My new measure of how busy I am is how many unread blogs I have.
Yep, I’m swamped.
Part of the reason I’m swamped is because I took a long weekend last weekend. I went to Austin, TX for golf and a football game. I thought my beloved Cornhuskers would be losing so badly at half time that I could head back to the bar, but that wasn’t the case. They actually played well until the fourth quarter. Then they lost. Defensive Coordinator Kevin Cosgrove just can’t figure out that zone read option play.
When I returned home, my wife said she saw me on TV. If you were watching ABC at 2:48:15PM CDT, and you live in the correct region, you saw me too. I can’t get video off of my DVR, so I tried to take a photo of my TV. You can see it on flickr. I’m on the right. Starting from the left, it goes black shirt, white shirt, guy clapping with hands in front of face, then me wearing a red cap, dark glasses and looking to my right. Ah fame.
In Austin, I played golf at Wolfdancer. It’s a resort course, which means it’s a tough looking course that’s maintained in such a way that guests score well. I scored 84. They require a forecaddy – someone who tells you where to hit and then goes and finds your ball for you. We suspect that our forecaddy was foot-wedging some of our shots while we weren’t looking. If there really is a resort/forecaddy conspiracy then I say “kudos”. It worked on me, because I had a great time.
Last night was Halloween. Some people were putting their business cards in my son’s treat bag. I’m sure they took a marketing course at the community college or read Guerilla Marketing and are quite proud of themselves. I read the cards. You can be sure I won’t be buying from them even if I’m in their market. Some parts of our lives can be advertising free.
My cell phone has been ringing off the hook from the number 800-835-4431. Normally, I simply ignore telemarketers and they go away. This number was calling me three times a day. I googled it and discovered that I’m not the only one. This morning I finally answered it. It was Real Software, makers of RealBasic the VB6 replacement. They want me to pay $750 to go to their conference. I downloaded RealBasic a couple of years ago, but I never used it. Now they’re calling my cell phone to sell me stuff? Three times a day? While I’m registered on the National Do Not Call list, I really doubt that helps since I have “prior dealings” with this company. I no longer have nice things to say about them.