CCIE Pursuit Blog

September 23, 2008

Status Update: 9 Days Left – Going Dark

My iGooglepage has a countdown widget on it and it tells me that I’m down to single digits.  Yesterday was my last day in the office (might have to pop in on the weekend) and the remainder of my week is dedicated to labbing.  I’ve booked a ton of lab time this week and a couple of mock labs.  I’ll be spending over 50 hours on the CLI this week.  This weekend I may try to wire up my work lab to work on the CCIE Routing and Switching Practice Labs.  At the very least I’m going to read through them.

I’m a whole lot more relaxed now than I was a couple of weeks ago.  I am working on my many and varied weaknesses.  I’ve accepted that I’m not going to go into the lab as an expert on all of the technologies, but I do have a good grasp of the core stuff and some of the none-core stuff.  There are some technologies that still give me trouble if the task goes too deep, but hopefully I’ll be able to use the DOCCD to get those points.

I fly out Monday and will be spending the first two nights in San Francisco.  Those will be interesting days as I will be doing the tourist thing with my wife.  This will either be a much needed respite before the lab or it will be a complete disaster as I will piss my wife off because I’ll be too obsessed with the lab to enjoy the city.

The good thing about San Francisco is that you can walk between a lot of the attractions.  I’m planning on doing as much walking as possible so that I will be physically tired and (hopefully) more likely to sleep the night before the lab.  Even as I type this I know that I’ll probably be too nervous to get much sleep. 

Anyhoo…this will be my last blog update until after the lab.  My next post will either be my digits or my three month plan for my second attempt.

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40 Comments »

  1. Best of luck..but I’m sure you’ll do fine.

    Comment by TL — September 23, 2008 @ 8:57 am | Reply

  2. Best of luck man, I will be doing the same thing on December.

    Take care.

    Comment by Carlos Gálvez — September 23, 2008 @ 9:22 am | Reply

  3. Best of luck to you……..

    Comment by Z — September 23, 2008 @ 9:41 am | Reply

  4. Best of luck man
    I am sure you’ll mail it on your first attempt 🙂

    Comment by Barooq — September 23, 2008 @ 9:58 am | Reply

  5. Buddy! All the best, you will ACE IT!

    Cheers,
    Caue Wailemann

    Comment by Caue Wailemann — September 23, 2008 @ 10:22 am | Reply

  6. Fingers crossed!

    Comment by fi — September 23, 2008 @ 10:24 am | Reply

  7. Goodluck bro! Reading through your blog – I know you have the knowledge to get them digits 😀 Once again best of luck! At this point I can’t even imagine thinking about the real lab.

    Comment by CCIETalk.com — September 23, 2008 @ 10:41 am | Reply

  8. Just remember I will still love you either way!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by cciejourney — September 23, 2008 @ 11:06 am | Reply

  9. Good luck!

    Comment by chris — September 23, 2008 @ 11:13 am | Reply

  10. Good Luck …..

    # blessings for you #

    Comment by Dara — September 23, 2008 @ 12:07 pm | Reply

  11. lolzz
    Nail it, not mail it 😛

    Comment by Barooq — September 23, 2008 @ 12:32 pm | Reply

  12. You can DUUUU ETTT!!! Hope to join you on the other side soon! I’ll definitely kick Tony when I see him in class.

    Dive! Dive! Dive!

    Comment by LL — September 23, 2008 @ 2:17 pm | Reply

  13. Good luck brother, I’ll be checking your site every 5 minutes the evening of the test, waiting for the good news. Don’t keep us in suspense for too long.

    Comment by Wally — September 23, 2008 @ 3:15 pm | Reply

  14. Good luck Fella. Relax and enjoy the free Hamburger….

    Comment by SteveP — September 23, 2008 @ 4:18 pm | Reply

  15. Knock that b$%*h in the teeth homeboy. Come back with good news.

    Comment by navfett — September 23, 2008 @ 6:44 pm | Reply

  16. Good luck! 🙂

    Comment by Nickelby Thane — September 23, 2008 @ 8:48 pm | Reply

  17. Hey man, I am regular follower of your blog. I wish you all the very best for you LAB. I m certain that you ll be able to crack it.

