In chatting with my friend Steve, I realized I haven't yet given any details as to my trip to Green Bay this week, so, before this weekend comes, I figured I had better write something.
Day 3 (Wednesday) went pretty smooth. I woke up with a high level of sleep deficiency (surprise, surprise), and went out to the office for the last time. Our flight was leaving around 3:00, so we only had a few hours left.
Nate and I were called into the office by the head of I.T., Bryan. During that meeting, Bryan inquired about a script I had written which sales people use to enter orders through a hand-held scanner, which then will connect real-time to the order entry system database. This makes things a lot easier than calling, faxing, or emailing.
Anyway... Through the inquiry, Bryan, Nate and I figured it would be worth it to modify the script to incorporate the new product we would be offering. Yes, boring details, but...
The one thing I gathered through this, is that they were confident in my technical competence. This made me feel that much more at ease with the whole merger going on, so - that was pretty good.
Anyway.. The rest of the day was spent doing three things:
- Eating a "butterburger" at a place called Calvers, which was okay - and as the name suggests - extremely greasy.
- Showing the I.T. team everything I have been doing over the past year and a half. (This was another highlight because a lot of the web development team was in awe that I had created so much stuff from scratch in such a little time. - another stroke of the ego which was needed.)
- Getting our booties home!
The third part was probably the most interesting.
Our flight from Green Bay to Minneapolis was delayed by 45 minutes, and our connecting flight was 1 hour from the original landing time - giving us 15 minutes from touch-down to take-off. Not good.
So, we landed, got off the plane and literally ran
to the next flight, barely making it to the plane approximately 5 minutes before the doors were closed. I'm very happy we made it.
The flight to Salt Lake City was awesome. As the last flight from Salt Lake City to Minneapolis (which I took 3 days previous), I had the privilege of talking to a Lutheran Pastor, this trip graced me the chance to get to know a woman named Denise.
It was very interesting talking to her on multiple levels. One, she was very smart, very shrewd, and a bit cocky. She was quite attractive, too.
We talked pretty much the whole trip home, and through doing so, we chatted about everything from conversation dynamics, religion, the phenomonenon of the ability to be fairly open and honest due to the great possibility of never seeing one another again, and a bunch more stuff. We talked about the difference between gathering knowledge and gathering relationships, and the relevance of the after-life.
I came to find out she was, contrary to my initial impression, quite the spiritual investigator. Being a sales woman by trade, she knew how to deal with people quite well, and also let me know that she had been "door knocked" by the LDS missionaries multiple times.
By all means, it was a great way to pass the time, and a great way to cause a bit of light to be mutually shared.
This experience (mostly the two conversations I had on the two flights with people I had never met before) was probably the highlight of my trip. It also caused me to reflect on how closed-off most people are. Most people I know would rather sit and read a book, so as to not run the risk of actually having to engage themselves in the potentially uncomfortable activity of getting to know someone new.
The way I look at it - I'd rather run the risk of getting to know a new friend, sharing knowlege and experiences, and hopefully bringing joy into one another's lives.
That, to me, is well worth the risk. I mean, what's the worst that could happen? I guess they could say they'd rather read... Comparitively speaking, that ain't beans to the good which could possibly be done.