If you’re confused about the title of this post – that was my lame attempt at half of a “WOOT!” Last week I got the “it’s all good” from my company concerning my request to attend Internetwork Expert’s Mock Lab Workshop in Reno. This is still not a 100% done deal so I hope that I’m not jinxing myself by posting this. There are still some details to be worked out. I need to find out if I need to pay for the class and then get reimbursed after it’s done or if there will be a PO cut. I am also up in the air about whether or not I need to pay for my travel and expenses. I basically went to my boss last week and asked for a decision on my training request because the Mock Lab classes are filling up quickly. At that time I volunteered to pay my own travel and expenses if that would mean getting the training approved. The training was approved, but I didn’t hear back about who’s buying my meals. 🙂
I now have to review my plans. I am going to use the workshop as a final bellwether as to whether or not I am ready to take the CCIE lab. If I find out that I am ready, it would be nice to make the drive/flight from Reno to San Jose and take the exam the following week. I would be coming off of a week of hardcore prep and I would save myself some travel costs. Of course, if I get the “dude, you’re not ready” report, then it would be a good idea to have my lab date at least 28 days after the end of the class so that I can either devote more study time or reschedule it altogether. I’m leaning towards scheduling my lab for late July in case I get the thumbs down from IE. My travel expenses will be much less than $1500 so it’s a wiser choice to give myself some options in case I am not ready. That said, I can pretty much kiss my summer goodbye.
I REALLY wanted to take my lab before summer started, but I am sure that I would only be buying a $1500 Cisco lunch if I tried to make that deadline. Summer means extensive house/yard work (my wife just dropped a few hundred dollars on plants so I know that I’ll be pretty busy come spring), activities for my kids (tennis and baseball – plus whatever else piques their interest), FISHING for me (new boat plus we live on a lake), and a family summer vacation. The biggest thing though is the ability to maintain my focus when I know that I only have a limited amount of nice days per year. When it’s snowy and miserably cold outside, it’s much easier to sit down with a laptop and pound away at the CLI. I guess that the point of this paragraph is that I am slowly coming to grips with the fact that the CCIE monster will likely swallow up my summer. The CCIE is probably the most time/resource intensive thing that I’ve ever done, except for college. At least with college you get breaks and each class offers a little (or a lot) of change from the others. Plus, I’m finding there are a lot more parties and girls available in college than there are when studying for the CCIE. 🙂
Anyhoo…I should (barring any last minute disasters) be in Reno in June getting my IT ego crushed by the Brians.