Well this week was very busy. How busy you ask – well here is a little story.
I got 4 hours of sleep on Tuesday night, 2 hours Wednesday night and was scheduled for 4 hours Thursday night. But at 3AM someone pulled a fire alarm and the alarm went off – of course they cannot just turn it off – the firedudes must come and turn it off. So I joined my other hotel guests in the lobby watching the firemen go and re-check for the fire that was not there for about 45 minutes before turning off the alarm. So I got back to sleep about 4:30.
I got my 7AM wakeup call and closed my eyes and it was 7:45 – so I rushed to take a shower and threw on my suit and got to my 8:00 meeting 10 minutes late. Meeting went smoothly – then after that meeting there were three non-stop meetings at different locations 9-10, 10-12, and then I took some people to the airport just in time to use my cell to join a 1:00 meeting in progress that I had planned to attend while driving home.
Happily involved in the meeting I began the drive home (pretty clever huh??). The meeting went well and took about an hour – all the while the Illinois country side was slipping by at 70 mph.
I hung up the phone at the end of the meeting and quickly went to my next mental list of people to call and things to think about for the rest of the trip home. Within about 30 seconds I realized that I had never packed or checked out of the hotel. I leave tomorrow for South Africa.
What to do. Simple. Turn around and drive 70 more miles back to the hotel to pack and check out. Then turn around again for the 325 mile trip home.
Ah well. The business end of the meetings went well – so I guess that was cool.