Monday, July 13, 2009


CCNA from the Wikipedia listing:

CCNA is the acronym for the Cisco Certified Network Associate certification from Cisco. In speech and in writing, this certification is properly referred to by the initials CCNA rather than the full name.

CCNA certification is a first-level Cisco Career certification and indicates a foundation in and apprentice knowledge of networking. CCNA certification validates the ability to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-size routed and switched networks, including implementation and verification of connections to remote sites in a WAN. To become Cisco certified, a passing score on the 640-802 exam must be achieved.

I'm proud to say that our younger son Greg successfully passed his test today. This is not an easy test and in fact a lot of people do not pass on the first try. Greg didn't pass on his first attempt a few weeks ago, only missing by one question.

He went back to studying and retook the test today. Of course he didn't tell us he was going to do so in spite of our nagging. We came home from work today to find a nice card from him, telling us of the news and thanking us for our support. We are extremely proud of him. We all went out to the restaurant of his choice to celebrate. Greg will now start to look for an internship to put his knowledge to work.

From the western front we are waiting to see what Jason and family are working on to get back east to visit. Initially the race timing company that Jason works with was going to pay to fly them back so Jason could time a race here so the company could test out a fix to the timing program. But the company had not been getting timely payments from the race promoters so did not have the funds to send the family back.

Obviously we were disappointed but understood. Then Jason called and asked me to check into cheap airfare but had not told me what he has in mind. Perhaps nothing will come of it but we may get to see the family after all.

Today started the two week corporate shut down but our are had the option of working. Even though the plants and most users of our systems are not around we are making changes so their is testing to be done. It is kind of strange to walk around the big headquarters complex that normally has thousands of people working and for this week there are maybe a few hundred. The cafeterias, fitness center, and latte stands are closed be will survive. Next week there will be more as we prepare for the plants to start back up.

This past weekend I was all set to go up to Boyne and race but on the way home from work Friday I came to the conclusion that I didn't really want to have a 3.5 hour drive each way for this 3 or 4 hour race and end up spending close to $100 after gas, entry, and food. I decided to skip it and rode for several hours each day. One of my Cannondale Midwest team members joined me on Sunday. It was nice to have someone to ride with. Hopefully we can get more team members to join us on future rides.

I'm not sure what the next race is, it may not be until the end of the month. I may have an announcement about a new type of race for LOHS to be held this fall but I can't say anything for sure until I can get the details worked out. Hopefully soon.

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