Saturday, December 23, 2006

Last Minute Shopping (Post--Take 2)

So, I lost the first version of the post right as I tried to submit it--it was probably written better, but here we go again!

Finals came and as I finished on Friday, I turned into the biggest apartment bum that Kauffman's ever seen. What did I do? TV, XBox, Sleep, and general socializing as I tried to feel better from an awful cold. It was a awesome change in pace (minus the cold part). How did finals turn out? Good enough.

I went home to Bellwood on Tuesday, finally returning to Lincoln on Thursday for some last minute shopping. Only, it wasn't a little bit--it was 90% of my shopping. Kim and I went out and about Thursday night--I was then a little over half done.

Friday morning had a late start, but I went out with a blaze of glory visiting:
  1. Petsmart
  2. Wal-Mart
  3. Shopko
  4. (Lunch Break)
  5. Target (I found what I want but they're out)
  6. Best Buy (They don't have it either)
  7. Gateway (Various Stores - C'mon--Seriously)
  8. Linens-N-Things (Was desperate--but Jackpot--They had at least 40 of them)
  9. Shopko (This seems familiar)
  10. Wal-Mart (I love this place)
  11. Wal-Mart (I love this place so much I couldn't make it out of the parking lot without going back in)

Yes, I was at the same Wal-Mart three times and Shopko twice. Poor planning? Probably. Christmas crowds? Enough to make me wish I'd shopped earlier. I spent at least 10 minutes just trying to depart the Best Buy parking lot. The second trip into Wal-Mart? I forgot labels for Christmas gifts.

Next year: Buy everything at Amazon.com and have it shipped to me. I'm not setting foot in a store again. Ok, so maybe that won't happen--but I can at least set the bar high and aim for it.

Christmas--here we go. Do your worst--I'm ready...

Sunday, December 03, 2006

The Week Formerly Known as Dead Week

The whole semester's come down to the next two weeks. This coming week use to be called "Dead Week" across campus until ASUN voted to change the name to "The 15th Week". It's a week where students are allowed to catch-up, submit final projects, and prepare for finals during the following week. I'm looking forward to this week--some of my classes have been canceled and, in general, don't have too much to do. My final schedule the following week: 1 on Tuesday and 2 on Friday. Conveniently, my two Friday finals have alternative times scheduled on Tuesday as well. So, I could take three finals within a couple hours and be done.... or not. Either way, it'll be a good time.

Check the photos for Star City Parade photos--sorry for the glare on some of them--I should have taken Nick up on the offer of a used lens hood. I keep learning.

Time to head to church--I like going to the Sunday night candle-lit mass.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

A Little Press...

I had the luck of being interviewed by a reporter from our campus newspaper about my business endevours. Read the Daily Nebraskan Interview.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Inspiration to All

Helen Greiner, co-founder and chairman for iRobot, was one of the best presenters at the CEO national convention. She has an incredible vision and has been responsible for saving the lives of numerous soldiers through their PackBot offering. Even more than that, she has a minor speech impediment in which she has trouble pronouncing 'R's. It is so inspiring to see someone who has overcome a disability and risen to high-levels of success.

Read a little more about her at:
http://features.engadget.com/2004/08/02/interview-helen-greiner-chairman-and-cofounder-of-irobot/

Friday, November 03, 2006

Greetings from Chicago

Right now I'm sitting in a breakout session at the Collegiate Entrepreneur's Organization National Convention @ the Hyatt Regency McCormeck in Chicago, IL. This year there's over 1300 attendees and a number of great speakers including a track specifically for the technology industry. I'm coming up with a number of great ideas for a business startup, hopefully completing the next iteration of my business plan by the first of the year.

After watching some elevator pitches, it's clear that sales training is lacking in Colleges. Elevator pitches are 1 minute presentations of a business concept--a skill every entrepreneur should have in case they meet a potential investor or customer. The main problem isn't presentation skills--it's in the close--asking for the sale. Some let their speech end with the audience wondering if the speaker is done. Others have a flawless ending, but no planned closing and stumble out a incoherent "if you like it, let's talk later". The few that get it right and ask for the close, they're the ones that look good. I wonder why UNL doesn't have any classes discussing sales techniques... any individual needs these skills weather pitching themselves in an interview, a business plan, or selling a product.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Class Registration

8:00 AM: The last digit of my social matches and I can register for classes. Which did I pick?

Design Studio IV (JDE)
Small Business Growth & Development (Entrepreneurship)
Consumer Behavior (Marketing)
Early Christianity (History)
Vines, Wines & You (Wine Tasting/Production/General Education Class)

Did I get lucky? Why yes. Vines, Wines & You was full by 10:00 (so only 4 out of 10 social security number endings could register at this point).

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Welcome

Welcome to the Zim's new blog. Long story short, I finally bought into this idea of using Google's services. My old blog fell out-of-date because it took forever to upload pictures and make posts. Now, I'm able to store a photo album in Picasa and sych it with Google. No more time spent resizing and uploading photos. What does this mean for you? I'll actually have time to make posts and show pictures! Keep an eye out--more to come as the week moves on.

If you are looking for my old blog (that covers my trip to Europe), it's still online. Just hit on the EuroTrip Blog link (right).