And breathe…


People often question why I leave for airports so early.  It is usually to experience a nice easy drive, leisurely parking and a trouble free bag drop.  Flying from Gatwick this morning, I decided to leave in the early hours to avoid the M1 and M25 traffic and basically cruise control for 90% of the journey.

On this occasion, half way round the M25 I came across three red crosses above the carriageway and the M25 closed.  Waze took me onto a detour which resulted in blue lights and a crash between two cars blocking the road – at 3.00am!!!!  Goodness knows how they managed to hit each other.  More detours and finally I arrive at the airport.

Now, I was unable to check in online yesterday for some reason and again the self service kiosks blocked me.  Off to the desk to find a name mismatch.  Thankfully the lady on the desk waived the fee as it was just one letter and I got off with the warning and to check  my ESTA – that’s all good.

Back to check-in and my hand luggage gets checked for weight.  0.5 kilos over for a bag with my camera gear which I’ve travelled with on numerous occasions.  Thankfully, the check in person was obliging and I got through after showing what is in the bag and an agreement to carry my Surface separately onto the plane.  Phew, things must surely get better.

Into security.  Keys in my bag, belt in the tray, Surface in the tray separately, all by the book.  Yup, a 20 minute bag check and I got caught for a bag check.  Thank fully the guy checking my bag is a camera nut so it was a case of running everything up and a polite exchange on what I’m off to shoot.  Looks like he’ll be buying a 70-200mm sometime soon 😉

So, finally through security and airside and I still have a good few hours to grab some much needed breakfast and then to find a quiet corner to  catch up with email.

Hopefully things will be fine now.  However, note to self, lose a few pounds from the hand luggage for the return journey.

Orlando, USA, here we come 🙂

 

 

 

A date for your diary!!


Mark your calendars! The next Revelation Software Users’ Conference will be held at the Sheraton Music City Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee, USA on April 16-19, 2013. This is your chance to connect with the heart of downtown Nashville at the Country Music Hall of Fame or experience the awe of The Grande Ole Opry. Spend a relaxing day at one of Nashville’s beautiful state parks, the Adventure Science Center, or the home of President Andrew Jackson – The Hermitage. The Nashville International Airport is also just minutes away.

As well as the wonderful sight seeing, this event will also give you a great opportunity to network with some of the leading OpenInsight developers from around the world and to get yourself on their radars.  Along with these invaluable networking opportunities, you will also hear from some of these leading lights during the highly informative and educational technical talks.  With the emphasis on education, this is one trip that you can’t afford to miss and one that you can (hopefully) put down against your 2013 training budget.

I look forward to seeing you in Nashville on the 16th April 2013.  It will be interesting to see how the Revelation team will top the ‘amazing’ 2011 conference :).