So it's hard to believe, but it's been 2 years since I've last posted on here. Lots of things have happened since then - professional and personal.
I did end up taking the CCIE RS Lab in November of 2011, but unfortunately did not pass. The Troubleshooting section was very difficult, even coming from someone who considers themselves skilled in the art-of-tshoot, but the Config section was very reasonable. I've been pecking at re-studying to retake the lab, but I've been lead engineer in a couple large data center upgrades that have consumed a LOT of my time.
I almost daily weigh the benefits of committing several months+ to studying for this cert, versus using that time learning other stuff (security/wireless/DC, programming, Linux). Now with the prospects looking very high for SDN, it's starting to make me see the decline in the value of the CCIE (for me personally).
Back in May of 2013, I purchased the lah.io domain a few hours after Google annouced they were promoting the status of the .io TLD for search (to the same level as .com, etc), and was able to pickup this 3-character domain out of the last hundred or two still available (lucked out!).
A bit of a renewed interest in blogging again, however, posts will be focused more on day-to-day technology and interesting bits learned from my consulting job (for a major Cisco partner).