I had a relatively short layover as my flight to Fargo was departing at 11:25 AM CST, but could not make the rest of the day without a coffee. So I went over to Starbucks and picked up my favorite: a double-tall mocha with wip. Upon boarding, I sat next to United States Air Force Lt. Sarah Reich who happened to be an Officer and Communications specialist en route to Fargo to pick up some belongings to haul back to Washington D.C. We conversed about her career in the Air Force until the topic turned to what I did for a living. Having to explain that you do ERP implementations is not always an easy subject, but we had a good time talking.
I picked up my luggage and waited for the shuttle that would take me to the Ramada. While I was standing outside the airport. I saw this woman standing and talking on the phone. I thought she was very familiar, but could not quite make out the face from far. As she approached me, I realized it was no one other than MVP Leslie Vail. We both got into the Ramada's shuttle van after waiting for 15 minutes and caught up a bit from the last time we had seen each other -- some 5 6 years aback.
Upon arrival to the hotel and at check in, I discovered that my room was not ready -- I guess, the previous guest had checked out a bit late and the room was still being cleaned. So Leslie and I just sat in the lobby and were talking from one subject to the other until we decided it was time to ask if David Musgrave had checked in already. The receptionist called him down stairs and after 20 minutes he showed up. Finally! David Musgrave and I, face to face, for the second time since 1997! Here are a few pics from that encounter:
Mariano Gomez and David Musgrave
David Musgrave and Leslie Vail
Leslie Vail, David Musgrave and Mariano Gomez
I can't wait to reunite with a bunch of my fellow professionals: former MVP Richard Whaley, Mark Rockwell, Steve Chapman, Michael Johnson and many more who I know will be in town for the Conference.
Until next post!
Mariano Gomez, MVP
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