Another marathon business travel session looms on the horizon.
5/3 - Philadelphia, PA 5/4-5/6 - San Francisco, CA 5/9-5/11 - Fort Lauderdale, FL 5/12-5/17 - San Diego/Los Angeles, CA 6/26-6/30 - Washington, DC
I am hoping to mix a little fun (wink, wink) into my business travel... maybe meet some nice people. Not doing all the travel alone either. My boss and her boss will be with me on some. And the rugby team is playing in San Diego on 5/14. That should be a blast.
You are the Low-Fidelity All-Star. You were born with your cool, and it's totally natural. You run the gamut from Hipster Supreme (only they can ingest as much coffee as you) to the geeky hipster (Mario Kart, anyone?).
I finally got to upgrade from my 10 GB desktop computer! Woo-hoo! I just this week got a new Dell Latitude D600 laptop with an 80 GB hard drive, complete with a monitorstand/docking station and built-in Dell Wireless WLAN wi-fi. Yep, that's right. My 40 GB iPod had 4x the memory of my desktop, which did not make it easy to fill my iPod. Now I am gonna rock, literally. This could not have come at a better time as I was beginning to experience some serious difficulties with the desktop.
CNET's editors give the D600 an 8.1 out of 10 (excellent) rating. This is their review:
The thin-and-light Latitude D600 series, based on the new Pentium M processor, marks the start of an ambitious new corporate look for Dell. Not only has the company redesigned all of its popular Latitude laptops, it has also reworked its docking stations, port replicators, and media modules. The notebooks carry the very latest components, including Pentium M processors and Intel's new 855 chipset. The D600 series isn't always a true-blue Centrino, but it can be. The company offers either the Centrino-completing Intel Pro wireless mini-PCI card, known as Calexico, or Dell Computer's own TrueMobile Wi-Fi mini-PCI cards, supporting 802.11a/b/g. If your corporate budget includes money for a new laptop line, the Latitude D series is a wise way to spend it.
So far I love it. Now I will have all my files from home or on the road on the same computer. No more living on two systems... the desktop and old laptop. Now all my files and emails will reside on one machine. Woo-hoo. I can also now easily access my companies VPN and our ACT! database. The bad news is I have spent a significant amount of time consolidating files, software and databases from the old desktop and old laptop and installing them on the new laptop. But, thank God that exercise is now complete! It is really going to make my work experience much easier!
This weekend the rugby boys from Gotham headed down to play the gentleman of DC. Let's get the rugby news out of the way first. We were beaten and beaten soundly. It would appear that our team collapsed under the weight of poor on the field leadership, egos and lack of team play. Yes, the most talented player on the pitch that day for DC (for both teams actually) was not a DC player but a "whore" from San Francisco, who the Renegades were kind enough to invite to join them for them match. But they won none-the-less. You do what you feel you have to do to win. On and off the pitch it was more of the same from the DC gentleman. Nothing surprising there. Some things never change.
Alternatively, despite losing I was very impressed with the way the boys on Gold played. The showed a lot of grit, determination and character. They played with a lot of heart. The newbies along with the veterans that play with them are a very coachable lot who demonstrate a true desire to learn and improve.
(Gold boys and their coaches)
Road trips with the team are always a blast and this one was no different. My mates for the road trip were Paul (the double fister), Jeff ("Timmy" with the internal compass), DJ Lee (with the portable studio/office and satellite dish) and Jose ("Papi Chulo"). The ride down to DC went off without a hitch. It was very pleasant. We had good music and a lot of laughs. Though I must say I missed Jay ("Proud Mary") and the Pterodactyl.
(L to R: DJ Lee; Timmy; Papi Chulo)
Once getting to DC, we checked in at our hotel and headed off to a Bear event at Titan. Among others, there we met up with Cracker, Whore-hey, KHealy, Tortuga, Black Dug ("Prince"), Joe ("Rice and Beans") and Juan ("I so did not kiss him"). There was a nice crowd when we got there but it started to thin out soon after we got there. So we went out in search of grub as ruggers are often apt to do. We ended up at Annie's Steak House in Dupont Circle.
(L to R: KHealy/Whore-hey/Prince; I so did not kiss him; Shelly/Rice and Beans; Cracker)
After eating, we headed back to the hotel where Joe, Jose, Juan and I were to meet Jorge ("I have to peeeess so bad") for some drinks. But on the way, Rice and Beans and I were lured into Club Chaos by the hot sound of a Latin beat and the misguided hope of hot Latinos. So we convinced Jorge to meet us there instead. We were shocked when we found that the bar was full of queens... Latina queens and drag queens. But as is often the case when a group hits up a bar together, good or bad it turns out to be fun.
The next day we headed out in search of the rugby pitch that was an hour out of DC on a farm in the middle of East Bumfuck. The highlight of the trip out was the sign for the biggest oxymoron in the Greater DC area.
Now, we knew the place was named for George the Elder, but it was funny none-the-less.
The forecast had been calling for thunderstorms all day on Saturday, so we were prepared for rain. But the storm held off until the match was over... literally. As soon as the rugby ended, the rain started. Then came the wind gust, which actually picked up some of the tents covering what was to have been an outdoor drink up. So the party got moved into the farmhouse and was quite nice and low-key. Again, not surprising.
After the drink-up it was back on the road for the ride out of East Bumfuck and to the hotel for disco naps. Then we all headed out to Hamburger Mary's for dinner. Once we filled up our bellies with burgers and fries, it was off to the 9:30 Club for Blow-off. Blow-off is sort of a Bear event, but for those into alternative dance music. It featured the DJ sounds & live performances by Bob Mould & Richard Morel.
Bob Mould is an American musician, principally known for his work as guitarist, vocalist and songwriter for influential 1980spunk rock band Hüsker Dü. After Hüsker Dü split at the end of the decade, Mould formed Sugar, which had moderate success in the early 1990s. He released two solo albums between Hüsker Dü and Sugar, Workbook and Black Sheets of Rain, considered by many who love his work to be the best examples of his lasting fingerprints on the music world. Richard Morel is an openly gay singer/songwriter, remixer and record producer from the DC Metro area of America. Known primarily for his co-production of dance remixes by famous remixers Deep Dish, he has also released albums of his own music, including Peterbilt Angel and Queen of the Highway. He has done remixes for artists such as Tina Turner, Tori Amos, Madonna and Pet Shop Boys. He performs and records under the name "Morel". (Bios from Wikipedia.)
I would have had more pictures in this entry, but I broke my damn camera at 9:30 Club. After Blow-off ended we headed back to the hotel for the traditional Gotham hotel lobby session, led by the master... Whore-hey. I missed our sessions from London and look forward to them in San Diego in a few weeks. Again, we managed to piss off hotel security. Some of the best one-liners and stories come from these sessions.
Sunday involved sleeping late (recovering from a long day and getting ready for a long drive). Then it was off to a gay brunch at Annie's in the Gayborhood of Dupont Circle, followed by some shopping for bang-bang wear at the Gaymarts. Paul, who taught us how to vent by double fisting Republicans (Grrrrr... damn Republicans), was on the verge of committing gay-on-gay crime when we stumbled across a BMW with HRC and Bush stickers on it. They almost ended up with a broken mirror and a note saying this would not have happened if you had not been so stupid.
Despite a really long ride home in heavy traffic, it was still a lot of fun filled with more good music and hearty laughs. And that my friends is a Gotham road trip.
(Rugby pics borrowed without permission from Tortuga)