New technologies and some tried-and-true service

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So today I’m writing about work — well I’m writing about my perspective on the stuff I write about for work. I’ve been infused, invigorated and inspired with some much-needed creative bursts — likely triggered by my company’s expected launch of a new mobile-banking portal. I’ve actually enjoyed thinking about what this site could be and how I can work to fulfill some personal goals or missions through the site’s story angles and coverage. In my last post, I mentioned Uganda and underserved women there whom a friend was trying to help. (And when I write ‘underserved,’ I mean underserved …

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Death, evaporation … and same ole sayings

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So, December and January did not treat me so well. I finally understand what pure exhaustion is! After traveling for the better part of six months (save for the month of December, when I was consumed with Holiday goings-on), I finally hit a wall. I’m off the road until June, so I’m starting to chill, think, write … without the underlying weight of worrying about all the prep I need to do for the next trade show or work event. I still have work on the mind, but at least I have time for other things, like blogging. In my …

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2010: OK. So I’ve been a slacker … I admit it!

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@World. I apologize for being a slacker, letting the spiders and dust mites overtake my blog. What can I write? Life has gotten in the way; and I’ve suffered from writer’s block, lost direction and an overall lack of interest in trying to come up with something interesting to write about. Well, that’s all soon changing, since I’m working to spearhead a new effort. First, I’m thinking about the direction this blog should take. I’ve added a couple of other writers to my team. One is a flight attendant for a major U.S. airline; the other is a poet and …

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Suffering from writer’s block …

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12:38 p.m. ET. I have two stories to file by 4 p.m. No words have manifested. A digression: The blog. I’m listening to another journalist in the newsroom complain about a so-called quote she received from a CEO — a quote that has obviously gone through the marketing and PR departments, and now reads so *canned* that I could probably sell it on my blog as “the quote you need when your business is going under.” It’s a reporter’s worst nightmare. Perhaps I will find some inspiration from the agony of PR-speak and canned quotes, even if I feel it …

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The day after Derby

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Tracy’s log: May 4 — The day after Derby! I don’t have a great deal to report today. It’s a relatively lazy day in the Bluegrass. Personally, this week will be a busy one … for work, life and YPAL. Speaking of YPAL, we have an advisory lunch coming up this Friday. Be sure to check out YPAL’s Web site to register and learn more!

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Back to work … with updates and minor annoyances!

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So … I’ve returned from my 8-day trip to San Diego, where I delivered two presentations about financial services U.S. credit unions should be taking advantage of. If you’re interested, you can read all about the conference I attended on my job site, which I will just assume you know. Now I’m prepping for a crazy month of biz travel, which I am sure will fill me with all kinds of good blog posts! The SD trip was great, since I did have two-and-a-quarter days for some R&R with some great friends from childhood. I alluded during a recent SD-trip …

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Capt’s Log …

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I have so much to share … so much is going on … I just want to vomit it all out in bits and pieces, but I won’t. I have not posted in a while, primarily because I’ve been out living life, working a lot and writing! All good stuff, but it has distracted me from the blog. Sorry, readers! I promise to do a better job, at least for the next couple of weeks! I’m in San Diego, heading back to the Hotel Del Coronado, where I left two bathing suits when I checked out on Wednesday to hit …

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Another weird Ky. law …

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In response to yesterday’s tweet about a crazy Kentucky law that forbids (and I use the present tense, as the law is still on the books) a woman in a bathing suit from standing on a highway, unless a club or some other type of protection is in hand, my friend hit me up on Facebook with this … “… in Lexington (Ky.) it is illegal to have an ice cream cone in your back pocket. our state is weird” Yes, my friend, it is!

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@teekitty

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Here was a little factoid I posted on my Twitter @teekitty page earlier today, and I got some feedback. Honestly, I cannot fathom what action or reaction spurred this law, but it makes me proud to be a Kentuckian (uh hmm). My post: Is this a real law?: ‘In Kentucky, a woman cannot be on a highway in a bathing suit unless she has a club’ Response: The exceptions, for real, were that it was OK if she was accompanied by a police officer or she was either under 90 pounds or over 200 pounds. The statute, #436.140 stipulates that …

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Way behind the 8-ball

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So, I’ve admittedly fallen behind on my posts. Not an excuse; just a reality! I stopped last night to think about where all of my time has gone; and, well, most of it has been lost to the summer. Work, fun and events: The week only has so many hours, right? On a positive note, I finally got new debit cards and checking accounts open — so the days of writing checks for groceries and books have finally come to a close. I did receive notice last week, however, that one debit card was being deactivated and reissued next month, …

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Viruses, ATM cards and cell phones …

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<<<<Hacker’s Delite!>>>> Well, I’ve had quite the half-month. In addition to living without my Crackberry and ATM card for nearly two weeks, my laptop seems to have been infected by one of the famed/infamous North Korean viruses — at least that’s the assumption I’m operating under, since neither I, nor anyone on my company’s IT team, has ever seen anything like it. Yeah, figures! This malware has latched on to every root in my system, despite Symantec’s feeble attempts to quarantine the little trojans. Bruce Schneier, a security blogger I pick up from time to time, has posted a few …

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My parents had Farrah, but I had Michael

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Wow! June 25 will go down in the U.S. history books as being the day the music died! No doubt about it. Michael Jackson: A legend, an icon, the epitome of all that is good about and wrong with the Gen X pop culture. The rest of the world likes to criticize the U.S. for its plastic, commercialized existence. What the rest of the world does not realize is that our existence really is not *all* plastic. The immortalization of certain American characters has actually pushed us as a people to say: We have talent and can do anything! Well, …

