Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week

…so says the Spanish proverb.  I’m really starting to see the wisdom in this saying.

Even though Semester 1 has been complete for over a week now, I haven’t spent a whole lot of time reflecting on the past 10 weeks.  However, now that we’re just days away from starting Semester 2 in Dubai, one theme is starting to become more obvious to me:  procrastination.  It really shouldn’t be the surprise that it is to me, since this is now the second time (original post) I’m writing about this theme!

Since completing the CCL video, I’ve done everything I can to NOT do the pre-reading for Dubai.  Whether it’s rationalizing that my work background is in Economics and Decision Models, figuring that I can spend some time this week at lunch doing the reading, or just partying so hard last night that my whole body aches, I haven’t been putting the proper amount of time with my Semester 2 reading materials.  In fact, other than reading the syllabus for each class, I haven’t spent ANY time working.  Not good.

This evening, after loafing around the house all day recovering, I finally broke my procrastination streak by starting the Decision Models Excel exercises.  The first thing I can say is that it looks like Professor Sun takes the art of spreadsheet modeling very seriously.  I did a few exercises, then saw the answer key he provided; while I got the answers right, my spreadsheet design needs some improvement.

The other thing I can say is, the Microsoft ribbon interface sucks.  Every time I think Microsoft can’t disappoint me any more than it already has, I see something like this.  Stop moving the #@*#! buttons around on me depending on where I am in the spreadsheet!  “Context-sensitive” is really just another code-word for ‘chaos’.

I’ve spent my career building Excel spreadsheets, and yet when I use Excel 2007 it’s like I’ve never even used the program before.  So besides doing the pre-reading exercises and readings, it looks like I also need to get a book on this new version of Excel.  Awesome.

But that’s something I can handle tomorrow, when I do the Pro Forma Excel exercise.  Like I said, I’m really starting to see the wisdom in that saying.

Box #2 – Nine pounds of ‘Nice!’


Box #2 arrived yesterday afternoon!  The contents are as follows:


  • Term 2 Residency Information At-A-Glance
  • Term 2 Residency calendar (draft)
  • Airport letter for customs/immigration
  • Duke Student ID card


  • Coursepack C300:  Managerial Economics – Professor Leslie Marx (pre-reading)
  • Coursepack C312: Decision Models – Professor Peng Sun (pre-reading)
  • Textbook: Microeconomics by Robert S. Pindyck and Daniel L. Rubenfeld
  • Study Guide: Microeconomics by Hamilton and Suslow
  • Textbook: Readings for Decision Models by Ragsdale, Albright and Winston
  • CD – Decision Models: Pre-reading/Residency/Distance

Unlike Box #1, which was packed densely with books and information, this package was a bit lighter.  Unfortunately, this means that the materials arrived slightly damaged, bent corners/covers and such.  No matter, the knowledge is all the same.

I hesitate to predict any grades for the upcoming semester, lest I jinx myself.  But I can say that I am greatly looking forward to the 2nd Semester.  Economics and Decision Models are my background, so doing the work will be like a hobby, as opposed to the “job” that Accounting was.  One thing I can offer to all my classmates…yes, I will have read everything and done all of the exercises before I get to Dubai, sorry for being ‘that guy’.

See everyone in two weeks!!!