Tuesday, November 25, 2008

PittStop 8

PittStop Lindy Exchange 8 was this past weekend. It was a fascinating trip back to Pittsburgh for a number of reasons.

First, it was quite fun to visit Google Pittsburgh, and work there on Thursday and Friday and some of Monday. I think I like the fact that my employer has many offices throughout the world, and will hopefully take advantage of that more in the future. Google Pittsburgh's culture has brought them to fill the office with nerf weaponry. I felt like such an action hero with my gun sitting at my ready during builds that I have decided to buy a nerf pistol to import the idea into Google Seattle.

Second, it was nice seeing everybody who I've been missing from Pittsburgh --- all sorts of friendly faces and good times. Thoroughly enjoyable. I also got to visit a lot of my favorite restaurants and coffee shops, which was also enjoyable.

Third, PittStop itself --- was pretty fun, with great dances all around. It was a struggle to dance again in Pittsburgh, as clearly my dancing has changed to adapt to the Seattleites, or Pittsburgh's dancers have forgotten all of my wackiness :)

The only really painful part of the trip was the travel. Airports are starting to suck from my estimation. I cannot think of a flight that I've had in the past 6 months that hasn't had a delay which caused a missed connection, resulting in countless extra hours en-transit. This time, USAir kept our plane on the tarmac for an hour, before flying us to Pittsburgh just in time to miss my connection to Seattle. Then, the best USAir could do was leave me to wait 8 hours in the Philadelphia airport for the next flight to Seattle. Meanwhile, I am still tired from PittStop, and had to get up especially early just to make the (delayed by an hour) flight out of Pittsburgh. Grr.

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