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Admittedly a bit lame, but funny all the same …

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My dad sent this to me … and it brought a smile! I don’t get write this kind of stuff in the real world! A new sign in the Bank Lobby reads: ‘Please note that this Bank is installing new Drive-through ATM machines enabling customers to withdraw cash without leaving their vehicles. Customers using this new facility are requested to use the procedures outlined below when accessing their accounts. After months of careful research, MALE & FEMALE Procedures have been developed. Please follow the Appropriate steps for your gender.’ ******************************* MALE PROCEDURE: 1. Drive up to the cash machine. 2. …

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ATM cards … the saga continues

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OK. I give up. I give in. I allow the universe to take all of my dependence on debit and credit and step on it! For the third time this month, I’ve faced yet another snafu with access to my monetary funds. Crazy! I won’t go into all of the details here, but suffice it to say, this most recent episode has been the most devastating thus far. It’s funny how much a person can miss the convenience of debit, credit, and night deposits and cash withdrawals at the ATM … until she no longer has them! I may have …

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Canada and greyhounds … WOW!

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OK. I’m not quite sure where I was last July, but I was definitely not paying attention. (I was probably pulling weeds or something. Who knows?!) Upon sharing my stories of travel mishaps — the most recent being my near-landing in Ontario, Calif., rather than the desired destination of Ontario, Canada — someone asked me about my greyhound experience, since I had to take a greyhound from Buffalo to Toronto. Puzzled by the Q, I went on a two-minute explanation and defense, really, of the bus service in Canada — how nice it is, etc. Much to my surprise, the …

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Just when I thought everything was set …

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This learning to go with the flow stuff actually works, I’m quickly finding out. Yes, unexpected events and trials have a way of creeping in. Although I sometimes wonder if on my quest for adventure I don’t subconsciously create chaos … just to add a little excitement to my day. Here’s a brief update: After a week and a half in Africa, I returned the States a bit worn from the road but with a rejuvenated spirit. Frantically, I prepped for my trip to Toronto, which would carry me across another border in just more than a week. The time …

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Enjoying the sites, at the James Bond hotel

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I joked before I left for Marrakech that I might find myself in the midst of a scene similar to a James Bond movie. That has not really been the case, but the Golf Palace, where I’m now staying, comes close to being a James-Bond-like hotel. It’s lush, and I plan to enjoy the pool a bit today, once the conference wraps … I also hope to have some time to get in more blogging and journal writing. Well, I also need to do some reporting, perhaps poolside! Just a few highlights: The gym here, which I’ve visited twice, has …

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Landing at the resort, Golf de La Palmeraie

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While Marrakech has been a great place for alcohol-cleansing, it’s not been so great for sugar-cleansing. I guess that’s to be expected, given that sugar is one of Morocco’s primary cash crops and exports. Sugar and honey are in or on EVERYTHING! I guess that’s why the bees are always buzzing around. I don’t mind it, though. I just topped off two or three little pastries in typical Marrakech fashion. The walking has offset the intake, though, I’m sure … thus, I am not too worried. Being in a Muslim country has been interesting. And though I understand Marrakech (and …

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Finding mystery, and taking in the sights and sounds

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My travel buddy, Dana, says everyone who comes to Marrakech looking for mystery finds it. She read that somewhere — something profound someone said, and it’s actually true. Mysteries: Sometimes the water works, sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes the streets are illuminated with street lights, sometimes they are not. Some roads lead you where you expect, sometimes they don’t. And just when you think every 20-something man on the street is trying to rip you off or pull a scam, one or two come along and surprise you with a comforting word and a helpful hand. It’s a very intriguing place …

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Preparing for the trip: Africa ’09

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Well, traveling to a new country is always exciting. Before my first trip overseas 12 years ago this month, I stressed and planned and anticipated for nearly 12 months before the trip. Granted, I backpacked for three months across Europe as a new college grad, so I was, shall we say, a little over-the-top about it all. But I still like to feel that excitement, anticipation and expectation that the trip will somehow open my eyes to new perspectives and return me to good ole Kentucky a little different than I was when I left. This trip is bringing back …

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Marrakes(c)h Express

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The final countdown: I leave for Morocco tomorrow and plan to blog about my trip from the road. If the Internet gods cooperate, and my site allows me to upload new images, the updates should be free-flowing … and I should be smooth-sailing! After a quick 24-hour trek, I’ll be in Marrakech sometime Friday morning, local time, of course. Wish me well!

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Christmas cards? Hum bug!

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I used to send Christmas cards every year, and I always put a fair amount of thought into them. I usually designed the cards myself, with some sort of funny image from the year I was getting ready to kiss good-bye. Making the cards gave me some enjoyment, so I didn’t mind so much the dreaded addressing and stamping of all of those suckers I had to mail out to a plethora of family and friends. These days, I say bah on the whole Christmas card thing … although I do I like getting the cards! And I’m leaning toward …

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Getting ready for Christmas!

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I’ve been trying to get into the Chrismas spirit, which sometimes is difficult for me. Last year, the Holidays were a bit of a blur. This year, I’m making a conscious effort to get into the mood! Last night, I got to see “A Christmas Carol” at Actors Theatre in Louisville. It was excellent … and just what the ole Christmas spirit needed. Now, I think I’m ready to head out to get some gifts for the Angel Tree!

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