Thursday, September 27, 2007

Home Again

I’m back from the four-day conference in Florida. I’m tired and I caught a cold, most likely from being packed in an airplane with lots of little kids going to-and-from Disney World.

Again, I don’t know why so many people move to Florida, for it was incredibly warm and humid the entire time I was there.

Here is a pic of the hotel we stayed in:

Notice the pretty palm trees? Palm trees, apparently, really enjoy warm, humid weather. Palm trees live in Florida. Ergo, I do not enjoy Florida.

Notice the pretty swimming pool? I did not go in the pretty swimming pool because it was outside where the warm humid weather was.

One of the main benefits of these conferences is the opportunity to “network.” That’s an activity which consists of approaching someone you absolutely have absolutely no desire to meet, make inane small talk about what you do, feign sincere interest in what they do, and trade business cards. I have 39 business cards from the trip.

Granted, I did learn a lot and did make some good connections. It wasn’t all that horrible, but I’m basically an introvert and making lots of good connections takes a lot out of me.

So, I was pretty happy to get into the little shuttle bus that took us from the hotel to the airport. However, I was seated next to Miss Extrovert from the conference who kept turning to me, wanting to talk about the conference, who she’d met, blah, blah, blah, BLAH!

And my head was screaming, “Shut up, shut up, shut up, SHUT UP!

It was a wonderful plane ride back to Chicago. I wrapped my iPod around me and dozed on the plane. I love those plane rides where it’s just bumpy enough to make the plane jiggle the whole time, like rocking a baby.

Remember when you were a kid and you were walking barefoot on hot asphalt and how good it felt to make it to the cool, green grass? That’s what it felt like when I walked out of the train station back in Chicago. Dry, autumnal breezes enveloped my tired self. Sheer bliss.

I was soooo tired when I got home yesterday evening. And hungry. The first thing I did was to have Chinese food delivered. Tivo and I had a wonderful evening together along with Ginger Shrimp and Singapore noodles.

Oh, and next year’s conference is being held in Portland, Oregon.
Much better.

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At 12:41 PM , Blogger Citymouse said...

welcome back home!

At 1:00 PM , Blogger Lorraine said...

Welcome home! And Portland, btw, is a mere 3.5 hour drive from Seattle. Just saying.

At 4:31 PM , Blogger Buck said...

Lorraine, I'm calling Enterprise car rental this instant.


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