So I just finished up a trip to Seattle for my work. It was not too bad. Here's a description.
I was supposed to leave from SJC at around 5:30pm (I was enthused becuz I would have gotten to the hotel in time to watch the NBC Thursday "Comedy Night Done Right"). HOWEVER, there was a weird problem with the plane that no one knew how to handle, so the flight was initially just delayed, then cancelled. I could have changed to a flight the following day, but I opted for being taken to OAK to board a flight from there (Alaska Airlines paid for the ride). This kinda sucks for me since I had to cancel plans that I had for Thursday night because of this flight. Turns out in the end that I could've kept the plans. But oh well, I had no way of knowing things would work out this way. Anyway, got into SEA at about midnight, so I just went to bed when I got to the hotel.
Woke up and headed out to the conference. I drove at first, but it was like only 5 blocks away, and I would have had to pay for parking, so I just went back
to the hotel, parked there again and walked. There was a bit of a snafu with my admission into the conference (compounded on by a bitchy person who was "helping" me), but after calling in to my job and talking to a different, friendlier person, it worked out. There's nothing of note of the conference.
After the conference was over, I chilled in my room for a while, cuz I was dead tired. I contacted my friend Fred who works at Amazon and we went out for food and drinks with a few of his work buds. Actually, one of the guys used to work with me at Meyer way back when. It was cool. Good times.
Went back to the conference for a bit, and talked to a few more people, but for some reason, it was a lot less productive than the first day. I think that it had to do with the fact that a lot of the companies that I hadn't talked to already were REALLY big and had PR firms/in-house development for the kind of things that the company I was representing does. Oh well. So I finished up a bit early (I had to check out anyway), drove around the Space Needle area (there's a Science Fiction Museum in the area!!!) and then headed back to SeaTac airport.
Overall, not a terrible trip, but I can't wait to get home.