Cow-a-Bunga at HR Tech, Dude! Surf’s Up!

I have been working for the last several months getting ready for the HR Technology Conference.  Yesterday, I arrived in Vegas to witness all of my plans to come together, seamlessly.  HA!  Big fat HA!  The technology company for whom I work is exhibiting and we are happy to be here.  As you can imagine, it is quite an undertaking and if you have ever attended a conference with a busy expo hall, you know the work/organization that goes into all of the plans.

I decided, with the help of our CEO, to have a “theme” this year.  Our US operations are based  in sunny Newport Beach – a beach theme seemed appropriate and I decided to build our booth around a surfboard and a bucket of sand.  It has been quite a project that I am happy to see come to fruition this week.   I meet with our builder upon arrival at the Expo Hall and had a look at the work that had been completed, made a few changes and prepped further for the Expo Hall opening.  Upon completion of my modifications and when I was happy with what was there, I walked with my builder out to the truck to pick up the surfboard, our prized possession that had been carefully wrapped up to prevent damage during the transportation process.

I thanked Bob the Builder (whose real name is Terry) and turned around hoping to see my colleague – who had been behind me, but he was not.  And he happened to be carrying my bag that had everything in it- my cell phone, my room key, my wallet – everything.  And all I had was a surfboard.  So I swore a bit, NOT under my breath and walked around,  all over, hoping to find him and then I figured, ok, I will just walk back to my room – which I thought was much closer than it ended up being. It was literally about a mile away.  I girded my loins and I walked away carrying the board like I knew what I was doing – which I did – my boyfriend and my two teenagers are surfers.

But here’s the thing, I was in Vegas- on the strip, no less.  Wearing flip-flops and carrying a surfboard, alternately on my head or under my right arm. I have pretty much decided that if I can endure walking through the bowels of hell, dodging swerving and crazy cab drivers and ignoring cat calls from God knows where on a hot Saturday afternoon in Vegas, I can pretty much endure anything.  Two sore feet and blazing temper later, I was in my air-conditioned room.  No worse for the wear.  But with a lesson learned in my back pocket.

Don’t EVER give your ID, money or phone to someone else to hold while you are travelling – no matter how chivalrous. Lesson learned.

It was about two hours later when my goods were returned to me, so all’s well that ends well. It’s a short and simple life lesson, but one I have learned well, so I am thankful for it.  AND I have now been added to the weird and wonderful things seen on the strip in Las Vegas this weekend.  Cow-a-Bunga Dude, Surf’s Up at HR Tech!

Bonus Track!Rayanne Thorn, @ray_anne is the North American Marketing Director for the online recruiting software company, Broadbean Technology.  She is also a proud mother of four residing in Laguna Beach, California, and a contributor for Blogging4Jobs.  Connect with her on LinkedIn.

 

 

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