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Rated: E · Book · Travel · #1779685
I travel the country on business, sometimes the world. Come see where I've been.
         Talk about perks, my job has one of the best ones I can think of! I travel in the course of business, delivering classes for my employer. I am a Senior Training Specialist for Motorola Solutions, and teach classes on a wide variety of subjects centered around 2 way radio communications. I'm qualified to deliver approximately 30 different classes, but about half of those are 'Legacy' classes, and are not in demand anymore. My students are technicians, those who maintain, program, calibrate, and repair large 2-way radio systems. Some of these systems are statewide, and use TCP-IP networking to allow sites to communicate with others. Some are small, traditional type radio sites. The size doesn't matter, in each case the systems must be kept operational at all times, since many of them are Public Safety Systems. So I get to travel, sometimes frequently, 3-4 weeks in a row.... where am I this week?

         This probably won't have daily entries, but I will make entries when I get to go somewhere, and keep an updated list of coming trips. My schedule changes faster than the weather, so don't be too surprised to see me list an upcoming class, only to remark later on that it is cancelled, or delayed. Delays are fine of course, but a later date might mean that someone else gets to go instead of me,,, Well, here we go with this, let's see where it takes us.

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August 8, 2022 at 9:31pm
August 8, 2022 at 9:31pm
#1036253
Teaching From Home

Locale: Bloomington, Illinois

Week of: 8/8/22

         Well, since I couldn't go to Los Angeles as scheduled, I'm teaching the class from home this week. There wasn't much time for the customer to prepare for it, they were expecting me there last night. But a retest for COVID was positive once again, even though I feel fine. It was a good call though, evidently this customer is still checking everyone for COVID daily!

         So far so good though, but there is one small wrinkle to things. They work 10 hour days Mon-Thurs, and no one mentioned that in all the prep-work emails. So tomorrow and Wednesday we'll add an extra hour to the class, and Thursday we'll go until we're done. Fine by me because due to the time difference, I'm teaching from 10 am to 6 pm CDT. Getting done early Thursday will be nice, and having Friday free even nicer. Plus, I will teach the same customer next week, but the class will be Fleetmapping.

         I've taught this class for over 21 years now, I feel like I can almost do it in my sleep, or with one arm tied behind my back. Just as I get it fully in my mind (that actually happened long ago), I will edit the course with a thorough re-wwrite. It needs it though. I just have to find the time to do it, and decide what I want to delete from the course, what I want to add. That's been my main problem all along, figuring out those two issues. It's time I tackle it though. Maybe over Christmas, we'll see what my priorities are then.


In Closing


         I am home next week, and as of now to teach Fleetmapping to this same customer. After that, it's 2 weeks in Schaumburg (only 5 days total really), followed by a week in Buffalo during Labor Day week. Then it's football season (yippee), and fall arrives soon after. My schedule remains full to the gills through the end of the year and into next year. I look for it to remain that way. Til next time, be good to yourselves and those you love, and WRITE!





Jim Dorrell
July 30, 2022 at 9:24pm
July 30, 2022 at 9:24pm
#1035898
Teaching In Schaumburg & From Home

Locale: Schaumburg & Bloomington, Illinois

Week of: 7/25/22

         This class is the one I delivered in Kansas just two weeks ago. While the students didn't exhibit the same enthusiasm that the Kansas studens did, things still went well, all things considered. All things considered? Yeah, Monday night was a tough night for me, I coughed most of the night and felt sorry for anyone in a room near me. Shades of early last year! The cough was that bad. I went to work Tuesday morning, and from there to Urgent Care. The students ended up having the day off because I was tested for COVID again, and was positive this time too. I'm still not sure if it was a carry-over from being in Kansas, or a new case. Either way, I was miserable. I was in Urrgent Care for about 3 hours, and was prescribed Paxlovid, the same anti-viral medicine our president has been taking. When I left Urgent Care, I went to my hotel, packed things up and checked out. Then of course, I had that 2-hour drive home. In some cases, I probably should not have been driving. The cough remained with me, and there were a couple of times that I felt the blood rush to my head, and the feeling I might pass out. But, having gone through this last year, I knew I wasn't close to the fainting point, but still..... I should not have been driving. With no other way to get home really, I had to drive. It wasn't that dangerous, but that might just be me downplaying things.

