As of now, I have absolutely no idea if Vic’s Ex actually managed to grab back her heart: stay posted!
Edit: He did!
For you non-IT readers out there, a “change” is a planned interruption within an IT infrastructure.
We usually perform such actions when everyone is asleep or partaking in “other” activities.Â The idea being, of course, that the user impact is kept as small as possible.
Ryanair seems to take a different approach:
Ryanair.com Flight Reservation System Down-22-25 Feb 08 inc.
From 22:00 hrs on the 22nd February until 23:00hrs on the 25th February 2008 the Ryanair internet and call centre booking system will be down because of the changeover to a new flight booking system.
Important Customer Information:
All flights between 22:00 hrs on the 22nd February until 23:00hrs on the 25th February 2008 will operate as normal
New Bookings cannot be made on Ryanair.com or via a Ryanair call centre between 22:00hrs on the 22nd February until 23:00hrs on the 25th February 2008
Flight Changes (date/time/route) cannot be made on Ryanair.com or via a Ryanair call centre between 22:00hrs on the 22nd February until 23:00hrs on the 25th February 2008 .
Review Existing Booking - passengers will not be able to review their existing booking details on Ryanair.com or via a Ryanair call centre between 22:00hrs on the 22nd February until 23:00hrs on the 25th February 2008.
Online Check-in – passengers will not be able to check-in online between 01:00hrs on the 22nd February until 23:00hrs on the 25th February 2008. Passengers traveling on the 23/24/25 February who are unable to check-in online can check-in at the airport and will not be charged the airport check-in fee.
The Ryanair website: Destination Information, Travel Questions, Car, Hotel and Insurance booking facilities will be available during the entire changeover/upgrade period.
Wonder how they got that one through the review board!
..that I wished I had known at 22. Or rather, 12 things I recently read about that I wished I had know at 22.
12 things I really hope I can get my kids to appreciate (maybe I’ll try posting it to them via MSN..):
If I could go back in time, here are a few items I would tell my 22 year old self.
1. Stay in school. Donâ€™t quit. Sure youâ€™re bored now, but wait until youâ€™re in a dead end job that you canâ€™t stand but youâ€™re afraid to lose. Getting finished with your degree will open up many more opportunities than you realize. I always wanted to go to law school, but without that sheepskin, I didnâ€™t have a chance of even being considered. The lesson learned here is finish what you start by throwing yourself into it fully. Treat your college experience as if it were a job. Arrive on time, do your homework, study, and treat your learning process as if you were at a real job.
2. Money doesnâ€™t spoil, it keeps. Start investing early. How much stuff do you have to show for the money you made in high school and college? If I had invested half of what I made during those years in a plain old, broad based mutual fund, I would have well over $192,000 with no other investments made since then. Iâ€™m still kicking myself. Invest early.
4. Establish the habit of living within a budget. Could anything be more important to insure you are living below your means? I tried on several occasions but I was never as faithful to this ideal as I should have been. Today, I make a salary high enough that a budget is a â€œyeah, we really ought to do thatâ€ kind of thing. My goal is to get that done. If I could do it over I would get myself in this habit at the earliest possible age. The lesson learned: budgeting is a freeing process, not a limiting one. If I had lived on a budget, I could have circumvented many painful events.
5. Learn how to negotiate a better deal on everything. Having read several books on negotiation just a little too late, Iâ€™ve recognized how I was duped by many people, mostly used car sales people. I wrote a review on Secrets of Power Negotiating that you can read here. Learning these skills would have saved me thousands. The lesson learned: prepare by educating yourself and always be willing to walk away.
6. Keep your medical insurance in force at all times. Several years ago, I quit one job and took another that didnâ€™t offer medical insurance until you had been there for 90 days. You guessed it, my wife had to have emergency surgery at 89 days. True story. 89 days. Do you think the insurance company cared? Iâ€™ll let you guess. Thankfully, we were at St. Vincentâ€™s Hospital and they had mercy on us. The business manager told me (after looking over my financial situation) that someone paid our bill. I still get choked up thinking about it all these years later. It took us years to pay off the doctor and anesthesia bills, though. If I had just kept my coverage in effect for a little while longer. The obvious lesson: keep that insurance in effect. It is cheaper than the medical bills.
7. Itâ€™s quality of time at work, but quantity of time at home that matters. Your boss really doesnâ€™t care whether you have a family or not. Trust me. Unless you work for family members who DO understand that you need to pick the kids up early, or that you DO need to spend some time with your spouse, you are just a replaceable cog in the machine. When people are trying to grow a business, your need for personal time is secondary, so is the quality of your marital and family relationships. Just remember that when youâ€™re old, sitting in a chair at the nursing home with a blanket on your lap and eating mush, you wonâ€™t regret that you didnâ€™t get to spend more time at the office. The lesson learned: family will be there after the job is long gone. Value and treasure them.
8. Donâ€™t listen to those who think there is a shortcut to wealth. NEW FLASH: there is no shortcut. Might as well get that out of your 22 year old head right now. Wealth is created when you provide something interesting, unique and valuable to people who demand it. Until then, you will be trading hours for dollars and youâ€™ll always think youâ€™re underpaid. â€œFind a need and fill itâ€ is the old mantra and it is still quoted because itâ€™s true. In todayâ€™s world it should read â€œCreate a need that only you can fill.â€ Then youâ€™ll be on your way to wealth. The lesson learned: figure out where there are unmet needs and figure out a way to fill those needs.
