Monday was pretty good. I arrived at my first session I was giving late and that threw me. I hate being late. The I think the whole session was odd and I was really uncomfortable. I then about mid session realized my slides needed to be reworked. Maybe next year I will be in better form. Thanks to all that showed up.
The Opryland Hotel is huge and I would say poorly laid out. The map they offer is just pathetic and is unusable. I don’t think this is the COMMON staff’s fault, Opryland and Gaylord are just bad at what they do. Of course when you ask employees of the hotel they are also lost so that lets you know how hard it is to get around this damn place. I love the water and vegetation in the hotel but the sound of water is starting to piss me off when I walk around, you can’t hear yourself think or hear the person you are with. While I am complaining. I woke up on Monday jumped in the shower and mind you had not really been in my room and since I have been in the bathroom, but like most guys not with the lights on I had not noticed that there were dirty used hand cloth and towels in there. I am not weird but it kind of freaked me out. Plus one one “used” if you know what I mean. Gross. The best part is I asked the housing person from COMMON what I should do and they made the same face I did and asked that I report it to the front desk so I did.
The girl at the front desk didn’t seem as grossed out as everyone else had been and then just flat out asked, “So what do you want me to do about it?”
Not wanting to beg or be an arse I left that up to her. They gave me a free meal? Hey how about a free night lady. Your cleaning staff forgot to take the last jerks dirty “used” towels out of the bathroom and grossed me out and you want to feed me now. Again I am not happy here with the hotel or the staff.
I did get introduced by IBM as one of the important System i bloggers and this someone from IBM is pretty high on the food chain. It’s not like some SE was saying it. This person is 4 or 5 down from the top and was introducing me to someone right above him. What an honor.
All in all a good day. I got to hang out with some new people, again see some old faces and learned a little bit.