Monday, March 31, 2008

The longest day of your life.

I have to hand it to Singapore Airlines. The "Executive Economy" seat on their A340 jet is pretty damn nice for an economy price. I spent 18 hours in this puppy on Friday. A long time to be in the same seat. The service was almost as good as in Business Class on Continental or Northwest. And the seat was better than most domestic business seats. There are Singapore Airlines flights direct to Singapore from Los Angeles and Newark everyday for under $1,500. In my humble opinion, the best way to get to the other side of the world short of coughing up $4,500 for a seat in the front of the bus.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

12 years of work = 9 boxes of junk

Pretty sad, isn't it. My office has been packed up and sent to Singapore. This is my last day in the Houston office. My home away from home since 20 September, 1996. I've met a lot of great people here. (Some greater than others.) I've also learned more and have been give more responsibility than I would have ever expected. It's a weird feeling. I didn't expect that I'd appreciate this place as much as I do. I guess you never know what you've got 'till it's gone.

My "fond farewell" gathering is this afternoon in the boardroom. Not the kind of thing I enjoy, but my guess is that I'll appreciate it afterwards.

The overseas adventure starts tomorrow. 3:55pm on Continental Flight 795 to LAX, then it's on to my 18 hour and 20 minute joyride on Singapore Airlines. The fact that I take off on Thursday and land on Saturday still bothers me. Wish me luck.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Hair of the dog

Matt's tip of the week...don't drink half a bottle of vodka. It's not good for you and you feel like crap the next day. Pretty much words to live by if you ask me. Then again, I'm not the Tremblay with high liver enzymes.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Sale of the Century

Here it is. All of our worldly possesions just sitting on the curb like we're gypsies or something.'s all crap. You can't believe the things that people will buy. Old clothes, a used diabetes testing kit, our 6 year old son. Ok, he's not for sale, but we did get one offer for him. $25. Not bad.
The more of this stuff that sells, the more we don't have to pack or throw away. If anyone would like to buy a used wet saw, just let me know.

REVISION: Someone actually bought the wet saw. Wow.

Lets start this thing!

Well, here it is. Matt's blog. I'll do my best to use it as a way to keep up with everyone while I'm overseas. I'll be posting about work, family, and Singapore in general. Don't expect to see something new here every day, but I'll do my best to keep up with it.

As far as what's going on today...

I got my office packed yesterday. Someone came in to visit and told me that I looked like I was sitting in a prison cell. My office is pretty bare. The boxes are on their way to my new office in Singapore. They weighed a ton. DHL must love me.

Today's plan at work is to finish off the last job on my to do list and then start tying up loose ends. From there it's back home to get psyched up for the garage sale this weekend. Melissa has been busting her butt getting ready for it. I hope we sell everything. The less junk we need to pack the better.

To close this post, I'll tell you about the presents I got from my team. First, was a baseball signed by one of the groups that work for me. It's pretty cool. Just the kind of thing you'd like to leave out on your desk. The other is a great framed collection of Red Sox magazines and baseball cards. I took the picture with my phone, but you get the idea.

That's all for now. I fly one week from today. Looks like this Singapore thing might actually happen.