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On a totally non-Indian related note … found a kinda cool little movie clip on the Rockridge area (e.g., where our house is). Check it out at:

http://www2.ehousing.com:8080/ramgen/rockridge/tour.smil

Oof. Only 2.5 days until we head to India, and we’ve had some great luck. We got upgraded to Premier Executive status on United’s frequent flyer program, and a friend of ours from work has some international upgrade coupons, so we may be flying business class. We’re hoping to upgrade the LA->Hong Kong leg if nothing else.

Looks like we have a hotel for our first visit, and by the time we’re ready to move (near the end of the month), Sapient will have moved into new office space. That should be really nice because then we can find an apartment near the office. This is becoming very real now that there are only a couple of days left to finish off last minute work and errands.

Quite a few Sapient people seem to be heading to India right now; I think that’ll be good for us, considering that the office will be growing so quickly. I think it’s going to be quite a challenge to instill the Sapient culture in a group that’s growing so quickly.

Ken mentioned how easy it is to get Visas; well, we’re about to find out how easy or hard it is to get work permits. We each had to update/create resumes for the process, and we have to provide quite a bit of other information. I just hope that we can get them taken care of before we’re supposed to move (i.e., by the end of July).

More soon; fingers crossed on the flight upgrades. 🙂

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We’ve got VISA’s! Not too hard really. Just stop by the consulate … wiz, bang, and two hours later you’ve got yourself a VISA to India.

On another note … we are getting mixed messages on exactly what vaccinations we should take for our trip. Initially we got: Hepatitis A & B, Polio, and Typhoid. Now it looks like it MMR and Tetanus are good to have too. Japanese Encephalitis and Rabies are maybes as well. Finally — while not a vaccine — Malaria pills are also a question mark. Got any opinions? Feel free to contribute to our confusion.

Ok, one final note. I passed my Siebel certification exam today. Glad that’s over with.

Sapient laid off 14% of it’s workforce today. Ouch. That’s never fun. It makes me wonder what the SF office will look like in a year when Amy and I return. I guess we’ll still know a lot of folks but will the culture have shifted? Well it’s unanswerable for now, guess we’ll see.

It is Sunday, July 1st. Still in sunny california. Wow. A lot to think about. Instead of thinking about India, however, I find myself thinking about the economic/cultural changes of the past 6-9 months. While it was refreshing to leave the “bubble” behind, the new new economy has a way of sucking that I hadn’t been prepared for. I hope we can find a happy medium soon. I guess being in India Amy and I will be removed from this “1st world phenomenon” but we do plan on coming back not to mention that our friends and family will still be here. Well, here’s to finding the middle.