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It’s Been a While…

Hey everybody, I just realized that it has been well over a year since my last post, but have no fear, I’m back with a quick summary of what went on in the last 14 months!

Graduated College! (I don’t have any pictures of my graduation so I posted one of Kelsey!)

Heck yes we did it!

May 28, 2012: Married to Kelsey Jo!

Honeymoon: Aruba!

Got a job at Klenz, LLC!

Got a promotion from marketing nerd to Mr. know-it-all (Not my car)

Not pictured in the last 14 months was my addiction to Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3, my addiction to Skyrim, and worst of all my addiction to my wife (too graphic for this blog).

Overall I can not and will not complain about my so called life. Each day I find my self asking if it is real. I am truly blessed, but I couldn’t have done all this in the past year with out a great wife, boss, parents, grandparents, and most of all God.

More posts to come because we are slowly slipping into the boring married couple cliché.

(I’m not worried :))

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Spring Break

So this last week was spring break, fun right?  Not so much… It consisted of me getting sick and working just about every day. On a good note though I was able to attend a couple of great organizations here in Sioux Falls.  I attended a luncheon for SME (Sales and Marketing Executives) where they had Gary Guller speak about his trials and tribulations when he became the first man to climb mount Everest with one arm.  It was an amazing speech.  Then I attended Sioux Falls Synergy, which from what I can tell, is just a networking group that is comprised of people like me that don’t want to spend 400 bucks to become a member of the chamber or SME, so they join this for 30.  In my opinion if I was a member of 5 organizations for networking and had to let one go, it would be the Sioux Falls Synergy. It’s insightful but the people dont network like they do with YPN (Young Professionals network), the chamber, or SME.

Yesterday I became depressed while looking on Facebook, there were people that were living my dreams over their final spring break of college.  They were in Europe, South and Central America, some of them went only to New York or DC, regardless I was jealous.  But I keep telling myself that in 2 months I’ll be getting married and then walking onto a plane to fly me to Aruba.  That’s my 2 cents for today, the end of spring break!


CEO in another country

I’ve thought long and hard about the question that I posted last time, and I came to the conclusion that if I were selected to be CEO in a foreign country, I would accept the position.  However there would have to be a list of priorities, my family must be able to be educated and safe, I would have to make more money than I did in the United States, and above all else, Kelsey must say yes. 🙂  I sometimes wonder how people can make decisions without consulting their family and loved ones. I’m not even married yet and I can’t imagine making a life altering decision without first consulting Kelsey.

Hope you all have a good weekend and a happy Valentines day!


International business

Today while sitting in class with one of my favorite educators of all time, David Artko, he posed a question that really got me thinking.  If a company I was working for told me that they were starting a division in Europe or Asia and they wanted me to run it, would I be willing to take the job. He was talking about his past experience at Bank America, he was CEO of Bank America in several Asian countries including China and Japan.

I’m not going to lie, this question really knocked me back on my heels. My gut tells me to yell out “I WANT TO DO IT!!! PICK ME!!!” but my brain is telling me, “Think about it, you may make more money and become more cultured, but at what cost?”

I’d like to think that either way I would choose, it would be the right one. Being deeply rooted in the midwest, my family would hate it if I were to up and leave to a different part of the country, let alone a different part of the world.  While I contemplate this, I want you, the readers to also contemplate it. What would you do if you were offered the job of CEO in a different part of the world?

I’m going to follow up on this question within the next week.


Jterm comes to an end…

Wednesday was bitter sweet. It marked the end of my last Jterm in undergrad. Will I miss the 4 hours of class everyday or the insane amount of homework? No… But will I miss the 6 hours of free time where I took up hobbys like working out and reading? Yes… Next Thursday will mark the start of my final semester here at the University of Sioux Falls. I plan on going out with a bang. My GPA has done nothing but improve over the last year and a half and I intend on keeping that upward trend moving. I’ve got a tough schedule ahead of me though so I need to buckle down. (the main reason i’m writing this in my blog is to remind myself that it’s not going to be a cakewalk.)

I’m going to make a schedule to post at least once a week on the blog. I’ve been doing a terrible job of it.

Oh and I just found out that when I complete a week long journal for Google about the CR-48 I win a 50 dollar amazon gift card!


Google Cr-48 day 3

Day 3 was pretty productive as far as pushing this thing to its limits.  The first thing I did was come down stairs, unplug the machine, then open up pandora.  After a little over three hours of playing music the battery had drained nearly 75%.  I was disappointed, but to be honest with you, I don’t know a computer of comparable status that could perform this well for this long.

Today I also operated the 3g using up a solid quarter of my monthly allowance… Oops! Looks like I may need to upgrade the plan.  I decided to hook up the Cr-48 to my new Dell monitor.  The picture is phenomenal, I just would love to have the ability to adjust the display properties.  I took a picture on the webcam today… It was horrible and very pixilated.  Don’t believe me, check out my dailybooth from today. http://dailybooth.com/TravisKroger/11251382 NOT IMPRESSED!!!!  I also made it crash, but I think it was a fluke, if it happens again you’ll hear first thing on my twitter or facebook accounts.

After three days I’m already becoming a cloud citizen.  I love google docs, I can see myself purchasing their 20 gb plan for 5 bucks/year.  Please comment if you would like to have me explain something more in depth.

Thanks!!

Tomorrow I’m planning on a very busy day with the family, but I’ll try to get another update in.


Google Cr-48 Day 2

Today I tried spending the entire day in the clouds. I failed, but not until about fifteen minutes ago when I realized that there was no way to get the pictures off of my SD card that I put into the SD card reader on the side of the machine.  I then went running to my mac to upload the pictures to Picasa.

Other than the SD fiasco, I feel that I did well living in the clouds today.  I did find some more pro’s though. I’m beginning to love the super fast startup and shut down.  This feature is what will come to set the google laptops apart from others. My apple takes much less time than my sister’s dell to startup and shut down, but the Cr-48 takes the gold medal in the race from startup to browsing the internet to shutting down.

I have a new album started on Picasa full of all of the pics if you want to look at all of my pictures.  I uploaded a lot of them, but not all.

I’m now in possession of a 3g device. My Cr-48 has 2 years of free Verizon 3g service. Thanks Google and Verizon!  You’ll see the 3g feature in the pictures below.  I’m going to say sorry in advance for my poor picture quality. It was dark and I didn’t set up the images very well.

Enjoy!

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