Monday, May 31, 2004


Planning the drive to Dallas

I went into AAA the other day to plan out my 4-day drive from Philadelphia to Dallas. The Mrs. and Junior will be flying and I'll be driving solo. Luckily, Bain's reimbursing me for meals, mileage, and accomodations along the way, provided I average at least 350 miles a day. That's a fairly modest pace and provides a little time to check out the exciting stops along the way. Roanoke, VA! Knoxville, TN! Little Rock, AR! Okay, so Nashville and Memphis are also on the route and might be worth checking out.

In Memphis I'm thinking about passing by Graceland because that's what you do in Memphis. Elvis' music has never intrigued me, much less his excesses, but on the upside maybe they'll have an Elvis Cafe on site that serves deep fried peanut butter & banana sandwiches (or whatever it was that Elvis used to eat alongside his barbituate / amphetamine cocktails).

Although this drive may not sound terribly exciting, I'm looking forward to it because a) I'll really get a lot of use out of the iPod, b) meals that are reimbursed are much tastier than meals you have to pay for yourself, and c) I'm a little curious about all of that land between the west and east coasts. People actually live there I'm told.

Earlier in the month, we had a week in Outer Banks with some other 1st year and 2nd year Wharton friends... most of us had kids, and we rented a couple of big houses with pools. Good times. Our recent trip to D.C. and Annapolis was a nice getaway as well. The WWII memmorial had just been built and was very impressive, and the Blue Angels just happened to be performing when we stopped by Annapolis. Very cool!

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Friday, May 07, 2004


1/2 way done!

Year one is done! I took my last final yesterday, the semi-brutal (and statistics-ridden) OPIM 632 (Supply Chain Mgmt.). It was one of those multiple choice tests with extra choices like "A and B", "B and D but not I before E except after C," and so forth. Extra choices like that truly separate the men from the boys, and I clearly emerged as one of the latter. The problem with those extra choices on multiple choice tests is that there is no partial credit, and that fact is particularly damaging to my own patented partial-credit test-taking strategy. Multiple choice is good for people who know the material REALLY well (for whom the answers are obvious) or REALLY badly (for whom a random guess at least grants a statistical probability of getting the answer right), but is a big disappointment for myself, a wielder of the 80% solution (okay, well more like 60% solution lately). Well, it's over anyways.

As my internship doesn't start until mid-June, the next month should be an interesting change of pace: a week with friends at a house in Outer Banks, NC; road trips to Washington D.C., New York, Maine, etc.; time to read (for fun!); opportunities to catch up on a few movies; and more time with my wife and son. Unfortunately there will also be fewer opportunities to hide from domestic chores like dishes, picking up Christian's toys, and changing diapers. But free time always has its trade-offs.

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