Wed 12 May 2010 @ 01:42
Right, so I’ve been talking about writing this post for what, two weeks now? Three? Dave bas posted his memory of the events of that night on his blog, and I urge you to read it as he is a far more eloquent writer than I. It all started on a business trip to Dulles in May of 2002 (I cheated and checked here). We were due to fly home on the Friday morning after a fairly intensive week of doing something or other that I have long since forgotten. It was around the time when work wasn’t as enjoyable for me as it used to be, as I had been forcibly moved to a different department from the one I had started in. This new department was one with a different culture from the one I had come from. Different culture, and a very different atmosphere. Not the fun one that I came to love. Anyway, we (Dave, John and I) were in Dulles, and along with working hard, we were playing hard too.More...
Sun 5 May 2002 @ 03:10
Where to start? Well, on Thursday in Dulles, we picked up some tickets from the web for the 12am showing of Spiderman. When we went to the cinema later to collect the tickets and get another one for the fat bastard, they told us that there was no midnight showing of Spiderman that night. They were treating midnight as "tomorrow", not "today". We argued with them for a while, then got a refund and went for a drink. It was a fairly balmy night so we got to sit outside the bar for quite a while. The next morning we got up at something stupid like 05:40, and headed out to the airport to fly back to London. When we got to the check-in desk, they told us that the tornady which had hit eastern Virginia had forced our incoming plane to go to New York, and that they were transferring us to United to fly home. Fair enough. We went over to the United check-in desk and queued while they sorted things out. Eventually they came to us and said that United didn't have enough seats left for us and we'd have to go back and talk to BA. BA told us that there was nothing they could do except put us up in a hotel and fly us out that evening. There was only one thing we could do really... we went to see Spiderman :-) Great movie, better than I had expected. That evening we finally got on the plane (they had a 747-400 which seats around 450-500 people, and there were 40 passengers in total), and got back to London early this morning. It was pretty cool actually... we arrived over London at 05:40 or so, and they said that we couldn't land until after 6am because of noise restrictions. So we landed at 06:03 ;-) Oh and they upgraded us to Club World seats too, which are actually really nice to sleep in. They may even be better than the Virgin seats in Upper, which begs the question... what they hell are the seats like in first class???
Anyway, I'm home, not too badly tired, and in need of coffee now :-)
Wed 1 May 2002 @ 00:14
Jetlag is a pain in the ass. I woke up at about 06:40 this morning, and tried to sleep, but it just wasn't happning. Eventually I said fuckit and got up at about 7, so I've had some time to get some work done, which was pretty cool. I'll update more later, but it looks like I might get to meet Bill and Madeline this trip :-)
Mon 29 April 2002 @ 20:16
The cab should be here in about an hour to pick me up to go to Heathrow. This is a much more sensible time for getting up, which is a plus for BA over Virgin. When flying Virgin I had to get up at 7 or something to get the cab. Coming back is going to be a pain though, we have to be in the airport in Dulles at 06:40 or something equally horrendous. Anyway, there's a new lounge in Heathrow that I'm gonig to try out today, its called The Holideck, and looks like its going to be pretty nice.
Fri 26 April 2002 @ 10:40
Work is starting to get busy again. We're just starting two concurrent large projects which are going to run for the next several months, which is pretty cool, as I've been bogged down in the kind of other bullshit for the last six months that isn't as much fun as getting what I do done. I have to go to Dullarse next week for some training. Ah... my download is done, going to play...
