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Month: February 2006

Friends around the world…

Lots of posts for one night…but I’ve been remiss in posting my thoughts as they happen. Maybe for you, that’s a good thing because I would probably get way too deep into details that really don’t matter. But then again, that’s how my brain works. And if a blog is supposed to be a window into my brain…well that’s just a scary thought.

Today I used the Internet to get some help from my good friend Jed. We used MSN messenger including voice conversations so he could help me work on some web site enhancements for the flying club. Jed is 12 hours away..in Sri Lanka. It was almost like he was still in SLC! Of course, I also chat frequently with Chris and other friends in the good old US of A as well. But somehow that isn’t as exotic.

I also made a telephone call to my friend Stephen in Nice, France. I used my Broadvoice VOIP service and talked clear as day for 21 minutes for only $0.63. Amazing…63 cents for a 20 minute call to Europe! And again, great quality. The world is shrinking and as Martha would say, “It’s a good thing!”

SLC Redux

Since mid January, I’ve been working 50% in our Salt Lake City (from now on referred to as SLC) office. This means commuting out there every other week. As the Winter Olympics are underway in Torino, Italy, it’s hard to believe that it’s been four years since the 2002 SLC Olympics…and I was there then too!

At least for now I’m making the best of it. I’m commuting mid-week for win-win situation. Airfare is cheaper going from Tuesday to Tuesday than Monday to Friday. And during snow season, it allows me to be in SLC every other weekend, where I can take advantage of access to at least 7 ski resorts, rather than having to fly home from work and get right back on a plane to a ski vacation.

While the work is demanding, Jeff has been able to come out and we’ve done some snowboarding in Park City, Brighton and Solitude. We enjoyed snowy days at the Canyons Resort and Park City Mountain Resorts, and sunshine at Brighton and Solitude. Jeff has enjoyed getting out, and I think I’m finally reallygetting the feel (this is my third year) for the snowboard.

As the snowboard season wanes and the work deadlines evolve, my commute schedule will likely change. But for now, I’ll make the best of it.

Music from the Sky

So I’m commuting again to Salt Lake City (SLC) for work…and on one recent trip my Hertz rental car was equipped with a Sirius Satellite radio receiver. I was curious, so I turned it on and fumbled through the channels as I drove through the airport exit. What did I find? Sirius OutQ … gay talk radio! I couldn’t believe my ears! I had to check it out.

Sure enough, Sirius has a GLBT station mixed in with their other talk and music stations. By visiting Sirius.com, you can sign up to listen to their programming over the internet on your computer for a few days. So I did. I was hooked!

To do my due diligence at Best Buy, comparing Sirius to XM, I decided to stick with Sirius..mostly because of OutQ. I picked up a “plug and play” receiver and have been using it at home, in my car and in rental cars for a month now. It’s great.

Jeff’s not as excited about the talk radio stations, but he’s admitted that he likes the music selections (as do I). But the best part is that the programming covers the nation (and Canada). So drives from any point to any other don’t require finding new stations! My next trip to Wisconsin should be awesome. Come to think of it, I could probably plug it into the audio panel on one of the airplanes too…Sirius in the sky!

Technology is amazing…

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