         My manager came in while I was in Urgent Care and explained what was going on. They were offered the chance to go home early, or continue the class as an online class. Believe me, when I got home, the last thing I wanted to do was teach on line the next day. When I woke Wednesday morning I sitll didn't feel like teaching on line. But I did begin the class, and as the day wore on I felt better. That cough is still with me though. I see my Primary Care doctor Tuesday morning, we'll see what comes of that. I made it through the week though, but have slept on a makeshift bed (cot), or on the love-seat (we don't have a couch), every night. I have a tough time lying down right now, when I lie down I start to cough. This cough is not a small, soft cough. It's loud, it's from deep in my chest, and can leave me breathless. I haven't passed out from it, but I've felt it coming on once again. I am not sure the cough is due to COVID, or if something else is going on that might be COVID related, which is causing the cough. I'm still here, alive and somewhat well, that's the good thing. Am I completety healthy? NO. Nor do I think I will ever be 100% again. If not COVID, if not the cough, I have some amount of pain every day. There's no getting away from it, so I grin and bear it. I am going to a back pain specialist this week, we'll see what he says.

         My schedule has been modified due to this past week, so I will not be in Schaumburg as originally scheduled. I will be home resting, sleeping, and recovering all I can. My Quarantine ends tonight, but I have the extra 5 days of isolation, and will wear a mask about everywhere I go. My manager wants me to have another COVID this week, and it has to come back negative. Otherwise I will not fly to LA on Sunday the 7th of August. *Frown* I have my fingers crossed.


In Closing


         I am home next week, and as of now, I fly to LA as I said. We'll see what happens with the tests this week as to whether I go or not.. As of now, my schedule is full to the gills through the end of the year and into next year. I look for it to remain that way. Til next time, be good to yourselves and those you love, and WRITE!





Jim Dorrell
July 20, 2022 at 6:38pm
July 20, 2022 at 6:38pm
#1035497
This should really have a different title, but this title hit me, and I'm stickin with it.


Locale: Saline, Kansas

Week of: 7/11/22


         This past week was spent in Saline Kansas. Don't say Say-leen like I do. Instead it's Say-line. Whatever.

         The class started out very strong. There were six students, each with a bit of RF background, each looking to bolster their knowledge and learn more about a Trunked RF System. Monday was excellent, one of the Senior Engineers commented that he was learning a lot already. That comment was special because it seemed the others looked to him for guidance and advice. Back at my hotel Monday evening, I received a call from the Motorola Project Manager. Someitmes this can be a bad sign, and I wondered what might have prompted the call. As we talked, he said one of the students had called him immediately after the class ended and raved about it, saying, "This is exactly what we need to learn!" What a compliment to recieve on day one. *Smile* The rest of the week was just as good as day one.

         What I really love in delivering a class is receiving a lot of questions from the students. There are two reason for loving questions on my part. First, it shows they're interested, and want to know more about topics I haven't covered and may not cover. Two, if I don't know the answer I look it up, and in the process, I also learn. There were no unanswered questions durin this class though. This class is particularly suited to many questions and answers, we took full advantage of every opportunnity there. During breaks, it was hard to get out long enough for a restroom call, letalone relax a little. I didn't mind, but I did excuse myself on occasion to take that restroom break. Other than that, I remained in the room answering questions.

         On Wednesdaty I developed a minor cough. With my coughing experience from last year pretty fresh in my mind, I figured it was due to new pollens in Kansas that I had not been around before, and that the coughing was due to allergies. Or was it wishful thinking on my part? Yep, as you might know now, I contracted COVID, verifed by a test completed Saturday with results coming in on Sunday. I had a very mild case of it though. I only had the cough, a little bit of 'going to the bathroom frequently' (trying to keep it clean here), and a bit of fatigue. I've spent all my time staying home since this, and did not go to Fort Lauderdale as planned Monday. I was relegated banished to the living room per the CDC guidelines. We don't have an extra bathroom, so that was shared. Anything I ate was placed on a small table at the living room entry and I carried it from there to my small TV tray in front of the love seat. Yep, small house, and small living room. I slept on the love seat three nights (and days at times), which is not long enough to accomodate my body. It was cramped, but livable and doable. Once the weekend passed, I seemed to get better quickly, but am still not 100%. It might take a while to get there.


