I love traveling! Last week I had the opportunity to go to Columbia, MD for a week of training for my job. Katie’s brother lives nearby so we got to spend the evenings and weekend together.
If you remember the last time I went to a training, I came back with 5 lessons learned. This time I added 2 more and a special bonus announcement that I’m sure will make you do a Michael Jackson leg kick.
1. Training Is A Lot Less Boring When It’s Interactive
I manage a technical helpdesk for ADT. My department supports IP-based (network) equipment remotely. It’s all very new to the retail world so I’m constantly learning new technologies and how to support them. That means I do training…a LOT.
Many times while sitting there listening to someone lecture for hours on the intricacies of hardware of software, I check out pretty quickly. This trainer finally got it right. It was the perfect mix of about 40/60 lecture to hands on.
I mean, I even stayed awake after lunch! This guy deserves a medal or a trophy…or maybe a pizza trophy.
2. 3D is Overrated
We saw two movies last week. Thor and Priest. We were bummed that we couldn’t see Thor in 3D but we did see Priest in 3D. I have to tell you, it wasn’t impressive.
I realize this isn’t news to most people but Priest was only the second movie I’ve seen in 3D. The first was the latest Chronicles of Narnia. The only thing that the 3D did was give me a headache. I have yet to hear of a movie where it adds anything…except to the box office total.
Don’t waste your money.
3. Jenny Rain Is Awesome
Katie and I had the opportunity to meet up with Jenny Rain. She’s one of my faves so I was super stoked when we were able to sync up and grab dinner. She actually drove about an hour just to meet us. I was so glad she did because we had a great time. We talked for hours and probably could have hung out all night.
It was an honor to hear her story first hand and get to know her. She’s just an awesome person. I’m positive that it won’t be the last time we get to hang out!
Jenny is also a photographer and recently on her site, she’s been posting her latest shots. They are fantastic. Here’s a picture that she took of us at dinner.
This might be my favorite pic of me and Katie. Jenny even wrote a blog post about meeting up with us!
4. I’m The Smartest Man In The World
At least that’s what Katie tells me. She may be biased but I’m going with it.
I ended up passing the certification exam with a 96. I’m pretty sure it was the highest grade in the class. Now that I know all there is to know about IP video, I’m pretty sure that ranks me up there as the smartest man in the world (if not the most interesting).
5. Don’t Wander Off Too Far In Baltimore
Friday afternoon we drove into Baltimore. We walked around the Inner Harbor, saw a street performer juggle a torch, a huge dagger and a bowling ball and ate some delicious crab cake.
We decided to roam around the city and quickly learned that it probably was not the best idea. Once you get a few blocks out from the Inner Harbor, it gets pretty seedy pretty quickly. I clutched my purse (er, European carry-all), made a u’ey and high tailed it out of there.
Baltimore was cool but I can’t say that it’s my favorite city.
6. Annapolis Is Gorgeous
On Saturday, we spent the day in Annapolis. It’s a port city and home to all things Navy. I absolutely loved the feel of the city. The quaint shops and restaurants maintain that small town presence without being overrun with a touristy feel.
While out there, I got a heads up to search for an underground Starbucks. My favorite saint is St. Arbucks so I HAD to check it out. It was tricky to find because my iPhone GPS led me to the wrong place. GUYS PROTIP: It’s always a benefit to have a beautiful and friendly lady with you. She makes you look good and you never have to ask for directions.
This was probably the coolest Starbucks I’ve been to. It’s so low-key that people aren’t even sure it’s open. Thrown in the fact that the door gets jammed easily and I could see how people turn away and leave without ever checking it out. I saved about 3 different people from walking away by opening the door for them.
7. I Really Need To Get Ahead On My Posts
I’m not sure how I thought I was going to be able to write while I was away, but I should have known better. If it wasn’t for Jason’s fantastic guest post last week, this place would have been a complete ghost town. I really need to get ahead on my writing. It’s time.
So I hope you were able to glean some of my wisdom from this trip. It was compelling and rich. I had an absolutely amazing time with Katie. It’s the longest number of consecutive days we’ve spent together and we didn’t even kill each other. As if! Seriously, I don’t know if there is anyone out there more perfect for me. We have so much fun together and it’s actually a little scary how well we get each other. She’s a keeper.
And on that note…
Bonus Announcement: Katie is moving to Florida! She accepted a job offer and she’ll be down here by early July! I’m so excited…I’m so excited…I’m so scared? Nope…no Jessie Spano here. I’m really thrilled! I can’t wait.
So what did you guys do last week? Did I miss anything? I heard something about a rapt…ah, nevermind.