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Things I’ve Learned This Trip So Far

I arrived in Boston yesterday for the Inbound Marketing Summit. The conference hasn’t even started yet and I’ve already learned so much! For example:

– Bringing a bunch of lighters onto an airplane raises no concerns from anyone, but a half empty bottle of hair mousse will be confiscated.
– If you don’t take your laptop out of the bag before putting it through the bag scan, it will be time consumingly swiped for explosives.
– Photobooth on a Macbook can be used as a mirror in a pinch.
– In Columbus, Ohio, WiFi is free at the airport. In Washington, D.C. it’s $6 for an hour or something.
– A cab ride from the Boston airport to “nearby” Foxboro is $100.
– Gillette Stadium is in the middle of freakin’ nowhere.
– While the majority of social media users are female, the vast majority of IMS09 attendees (if the Tweetup was an accurare representation) are male.
– If you ask a nice person you met at a Tweetup for a 2 mile ride back to your hotel, they might actually say yes. And then also offer to pick you up in the morning on their way to the conference. (Thanks, Todd!)
– Having a minor financial meltdown and talking about it to your online friends might cause some money to show up in your paypal account.
– A PayPal transfer to a checking account takes 3-4 days. (Crap.)
– If you shut the bathroom door to your hotel in the middle of the night it just might lock. And you might not realize this til 4:30am when you really need to pee. And the front desk might not actually have keys to the lock, so they might use a paperclip to pick it, but the person who “knows how to pick it” doesn’t start til 6am.

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What one looks like at 5am waiting for the person who CAN pick the lock to arrive.

Anyway, thoroughly looking forward to the start of the Inbound Marketing Summit in a couple hours. And to getting in my bathroom. Hello coffee, we’re about to get intimate.

4 Responses to “Things I’ve Learned This Trip So Far”

  1. Phyllis says:

    Cheryl,
    sounds like you are quite the seasoned traveler! One suggestion for future adventures: Airport shuttles! Every city has them and they cost much, much less than a cab. (You might have to ride with other people to your destination, but who cares?!) You can even arrange for one in advance (online) before you leave and they’ll be waiting for you when you get there.

    You and Nate have a great time and keep the tweets and blog posts coming. I’m living vicariously since I can’t go to these cool events!

  2. Cheryl, you are hysterical. where are you sitting, I need to meet you. Where does one begin to comment. There’s an entire blog that could (and maybe already exists) on the perils of the female executive traveler. As a female who has been traveling for a LOT of years, the stories could go on and on…rock on dudette!

  3. Cheryl says:

    Thanks for the comment, Deborah! As someone who DOESN’T travel a lot, I can only imagine you have many more horror stories to share than this, haha.

    Sorry I didn’t get a chance to meet you at the conference! Hope you soaked in as much great info as I did

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