In Closing


         I am in Schaumburg next week for 5 days, and will spend the weekend home. As of now, my schedule is full to the gills through the end of the year. I look for it to remain that way. Til next time, be good to yourselves and those you love, and WRITE!





Jim Dorrell
July 8, 2022 at 5:12pm
July 8, 2022 at 5:12pm
#1034888
Locale: Bloomington, Illinois

Week of: 7/4/22


         Though this is considered an off week (no delivery because of the July 4th holiday), I still had work to do. We all do, but mine was an organized type of work. The content manager blocked my schedule for this week so I could spend it working with one of our technical writers. We were to work on a course that is a prerequisite for a course that I am the Subject Matter Expert (SME) for.

         We had a one-hour meeting using Google Meet Tuesday-Friday, with a goal of covering all 12 modules in the course. We achieved our goal and then some. She shared the Course Storyboard with me so I could mark it up as needed, delete inaccurate text, and arrange things so it flowed smoothly.

         Let me backtrack a little, and explain a little bit about this course. Being a prerequisite course, it was divided into two separate paths. One path is for what we call the M Core/L Core. These are both Cores used mainly with Trunked Systems. I'm not going to go into what a Trunked system is vs a Conventional System, which often uses the K Core. It's the K Core that I am the SME for. Some of the slides are identical, some have minor or major differences. The problem with this course is that Trunked data/graphics/demonstrations were used at times in the K Core portion. Plus, the flow was not consistent, often we'd see a subject covered in detail, only to come back to that subject later in the course. When that subject was covered later, it may or may not match what had been covered earlier.

         Another thing that's being done with this edit, is to create a new prerequisite course that applies to the K Core only. So, I deleted any slide that was used in the M/L Core content only. As a result, we lowered the modules from twelve to about six or seven. The next step is for the writer to rework everything with custom animations. She'll send it to me for review and suggestions. Corrections will be made by her (yes, corrections will be necessary), and I'll review it all again. She wants this completed by mid-August. I don't have a free week until late August, I am delivering classes for the next six weeks. That doesn't matter to me, I'll do the reviews during an evening or on weekends. I told her to give me a deadline each time, and I will get it done. I like deadlines, believe it or not. I think I work better with one, because I will front load the work so it's completed early, then spend some reviewing the suggestions. Have I mentioned how much I LOVE my job? I'm not being sarcastic in saying that either.


In Closing


         I fly to Kansas on Sunday, and and have about a 70 minute drive to Salina from Wichita. I may visit Marquette Kansas on my drive. It one of those towns where you can get property for free! The catch of course is that you have a fixed amount of time biuild a house. Yes, I would not mind one bit living in Kansas. The following week will be spent in Fort Lauderdale for a four day hands-on only class. Til next time, be good to yourselves and those you love, and WRITE!





Jim Dorrell
July 4, 2022 at 10:42am
July 4, 2022 at 10:42am
#1034681
Locale: Bloomington, Illinois

Week of: 6/20/22


         For the first time in a while, I delivered back to back classes of the same course. This is one of the things I love about being qualified in the courses I am. I rarely deliver the same course two weeks in a row. But here I am doing just that, and that's fine. Once in a while.

         This week's class was a Federal Customer, and since it is the Fourth of July weekend, Friday was a holiday for them. This necessitated a slight change in the schedule. Instead of delivering the class in five 3-hour days, I would deliver it in four 4-hour days. It changes things quite a bit really. You might wonder why, so I'll explain. I know where I want to be at the end of a given day for every class I teach. So, teaching five 3-hour days is different than teaching four 4-hour days. You stop at different places in the curriculum. For some it's no big deal, they sort of 'wing' each delivery, teaching each delivery of the same class differently. I was trained to follow a different approach due to my background in Nuclear Power. You follow the Instructor Guide, and personalize the delivery with your knowledge. For most others, personalizing means deliver the class in whatever order you wish, no need to follow a guide. I lost that fight long ago, and though I haven't given up, I realize I'll never change their minds. It would take management involvement to change the way classes are delivered. Oh well.... maybe some day, long after I'm gone.

