or “I can haz nap now?”
For some time I had been scheduled to attend a major trade show in Las Vegas, not the Adult Entertainment Expo, the other one, from Jan 5-9 then fly to San Francisco to give a presentation at a meeting. Unfortunately, just before I left, the feecies hit the oscilating air mover and things got crazy.
Normally, my team consists of myself and three others, a team-lead, an admin+ assistant1, and another Geek. In December my counterpart decided to leave us for a position with a company out west. At the time I didn’t know whether to be happy for him, kill him, or chain him to his desk and deny him all outside contact until we found his replacement2.
The Monday before I left for vegas, my team lead finds out her father is having major medical problems and she will have to return home, out of the country, for an undetermined amount of time to help out. Now, I don’t begrudge her this. I’d do the same thing, but from a strictly business/getting the work done perspective, oy! So, I’m making preparations to leave, she’s giving me instructions on what needs to be done while she’s gone, and then, “oh, by the way, you’ve got to give a presentation at a conference [two days after you get back, and I haven’t done any prep work yet].” Head, meet Desk.
Vegas? Simply awesome. The show was great and I was in total nerdgasmic heaven. 🙂 Used most of my “down” time keeping up with work back home, which was honestly fine. I’m not much of a gambler, partier, or drinker anyway. I did get to attend an Earth, Wind, and Fire concert, which completely rocked, despite the fact that I actually didn’t really know who they were before that night.
Unfortunately, due to someone not doing their job, San Francisco was mostly a waste of my time. We didn’t get signed up to speak at the meeting and none of the walk-in slots were available. However, the trip wasn’t a complete loss.
I was able to connect with Chris and Serenity from the Kinky Firehouse and have a thoroughly enjoyable dinner the night before “the Day of Waste”. I will admit I was slightly nervous, since it was the first time I had met anyone else where our original connection was spanking and kink. Plus, I had been reading their blogs for several years, and I pretty much feel like I’m just a groupie most of the time. However, it turns out I had nothing to fear. They were both charming, welcoming, and lots of fun. I think I managed to keep my awkward turtle, shy personality under control for the most part too. Hopefully. Thanks again guys for the great time.
The flight home was plagued, in Chicago, by enough sitting around in the terminal and on the runway to make me arive four hours late. If only they still served meals at 30,000 feet.
The rest of this week was prep for the presentation and catching up on e-mail, voicemail, and oh yeah, that little mail server migration that resulted in, as the result of stumping our Internal Technology team, their outside consultant, and Microsoft, me getting promised a brand new computer.
Now, its Sunday, my first actual day of nothing” and I’m planning to take advantage of it. I’ve got plenty of Star Trek: TNG, the Simpsons, That ’70s Show, and Big Bang Theory on the DVR to keep me planted on the couch. And, if she’s feeling better, a wife whom I can keep thoroughly planted in bed, or over my lap if I’m realllllllly lucky. 😉
I love my job. I actually love the crazy times, as down time/writing reports can get tedius, but I need today, and plan to love it too.