Time to breathe. Life has been full, without a moment to pause.
My little bro Brandon got back from his two years in Mexico this week. This is from the last time we saw each other, climbing Space Shot. We were supposed to spend two days and one night on the rock. We finally earned this summit shot after our second night, and still had a solid day getting ourselves and our gear off the rock. Fun times (and grueling). It'll be good to see him again in July.
My stuff came in almost two weeks ago... exactly one month after it left my place in LA. For the most part, everything came through unscathed. One box did get traded with some other mover. I lost a throw pillow and all my dress socks, but scored a great set of knives, some cool looking shower curtain hangers, and a bottle of Godiva that I'll give to someone who will enjoy it. Best of all, I finally have my camera.
I'm finally all moved in, and it's amazing how much better it feels. I guess most people don't post pictures of their places, but I'm pretty stoked about what I'm doing with this loft. I have some work to do on the pictures (framing), and that shelf with my bed isn't what I envisioned. But whatever your place looks like, Air Conditioning is an absolute necessity. The heat isn't so bad, but the humidity makes your skin sticky.
And you really have to appreciate these hand stitched, custom designed, eight foot drapes. They took longer than I expected, and more material (they're 8 feet tall!!!), but they're totally worth it.
The beams in my loft made the perfect tooling to sewing them. Picture compliments of Amber (presently on an anit-blogging stint) who was a huge help over those first few weeks.
And I sewed some more professional drapes for the side of my loft with my computer.
Most of my furniture comes compliments of craigslist, and a few graduating LFM '06's.
BBQ a couple weekends ago.
Today we had the CEO of Dell, Kevin Rollins, come for a Q&A session with us. I didn't know he's a fellow BYU alum. He did both his undergrad and MBA at BYU, went on to become a VP and Partner consulting with Bain, and then joined Dell as COO in '96. Historically, Kevin spends several hours with the LFM group when we tour their manufacturing facility. Cool guy.
Just two days earlier, Vah Erdekian, Cisco's VP of Worldwide Manufacturing, came to speak to us. It's great having these sharp and successful leaders join us, but it's even better to have a whole class of people with enough experience and insight to really pull out a valuable conversation. The time is so much more valuable when spent with people who know enough to ask worthwhile questions.
It's a small world sometimes. At least, BYU seems to make it that way. Dave and I immediately recognized each other when we met out here for interviews. Then his wife Angie walked into the bbq and instantly recognized me, remembering both me and my brother Greg. We were friends before Angie and Dave even met.
Several of us have families. It was fun getting everyone out with their kids.
Ram (pronounced Rom) is on my smaller team of six (Go Big Fish!!!), so we spend several hours working together every day. He did his undergrad at the India Institute of Technology (IIT). He claims that CNN hypes it up to be a more grueling place than it really is, but if everyone there is as mathematically fluent as Ram, I'm more inclined to believe the hype. Sometimes we work at his place so he can be there for his son while his wife is at work.
Sanjay is also from India. It's interesting seeing what kind of assumptions we take for granted in being from different cultures. Different cultures instill slightly different world views and assumptions regarding consumer and organizational dynamics. You can be told what these differences are, but it really sets in when you get to see the difference point blank in the thought processes leading to different conclusions.
On a fun note, four graduating LFM '06's are starting a road trip from Boston all the way down to Honduras, spanning two months... and they're blogging it!!! The Volkswagen Golf Diaries. One of these guy's did his engineering in Aero Astro, served his six month internship in Israel with Intel, and helped me out a lot by connecting me to professors at MIT. Now he's moving to Chicago (after the trip) and working with United in Operations. If all goes according to plan, they shouldn't have to stay in a single hotel the whole time. Between friends, friends parents, and other connections through the Sloan B-School and LFM'ers, they'll have a place to stay every night.
Ada, the girl playing football in a skirt, throws like a girl, but hit's her receiver like Joe Montana to Jerry Rice. Then she skips to the end zone like Alice in Wonderland.
Hey there Ilyssa!!! You hate me for posting this picture, don't you?!?!
We've had the world cup playing every day in our lunch room... on the Spanish channel.
And I finally took a little bit to read some of the blogs I like following. Mr. Behi over in Iran wrote this funny little entry on "After the 'After Life." The comments after are also entertaining.