         I know I've mentioned this before, but Fleetmapping is all about configuring the system (in particular, a server at the Core called the 'Provisioning Manager') and the radios to maximize their capabilities. I teach radio programming also, making this class a bit easier to learn initially. In every class of radio programming, I tell the students that configuring a field value in CPS (the software used to program radios) only gives the radio the ability to perform that function. The system in this case, is that server called the Provisioning Manager. Here's an easy example. Suppose I configure the radio with CPS to send a voice call using encryption? I have to log on to the Provisioning Manager (PM), create/edit that 'radio object', and configure the radio in the PM to grant it permission to make that kind of call. Now imagine that your company, county, city, state, or whatever your agency is, has spent over 100 million dollars on this new radio system, and the radios you want to be able to send Encrypted Calls can't because they have not been configured correctly in the PM. You start to see the value of Fleetmapping.

         I was given a copy of their Fleetmap, which is in the preliminary stage. They have a long way to go, and a lot to learn. The class was good, everything went well. I could almost see their eyes becoming less confused as the class progressed, even though I never saw their faces. (No one turns on their Webcams for class). This group did a good job in asking questions and discussing topics they didn't understand well. Only time will tell how much they learned as they build their Fleetmap.


In Closing


         I am home this week, and will spend it working with a curriculum developer on modifying an online prerequisite dourse. My session with military members was a complete flop since no one showed up. Since they are still in the Military, they had Friday off also, so I'm not surprised. My next trip will start Sunday when I fly to Kansas to visit Dorothy, and the town of Salina. After that, it's back to Fort Lauderdale for a four day hands-on only class. Til next time, be good to yourselves and those you love, and WRITE!





Jim Dorrell
June 26, 2022 at 10:29pm
June 26, 2022 at 10:29pm
#1034321
Locale: Bloomington, Illinois

Week of: 6/20/22


         This week was a rare 'Resident' delivery of the course 'Fleetmapping'. A resident class is a class that allows open registration. What that means is that any customer can register for the class, and attend it. Resident classes are normally delivered in our Schaumburg or Fort Lauderdale faciltiy. When the pandemic hit, we delivered a lot of classes remotely (from home). It was early in the pandemic that I was asked to deliver this class, and have been doing that for 2 years now. I find I really enjoy this class, and I'm not sure why. This class was no different from my other fleetmapping deliveries, other than there was little discussion/questions from the students. That's somewhat normal in many virtual classes, but I usually get more participation in this class than other online deliveries. Not this week though.

         I think I've mentioned this before, but Fleetmapping is all about configuring the system (in particular, a server at the Core called the 'Provisioning Manager') and the radios to maximize their capabilities. Customers spend million of dollars on these systems, getting them configured correctly can be a challenge. That's where Fleetmapping comes in.

         Don't get me wrong though, this was a good class, everything went well. There just wasn't that many questions from the students. Maybe I don't ask enough questions myself to bring them out of their shells, who knows?


In Closing


         I am home next week delivering Fleetmapping once more. This time it will be four hours/day for four days, instead of three hours/day for five days. This is a Federal customer, and I guess they get Friday 7/1 off. I don't, I will still be online in a Virtual classroom presenting a special presentation to any military members who are leaving the service soon and might want to work for Motorola. If they do, they will be Interns until their enlistment is up, then get hired as a Field Tech. If I was 20 years younger, I'd love to do that. Then again, maybe not, I love teaching too much. Til next time, be good to yourselves and those you love, and WRITE!





Jim Dorrell
June 23, 2022 at 9:07pm
June 23, 2022 at 9:07pm
#1034162
Locale: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Week of: 6/13/22

         I'm back in Fort Lauderdale this week, still having fun of course. Right now, I'm scheduled to return in July for four more days, then December for a week. We'll see what the future holds, won't we?

         The first week was spent delivering a basic Networking Class. This week was a more advanced Networking class that focused on the networking addresses and equipment used in our radio systems. Like the class last week, there are a lot of hands-on opportunities, and the students spent most of it doing just that. The students love it too, making it even better. Monday, and part of Tuesday was 'Death By Powerpoint' as I like to call it. After that. it was all hands on. I emphasized to the students that everything we were doing was in the Powerpoint slideshow, but doing it was far better than reading slides. Additionally, there's a lab guide to follow, and we did. Actually, we went above and beyond the lab guide.

