turbotodd 100000388Y Visits (2021)
It's always hard leaving Paris.
But not nearly as difficult as it was trying to get into Warsaw today.
Ah, the joys of business travel.
When we landed at the Warsaw airport, it seemed as though all was well in the world.
But having checked our bags (if one person traveling in the pack checks their bag, everybody checks their bag) it seems that the baggage handlers for the Warsaw airport were having a very long lunch break.
Until, that is, we finally got our bags and made it through customs and one of our fellow IBMers reported that there had been a bomb threat and there were no cabs to be found.
Fortunately, we had already arranged for a van to pick us up.
As we piled our luggage into the van, I noticed a big brute of a guy with at least a 9MM stuck behind his waist, and wearing what appeared to be a uniform for Warsaw special forces or SWAT. Oh yeah, he also wore a ski mask.
Whatever he was, it was nice to leave the Warsaw airport and make our way to the hotel.
Where, upon checking in, I discovered that they didn't have a reservation in my name. They had one for Rodney Wilson, but they didn't have one for me, although Rodney and eerily seemed to have shared the same hotel confirmation number.
So, if Rodney makes it through the bomb-threatened Warsaw airport, gets his bags in a timely manner, and can find a cab to get him to the Hilton Internatoinal, we can negotiate as to who room it really is.
As for me, I'm now on my way to my first ever IBM meeting in Warsaw, and I fully expect upon my arrival there that my IBM badge access will likely have been rescinded, and I won't be able to even get into the building.
It would only be par for the course on this particular journey.
Oui oui, it's always hard leaving Paris.
But not nearly as difficult as it has been trying to get into Warsaw.