Fri 1 February 2002 @ 09:45
Dulles is just the same as usual. Got loads of interesting work done, and picked up some snippets of information that I really needed to be here to get... which sucks from a certain perspective. Anna has just arrived and is in the shower, so we're going to get some food and drink in a while :-) Its her first time to this part of the US, so I think we're going to have some fun :-))))
Sat 19 January 2002 @ 00:26
Have to go to Dulles in a couple of weeks for some meetings. With an incredible display of intelligence, the people organising the meetings have scheduled them on Friday and Monday... so there are going to be a whole load of Europeans in Dulles that weekend wasting money and fucking around with nothing to do. So, I'm going to bring Anna with me :-) We're going to do some touristy things, and get some shopping done. Mmmmm... shopping :-))
Wed 22 August 2001 @ 11:00
Tired again. I was in Dulles (dull-arse) last week and Dublin yesterday and I'm shagged. Work is ongoing with Dan's web site, I've built a search engine for models / actors which looks in the SQL server, and some other bits and pieces. The site itself is looking pretty good now, take a look at www.nevadacasting.com to see for yourself. There's a whole back-end system to this (which you can't get to) which allows him to do administrative tasks like changing model information, creating new work orders, and organising acting workshop attendance. Its pretty funky, but time consuming and tiring. And goddamit... I had to use FrontPage earlier to do validation on a form. Any of you who know how I program web stuff know that I don't use tools which allow you to drag and drop stuff on a page, I do it the hard way... the purist way. Well, in order to make sure that the wrong information doesn't go into the database, I had to use a "drag and drop web page editor". There was just too many fields to code it by hand, your honour ;-) Anyway, time for me to hit the sack, its nearly 2.
Mon 2 April 2001 @ 11:00
Its been a while, I've been busy, and I've been having such fun with my new PC that I've not really had the chance to update this. Lets get this out of the way first... it is the fastest I've ever seen a PC move, in my life. Before (and my previous system was no slouch), my particular setup in FlightSim 2000 took about 4 or 5 minutes to load. I had the visual details set fairly low, and a lot of additional things loading. This machine has the same add-ins, but has the visual details set to maximum, and it loads in about 25 seconds. Its fucking amazing :-) Anyway, the last while has been hectic... I've been to Washington for about a week since the last entry, had to do stuff. I've been working with Microsoft's new operating system "Windows XP" quite a bit recently, and if you get a chance to use it, do. It rocks. Microsoft finally got some serious work done on the interface; got a whole department together to design how Windows should look and be used. The end result is devestating.
Anna's finished her course (and got her HND nicely!) and is now studying a correspondance course in the History of Art. She's enjoying that I think, and seems to really like the subject, so its more like a hobby than a course :-) Going away now, want to veg and watch the movie.
Sat 3 February 2001 @ 11:00
Its been a long week. Went to Washington on Monday morning, popped into the office for a couple of hours, went into D.C. and stayed in the Hilton. It turned out to be one of the shabbiest Hiltons I've seen yet... in my vast exposure to Hilton Hotels ;-) Washington is pretty cool though, now that I've finally gotten to see some of it. The older and major govornment buildings are all very imposing, and done in a style reminiscent of something you might see in London or Paris. The White House is a lot smaller than you would think it should be, and we found something interesting there... at the bottom of the White House garden there's a set of little metal boxes jutting out of the grass behind the railings. They buzz. I have no idea what they do, they could be speakers for a PA, or they could be death rays. Speaking of buzz... I was asleep on the plane on the way back and Scally woke me up to tell me that "Buzz" Aldrin was sitting in seat 7a. We were tempted to ask one of the trolly dollies to get us hi autograph, but ultimately didn't. Incredible... this old guy, who was having problems lugging his huge suitcases around, walked on the moon. He was about 4 metres away when Neil Armstrong did the "Thats one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" speech. Went to the fucking MOON!!! How many frequent flier miles do you get for that? Back to Washington... something we ate made us all feel sick for the duration of our stay, but it wasn't that bad. We didn't get any good shopping done, though we did try. For some reason there just wasn't anything that caught my eye and said "Buy Me", after I had been in the seven thousandth factory outlet. ::sigh:: Next weekend when we go to New York, we'll do some real shopping ;-) Back here, Anna has all of the results of her exams back except one... and she has passed all of them so far :-) I was thinking of taking her with me to Washington next month, when I go over. Should have enough airmiles for that :-) Its Saturday now, and we went to see "What Women Want" earlier. Its a blast... funnier and more insightful than I was expecting. And the scene where Mel Gibson dances Cabaret-style was very unexpected :-))