An open letter to…

To whatever cold, flu, sinusitis, pharyngitis, or other-itus that is trying to dig it’s claws in the back of my throat,

I regret to inform you that I am very busy this week and could not possibly make time for your shenanigans. I appreciate your giving me several days of apparent warning that you are coming, but I can’t possibly take time away from work this week or this weekend to entertain you. I can pencil you in for next Monday afternoon, but I make no promises. Otherwise I’ll continue with triple my normal dose of vitamin C in hopes that you will move on and find someone who had more time to deal with you.

Thank you for understanding. Nothing personal.



Conference Survival

Conference BannerI recently attended a 3D Imaging conference out of state, and I learned a few things that I’d like to share.

Arrive early. Leave late.

It’s not much fun when you realize at the end of the first day of the conference that, adjusting for time zones, you’ve been up traveling since 1:30 in the morning, and it’s now 10:00 at night. Traveling can take it out of you. Get there a day early to adjust. Likewise, forget the hectic checking out the same day the conference ends. Stay an extra day and enjoy the amenities at the hotel. If your hotel doesn’t have amenities, see if you can scam….I mean, take advantage of some of the on-site relaxation at the conference hotel. One more thing you should do take at least one extra day off for recovery. It’s also recommended to take one day per time zone change to fully recover sleep patterns and kick the jet lag. Since you were probably tied to the office through your smartphone/tablet/laptop/lojack while you were away, you can be sure that the office won’t miss you. It will be like you were never gone. (more…)