A particularly productive business trip

Last Thursday, after working until midnight on Wednesday, I arrived at our office in London at 8.30am for a breakfast “meeting”. OK, it was just a breakfast gossip really, but still. It was 8.30am and I was TIRED.

At about 12.30pm, I left in a taxi to Paddington station to catch the Heathrow Express. My flight to Seattle was due to leave at 15.05, so while I had enough time to get to the airport, I had very little time to spare.

I made the 12.50 Heathrow Express. Perfect. I sat down, opened my bag and looked for my laptop. Oh **** … yes, I had happily walked out of the office leaving it sat in the docking station on my desk.

At this point, there was enough time to have somebody at the office bring the laptop to Paddington, just about. However, after three unsuccessful attempts to reach my manager, I got on the train and decided to sort it out when I got to Seattle.

I didn’t feel bad for too long, because at check in, I was unexpectedly upgraded to business class, so for the first time I enjoyed the BA flat bed for nine hours and had my airline meal served on a china plate :)

I have to give my co-workers huge kudos here. Not only did they manage to sort me out a loaner laptop by the time I arrived, they also went to great lengths not to make me feel too bad, although the jokes since have been pretty funny. I’ll spare you the references to hair colour, but as Ryan pointed out “it makes for a particularly productive business trip, I always say”.

So after two nights in Seattle, during which time I’ve caught up with my colleagues in our Bellevue headquarters, I’m off to Minneapolis today to go to Agile 2006. I’m really looking forward to it, especially since thanks to Tobias Mayer my blog seems to have a few new readers who I’m looking forward to meeting at the conference.

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