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STK Training Tour tales - power outages, salt flats and beach views

By: reicher
The STK Training Tour van (code name “Big Blue”) arrived in Santa Clara, CA, early last week after a 22-hour drive from Colorado Springs, CO. Along the way we did an overnight stay just outside Salt Lake City, UT, and gained a whole new appreciation for having a van decked out with full power, Internet and a 50-some inch TV when the entire town we were staying in lost power. Instead of sitting around and being miserable, we pulled the van in front of the lobby and played music and movies for ourselves and the rest of the inconvenienced guests:
After power was restored we got some much needed rest and hit the road bright and early to finish the drive. In California, we had four days of packed training classes in Santa Clara, Huntington Beach, LA and San Diego. Every day we played a game we’ve come to call “Stump the Engineer” where the customers pose off-the-wall questions about the software and we try to provide an STK solution. I’m proud to say that in all cases except for one (and I’m still working on this one) we’ve been winning. Questions have ranged from “Can STK help me monitor local air traffic and provide decision-making aids for a Pegasus Launch Vehicle?” to “Can I just add some STK analysis to my existing applications with a little programming?” Obviously the answer is always “Yes, it can do that. And so much more.” As I write this blog entry, we are driving Big Blue to the next tour stop in Albuquerque, NM, where I hope to win a little more “Stump the Engineer, “ so come on out and offer me a challenge. But before I sign off, I’ll leave you with a few snapshots from the past week: Starting off with a good omen in Wyoming:
Cruising through Utah:
Big Blue getting ready to race across the Bonneville Salt Flats:
Big Blue as far west as it can go:
Big Blue riding off into the sunset in LA traffic:
Big Blue at Boeing Huntington Beach:
Big Blue heading through a border patrol checkpoint near Mexico:
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Posted: 10/22/2012 2:29:26 PM