Saturday, September 1, 2012

Carrot and Stick

Sorry I haven't been blogging much. I haven't been able to write either, and it's eating away at me. All I can really do these days is study. First I have to pass a really difficult exam this September or I will lose 14% of my salary. I really wish my employer would use the carrot rather than the stick for us!
Playing one of my guitars
Anyway, unlike most such exams in the past, this one is truly hard. I've been studying for weeks already and still don't feel close to being able to attempt it, yet it's now September and I have no choice. This three day weekend is for nothing but studying.
My ever patient and lovely wife
To make matters worse, in October I have to go to Cisco's Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) training, and the test for that is also grueling.
Hanging out on Margit Island in Budapest
So I have little to look forward to over the next couple months except tedious studying. At least the NFL season will begin--go Peyton Manning! I'm no Denver Broncos fan, but I don't like the way the Colts ditched the greatest quarterback who ever lived.
Always a smile to brighten my day even when times are tough


  1. Good luck with the tests. Nice to see candid shots of you and the wife!

    I dislike tests, but the powers that be need to know that we know what we know. Play that guitar, it might ease the worry.

  2. Thanks, D.G.! This is my one attempt at procrastination...

  3. Hello:
    How appalling and utterly dreary this all sounds. It would appear that the life of a diplomat, or at least an American one, is very different from in the past. We do wish you every success and are sure that, when the time comes, you will sail through.

  4. Very kind of you to say. It's not always so dreary. It's just a convergence of events causing all this to happen right now.

  5. Nice guitar!!
    Job requirements sometimes suck.
    And Peyton was shafted. So was Tebow. For once, I can't wait to see what happens with the Jets now.

  6. Alex, I wish I had some guys like you around to help me with all my new effects pedals. I just spent a lot of money on them in order to get rid of my effects box that I didn't like.

  7. Good luck with the tests.

    All governments prefer the stick to the carrot.

  8. Blah, never knew one had to study once they already had the job, good luck. Afterwards grab the stick and give them a good whack.

  9. I feel bad for you. I didn't know people who do your job had to take tests. Good luck.
    My oldest son feels the same way about Peyton.

  10. Do you get to hang out with Hillary Clinton? I think Hillary is awesome.