It was a crowded drive up I-65 from New Orleans to Atlanta.  I was happy to be on the road, but felt like I was being herded like a sheep.  It didn't get much better when I was instructed to meet my client for dinner at a restaurant of his choosing. The group event was put on by my Atlanta based client who was apparently trying to show off his "Southern" by hosting the party at Aunt Pittypat's Porch, a nice enough, if a bit over-done recreation of a Rhet and Scarlett era mansion.

But back to my point... and back to New Jersey. I've received calls from several of you describing a troubling policy that you're coping with regarding testing fees and locked-in service providers. If I sound like I'm on my soapbox again, maybe I am, but its for your benefit.

Earlier this week I was traveling up the East Coast from the Carolinas to New England (Cape Cod to be specific).  The logical route to travel was I-95, which can be heaven or hell depending on the time of day and the region you're traveling through.  But I'm always amazed at how quickly the landscape changes over just a few miles.

I was thinking of a comment I overheard while at the UConnect conference.  There was a fair amount of confusion among participants and speakers when referring to the new company... the combination of UCCnet and Transora, or GS1 US.  The transition is so new that employees and constituents of the individual companies were still referring to their respective company names.  Fortunately everyone understood and it was generally an occasion for a chuckle.

I listened to the analysis of what the expected 20 foot storm surge would do to the New Orleans' levies.  I wondered just how much testing the engineers had done to make sure they would hold back the 12 foot surges they were built for.  Then it occurred to me how futile all that testing and planning would likely prove to be over the next few days.