Did I mention…

Ah yes, and so tomorrow I work. Now don’t get me wrong, I love my work, but sometimes the sheer wonder of the “WTF?!?” moments make me want to get my resume in order.

This week it was when I was told to book a hotel room for the Quarterly Sales Meeting. In Raleigh. Which is where I work anyway.

So…$99/night for three nights in the town I practically live in. Plus meals. And expenses.

So that I can “be part of the team” while the rest of the SEs are here.

I am *SO* thrilled about this. Not that I didn’t already have to fudge some schedules and adjust some plans for this meeting anyway.

And I’ve been to Sales meetings before. “Team Building” usually entails “drinking” which – while I enjoy it – is not what I would think is apropriate for business, in any sense of the word. I’m always careful (these days) not to get fucked up on the company dime or at company events. Bad for your career, bad for inter-office relationships, bad, bad, bad.

I can hope it will go better, but I doubt it. I’d rather be at home, in my bed, with my wife. or in front of the TV with my kids, who I barely get to see anyway.

It’s probably because I avoid these company dinners and “team” events like the plague. And I did say that if you wanted me to attend (mandatory) “optional” team events, that you needed to put me up in thr ehotel with the rest of the people.

Well, what do you know, maybe I brought this on myself after all. *sigh*

OTOH, the hotel is walking distance from King’s. That Thursday night might be a good night to hang out….and there *HAS* to be a way to expense a tattoo for “teambuilding” – maybe do something like the LOtR cast did….

About Kevin Sonney

Kevin Sonney - who, contrary to popular opinion was NOT raised by wolves - grew up in central North Carolina. He fell into the technology field by accident in 1991, when he gave up the wild and crazy lifestyle of an on-air AM radio DJ to become a mundane technical support monkey. The technology industry has never really recovered from this. Kevin has worked for such names as IBM, Red Hat, webslingerZ, and Lulu Technologies (we won't mention the ones that didn't survive the experience). He currently works as a Linux Administrator for Apptio. In his spare time he rescues stray animals and plays video games with his two sons. His wife, we're sad to say, helps him get past the really hard bits. Kevin is still not very mundane, he just got better at hiding it.
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4 Responses to Did I mention…

  1. jay says:

    At our last shindig with customers, I was 3 miles from the Marriott at Crabtree. I refused to expense a room there. It was stupid to suggest it unless of course I was going to pound down beers and close deals (which I did minus the beers).

    Yet, I fondly remember showing up -way- earlier than the people that had booked rooms there. WTF?

    Granted, I live 4 miles from the place your gig will be, but if I worked at the Hat do you honestly think they would ask me to book a room? If the answer is yes, a clueX4 is likely in order.

    As for the drinking, it’s a mixed bag. When the boss is buying, I’m drinking — but I’ve learned to calm it down to a dull roar. There is a fine line between social and Frank the Tank.

  2. spot says:

    I’m with you if you need a fellow escapee.

    Being notorious for skipping such events myself, although, this year, I need to find out if Andrea is going to be crashing the party before I skip it.

  3. z_kungfu says:


  4. jay says:

    Blue you’re my boy!

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