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American Airlines Threatens to Take Away My 9598 Miles

Dear American Airlines, 
Screen shot 2011-09-13 at 8.15.03 PMLast September was one of the most difficult of my career. I spent 24 of 30 days on the road flying all over the US on many American flights (Seattle WA, Columbus OH, Lexington SC) and ending with my family on our vacation at Disneyland and while I was left attending a conference in San Diego not that you’d know or care about any of that. Though you were kind enough to inform me today if I don’t find some way to engage with with you you’ll cancel my hard earned miles.
I just wanted to say thanks for adding this little nugget to my day.

Meeting for SVUSD PARCEL TAX Thursday Sept 15th 7:30pm at Brunos

The following is an email from Derek Timm regarding an upcoming Parcel Tax Meeting. If you need Derek’s email address feel free to contact me.

Hi Everyone,

I hope you all had an enjoyable summer vacation.  We are exactly 6 months away from the potential date for a Scotts Valley parcel tax election.  If the District is going to place a parcel tax on the ballot on March 6th, there is a tremendous amount of work that will need to be done over the next 6 months.  We will discuss the organization and timeline for placing the parcel tax on the ballot.

If you know someone that would be interested in this effort, please forward this email and let them know about the meeting.  If you are planning to attend, please email me to let me know so I have a headcount for our meeting.

Thanks so much,

Derek Timm

Meet Scotts Valley’s new Superintendent of Schools

An announcement from the Board:

The Board of Education would like to invite the Scotts Valley Community to meet Penny Weaver, Scotts Valley Unified School District’s new superintendent.

Ms. Weavers’ passion is in educational leadership.  She has an affinity for working with people, a style of positive communication and transparency in practice.

Please plan to drop by during either of the times listed below to join us in welcoming Penny Weaver as she begins her leadership in the Scotts Valley Unified School District.

When & Where?
Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at Mint 4652 Scotts Valley Dr. 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at Hilton in Scotts Valley 6001 La Madrona Dr. 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. 

These events will be a no-host bar and light appetizers will be provided.

How to handle Facebook friend requests?

photo_25250_20101224[1]If you use Facebook I’d guess you too probably have a backlog of friend requests. Having been on Facebook for several years and with 180 friends I’ve reached a point where I struggle to justify letting more people into my status stream. At 180 I already find myself looking back through older updates to find interesting things.

Most of my pending requests have been out-of-the-blue, old high school friends/acquaintances or people whom I’ve met online but never in person and the occasional complete stranger. In some instances I’ve probably been mistaken for one of my brother’s.

The whole notion of a “friend request” implies having to pass judgment on the relationship you have with the requestee which can feel awkward at times even though that awkwardness isn’t really shared. What’s the proper “etiquette” when you’ve been mistaken for a sibling especially for distance relationships?

I’ve noticed my wife and I both let requests we can’t decided immediately on sit in the queue for months at a time with no clear resolution in sight. I haven’t looked but I wonder if there is a way to simply turn off friend requests or perhaps better yet inform the requestee they should contact you directly first?

Personally, I prefer my Facebook social graph be more personal nature and less work/professional using LinkedIn for the latter.

Do you have the same problem? How do you handle friend requests?

[UPDATE] Interesting related article.

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