Okay, so I went to San Antonio Sunday night for GEOINT 2007, the “Nation’s Premier Intelligence Event,” or so they say.
It was, in fact pretty good. Some good keynote addresses, and panels. A particularly outstanding keynote was from Lt. General Russell Honore’. I won’t get into his talk here, but it was excellent. Motivational, but not in a pep talk kind of way–more of a “this is who you’re really working for” way.
My travel partner Dave had to go see “Disney’s High School Musical On Ice,” (no, I’m not kidding) with his daughter on Sunday, so we didn’t leave until like, 1900. Got into San Antonio around 0100, finally to bed around 0200. Hey–we were freakin’ hungry, so we had to do a Denny’s call.
As well as the keynotes and panels, good times were had, and networking was done. Lots of vendors there, so we toured the booths when we weren’t up listening to briefings, etc.
So for our crew, there was me, Dave, and Doug. My ol’ buddy and co-worker Jimbo was there, and our OSSIM crew, Dave B. and Scotty.
Monday night was “GEOWalk Hospitality Night,” which is geekspeak for going around the Riverwalk with a big plastic sheriff’s badge on, so that you can stop into some of the bars and get free food and drinks. Which is not really a bad thing.
The highlight of GEOwalk for me was that we had an old friend Jennifer along. Jen used to work with us up at our current customer site, but her husband (who’s in the Army) got relocated down to San Antonio.
He just got sent to Iraq, and she is newly with child (numbah three :), so I think we helped her a little with a little grounding in familiarity, if that makes any sense. But for me, it was sooo good to see her again! And a good time was had by all. She didn’t drink any alchohol, naturally, but she did wear a star, ‘coz Doug needed a night in (he’d been there with his wife since Friday).
It was mainly Jennifer, Dave, and me, but we ran into Jimbo, Dave B, and Scotty. Tuesday night we went out with the whole crew, including Doug (but not Jen–she only had the sitter for one night). There’s a big fish story here, but I don’t feel like writing it right now. Maybe later…
Anyhoo–Dave wanted to get back in time to go down to Blacksburg for the VT game, so we left 1700 on Wednesday, and I didn’t get home until 0300 Thursday morning. Man–what a long day! But I’m here.
I slept until the crack of noon (well, it was more like 1100), and later had a good PT session. Yup, ye olde kettlebells again. Did a relatively high-intensity interval session, patterned on Pavel Tsatsouline’s “Man Maker” from his “Enter The Kettlebell” book.
Basically, 10 minutes of high-rep kettlebell lifts; do the lifts until you’re breathing good and heavy, then do some active recovery to let the heart rate come down a bit, then back at it. Active recovery was light jog/walk and/or stick and heavy bag work. The lifts were the basics: snatches, long-cycle single arm clean and jerk, single arm swings. Rinse and repeat ’til finished.
Before that portion I warmed up with stick work (which I find really seems to loosen me up, especially the shoulders) and a set of bent press, which I haven’t done for a while.
After the interval session, I did a little more stick, and some various cool-down stretches. Nice.
Today’s workout was very light… I helped Nancy and Walt move the last of their stuff to a friend’s house. We put their ladders, a wheelbarrow, and a snow blower in my truck, then took it over to the friend’s and unloaded. Not a heavy effort. But something, at least.
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