GlobalFlyer Take-off: Friday, Feb. 25

I’ve recently heard that the VirginAtlantic GlobalFlyer team will be trying their bloody-darndest to take off on this Friday, February 25th. This, of course, is dependent on the weather cooperating. They haven’t announced a time yet, and probably won’t until shortly before take-off, since weather is such a factor.

There will be opportunity for the public to view the take-off. I believe there will be viewing areas on each end of the runway.

I’m supposed to transport press gear from vehicles to hotel rooms as soon as tomorrow. I’ll let you know all about how that goes. Also, hopefully I’ll have a couple of pictures of the plane within a couple days.

My Sick Car

This is a sick, sick week.

Yesterday I went to leave for class and my car wouldn’t start. I’m not really a car guy, but I had no dashboard lights or anything. Later on, I got it to start by turning on the ignition and putting the car in gear. Not really sure why that worked, but it did. Once.

Today it was taken away to a repair shop in Salina. Hopefully they figure something out in the next couple days, as I’m scheduled to take it to Colorado this weekend.

On a side note, I bought this replacement mirror for my driver’s side. I got it from a salvage yard in Salina, but it was white. I got a $0.98 can of spray paint at Lowe’s and painted the thing. It looks astonishingly great. I was pleasently surprised with how it turned out. I’m considering adding this to the Projects page.

Sick at Home

Hello friends,

I, like most other Kansans have been battling a cold this week. I think by tomorrow I’ll be up to 100%. (YAY!)

My advice for people trying to overcome colds: Drink lots of juice. My recommendations are Orange-Pineapple-Banana, Orange-Pineapple-Strawberry, and Sprite. My fiance asked me why I drank Sprite. I don’t know. I guess I always have when I’m sick. Anyone else drink Sprite when they’re sick?

I also bought some lovely Luden’s candy things for my throat. Oh, and a good war game like Command and Conquer to pass the time away helps too.

Manhattan Engineering Career Fair

I braved the snow and sleet today to drive up to the KSU Engineering Career Fair. I was surprised to see quite a few employers representing many different companies including Cessna, Boeing, GE, Garmond, and Lockheed-Martin (a very popular booth).

I’m not sure how much progress was made today though. It seems like several of the booths had people standing there accepting resumes who were barely out of college themselves. It can be kind of frustrating to simply hear “Keep checking our website”. Others were more helpful however.

We have another career fair on Thursday in McPherson which I’m really looking forward to.

GlobalFlyer Mission Control

This evening, as part of our marketing class, I got to go into the Mission Control room for the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer for a second time. (I’ll report on my first experience when pictures become available.)

Our class was actually allowed to go behind the glass and ‘make ourselves at home’. Two nice gentlemen from Watermark (link) were kind enough to explain their role in the GlobalFlyer event. Watermark is an event management company. For this project, they’ve transformed our College Center into Mission Control for the flight.

Two friends and I stuck around after the presentation and talked with Watermark for about half an hour about the networking of all of the computers and some of the technology they’ll be using during the flight.

It was a great experience, especially seeing Mission Control so near completion.

How this relates directly to marketing, I have not yet decided.

The Dean at SGA

Last Tuesday night, our Student Government Association (SGA) at K-State at Salina was privileged to have Dean Dennis Kuhlman speak with us about the upcoming Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer event.

The meeting was helpful in answering some of the questions that students have about the GlobalFlyer and how it may positively and negatively affect our campus.