Thursday, June 30, 2005

NECC - Travel Day

Feeling brave, we ate breakfast at the Reading Terminal Market this morning. We found a little café that had been recommended by Food TV’s program, $40 a day. Actually, the buttermilk pancakes with Pennsylvania maple syrup that I had for $4.00 were simply wonderful, you can’t complain about that at all.

We attended two sessions this morning, and they were both so not to my liking that I will spare the presenters the humiliation of giving a bad review. Needless to say, I felt that both of them were not only un-prepared, but not in touch with the subject area that they were supposedly lecturing on. These weren’t sales lectures, but I would refer said presenters to my blog entry a few weeks ago about sales presentations. Many of the root principles are exactly the same. NECC was a fantastic experience, I learned a lot, and feel like I really got my money’s worth. I didn’t fall in love with Philadelphia as a city, but it certainly has an important part in US history. The Hotel and conference center were very nice, and the hospitality services were excellent. All in all, a great stay.

We are now at the airport. Our plane doesn’t leave for quite a while, so I decided to part with the $9.95 so that I could connect to the internet while I sit here waiting. As far as I am concerned, it was worth every penny – HOWEVER, I feel that internet should be one of those things that is provided free to every customer in an airport. One shouldn’t have to shell out extra money just so that they can get connected.

I had forgotten about the iTunes music library sharing feature. It is really nice right now, because when I opened up iTunes to listen to some podcasts, all of the sudden four shared music libraries popped up. How great for me! So, as I sit here writing this blog entry I am Ceilo E Mar! from The Opera Album, on someone’s music collection called “Portland”. I have no idea who this Portland person is, but he/she has a great music collection and I am in their debt for sharing today. I have looked around the terminal, and I don’t see any other laptops open, but there must be someone near.

Once we get in the air, it is going to be a long haul. From Philly to Atlanta, and then Atlanta to Salt Lake City. My itinerary claims that I will be landing in Salt Lake City at 10:45 PM tonight. Being in my own bed will be nice. I will finish up my travel tales tomorrow.

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