Archive for January, 2012
Early this month I had the opportunity to travel to New Orleans, Louisiana for work. Our goal was simple, set up computers and networking equipment at our new center at Jackson Barracks. I had never been to New Orleans before, so I was excited to go!
It had been over 7 years since I had flown on an airplane (I need to travel more), so I was looking forward to flying again. We (Network Admin, Paul and I) took off on a Monday from the Cedar Rapids airport and arrived in Dallas – then finally to New Orleans.
Upon arrival, I was very happy with the weather. It was only 20 degrees in Iowa, but it was well over 60 degrees in New Orleans. It felt great. I considered wearing shorts, although the locals were all bundled up because it was cold for them! I even saw my first palm tree (again, I need to travel more)
Jackson Barracks of course is a military base, so we had to go through security in order to have access to the UIU campus there. After a chat and ID check, we were ready to go meet Miss Vicki (center director, Vicki Melton). Unfortunately, the furniture was not assembled, so my job of setting up computers had to be put on hold. Luckily, this gave us some time to explore New Orleans (or, so we thought). We saw the French Quarter, Bourbon Street and the New Orleans Superdome, where the Sugar Bowl and BCS National Championship were going to be hosted while we were there. I should mention, an emphasis should be put on the word SAW. We received a call that the COX cable guy had arrived, so our exploration was cut short. It was time to work.
Our work went smoothly, but we had to wait for furniture and other items to come into place, so it was a long night of work on our last day, but it was still a good time and a successful trip.
I’m hoping to go back down again soon, to see the sights! Miss Vicki has offered a tour to Paul and me, so we will be back! Although I didn’t see any gators, and we were short on time – I enjoyed my trip to the “Big Easy!”