         Since I was here two weeks, I rented a car for the weekend and drove up to Clearwater/St. Petersburg, My Father-In-Law lives there alone now after losing his wife in September. I figured he would like some company, and I was correct. He insisted on fixing me dinner Friday night, and took me to breakfast both Saturday and Sunday. In return, I was able to do what I'd intended, take him to dinner Saturday night. (See below about where we went). It was a great weekend though. He needed someone to talk to, someone with a common background (We served on the USS Theodore Roosevelt SSBN 600 together) that would understand the things he mentioned. So I listened. A lot. It was a very good visit, and a must really. After all, he's 87, no telling when or if I'll see him again.


Noteworthy Restaurants:


         Batch - New Southern Kitchen          https://www.batchsouthernkitchen.com/ftl/          I came here to try their Shrimp & Grits. While they were very good, they don't compare to the dish in Charleston, SC, at Fleet Landing. I'll come back here though, the meal was good, service was good, I had a nice time there!


         Tiki Tiki          https://letstikitiki.com/menu/          This place was 'found for me', it was recommended I come here. I have to say it was a good recommendation. I tried the Ahi Tuna Nachos which were HUGE! I couldn't finish them of course, but did add what Tuna that was left to my leftovers I took back with me. My meal was their Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl. Do you see a theme here? *Smile* As mentioned, I added the tuna from the Nacho's to the leftovers of this bowl, and had it for lunch the next day. Wow!

         Con Murphyt          https://www.conmurphysfl.com/          Let's just say that although the food was pretty good, I probably won't return here. The blackened Grouper on my sandwich looked a little like Tilapia. I've sold enough fish in my life that I can identify some, Tilapia is easy to identify, and I don't really eat Tilapia, even though it is a white fish with a mild flavor. Plus, I don't want to pay Grouper prices and get Tilapia. Now, Tilapia is not on their menu, but it would be easy to use any white fish in place of Grouper, and charge for Grouper. Tilapia is MUCH less expensive than Grouper. Am I being paranoid? Maybe, I'd like to think I'm not. After my experience in North Carolina years ago, I wouldn't be surprised if this was being done by far more than one restaurant. Especially in today's world and times. So, I won't be going back.


In Closing

         I am home for three weeks now, teaching classes the first two weeks, then working on a course review with a curriculum developer the week of July 4th. My next trip is to Kansas, the town of Salina, followed by a return to Fort Lauderdale again! Til next time, be good to yourselves and those you love, and WRITE!




Jim Dorrell
June 13, 2022 at 6:48am
June 13, 2022 at 6:48am
#1033777
Locale: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Week of: 

         I'm back in Fort Lauderdale this week and next. I find it ironic that our facility opened here about 5 years ago, and I've been scheduled to be here at least once every year. However, the schedule changes frequently, so this is my first year making it down to this locale. Right now, I'm scheduled to return in July for four more days, then December for a week. We'll see what the future holds, won't we?

         The first week was spent delivering a basic Networking Class. Everything went well, even if I was a little rusty with the course materials. I love the hands-on opportunities offered in this course, and spent most of it doing just that. The students love it too, making it even better. Monday was 'Death By Powerpoint' as I like to call it, we finished that up the first hour Tuesday. After that was all hands on. I emphasized to the students that everything we were doing was in the Powerpoint slideshow, but doing it was far better than reading slides. Additionally, there's a lab guide to follow, and we did. Actually, we went above and beyond the lab guide.

         Since I have two weeks here, I rented a car for the weekend and drove up to Clearwater/St. Petersburg, My Father-In-Law lives there alone now after losing his wife in September. I figured he would like some company, and I was correct. He insisted on fixing me dinner Friday night, and took me to breakfast both Saturday and Sunday. In return, I was able to do what I'd intended, take him to dinner Saturday night. (See below about where we went). It was a great weekend though. He needed someone to talk to, someone with a common background (We served on the USS Theodore Roosevelt SSBN 600 together) that would understand the things he mentioned. So I listened. A lot. It was a very good visit, and a must really. After all, he's 87, no telling when or if I'll see him again.


