Too many trips to plan for

Since we were acquired by Merrill Lynch, we had no real way to track our time off. Most business units at ML are essentially on the "honor system" of sorts when it comes to claiming vacation time, sick time, and personal days.

Well, at First Republic, our HR department really wanted a way to track our time off, other than to have to manually create individual spreadsheets for managers and supervisors based off what was marked in the payroll system.

The solution: Use an existing solution that some business units at ML use to track time off. We submit our requests on this intranet site and our direct reports approve or deny the request. Plus we get to see on the system who's out and who's covering for them, if designated.

Anyway, according to TOM (Time Off Management), I have 22 vacation days left and 2 personal days left. I didn't use any of my vacation days last year so I had a ton carried over this year. However this total includes not just what vacation time I have already taken, but what vacation time I already have scheduled and approved.

So the upcoming trips that I have been approved time off for need to be planned...

Orlando in June for Gay Days

Other trips I need to plan for, pending approval in TOM...

New Orleans in August for Chris's (crhaleCrhale) bachelor party

Possibly the NYC Flyertalk Gayla in September

LA/Anaheim for Gay Days in October

And a week after xmas trip -- destination TBD.

Yeah, I know... some of you are jealous :P j/k


I've managed to be in a very good place in my life, but for the past couple of weeks, I've been in such a rut. Over a year ago, I vowed not to get myself in that place again -- and I'm actually proud I was able to make it for so long, however recent events and observations have put me slowly back into this feeling I vowed not to feel ever again.

All I can do at this point is to pull myself out of this, move on, and get myself back on my own two feet.


cpher5 (11:13:35 AM): jesus is the best!
RAPP81 (11:15:56 AM): ok
RAPP81 (11:16:00 AM): He dies today

I'm a bad Catholic.  At least I'm not eating meat on this Good Friday :P

Adventures in SF

So my straight, former coworker and I are on the couch in my apartment, trying to sober up and in comes my roommate with a naked guy.  Mind you, the naked guy was fucking hawt, but OMFG...


Life is interesting!

Yet another last minute business trip...

So I spent the latter part of the afternoon at work booking airfare, car, and hotel for Honolulu.  This may be an awesome thing, but the sad reality is that I'll only be there for a little over 24 hours.

Despite that, I fly in Sunday afternoon and virtually have Sunday evening free.  Any ideas as to what I should do with my limited free time?

I'll be staying at The W and do have a car, so suggest away ;)

New Orleans in Brief

Ate at several fantastic restaurants

Got blazing drunk several nights

Closed out the dancefloor on a couple of nights

Chatted it up a hot, yet straight bartender at the W

Met some interesting people

Randy (sjh22asjh22a) literally got dickslapped at the Corner Pocket

Visited the Laura Plantation -- which is a MUST see if you ever visit New Orleans

Saw a HOT guy make out with another hot guy on Mardi Gras and after some slight cyber investigating based off the polo shirt he was wearing, found out that he is an on air reporter the the NBC affilliate in the adjacent market.

Drove around the city, unexpectidly

Got a ton of beads

Did a vampire tour

Got blazing drunk... oh wait, I already said that!

I had an awesome time with some good friends and was able to make a few more friends on this trip!

Thank You!

Thanks to everyone who wished me Happy Birthday.

Last night on Bourbon Street was interesting, but the certain "crowd" was kinda light and by the time 1 AM clicked, it died out fast.

However, there's still the upcoming weekend for some major fun :P

Ok, I gotta take a shower... catch you all later!