.

         Isabella's          I dined here, but was seriously disappointed. Why? Well, I really wanted Paella, and ordered it. BUT, they burned the rice on the bottom of the pan, and I didn't notice it until I was almost full! Nuff' said, I would dine there again to give them a second chance, but you know I'd have something other than Paella.

         My schedule has not changed recently, here's where I'll be through April.


Week of:


3/4: Beaverton, Oregon (look for a Blog entry about this week 3/9 or 3/10)

3/11: Travel to Bangkok Wednesday/Thursday

3/18: American Embassy, Bangkok

3/25: American Embassy, Bangkok

4/1: Work from home

4/8: Strafford County, New Hampshire

4/15: Schaumburg, Illinois

4/22: Work from home

4/29: Los Angeles

          Well, that's about it for an update, at least for now. Until my next post, be good to those you love, spoil them, and write!






Jim Dorrell
February 25, 2024 at 9:16pm
February 25, 2024 at 9:16pm
#1064886
Locale: Beaverton, Oregon

Week of: 2/19


         While I haven't been consistent in writing posts in this blog recently, that doesn't mean I haven't been busy. Real life caught up with me, along with work. To put bluntly, I've been swamped a bit. Something I've known for a long time, is that we need more people qualified to deliver some of the courses I specialize in delivering. I don't plan on working a whole lot longer, so someone will have to step up. The problem is, only two other instructors are close being able to deliver them, and both of them are swamped with other responsibilities. All I can say is that it won't be my problem once I retire. That's not a nice thing to say, but it's the truth.

         I was in Beaverton Oregon last week delivering a class to Washington County. I'll be there again next week too. The class I delivered last week went very well ,I was happy with my delivery, I think the students were too. I was pretty tired all week because I flew home Friday night, then flew to Portland Sunday. That East Coast-West Coast swing can really get to you, as some of you know. Now I'm on the East Coast again, and will be on the West Coast next week, again. Life could be a whole lot worse for me though.

         I'm delivering this class to FEMA because a co-worker recommended I deliver it, They are looking for specific information on a couple of our products, and I'm the SME (Subject Matter Expert) on these two devices. Like I've said before, it's nice to be needed, but it's not nice when you are going East Coast to West Coast, and repeating it.... OF course I did manage to dine at a couple of nice restaurants while there.


Noteworthy Restaurants:

         Oasis Lebanese Cuisine          https://beaverton.oasis-lebanese-cuisine.com/menus/          I love trying foreign dishes, especially Mediterranean dishes, so I chose this place. It was just outstanding! I enjoyed their Feta Cheese Plate, and Veggie Stew. Man, what dishes!! Not too filling either, just good wholesome food.

         Copper River Restaurant          https://www.copperriverrestaurant.com/          I decided to eat a Northwestern dish that night, and enjoyed their Stuffed Salmon. Stuffed Salmon - Northwest salmon filet, crab, shrimp, brie, beurre blanc, wild rice, seasonal vegetables. The only problem I had with this meal was that my veggies (asparagus), and rice were room temperature at best. I mentioned it to my server, and as I suspected, he told no one about it. He seemed to have the attitude of "This is one person, an older man at that, he's not that important to me". Oh well, you can't get excellent service all the time. The meal was very good, it was just spoiled by the veggies being room temp.

         Right now I am in Frederick Md, having flown here from Portland. It's too tiring/exhausting to try to get home for 12 hours or so, only to fly out again on a Sunday. I've spent half of today resting and napping trying to get ready for the week. I will fly home Saturday to spend about 30 hours with my better half before flying back to Portland Monday.

         My schedule has changed a little, here's the rest of the 1st Quarter for me

Week of:

2/26: Frederick Maryland

3/4: Beaverton, Oregon

3/11: Travel to Bangkok Wednesday/Thursday

3/18: American Embassy, Bangkok

3/25: American Embassy, Bangkok

4/1: Work from home

4/8: Strafford County, New Hampshire

          Well, that's about it for an update, at least for now. Until my next post, be good to those you love, spoil them, and write!






Jim Dorrell
February 14, 2024 at 6:50pm
February 14, 2024 at 6:50pm
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Locale: Bloomington & Schaumburg, Illinois, Dover New Hsampshire

Week of: 1/22/24 thru 2/12/24

         Wow, it's been a month since my last post? You know as well as I do that many things can change in that time, and they have. I was in Schaumburg the week of 1/22, and came home on Thursday. My other half has been having some intense leg pain caused by a herniated disk in her back. She saw our pain doctor on Friday the 26th, he arranged for her to be admitted the following week. To make a long story short, she had back surgery the following Thursday, and was home Friday. I was (always am really) the doting husband, taking care of her every need, cooking, cleaning, feeding the dogs, whatever was needed. She's recovered beautifully and is doing quite well. So well that I am in New Hampshire this week. I was scheduled to be in Maryland the week of 1/29. because of her surgery, it was moved to the week of 2/26

         Dover, New Hampshire is a small town about 15 miles from Portsmouth, home of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. There isn't much to do here, and I've been very tired, which is not unusual anymore. A lot of that was caused by stress over getting the VISA needed to enter Thailand for business. The Sales guy who is also the acting Project Manager for the State Department in Bangkok has been very little help too, which added to my stress. However, a co-worker has been a big help by providing a name of a Motorola who might halp, that really turned things around for me. All's well, it's always been well, but now my stress level is normal!

         My schedule has changed a little, here's the rest of the 1st Quarter for me

Week of:

2/12: Strafford County, New Hampshire

2/19: Beaverton, Oregon

2/26: Frederick Maryland

3/4: Beaverton, Oregon

3/11: Travel to Bangkok Wednesday/Thursday

3/18: American Embassy, Bangkok

3/25: American Embassy, Bangkok

4/1: Work from home

4/8: Strafford County, New Hampshire

          Well, that's about it for an update, at least for now. Until my next post, be good to those you love, spoil them, and write!






Jim Dorrell

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