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July 5, 2008

Lab On! Flight Booked – No Backing Out Now

Filed under: Cisco,Cisco Certification — cciepursuit @ 10:23 am
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I had booked my lab for October 2 with the intention of moving it up.  After attending the recent IE Mock Lab Workshop, I decided to keep the October date.  I came out of the workshop more confident, but knowing that I still need a lot of work to get into a position where I can pass the lab on my first attempt.  Throw in the lack of any major R&S lab changes and the price of gasoline, the decision to not move up my date seems sensible.

My wife is coming with me.  We’ve given up a number of travel opportunities over the last 1.5 years with the purchase of a new house and my studies.  I talked her out of going to Reno with me, but she’s not missing San Francisco.  Especially if I fail the exam.  At least this way  eating $1400 is easier if you get a trip out of the deal.  I told her that I am going to be bundle of nerves before the exam.  I will be either ecstatic or suicidal afterwards.  She’s okay with either.  🙂

We’ll fly into SFO on Tuesday (the flight was a reasonable $300 per ticket) and my exam is in San Jose on Thursday.  I’m not going to bother studying those last few days other than to go over my notes a couple of times.  I’ve heard it said many times that the last few days before the exam are no time to be learning anything new.  I’m planning on hitting the wharf and some other tourist traps on Wednesday.  I plan on doing as much walking as possible and topping that off with some cardio that night.  Hopefully that will force my mind to sleep the night before my exam.

Of course, I did mange to screw up one thing when booking the trip.  I picked a flight back to Minneapolis leaving Sunday at 12:30………AM!!!  By the time I noticed my mistake, it was too late.  Not a big deal as this will save us one night in a hotel, but I really hate flying the red eye.

Anyhoo….now that the flight is booked my lab date feels much more ‘real’ to me.



  1. Best of luck!

    Comment by Joey B — July 5, 2008 @ 10:38 am | Reply

  2. Good luck! I think you are better prepared than many of us. Now hit the books hard 🙂

    Comment by — July 5, 2008 @ 11:44 am | Reply

  3. Work the core topics until your fingers fall off.

    Comment by bitbucket — July 5, 2008 @ 12:27 pm | Reply

  4. Hey Carl, best of luck! I hope you get it on the first try. I just finished reading the exam cert guide cover to cover for my written, and am going through the CD review questions on the boson’s kicking my butt 😦

    Comment by Joe A — July 5, 2008 @ 6:11 pm | Reply

  5. What scares me is you have been at the this longer than me and you are still wondering about the lab date :P…

    Mine is in December and I am thinking Ha I am so screwed then…

    Comment by cciejourney — July 5, 2008 @ 7:12 pm | Reply

  6. Best of lucky buddy! You will DO IT! All your hard work and efforts will bring you to a HAPPY END! 😀

    Comment by Caue Wailemann — July 5, 2008 @ 9:13 pm | Reply

  7. Good Luck,

    Have been and have seen your journey,

    Hopes the best for you,


    Comment by Dara — July 6, 2008 @ 4:23 am | Reply

  8. My lab date is September 18th, so if both lucky, our numbers will be pretty close.

    Comment by Barooq — July 6, 2008 @ 5:31 am | Reply

  9. Is everyone else as excited with me to be reading this :D?

    Everyone here has been following you for a while and I’m sure everyone is just as excited to hear you announce your lab date as much as your announcement of your digits. No pressure though! 😉

    Comment by Aragoen Celtdra — July 6, 2008 @ 2:30 pm | Reply

  10. Whoops, I accidentally posted here instead of sunpenguin….but good luck anyways, I wish you the best!!!

    Comment by Joe A — July 7, 2008 @ 7:12 am | Reply

  11. good luck. I have been following your blog ( lurking mostly ) for some time now. Hope you get the magic numbers on your 1st try.

    Comment by navfett — July 8, 2008 @ 9:25 am | Reply

  12. My date is 15 Dec. Best of luck to you, but if you’re true to your efforts, when you pass, luck will have nothing to do with it.

    Comment by Rod — July 9, 2008 @ 4:04 pm | Reply

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