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Travel Trivia and Other Tidbits

I’m back from my trip to the ATA (American Teleservices Association) convention. The convention was great; if I could just get there without needing to travel. Here are some random thoughts and musings from the past three days:

  • Two of my four flights were late; fortunately, they weren’t at critical points in my itinerary. Still, a 50 percent is not too good.
  • The 5 dollars box snack on the airlines was largely non-nutritious junk food. So I bought semi-nutritious food in the terminal. (The Pop tarts were quite good, but the Fig Newtons weren’t as tasty as I remembered.)
  • Despite talking to people all day long at the convention, I had few truly meaningful conversations. Three exceptions were the podcast interviews I recorded and the fourth was on the shuttle to the airport.  It seems that people either had an agenda or weren’t really listening.  It true communication a dying art?
  • I was blogging about the ATA convention. I did this a little bit for the ATSI convention in June as a trial. The blogging went pretty well and many people (presumably not at the convention) were reading my posts.
  • In addition to the interviews and the blogging, I also snapped about 300 photos, so I was a busy guy.
  • In order to focus on the convention, I didn’t check email or voicemail. I came home to 279 email messages and five voicemail messages (an interesting ratio, given that I cover the call center industry).  It’s a bit overwhelming and it will likely take the rest of the week to catch up.
  • As I predicted, Detroit won the WNBA in three games. Since I missed watching it live, I plan to view a recording tonight.
  • I also missed the debate (and would have skipped it anyway).  I understand the question was asked if healthcare is a right, a responsibility, or a privilege. It’s not in the constitution or bill of rights, so I’d have to say that it’s not a right. Besides, housing is a more basic need than healthcare and no politicians are running around claiming everyone has a right to housing.
  • Finally, this thought from the Tuesday issue of A Word A Day: “Journalists do not believe the lies of politicians, but they do repeat them—which is even worse!” -Michel Colucci, comedian, and actor (1944-1986)

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