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Year: 2009

Owen Anderson is a Crook – Official!

13 December, 2009

One of the things about being an ‘independent’ contractor/consultant is that everyone assumes that you have loads of money.  Sure, you may get a bit more in your pay packet than Johnny Punchclock, but there are a lot more factors to take into consideration – things that a salaried employee’s company shells out for. One [...]

Flight or fight

5 December, 2009

Given that I was flying out of Chicago in December, I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised that my flight back home to Houston was cancelled due to snow. What was a surprise was that the snow was in Houston, not Chicago.  Apparently Houston had been hit by a freak cold snap, resulting in an [...]

Card Sharp

14 November, 2009

Earlier this year I managed to commit all sorts of social and business faux pas by going over to Japan without a stack of business cards. Over there, everyone you meet – from business people to the concierge at the hotel – hands you their business card and expects the same in return. I was [...]

My Life In The Underclass

16 October, 2009

After 18 months of development, my current project is finally being implemented at the first of ten scheduled sites.  This being a Warehouse Management project, the site is – obviously – a warehouse. Which means that most of our users are forklift drivers, plus a handful of ‘office-based’ supervisors, and a few gatekeepers. My training team (three including myself) [...]

The Decemberists, Riviera Theater, Chicago

9 October, 2009

Given that I had to back out of the last two gigs in Houston that I had tickets for (Gomez, and Green Day) because I was sent to Chicago on gig-day, I was super-bummed to learn that my current loves, The Decemberists, were playing Houston when I was, yet again, in Chicago. But as I was scheduled to [...]


23 September, 2009

For U.S. bands, the traditional way they would know they had ‘made it’ was when they were featured on the cover of Rolling Stone (witness Cover of the Rolling Stone, by Dr. Hook – yes, I’m embarrassed I know it, too…). For UK bands, it was when they performed on the now defunct Top Of [...]

Hit (it) from behind

22 May, 2009

I guess it had to happen sooner or later, but I was finally involved in a car accident on the I-10. And no, it wasn’t my fault. I was driving home after a particularly stressful day at work (where I had to berate one of my direct reports for falling asleep at his desk – [...]

Farewell Tour

7 May, 2009

I’ve just finished my latest work assignment – three years doing the documentation, training, change management and knowledge management for an implementation of SAP Retail.  It was a really interesting project, and I’ve learnt more about retail operations than any sensible person would want to know.  Being a contractor, it’s inevitable that at the end [...]

All good character-building stuff

5 May, 2009

Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about where I am in life (probably a mid-life crisis thing) and about my schooldays (probably because I’ve been in touch with a few of my old ‘schoolchums’, recently), but mainly about the correlation between the two. I’ve aways credited my school – the Duke of York’s Royal Military School – [...]

Gimme a T for Texas, a T for Trampoline

27 April, 2009

Last weekend Freya continued her path to Olympic Gold by competing in the Texas State Trampolining and Tumbling championships.  For reasons best known to the organizers, this was in Lubbock, which is on the far North edge of Texas, so not really a convenient location for anyone apart from people who live in Lubbock – [...]

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