In my entry, I blamed my absence from the blogosphere on attending a convention. First I was busy trying to work ahead in anticipation of being gone, then I was gone, and then I was catching up from being gone.
So what’s my excuse this time for an embarrassingly long, record-setting, four week absence? Another convention! This time it was the ATA (American Teleservices Association) convention in Orlando. It was a great event and time well spent, but once again, the ramifications of attending precluded time to blog.
It’s not that I don’t have anything to say, I do. I just haven’t carved out the time to do so.
Perhaps this blog will jump start that process — and if not, expect another long delay between posts!
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)
I have returned from a phenomenal conference. ATA knows how to put on a first-class event. I was able to hear several great speakers (CNN’s Paul Begala, for one — he gave some cogent and compelling insight into the US Presidential race). I saw old friends and made new ones. I recorded three podcasts — the first one is already online. Plus, I took over 400 pictures for Connections Magazine. I am still processing everything — as well as trying to catch up — and will have more to share tomorrow, but first, I have a few sundry items to get off my mind:
Both airports (Grand Rapids and Washington-Reagan National) had constructions projects underway. Am I imagining things or are airports more likely to be undergoing construction than not?
I struck out again with airplane food. I think they’re trying to kill me. The trail mix I ingested on the way there had 18% of my recommended daily allowance of fat — per serving. The 4 oz bag contained 4 servings! On the return flight I fared only slightly better with the Pringles (but they did taste good!)
The hotel was great; friendly and professional staff (who used my name whenever possible — and mostly pronounced it correctly, which is not common when I get away from SW Michigan) and smartly decorated and furnished rooms. But how come the more you pay for a hotel, the more likely they tack on extra charges? For a $70 for a room, there is free Internet and local calls (sometimes even long distance), the workout room is included and often a continental breakfast. The room includes a coffee maker (not that I use it), a mini-frig, and sometimes a microwave. However, when I pay 3 to 4 times as much, they charge for Internet and local calls (I heard of one hotel charging for room-to-room calls), there is no coffee maker, mini-frig, or microwave. Breakfast is on your own — and expensive — while one visit to their exercise room is often more than the introductory rate for a month at the gym. I don’t get it.
On the issue of the linens, they crossed the line. A note card informed me that to “conserve water” they would not be changing the bedding — unless I called the front desk.
Lastly, I am perplexed. What name do you use when the maid is a guy? “Male maid” rolls off the tongue, but it’s certainly not politically correct.