Despite some coaching from another, I am here at work, at 11:04pm posting to my website. [let’s see how long it takes to post this!].
So today was good. Went to Gateway, slept through a couple hours of class and went to Sonic for lunch. I have learned that Sonic, sans the Peanut Butter Fudge Shake, sucks. I found out that I get to ride in the Gateway balloon tomorrow morning @ the Gateway Party. Apparently every year before the balloon festival Gateway throws a huge breakfast party / gathering deal, and I get to attend. And ride the balloon 🙂 I don’t get to ride it at the festival on Saturday, but I am welcome to show up and sport the Gateway gear. Nifty, eh?
Got in to HPI today and was immediately whisked away by Jack [from HPI] and Joe Crook [from Optimum Network Solutions (upstairs)] to go get coffee. Well, we didn’t get coffee, we ended up at Jack Quinn’s. Went up stairs and there was an IT Hob-Knob deal going on, where a lot of the local IT people get together to … drink! They passed out tokens for free booze and everyone was slamming them down. I got some Guiness. It was soOoOooOoo good. 😛 Anywho, showed up and dropped off business cards at the door for a drawing and just sat around and talked to other IT people. I was by *far* the youngest person there, which was okay because I fit right in with my geeky companions, and landed some new business for HPI — one possible web design thing and two hosting prospects. As I was drinking my guiness, I was eyeing the prizes that they had for the raffle. In there were a couple CDs, some software, a handspring, a couple books and a few gift certificates. Well, get this — I won the Visor Handspring! :-O 😀 😀 That is mad cool.
So that’s that. And now I am heading home to grab some sleep before I go party @ Gateway and take the final exam for training. Wowsah, 8 minutes to post. heh … ‘night
Update: I got to ride the balloon, it was really cool. We scooted around for a while [maybe 10 minutes] then landed … it was like a shuttle, because the ground crew had like 20 people in the van, and they just rotated everyone through the balloon each time it landed. Quite fun. The breakfast party was a blast — the nippy morning air and the smells and everything reminded me a *lot* of the balloon classic last summer. [gets reminiscent, sniff sniff] I also finished my final exam before anyone else and missed four out of 100 for a 96%. WOoOOoOoo!