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Weird trip

I just returned from a pretty weird trip. Here’s some of the things that happened to me:

  • My luggage got lost on the way to Toronto (it got stuck in O’Hare, of course). Note to self: try to avoid O’Hare at all possible costs. Even using the Wicked Witch of the West’s new “Flying Monkeys” airline would probably be preferable. There’s nothing like the feeling of giving a tutorial in front of a room of 20+ people feeling slimy because you’re wearing yesterday’s clothes.
  • The hotel I was staying at stole a paperback book that I was reading. No names are mentioned, of course (cough cough Holiday Inn in Guelph, Ontario cough cough). I checked in Saturday night (with no luggage). Sunday morning, a colleague (Thomas N.) and I were working on slides in my hotel room when a maid unlocked the door and walked in without knocking. Needless to say, all parties were fairly surprised at the presence of each other. She said, “Oh… you’re still here!” “Er, yes. I don’t check out until Tuesday,” I replied. So she left. Thomas and I finished the slides a little while later and left to go give the tutorial. The only thing left in that room that belonged to me (remember: I had no luggage) was my paperback book on the nightstand. When I returned that evening, the book was gone. I suspect that the hotel somehow had my name on a “this person is checking out” list and thought that the room needed to be recycled, and therefore that I had left the book there. But the hotel could never find it. And I was 50 friggen’ pages from the end, too. Sigh.
  • John M. was obsessing about bed bugs in the hotel for the entire trip. This was exasscerbated by Thomas N. secretly taking a red pen and making 3 dots on his elbow and then loudly proclaiming “man, it itches so bad” all day on Tuesday.


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