Friday, June 27, 2008

Spring Cleaning Delayed

I decided that now would be a good a time as ever to clean out my desk drawers at work. I've just moved desks and we have these rolling mini filing cabinets. For backstory purposes - when I was a consultant, I had a folder for each client. In that folder I would a Google map from the airport to customer site, a copy of the contract, notes, and then all receipts for when I was on site. Hotels, airfare, rental cars, restaurants, Starbucks, etc...

It has been almost three years since I was a full time consultant, so today is the day that I finally broke down and started to go through the folders and throw stuff out.

Not a good idea - because now I know how many times in a 3 year period that I went to -


  • Chilis
  • Starbucks (so many venti cafe mochas....)
  • Outback
  • Chipotle
  • Harveys in Mississippi (delicious sweet tea)
  • Sophie's Thai Kitchen in Davis, CA

The list goes on and on and on and on....you get the picture. In honour of desk cleaning day - here are the top 5 coolest receipts I found -

  1. LCBO #417 (Waterloo, ON) - Jan 4 2004. Bought a bottle of wine, two Singhas, two Kingfishers, and two Baltikas.
  2. Sophie's Thai Kitchen (Davis, CA) - Nov 30, 2004. Had a Singha and a massaman chicken curry.
  3. Do-Drop-Inn (Hatrona, PA) - Feb 4, 2004. Seriously - the Do Drop Inn. Awesome!!!
  4. Tiki Lounge (Pittsuburgh, PA) - Feb 3, 2004 - I remember going there with Jason S from Lancaster. Good times.
  5. Primanti Brothers (The Strip - Pittsburgh, PA) - Feb 3, 2004. This is where we ended up. They are famous for this sandwich which consists of grilled meat, a vinegar-based cole slaw, tomato slices, and French fries between two pieces of Italian bread (thanks Wikipedia for the reminder).

Well, that is it for late spring cleaning. Have a great weekend.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Giving product management a bad name

I am a product manager.

This is an example of when product managers make bad decisions.

Don't parents spend hours teaching their kids not to eat LEGO bricks? How on Earth could this get past consumer safety?

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Did you know?

Did you know that the future of the European Union is being decided today in Ireland?

Well, if you were reading CNN.com - you wouldn't for sure. You would know that Hulk Hogan's ex-wife is dating a teen. Also - one of the star's of "Grey's Anatomy" doesn't want to be considered for an Emmy because she thinks the show wasn't that good this past season.

Awesome headlines. If you went over to the Irish Independent's website, you could read about today's vote on the Lisbon Referendum. Ireland is the last EU member state to decide on the treaty, and the only one to have a public vote on signing the treaty. If the referendum passes, it will create a strong, federal EU body - and it has the potential to reshape Europe in ways never before possible.

Of course this isn't as important as Hulk Hogan or the fact that $188,000 was thrown in the trash by mistake.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Boycott is over

Costco has decided not to appeal their case against the three-tier distribution system in Washington state (thanks BrewBlog).

What does this mean for you? Nothing.

What does this mean for me? It ends my single person boycott of Costco. Who says one man can't make a difference? I'm like the Michael Knight of defending the three-tier distribution model.

For more info on the three-tier distribution model, check out this wikipedia entry.

Friday, June 06, 2008

Why pride is a sin.

From - CNN.com....

Stephanie Torgerson, 32, of Pataskala, Ohio, said she simply can't put her three boys in her husband's Mazda 626. The 1-year-old needs a car seat, the 5-year-old needs a booster chair and she doesn't feel comfortable wedging her 8-year-old between the two. Sure, she could probably get better mileage in a minivan, but she doesn't like the stigma.

"I don't want to be labeled as a soccer mom," she said.


That is a great lesson you are teaching your kids. Better to spend extra money on gas and use up a valuable resource than to be labeled "soccer mom".

Great job lady.