Friday, August 28, 2009

99/365 Optimism

Ok, this pic WAS taken yesterday, but I didn't have internet access last night in the hotel, and I didn't want to go down to the "business" area to use the free wifi (I was already in my pjs). SO! The stay began with optimism... we got to the hotel just fine, and upon check in, were given warm, yummy chocolate chip cookies... :) Maybe this wouldn't suck so bad after all. But then, Thursday dawned.
This was a gnarly day... it began with the realization that we have been spoiled by the Ventura County Office of Education (VCOE) they alway serve pretty good food whenever we have a training there; coffee, yogurt fresh fruit, juice, water... LACOE (Los Angeles County Office of Education) did not even serve coffee... we were unprepared for that! After two torturous hours another trainee came in with a cup of vending machine coffee, HOORAY! I was saved... for the moment... lunch was pretty decent Quizno's sandwiches & salad. Later that evening, Jon Oates, his wife Sachi, their little boy James, Corrine and I made a valiant attempt to find a family friendly restaurant. The hotel had a list of restaurants and directions to them. We took Jon's rental car so we didn't have my GPS device with us. Needless to say, the directions were wrong and we got pretty heinously lost for about an hour. Finally found our way back to the hotel, gave up, and just ate there... had not great service and they messed up our orders... classic. We complained to the front desk about the bad directions, and to soften the blow, they offered us more warm cookies... gave us two apiece... this made us not hate them quite so much... but still... then we got back to the room to discover that they cut off our internet service a bit early, and I couldn't post! Exhausted, we went to bed to begin again the following day...

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