October 19th, 2006

run the fuck away

Worst Business Trip Ever

This trip is officially the Worst Business Trip Ever. I'm in Manchester, VT. Thank GOD this is only two days. Let me recount the suck:

1) Despite the claims of "Wireless Internet in the Rooms" my room does not, in fact, possess wireless Internet. If I want Internet, I must go to the restaurant attached to the main office of the hotel.

2) The hotel sucks. One wall of my room is painted-over-cinderblocks. There's enough particulate matter in the air that my super-duper-laser is brightly visible with the lights on (this is actually kinda cool, and is one of my major sources of entertainment). Unlike most hotels, that have a complementary shampoo bottle (even the worst hotels I've been in do that!) this one provides zero toiletries.

3) This hotel was chosen only because it was cheap and (theoretically) near the location where I was teaching. "Theoretically" because it is no where close to the location. This was, most likely, because my boss Googled the name of the company and got the WRONG location. Instead of being four miles from the location, I am actually fifteen miles. On these backwoods country roads, that's a thirty minute ride, and the lazy ass cabbies don't like that 'round here.

4) Insult to injury- the closest hotel is a Hampton Inn, ten minutes away. That's a nice hotel, with real Internet access, shampoo, etc.

5) We're not done with the insults. There is no cell-service where I'm teaching, meaning I don't get a lunch-hour conversation with my Minna sweets. This makes me annoyed.

6) This crap gets to happen all over again on Monday when I go to Glenns Falls- I'm taking a cab each way and expensing it.

7) Shit, I just realized that the lack of cell-service means I'm going to have difficulties getting a cab home. (resolved)

8) I am in a fucking bad mood, and will probably spend time tonight blinding people as they drive past my hotel, and I will laugh (LAUGH I SAY!) as they careen off the road and die in a firey ball of death. (Okay, probably not- none of them work for my company).




Okay, let's be fair- it isn't all bad. There are small blessings- everyone here is really nice, very interested, and cooperative with the flow of class. They're genuinely nice folk too- as in, if I weren't attached to living in a civilized area, they'd make great coworkers. Instead of dealing with the cab troubles, one of them, who goes past my hotel anyway, has offered me a ride out. Hopefully that transfers to "in" tomorrow as well, which would be really nice.