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Thursday, November 16, 2017

50th Anniversary of Choral Fest

I had the privilege to make it home last weekend for the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Choral Fest, a tradition started in 1967 by David Adickes at Luther High School.

The Friday night Pops Concert can be seen here: https://youtu.be/5tElac4WFmY

On Sunday, the Sacred Concert included a mass choir selection of all students along with alums who had previously participated in past Choral Festivals.  I consider myself fortunate to have attended all four years of high school (92-95) - it was even more meaningful to be able to sing in the choir with both mom and dad (who are also alums).

You can find the Sacred Concert here: https://youtu.be/q-C5bqzOf_Y

Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Starwood/Uber partnership is ending

One of the easiest ways to maintain active status in Starwood since 2015 has been to use Uber - for every $2 you spend on Uber you accrue 1 Starwood/SPG point.  There are some pretty interesting Starwood properties - one that I'm saving up to stay at is The Liberty (a former jail) in Boston.

Unfortunately, this partnership is coming to an end.

I received the following notification today via email:

I'm disappointed the partnership is ending, as the occasional Uber ride would guarantee account activity.  I'll need to investigate some other options for points (and maybe structure things to include a property here or there outside of my usual Hyatt stays).

Friday, October 20, 2017

Next trip Coming Up: Back to San Diego!

I'm excited that next week I'll be able to get back to the west coast and San Diego!  I've got a quick jaunt planned for Thursday evening through a Sunday return where I will be able to reconnect with friends and colleagues at USD and SDSU (as well as take advantage of a yearly eye doctor appointment).  The last number of weeks have been focused on the rollout of Field Services and it will be nice to fit in a short trip.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Conference Trip 2017: IMTA

Greetings from Switzerland!

My week so far has been a bit of a blur, though I finally think I'm adjusting to the change in timezone (and sleeping through the night).  Of course just the time I get this all figured out, I have to fly back on Sunday.  Oh well.

I'm here attending and presenting at the 2017 IMTA conference - my presentation was on a chapter submission that Jimmy, Mo, and I submitted and were accepted for earlier this year.  Unfortunately neither Jimmy nor Mo were able to join me here so I took the reigns of our presentation.  All went well and feedback was good for our work!  It also didn't hurt to see and receive a copy of the actual book onsite:

We have one final day of activities here and then its off to Brussels for the ILA conference.  Fortunately the timing worked out that I could attend these back to back.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Labor Day trip: Forum and Colosseum

The proximity of our AirBnb was very close to the Forum and Colosseum, so we made the most of it in between initial raindrops.

We even managed to fit in some pizza and gelato for lunch as we walked back home.  Our dinner of choice for the evening was a nice place just a short walk away called Il Girasole (I was craving lasagna and was not disappointed):

Overall our trip was very fun with no real problems to speak of.  It was a great decision to do an AirBnb close to the forum and within walking distance of the train station.  Would definitely do the same again on a future trip!