through sewell's eyes

Saturday, March 19, 2005

How old are you?

You Are 12 Years Old


Under 12: You are a kid at heart. You still have an optimistic life view - and you look at the world with awe.

13-19: You are a teenager at heart. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world.

20-29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what's to come... love, work, and new experiences.

30-39: You are a thirtysomething at heart. You've had a taste of success and true love, but you want more!

40+: You are a mature adult. You've been through most of the ups and downs of life already. Now you get to sit back and relax.

Friday, March 18, 2005

The Big Chicken....

On my last day on the Atlanta/Marietta, GA project, I finally drove by the big chicken. It is actually a known landmark in the area. Here is the picture I took of it. The eyes and beak actually move.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Wanna learn a new language?

Learn over 100 different languages. Just advise you not to practice it in public tho.

Monday, March 07, 2005

On the road again....

Was home for a little over 50 hrs after not being home for 13 days, and I am back on the road again.. Grrrr.. Anyway, below is the reason I didn't make it home the previous weekend. It is rough draft right now. Just wanted to get it posted.


My business trip to Puerto Rico has been filled adventure, suspense and horror. but not all of it was good. I have Puerto Rico before on a business trip a year ago. It is a nice place to visit. The food is good, the seafood is fresh and the coffee is strong! But I digress. So I arrived on Tuesday afternoon from DC to San Juan with my co-worker. He tells me the hotel that he has in only is available on the Tuesday night and alot of things are booked in San Juan. He says that when we check in the hotel, we'll ask about availablity for the other 2 nights since there might be cancellations since he initially booked. We get to hotel and they were able to accomiate us for one extra night, but they didn't have anythin for Thursday night. The hotel put a note on our record to state that we would like Thursday night as well. So we went up to room to drop our lugagge off before we head over to the client site. Ours rooms were next to each other, so we went in oure respective room doors and when I scanned the room I was looking at my co-worker again. The two rooms are actually part of a suite that shared a common room before going into the actually hotel room. Quite an interesting setup, but just one of the many things we would be experiencing during our stay in Puerto Rico.

The rest of tuesday and wednesday was pretty much uneventful. The only interesting thing to bring up is a restaurant near the client site is called "The cat and the chicken" and has a picture of a cat with two rooster wings on each side. Unforuanately I didn't bring my camera to the client site to get a picture.

So on Wednesday evening, I talked to my co-worker about the hotel situation. Should we check out in the morning or not. We decided that we would sleep on the question and figure it out in the morning. In the morning my coworker decides that he is going to talk to the front desk and that if need be we'll come back later to checkout.

My flight was on Friday, Feb 25th in evening going back to DC. The flight was initially delayed for 4 hours, and then ultimately cancelled. It seems that on the incoming flight to PR, someone flushed 1 or more adult diapers in the plane's lavatory system which broke into pieces and clogged up the whole system disabling the it. When the plane landed at 2pm, the mechanics started work on fixing the problem. Unfortunately, they weren't able to fix the problem by the time our flight was suppose leave causing the airline to delay the flight.

About 3 hours later, the gate agents announced that we were approaching the FAA rules about working hours for the flight crewe, and that we needed to quickly board the plane to avoid the running that deadline, otherwise they would be forced to cancel the flight. So all the passengers quickly boarded the flight, and there, we sat on the plane for half-an-hour. Finally, we were informed by the pilot that the mechanics had told the flight staff that they almost done fixing the problem and that by the time the passengers boarded the mechanics would be finished with their work. After some more waiting, the pilot announced that he gave the mechanics an hard deadline to get the lavatories fixed. If the lavatories weren't fixed by then, he would be forced to deplane us. By now, all the passenger and flight attendants were quite irritated about the whole situation. Even the flight attendants were saying that they just wanted an answer, go or no go.

Well, the deadline came and gone, and the pilot informed us that we had to disembark back into the terminal. So as soon as the doors open, everyone jumped up and quickly grabbed our suitcases and ran out of the plane so that we would be first in line to speak with the gate agents. But when we got to the gate counter, there was no one there. They had all left and someone told us that they had gone back to the main terminal to speak with them. So everyone raced back to the terminal to get in that line. And there, we just waited, and waited, and waited, while they were still trying to process for first 2 people in line. After quite a bit complaining, the ticket agents finally informed us why it was taking so long. The airline couldn't find any hotel rooms to put the passengers in for the night. [There were 3 conventions in town, and all the hotels were booked. My coworker and I already experienced that issue on Thursday when we had to switch hotels, but that is a different story]. The suggestion from the agents were that we could sleep in the airport until tomorrow morning. Even though we were 5th in line, it took John and I an hour to actually speak with the agent. She said that we were rebooked on a flight for tomorrow morning, which won't get us back to DC until noon. Actually, they created the flight to accomidate the cancellation. When we inquired about what plane they were going to use for this flight, she said that it is going to be the same plane that we were on, as the mechanics were going to continue working on trying to fix the problem. And there wasn't a guarantee that the problem would be fixed by then either. (Note: San Juan isn't a United hub, so they don't have spare planes lying around). We asked about hotels, and they said that there wasn't anything that they could do about it. Well, after we left the counter, John called the travel office, and surprisingly they were able to find a hotel for us. So, we grabbed a taxi over to the hotel and checked in. (We actually saw a few other passengers from the plane checking in as well).

Well, my coworker and I started to talk about next week, and discussed in detail about just staying the weekend. We called around and after a while we were able to find some hotels 30 miiles south of San Juan area that had avaibility for the weekend. To stay the weekend (Sat night/Sun night), it was going to cost the same as a flight back to San Juan on Monday. (Hotel ~ 300. Flight ~ $320 for Monday, return on Friday, plus taxi fare to/from IAD).Also, the forcast predicate a snow storm for Monday morning in the DC area, that it cause issue trying to fly out on MOnday to get back to PR. So itt was decided after much discussion and thought, that the stress to go back to DC and in a day and half later fly out again back to PR, plus sitting on a plane for 4 hours to and 4 hours back from, would be too much.

So, I called United and was able to get my flight changed to return on March 4th instead of the rebooked flight for Saturday morning back to DC. It did take some discussion for them to waive the change fee.

I looked at the rebooked flight United had initially put us on. It left PR late and actually isn't due into DC until 5pm, 5 hours later than initially scheduled. In hindsight, it was a smart decision to stay in PR for the weekend.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Sitting in the server room

I'm sick right now. Maybe it is has to do with my adventure this past week which has physically drained me. [Will post the story soon] But I think sitting in the server room where it is about 65 without a jacket that definitely sealed the deal for me. I just find it funny, that instead of enjoying the warm weather that Puerto Rico has to offer, I'm enjoying a nice cool dusty server room.