Consulting Lifestyle

Tuesday night sculpture hunting in Calgary

After working all day, the nice thing about leaving work is that I can go hang out with more crazy Calgary public art displays. In front, the Canadian Pacific office, there is a lovely locomotive hulk and tender that’s been meticulously restored to its former glory by the CP shop employees for permanent display in front of CPR’s Calgary headquarters. Opposite the CP …

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More Deep Dish nonsense in Chicago – The Art of Pizza

I have no problem saying it … “I’m not a fan of deep dish pizza … never was … never will be”. It’s not that people don’t like it … there are wars between New Yorkers and Chi-Towners about the pizza in their town and which is the best. I’m lactose intolerant-“ish” … hence I will never get the stuffed …

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Interview with Shane @ National RV Parks

Just did an interview with another travel blogger – Shane @ National RV Parks. Here are some of the questions I answered for him … he will be posting the interview on his travel blog. The link is at http://nationalrvparks.com/interview-with-rishi-sankar/ Rishi, please give my readers a background about yourself. What made you want to start rishiray.com? Growing up in Trinidad, …

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Checking out Al Capones in St. Charles

There isn’t much to do in St. Charles, IL; there is a casino in Elgin and the Q Center, but definitely one of the attractions we found was Al Capone’s Hideaway and Steakhouse. Getting there itself was a bit of a process – most cabbies know the way but there are very specific directions and a tuneup on your car …

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Monday Morning Consultant : Playing the game – Consulting Annual Review 101

One of the best things about rolling off a good project, is reconciling the lessons you learned, enjoying your time off and most likely enjoying your promotion, raise/bonus. The unfortunate thing is that to be successful in consulting, it means that you have to know the rules of engagement without anyone really explaining the rules to you. Sounds like a …

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Monday Morning Consultant – Promos, Status and FourSquare – Part Deux

Like most commutes in the morning, there are only really two realities : really shitty or really good. This morning happened to be one of those dream commute mornings : Traffic getting to the airport was awesome Air Canada Super Elite line didn’t have any snarky agents (Then again, they are usually pretty good) Short line up for US Customs …

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Monday Morning Consultant – Osama Bin Laden edition

So if you didn’t hear … Obama took out Osama. Rhymes doesn’t it? Mission Accomplished and now time for a lot of happy backslapping in the US Government. Good stuff, now the war on “terror” is over and we can go back to our lives. Here is the official Star post and obit : http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/983926–obituary-osama-bin-laden-was-the-face-of-terrorism?bn=1 I’m relieved and all will …

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Monday Morning Consultant … Feb 14th, 2011 (Valentines Day Edition)

Generally Valentines Day for consultants is a sucky day … thankfully with our seclusion from the rest of the human race, we generally don’t have to be subjected to the comments and pawing from the rest of the world.  Consulting Valentines Day sucks for many reasons and it doesn’t matter whether you’re single or have a significant other for the …

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Monday Morning Consultant … Feb 7th, 2011 (TN-1 Edition)

As a “visible minority” North American tech consultant, there is almost nothing as nerve racking as going to the border to apply for a work permit (TN-1/L or H1-B visa). At least, if you’re applying for the L and H1-B, you have fair warning whether you will get through or not, however with the TN-1 visa, there is no guarantee …

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