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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Ten Things I learned last week!

1. When traveling to a conference early in the morning, you should allow at least 30 minutes more than you had scheduled IF you are traveling in fog.







2. I learned if the sun can't cut through the fog, what chance do you have?






3. I learned you do not need two beds unless you have a roommate or... an imaginary friend. In that case, you NEED an extra bed and therapy.






4. Or you might need two imaginary friends - one for the couch. Just be sure to keep their names straight.




5. I learned that fat squirrels are never to be trusted. Never-ever throw french fries off the balcony...my sister says. Good thing she stopped me (over the phone), I had french fries ready to throw.




6. I learned that ducks and geese can be selfish birds and noisy when given free food-so noisy that you might need to close your balcony door to hear yourself write.




7. I learned that I need to live on or near the water. Last week, I heard the sea calling me or the lake or something calling me.






8. Or I could live on that little Ozarkian island. Can you see it from my balcony?





9. And I learned that even nighttime on a lake is beautiful and interesting and full of romance, intrique and murder. I made some of that up.


10. I learned you must never trust your GPS to get you to a lake resort. You could be sorely disappointed and even late and on roads that have multiple letters of K in them. I'm just saying.



It was a great conference for techies. I may have even gained a few brain cells from all the brilliant people I met. I didn't take any of photos of the conference because there were people there. I would have had to get a photo release from each and pay them a dollar bill or something to use their photo and frankly I didn't have enough money with me or money that I wanted to give up. So there you have it...


ten things I learned last week!









14 comments:

  1. Looks like a nice place and nice room. Are you going to report any more about this conference?

    Lee

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  2. Very beautiful landscape. Very inspiring!

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  3. Hi Teresa .. lovely photos and post about your journey .. the photos complementing your words .. I love the imaginery friend .. I'll remember that next time!

    What did you learn? Techie wise .. would be interesting to know - ten points again??

    Glad it was fun .. Hilary

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  4. Love the photos. Sounds as though the conference went well and you "learned" a lot. :) I hope you had a chance to enjoy yourself just a little too.

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  5. Lee and Hilary, I will highlight some of it sometime. My favorite portion was the Windows 7 seminar. Boy was it popular.

    Yagmur, It was pretty. The entire resort was wonderful. I wish I had time to walk it.

    Mason, I did enjoy it and relaxed some in the evening. It was a great place to write.

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  6. I hear you about living near water. I live 45 minutes from the beach, and just knowing I can get there in a hop, skip and a jump means a lot. We're there often, walking along the shore, spending time at the sea. It's a special place indeed.

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  7. Joanne, Being near and in the water is very relaxing. I would love to near a beach.

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  8. Wow, looks like that was a wonderful getaway! I'd take it anyday! :-)

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  9. That place looks beautiful. I was hoping you went to a writers conference!

    Indie

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  10. Jody, It was nice there.

    Indie, I WISH! Someday - I hope.

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  11. Oh, your photos are fantastic. There's something mysterious about the fog, and dangerous if you're driving. The lakes up here in MN still have ice on them, so I was drooling at the open water. Looks like it was a great place!

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  12. I loved this post! Excellent picture story. Very fun. Glad you had a good time.

    Murder on a lake...always a writer!

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  13. At least while going to a conference you got to enjoy a nice room with a view. Did you bounce on the bed? Both of them? I would of...simply because of being told not to do it when I was a kid (ha).
    Hope you enjoyed what you learned, and meeting interesting people too. Good ideas for writing.
    I go to the laundry mat and that's some interesting watching and learning. Really great for characters in my writing.

    Angela Case

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  14. It sounds and looks fabulous. Glad you got to get away, even it was still work related, and you are right about burn out. Getting there.

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