Sunday, June 26, 2005

Close One Book, Open Another

It's done!

The thesis is done, signed, sealed and delivered. Eight months of research, 7 weeks of writing, revising, agonizing. "Blogs: The New Language of Business" weighs in at a whopping 103 pages... wow, I can't explain how it feels to be done. I'm now a couple presentations and some administrative work away from finishing MBA studies! Where has all the time gone??

Today was a day of recovery from last night, ouch. Last night was another Stuttgart night (it never did end up raining, stupid weather guys!) and we did it in style starting off at a bar to watch Germany lose a terrific game against Brazil 3-2. Entering the bar was totally freeky since the lot of us were experiencing deja-vu... actually it was just hazy drunken memory flashbacks (we finally came to a consensus that we had indeed been there before on the fake pub crawl night). The lads pre-alcoholic state:

Even that guy with the half beard that I posted a pick earlier from CBP was there! (in the background) Like the second sighting of the Yeti!

Getting in the zone:

After the exciting but disappointing loss we decided to enjoy the sights and sounds of the park... well mostly the sights ;-) so we headed over to "Spider Bench Place":

Ok the beer and shot rounds were starting to take effect, ladies look at these handsome posers!

"I think birds fly up there":

"The Pizza is this round":

The next Montana:

The thing that totally sucks is that none of the pics from then on in Stuttgart can through since the stupid camera setting was switched and I didn't realize it till back in Pforzheim on the was to Irish for one last nightcapper, so I lost all the pics of Stuttgart K, her friend, the high schoolers Tim was trying to pick up (well that's a lie, I don't think they were a month older than junior high ;-) , CBP or the ice cream place at the end. Anyways, the "Road to Irish":

The videos (which unfortunately for most and fortunately for some) are absolutely hilarious but too big to post on the site :-(

So the weather held off, the game almost lived up to its billing, the lads were in full zone and the night overall rocked. A great prelude for the hard core job hunting that's going to start first thing tomorrow morning. Anyone in the market for a PHD research student studying the impact of Internet technologies on branding initiatives, strategic planning, knowledge management and/or blog/RSS specific projects (for practical implementation) shoot me an e-mail! I've also got over 4 years project management/business analyst experience working with Fortune 100 companies and over 10 federal and state governments, gimme a try eh! :-)

In addition to job hunting there's going to be a ton of travel as well as a couple other projects to look into I've had under my sleeve for a while now. It's going to be a great last couple months of the summer!

While on the topic of careers, cruising through my feeds I came across this fitting quote on SplaTT's blog:

"Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith. I'm convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don't settle."

Good luck to my fellow MBA'ers searching for jobs... don't settle.

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