It’s been a crazy seven weeks…

Hey Guys. I have had a really eventful couple of months so I thought I would share it on the blog.
My last day at the CBO was July 22nd. It was sad to leave that place. CBO was definitely the best job I have had so far (besides working at the Wholly Cow and being a missionary). I’ll miss working on timely issues that have real impact on people and I’ll miss the humble and jovial culture. I really don’t have a future in politics though so I had to move on.
So long, Crystal City
So I quit on that Friday and two days later I was on a plane for Cincinnati to attend a week long Procter & Gamble recruiting event called “Brand Camp”. They invited about fifty incoming marketing MBAs from 20 schools to Cincinnati. We interviewed for an internship and were wined and dined by the company. It was really awesome but also exhausting. We had to be awake at 6:30 every day and they kept us busy until midnight or 1am every night. We spent the week listening to presentations by brand managers, doing job shadowing, and going out to fancy restaurants. We learned about the Old Spice commercials, the Gillette razor acquisition, and Duracell Power Releif trailers. We also heard a lot about reaching out to minority markets because Brand Camp is primarily a diversity recruiting effort. I was one of 6 white guys.
I also got tons of swag…shampoo, Tide, deodorant, all the good stuff.

After Brand Camp I flew out to Utah for Marci’s family reunion. After the reunion we drove to Grand Teton National Park and spend four days there. We went canoeing, Whitewater rafting, hiking, and fishing. (I didn’t catch anything but I was more in it for the zen state of being). It was a lot of fun. We also ran into Marci’s old boyfriend. On our way out of Grand Teton we stopped in Driggs Idaho and took a ride in a hot air balloon. The scenery was awesome and we learned a lot about the history of the first mode of human flight.

Hiking Signal Mountain (we planned to do table rock but Marci wasn’t feeling well that day).
She wasn’t feeling well on the balloon either so she had to sit in the basket for a while.
So after spending ten days out west we flew back to DC where we had three days to get our apartment all packed up and shoved into the back of a Budget Truck. Dan came over and helped us move the heavy stuff. I had never driven a moving truck before so I was a little nervous, but I got used to it. The two day trip went by faster than I expected. When we got to Madison Steel helped us unload. He lives two buildings over from us. I think at this point I win the prize for Awesome City member who has managed to live closest to other Awesome City members for the longest period of time. Anyone want to challenge me on that? My family helped us move too and then we all went out to dinner so we could listen to Jon regale us with tales about Bermuda and his cat Toby.

At this point it was August 17th and I had been living out of a suitcase for 3 1/2 weeks. So I was really excited to finally have all my clothes and a drawer to put them in. It’s funny how you don’t appreciate the little things until they are gone.

I’ve spent the last two weeks doing business school orientation and it has been awesome getting to know my classmates. A lot of people have really interesting backgrounds. One of my classmates named Kenny is from Mississippi. He dropped out of high school and was a legit hobo for ten years. He jumped boxcars and everything. Then one day he found a physics book buried in the sand and it inspired him to go back to school.
So that is what I have been up to for the last little while.
Oh one last thing, our car finally kicked the bucket right before we left DC. So this week I bought my first non-beater car. I think I really am becoming an adult.