8a. Stay far, far away from any Multi Level Marketing â€œbusinessâ€ that requires you to sponsor new distributors. They are all scams. You are not â€œCEO of your own distribution networkâ€â€“you are a commission-based salesperson relying on the liquidation of your social capital (i.e. alienating your friends and family) to make any money at allâ€¦and 99.5% of people in MLMâ€™s lose money, as has been shown again and again in numerous studies. The only profit you can ever make is by turning what would be called â€œcustomersâ€ into â€œdistributorsâ€ and then taking the money from the 99.995% that lose money in the organization and giving it to the 0.005% at the top (the people who started the whole â€œbusinessâ€ in the first place). Stay away!
9. Make sure your spouseâ€™s values line up with your own. This one step can single handedly determine your level of happiness more than just about any other. Scary isnâ€™t it? If everything seems so right, yet he or she thinks credit should be used at will (and you donâ€™t) or thinks that home schooled kids are strange (and you want your children to be home schooled), you are setting yourself up for heartbreak. Work these things out before you say â€œI do.â€ They say love is grand . . . and divorce is 50 grand. The lesson learned: talk to your spouse or potential spouse about what is important to you and the values you think should be taught to your children, even if you donâ€™t plan on having children.
10. Learn how to network. Learn to stay in touch with old friends from high school and college. Learn the skill of asking for help without seeming to be asking for help. Watch how others network. Remember itâ€™s not what you know, itâ€™s not even who you know, itâ€™s how you USE what you know and who you know. One step further, itâ€™s not who you know, itâ€™s who knows YOU. Get in the practice of networking without expecting anything in return. Make sure you donâ€™t come across as a brown nosing leech who is always trying to get an angle, but stay in touch with people. You never know who you may be able to help. The lesson learned: stay in touch and make sure you come across as helpful rather than helpless.
11. Never accept a job just because the pay is higher. Life is more than money. Thereâ€™s a reason theyâ€™re offering you more. Yes it may be that youâ€™re the most qualified. It may be that you have the most experience and the most education. It may be that no one can stand to work for that particular department head and a high salary is the only way to fill the position. Always ask where the person who last held the position is working now. Ask to speak with them, but always do it away from the office. People will give you more information outside of the office than inside. Inside the office, theyâ€™re committing treason, outside, hey – theyâ€™re just chatting with a friend. The lesson learned: Get the full scoop before jumping out of a frying pan into the fire.
12. Trust, but verify. You canâ€™t believe everything you hear, read, or were taught as a kid. You should always check references, ask probing questions, search out answers, and find ways to learn more about what youâ€™re being told. This is a catch all but it is important. The world is full of schemers who are just waiting to take you for a ride. Donâ€™t become cynical, but verify everything you can. The lesson learned: make sure you know who it is youâ€™re dealing with and what their motives may be.
Learn who you are and what motivates you. Learn what motivates your spouse and children. Learn what motivates your friends. Learn what motivates your co-workers, your boss, and your bossâ€™s boss. Never stop learning, never stop growing. By the time you reach 42, kid, youâ€™ll be a millionaire!
What would you tell yourself if you could go back twenty years?
Took Sarah to the ophthalmologist‘s this evening.
Our appointment was at 16:00. We were finally ushered in at 17:10. Without a comment nor an apology.
Time to find a way of visiting the doctor online ….
We visited our local book shop today, looking for a travel guide to the Ostsee (somehow DBW has these weird dreams of long walks along the beach while ice-cold gales delicately brush through our hair, before retreating to a lonesome lighthouse where we cuddle up below a large duvet and spend an awfully long time attempting to warm each other up.. ;-)).
Anyway, they had one so we were more than delighted to fork out the CHF 18.60, until we attempted to pay by EC-Card (i.e. direct-debit, NOT credit):
Errm: do you mind paying cash? We only accept card payments for amounts over CHF 20.00.
I really had to make an effort not to issue a long “tirade” about Amazon, and how they would actually deliver my book, to my doorstep, for free (maybe I shouldn’t have, but it was Monday and I was feeling mellow.).
And being an investigating B*stard, I checked out the vendor conditions for handling a so-called Maestro card. Apart from the obvious leasing fee for the reader (which can also be used for credit cards), advantages include:
- You can count on 4.4 million cardholders as customers, alone in Switzerland, all who wish to pay conveniently and easily without cash.
- You enable over 582 million cardholders from around the world to pay without cash at your business or in your online shop.
- Your customers feel secure because they always have sufficient funds on hand when they can pay with Maestro at your business.
- It is proven that your customers make more spontaneous purchases daily.
- Your turnover is in your bank account in no time at all.
- You have less cash in the cash register and thus bear less risk.
- You incur no expenses for billing and collections.
- You can process payments quickly and easily at the terminal.
- Your administrative expenses are clearly reduced.
So, next time: if I actually take the bother to visit your premises, don’t force me to empty my pockets, ok?