Archive for February, 2009

Traffic optimization

February 24th, 2009 by under Uncategorized. No Comments.

I’m taking pricing and revenue management right now, and we’re learning how to create pricing schemes with limited capacity…multiple pricing segments…you get the picture. On the way to school this morning I started thinking about traffic optimization, or what it might look like if I had free reign to mess around with traffic, at the very least.

Obviously I don’t know anything about this subject, and I’m wondering for the sake of wondering (probably too much time on my hands and not enough time spent studying for the pricing and revenue management midterm on Thursday).

What if each lane on the highway had designated speeds? You know how sometimes those turtle drivers end up in the innermost lane (designated passing lane, which really means people who speed the most take over the lane and tailgate if you are not driving quickly enough, which is usually 20 over the limit on the Beltway)? Well, what if each lane had its own speed limit – think inner lane 75, next lane 65, outer lane 55. What would happen if drivers were asked to self-select into specific speed lanes? Hm…

I’m sure it wouldn’t work and it would be inefficient. But wouldn’t it be nice just to have a lane all to yourself to drive at your preferred speed with drivers who are going at the same pace?


back in business

February 10th, 2009 by under Uncategorized. No Comments.

Wedding bears taken from

Wedding bears taken from

It’s back to school time…my last semester as a full-time MBA student. But this time, I’m plagued with full-blown senioritis. The kind that makes me worthless. And yet I must persevere.

I got engaged over winter break (woo hoo) and am inundated with wedding plans. All the time. Every day. I can’t escape. Andy and I are having two weddings – one in my hometown of lovely Rockville, Maryland, and one in his hometown of lovely Wichita, Kansas. I was just in Kansas last weekend looking for a wedding venue there. And I was delighted to find things that were available on my Labor Day weekend date. The only downside is it’s a little over my budget.

Anyway, I have learned something interesting since my non-stop around-the-clock wedding planning began. (It’s awful). Firstly, I was never the kind of girl who dreamed of her wedding (what it would look like, what I would wear, what the colors would be). And it’s coming back to bite me in the behind. I am so laid back, so casual, that almost everything is okay with me.

Secondly, people are always asking me how the wedding plans are going. I appreciate the interest. But I bore myself. So I can’t help but wonder if they are just asking because they are being polite, or do they really want to know? Because if they don’t really care but feel they have to ask, I’d rather not talk about it…I feel boring and I know I’m boring you. So to all the people of my world who have to listen to me talk about my wedding(s), I’m sorry.

Lastly, life is definitely much easier for guys than it is for girls. The centuries-old debate has been settled by the fact that females are overwhelmed by wedding planning and men simply get to show up the day before and the day of. All that talk of who has to bear children, raise children, do the laundry, bring home the bacon, ask the other party on a date out, get down on one knee is irrelevant. (S)he who wedding plans is dubbed the winner.

What I need to do is put off the wedding for ten years and wait until I’ve amassed the fame and fortune that would allow me to hire celebrity planner David Tutera. That is all.