I arrived in Dallas Texas around 5:30PM CDT (GMT - 6) today...first off, it's freakin' COLD down here. I packed t-shirts and no jackets thinking that it would be 80+ in true Texas style. It was barely 70 when I got off the plane, and is getting close to the low 50's as I type this...very atypical for Dallas this time of year, and almost as cold as Charlotte.
Second off, everything really is indeed bigger in Texas. DFW airport is ginomornous (and the plane's pilot took us on an unexpected tour of the entire facility, i.e. they kept changing our arrival gate...we saw 3 of the 4 terminals from the windows on the plane before traffic control finally settled on one for us to park at), my rental car (err, SUV) is bigger than anything I've ever driven, and apparently for a road to be considered, well...a road down here, it has to be at least 6 lanes wide both ways with no turns; they all go in a straight line. My map does Dallas/Fort Worth no justice compared to just how expansive this area really is. Fortunately it's pretty easy to get around, unlike Charlotte where roads inexplicably change names/double back around and intersect themselves/etc (you'd have to live there to understand how maddening they are). The whole Texas hospitality thing is true though, everyone has been really nice and social.
I also got to meet up with Rich Mercer (currently a contractor for Telligent, and all around good guy) for a bite to eat. He's in town from his native England on a long business trip with Telligent. Fantastic fun guy, I hope to catch up with him on the other side of the pond when I head over there at some point. Unfortunately I was not able to catch up with any of the other Telligenti, but not for lack of trying ;-).
So tomorrow is do or die time with Microsoft...I think my brain has absorbed about as much information as it's going to. I have a full day of interviews, then I scramble back to DFW to catch a flight back to Charlotte, then I plan on having a relaxing weekend with virtually no computer time...I love the damn things but I'm going cross-eyed from staring into them.
Fri, Oct 13 2006 1:31 AM