Noteworthy Restaurants:


         Pirate Republic Seafood          https://piraterepublicseafood.com/          This place sits on a river here, with beautiful boats cruising past. I finally saw the one I'd own if down here. A small inflatable dinghy. I had their Spicy Garlic Shrimp for an Appetizer, and their 'Pirate Bowl' for my meal. It was excellent, but even being on expense account it was expensive. As a result, I may never return, unless I have someone to dine with and want them to experience the atmosphere and the pleasure of dining there.

         Rocco's Tacos          https://www.roccostacos.com/fort-lauderdale/          I was there twice this past week. I dined alone on Monday. While there I saw that on Taco Tuesday they have 'All You Can Eat Tacos' for $25. When I mentioned that in class, two of my students wanted to go, so the three of us went there when class was done,. It was so nice to have someone to dine with and talk/exchange information with. I didn't do the All You Can Eat because despite my looks, I can't eat enough (you'd have to finish off 5 tacos to not be wasting money, since they normally about $5 each). I had my favorite dish, Chile Rellenos. This place really rocked on Cinco De Mayo, I was there, and it was crazy.

         Cuba Libre          https://www.cubalibrerestaurant.com/en/fortlauderdale/menus/dinner/          My Uber Driver told me that Cuba Libre was better than my favorite Cuban place here, Padrino's Cuban Restaurant. Frankly, I liked Padrino's a little better. I had Paella in both places, and prefer Padrino's over Cuba Libre. The view is better at Cuba Libre. Once again I dined with a student, and he about broke his neck several times as a woman walked by. *Laugh* Padrino's is also quieter which I prefer.

         Shuck N Dive          https://shuck-n-dive.com/food/          This place is more of a Dive than anything, but it was fine., I was in the mood for Cajun food, so I went there. The Mahi Mardi Gras was smothered in Crawfish Etouffee, and was served with Beans N Rice and Hushpuppies. The food was pretty good, but lacked the heat one would expect in a Cajun Dish.

         Salt Rock Grill          https          This is an excellent seafood restaurant! If I was looking to complain, I'd just say that I ordered their Shellfish Stuffed Sea Bass, and though it was outstanding, it wasn't stuffed, it was more like strips of Sea Bass just covered in their excellent Shrimp, scallops, and crab stuffing with citrus cream sauce, and garlic mashed potatoes.
But that's being very picky. This is where I took Ken for dinner Saturday. He had never been there, and loved it. For our appetizer, we had Tuna Sashimi, which was just scrumptious. Our table was outside so we had a nice view of the boats at the pier. Overall, it was a nice relaxing afternoon/evening.


In Closing

         I spent the weekend in Clearwater as mentioned, and am right back here in Fort Lauderdale next week. Til next time, be good to yourselves and those you love, and WRITE!




Jim Dorrell
June 8, 2022 at 6:27am
June 8, 2022 at 6:27am
#1033598
Locale: Bloomington, Illinois

Week of: May 30, 2022


         Back in the Before Time, the department would have everyone meet in Schaumburg for Cross-Training/Meetings. It was always a good week because despite being co-workers, there were several instructors I rarely saw. Seeing them in person, chatting, exchanging information and knowledge was always a good time. Plus, Friday afternoon we'd have a picnic/bbq, an afternoon of fun and games. Then the Pandemic hit, and everything shifted to the online enviornment. We didn't travel anywhere of course; in fact we spent 6-7 weeks just editing course materials to be used in an online enviornment. Of course our week of meeting & cross-training was moved to the online environment also. This meant that the department didn't fly in those who live & work remotely. Counting myself, there are 7 or 8 people who would have flown in (I would drive up to Schaumburg of course, no need for me to fly that short distance). With airfares the way they are right now, plus meals, cars, and hotels, that would be about $2000 person. As a result, any chance we have to meet during a 'vacation week' such as Memorial Day, Labor Day and such, is long gone. Instead, we end up meeting online. In my opinion, the days of getting the group together are gone forever. The savings alone dictate that. Never mind that we thrive on seeing each other, can learn so much more in person it seems, or the mental benefit we get just from being together. That's what happened this week of course.