    Comment by Aj — September 24, 2008 @ 8:25 am | Reply

  18. Good luck buddy. May the force be with you…

    Comment by Shawn — September 24, 2008 @ 10:12 am | Reply

  19. hey man,

    i wish you all the best, and you will do great.

    Comment by johny — September 24, 2008 @ 5:59 pm | Reply

  20. good luck!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by kikimonster — September 25, 2008 @ 1:02 am | Reply

  21. Good luck, we’re all pulling for you!

    Comment by Joe A — September 25, 2008 @ 8:59 am | Reply

  22. Best of luck!

    Verify everything you do and verify some more. And remember to breath every now and then during the exam.

    Comment by Daniel Hammarsten — September 25, 2008 @ 3:29 pm | Reply

  23. You can do it! Best of luck.

    Comment by Brian — September 25, 2008 @ 4:31 pm | Reply

  24. We believe in ya brother man!!! LL you better bring some big Cowboys lol. Just rember when it gets tough DONTWEAKEN!!!

    Tony

    Comment by Tony — September 25, 2008 @ 11:35 pm | Reply

  25. Good luck! Though I’m sure you wont need any 🙂 I’m just waiting to see your number! 🙂

    Comment by Petr Lapukhov — September 27, 2008 @ 12:01 pm | Reply

  26. Wow! You’ve got the GS heavies pulling for you. They must know you’ll do fine. Go get it and enjoy SF!

    Comment by Rod — September 27, 2008 @ 12:59 pm | Reply

  27. good luck, its time to reap what you sow

    Comment by Wael Osama — September 28, 2008 @ 7:12 am | Reply

  28. no problem, you’re gonna pass and then tell us how it was. 🙂

    Comment by Francesco Popoli — September 28, 2008 @ 9:13 am | Reply

  29. 2 days left?

    Comment by CCIETalk.com — September 30, 2008 @ 2:58 pm | Reply

  30. Best of luck to you. Hope to hear the good news in 2 days.

    Comment by Barry — September 30, 2008 @ 8:08 pm | Reply

  31. Hi, i have been tracking your website since last one year or so… and i am truly amazed by your knowledge and sheer passion to “pursue” CCIE.. tomorrow being your date with pursue it.. i wish both luck and work.. hopefully we will be seeing your numbers in coming posts..

    Comment by qinq.co.cc — October 1, 2008 @ 6:20 am | Reply

  32. Good luck!

    Comment by Chris Dudley — October 1, 2008 @ 10:57 pm | Reply

  33. Good luck dude!

    Comment by Chris van den Brink — October 2, 2008 @ 3:46 am | Reply

  34. good luck man ……….u will get it

    Comment by arun — October 2, 2008 @ 10:17 am | Reply

  35. Good luck!

    Comment by Ian — October 2, 2008 @ 10:35 am | Reply

  36. I am waiting for you…….

    something good and strong that this blog needs to have now!!!

    See you..

    Comment by Dara — October 2, 2008 @ 1:46 pm | Reply

  37. Hope you did awesome on your test (which I think is today). Can’t wait to read about it.

    Comment by jrensink78 — October 2, 2008 @ 4:48 pm | Reply

  38. Still waiting bro….

    Comment by CCIETalk.com — October 2, 2008 @ 6:44 pm | Reply

  39. Good luck!

    Comment by erica — October 2, 2008 @ 7:52 pm | Reply

  40. it’s 1204am EST here. Were you @ RTP or San Jose? Looks like I am more excited about your number than I would be for mine lol

    Comment by CCIETalk.com — October 2, 2008 @ 10:04 pm | Reply


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