Archive for September, 2008

Time to go Home

Friday, September 26th, 2008

Well, I’m sitting at the Stuttgart airport waiting for my flight home. I get to have a layover in the Charles-de-Gaulle airport in Paris. I really don’t like this airport. The last time I was flying through there they lost my luggage, smoking was allowed everywhere (OK, only in smoking areas, but it smelled), and they were rude. I know what you are thinking, but the stereo type is not always true. I had to wake up at 4:00am this morning to make my flight. It is nice to be driven in a taxi that is a Mercedes with leather seats insted of junk cars that smell in San Francisco. The German’s know what they are doing! My flight is just about to board, more from Paris in an hour.

Stuttgart Germany

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

Well I made it to Stuttgart safely. I had a déjà vue after arriving at the hotel. The hotel is part of the train station, so after checking in, I had 6 hours before my room would be ready. So, I did as I always do to get over jetlag, force my self to stay awake by walking around the city I’m in. Scott taught me this and it helps re-adjust your body to the new time zone. I started my walk with a tour of the train station. I could not figure out why I felt like I had been there before, then the light went on and I realized I had to change trains there when I visited Mike And Liz last time I was in Germany.
A 9 hour time difference would normally kill me the first day, but I almost slept for both of the flights to get here. I even had a Lunesta do things while you are asleep moment. This has only happened to me once at home when I don’t remember having icecream, brushing my teeth, and going to bed. This time I remember having my salade and appetizer, but do not remember eating the main course. The next thing I remember is the flight attendant taking away my tray asking if I wanted an icecream sundae. Of course I refused and streched out my seat and fell back asleep for almost 5 hours. I’m lucky to get 5 hours at home with Lunesta, there is something about flying that puts me to sleep. Ok, it is so bad that most of the time I fall asleep imediately and sleep through take off!
I forget how much I like the food here. Today for lunch I found a little shop that made fresh ham sandwhiches. The ham was cut fresh and hot, slapped onto a fresh roll, good mustard spooned on, and server in a paper napkin. Yum! For dinner I had another of my European favorites, Donner Kebaps. It is much like a Gyros, but much better. Maybe it is the chile flakes or the hot pepper they threw on top. They are great late at night after drinking, as I found out in Ireland. As I’m writting this I am having my first, and second beer in Germany. It is a little after 10:00pm (4pm in Maine, 3pm in Chicago, 2pm in San Mateo). I am actually tired, and don’t think I’ll have a issue with falling asleep, staying asleep is a different problem. I have a busy day tomorrow gathering everybody together at the airport for the drive to Rangendingen. It will be good to see all of my coworkers again. Thank God I like them!

Made it to Atlanta

Sunday, September 21st, 2008

Well I’ve made it to Atlanta. I have 3 1/2 hours to waste until my flight onward. I managed to sleep most of the way here, and with the help of Lunesta, I should sleep all the way to Germany. Hopefully getting this much sleep will help the jetlag. The meeting that I am going to should be very interesting. Our Director of Regulatory Compliance set the meeting up and then quit with only 1 day notice. Eyebrows were raised as to the need at this time for this meeting. I was hoping it would be cancelled, but it wasn’t. The attendees were trimmed back to the key decision makers. I’m hoping we will be able to make the decisions on the structure of the department, and gain alignment of all 8 sites on some key processes. Hopefully when the new director is appointed they will not overturn our decisions.

Another Airport Post

Sunday, September 21st, 2008

Ok, it’s another airport post. I’ve been up since 3am to catch a 6am flight to Stuttgart Germany. Too bad that Mike, Liz, and the Girls don’t still live there. I had a great time with them last time. Scott was a total sweetheart and got up at 3:30 to drive me to the airport. I hope he is back in bed asleep. I’ll be in Germany for a week for business. Not really looking forward to this trip after just getting back from Austin.

On Friday night I went and seen Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. The show was awsome, and it has been a long time since I could say I was blown away by the warm-up band (Smashing Pumpkins at Caberet Metro, remember the show Pete?). It was a band called Red Swallow. An instumemtal band 3 guitars, bass, and drums. They create a total soundscape of music.

Leaving Austin

Sunday, September 14th, 2008

I figured I would start this post from the hotel lobby insted of the airport. I am waiting for my coworkers to finish packing and checking out. The conference was very impressive, with many good speakers. After yesterday’s lunch, Arianna Huffington gave a very impressive speach, mostly focused on the upcoming election.

Hurricane Ike was a nonissue here in Austin. Austin did not even get a thunderstorm out of it. They did get a lot of extra people who were evacuated because of the storm. It looks like many of them are trying to get back home, but the last I had heard the roads were not open yet.

I am looking forward to getting home. I miss Scott and I think he would have really liked the convention. His new company had a booth here, and I had some good talks with them. They decided that he should go next year, this way we can go together. It is Orlando next year so we could also visit Niki while we are there.