         I was given the chance to share my knowledge of Fleetmapping with the group; in fact, while every other meeting was about an hour in length, I was scheduled for 4 hours. No, that wasn't because I'm so great at this, that time was necessary, but it still wasn't enough. Everything went fine, except not one person felt they can deliver Fleetmapping without sitting in the class first. The people saying this are very experienced at their jobs, very knowledgeable about their subject matter. To say I was disappointed to hear that from them would be an understatement. I always figure that if I can do it, so can they. They would have an advantage over me too. An advantage in having decent course materials to work with (I had to re-write the course, and edited it several times), as well as having a resource to ask questions of (Me!). I had no one I could turn to with questions really, since this class had always been delivered by Contractor Instructors. Oh well. It's a course I enjoy, I'll jjust continue delivering it.


         Overall it was a good week, I guess I just long for the 'good old days' when we'd meet in person. You can't have it all, and change is inevitable.


In Closing


         I was home this week fo course, and will travel again the first week of June. I will be back in Fort Lauderdale for 2 weeks delivering Networking classes. The weekend I have free, I plan on getting a rental car and visiting an old friend in Clearwater/St. Petersburg. He lost his wife in October and does not get out much. There's no telling when or if I'll see him again, so a visit there is almost mandatory.. Til next time, be good to yourselves and those you love, and WRITE!





Jim Dorrell
May 28, 2022 at 6:56pm
May 28, 2022 at 6:56pm
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Locale: Bloomington, Illinois

Week of: May 23, 2022

         This week was another week where I delivered part of one class during the day, then delivered another class that night. A co-worker also has Multiple Myeloma, except his was caught later than mine. To give you an example, he's been on Revlimid for 3 years now, and is not in Remission yet! His last Bone Marrow Biopsy showed a little bit (his words) of Myeloma, so his doctor wanted to repeat it this month. He needed Monday off as a result, so I covered Monday for him. We're the only two instructors who deliver this class, there was no way I was not going to cover for him! I'd have delivered the entire week if necessary.

         My scheduled class was an online class with the US Air Force. The AFB in Yokota Japan. The original scheduled time was 10 am Japan time, to 3 pm Japan time. This would have been 8 pm to 1 am local time for me, Yuck! The customer didn't like those hours, since it ruined their normal work-day, and asked if we could start at 7:30 am their time. Obviously I agreed. Except for Monday. We started at 9 am their time, since I couldn't get home from Schaumburg by 5:30 pm my time. Still, it worked for me much better than an 8 pm start time! Everything went well with both deliveries overall, I was happy with the Yokota AFB class, and enjoyed being in Schaumburg that one day.

         I am home again next week. Since it's the Memorial Day week, the week will consist of online meetings and cross-training. I get to spend about 5 hours Thursday cross-training some instructors on Fleetmapping. That class is becoming, or has become, very popular, and there's a need for more qualified instructors. I've been told that some of my co-workers don't want to deliver it though. At issue is the fact that no one is qualified to teach everything. In the case of Fleetmapping, you really teach portions of 3 different courses. Console programming/configuration, radio programming/configuration, and system configuration. No one teaches all of those courses. Well, no one except my manager (he shouldn't deliver classes at all really), and the co-worker who I covered for this week. Both of them are kept busy delivering other classes besides Fleetmapping. So my co-workers don't want to deliver this because they aren't qualified to deliver all three courses. My opinion, and I know what it's worth, is, GET OVER IT. When I started teaching Fleetmapping, I was only qualified to deliver one of those three classes. That hasn't changed either. If I can learn enough to deliver this class, and deliver it with excellent grades from every class so far, so can they! We'll see what happens this week.


In Closing


         As I said, I have been home this week, and will be home next week also. The following week I will be back in Fort Lauderdale for 2 weeks delivering Networking classes. Maybe I will get to meet Lilli ☕️ 🧿 this time, or anyone else who is in that area (hint, hint! Are any of you in the Miami/South Florida area) and would like to connect? The weekend I have free, I plan on getting a rental car and visiting Key West again. Til next time, be good to yourselves and those you love, and WRITE!





Jim Dorrell

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