After some initial technical problems, I finally got my internet connection working in my hotel room. A few things I have learned through all my travels:
- The internet connection almost never works
- For some unknown reason, my hotel is always next to railroad tracks – and there is always a train running at 4am.
- The showerhead never raises much above my navel. I am tall (6’ 4”), but do they really design the shower for people less than 4 feet tall? And I am not going to start on that stupid, tan pill-shaped bar of soap.
But overall, everything is going quite well here. At these conferences each group usually has a small party for a few of their customers, VB had one, MSDN had one, etc. Our party was sailboat racing. We divided up into groups and went sailing. The boat that Doug, Ken, and I were on got a late start, so we cheated a bit and took a shortcut, but we still lost by a wide margin. Only later did we find out that just about every other team took a shortcut.
The past two days were not all fun and games, though. We met with a lot of customers, helped some people who had their computers with them fix up some code problems. And today I spent most of the day running from one end of the
But I must admit, my morale is quite low right now. Not because of work or because I am away from home. Yesterday began the one-week countdown to my 30th birthday. I guess I am having my mid-life crisis a little bit early. Sigh.
Tomorrow’s schedule: Talk for about 2 hours, take a short break, and then talk for about 2 more hours. After that I meet with customers for a few more hours, give an interview for MSDN TV, and then get back to the hotel room and collapse.