Friday, September 22, 2006

Texas

Well, I'm back in Richmond after recruitment testing at Texas A&M. A few observances:

1) Dallas is an incredibly nice and modern airport - with the exceptions of un-free wifi and lack of power outlets. Seriously, there were a grand total of ZERO public-access power outlets. I searched 8 gates and couldn't find a single one. Which was why my battery died.

2) What's with all the crickets in Texas? I walk out onto the parking lot and had to plow my way through a bunch of hopping things.

3) Texans are not good at giving directions.

4) Texas A&M is huge, with more land than it knows what to do with.

5) "WHEE!! Isn't this fun? It's just like a roller coaster!" is not something you like to hear from the lady sitting next to you when you're traveling at 15,000 feet.

Other than that, it was a fairly uneventful trip. We tested 150 applicants, which is pretty good for that school. Although 150 tested applicants means 150 tests, plus all of the ones we didn't use. Which means a very heavy suitcase . . . so heavy in fact, that the stewardess actually ordered me to stow it under the plane.

Work today was also fairly uneventful, I just kept taking the CBT floorwalker classes. Even though the trip isn't until early/mid October, they say the training needs to be done by the 26th, which, when you consider that I just spent three days out of the office, is a fairly big crunch.

Had steak tonight for dinner. Yum.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

American Air

Wow, my very first blog post ever. Someday, I'll look back at this post and think sentimental thoughts.

Right now I'm in Dallas, paying for wifi that was free in Richmond. Stupid Texas. In an hour and a half I'll be on my way to Texas A&M at College Station to do recruitment testing for Capital One. How, you ask, did someone who graduated from New York's Cornell University get involved with TAMU recruiting? Well, it turns out that there's no one from TAMU is actually qualified to give the test, and the same recruiter who's in charge of CU is also in charge of TAMU, so I got pulled in. It'll be a fun few days, hopefully.

Anyway, as I was checking in at Richmond, the automated computer terminal asked me if I wanted to upgrade to first class for $35. So I decided sure, what the heck, I'll pay for that. Except the computer said there was an error, and told me to go to the ticketing agent. So I went to the agent, who informed me that I can't just upgrade, I need to have an "upgrade account" with AA. I began asking how one gets an upgrade account, and he just handed me my boarding pass, turned around and walked away. So that wasn't cool. I took my boarding pass and walked to the terminal, where I waited for the flight. Then we began boarding, and as they scanned my boarding pass it came up as "INVALID". The boarding agent told me that it was probably because my boarding pass was too old, and they'd switched planes. I informed him that I checked in less than an hour ago. He said ".....oh". Then he gave me a new ticket, which turned out to be first class. GRAH. Never flying AA again.

Now I'm in Dallas, waiting for the flight to College Station. I had dinner at a Chilis restaurant at the airport. The waiter was really cute, and I'll never see him again, so I wrote "HOT STUFF" on the receipt and gave him a 50% tip. Which CapitalOne will pay for. I know, I'm a dork.

Anyway, battery is running low, so that's it for now.