Thursday, March 12, 2009

Future Corporate Maven? Probably Not.

Just by luck I had the chance to go on a business trip to Colorado last November. Other people were supposed to go, but they had scheduling conflicts and suddenly I was flying off to mingle with my peers. We had a good time on our trip, especially our visit to The Garden of the Gods. It was very cold and like dummies, we didn't take heavy coats, so we froze. We would run from the car to whatever we wanted to see up close, then race back to the car shivering.

This was my version of business casual clothing. We work everyday in blue jeans and t-shirts, so a business trip required some quick shopping.
Colorado was beautiful in a very different way than TN. You don't realize how much you appreciate our trees and all the greenery until you see how different it is there. We saw tumbleweeds first thing when we left the airport. I never really knew exactly what a tumbleweed was, I guess I remember some from watching the Wile E. Coyote on Loony Tunes, but in reality they are just dead brush that have dried up and they blow around in the wind, even in the middle of town you'll see them rolling across the road.
I had a good time, but I have to admit I was way outside my normal comfort zone. We attended a retirement ceremony on base and I spent a lot of time peering at name tags and introducing myself to people that I have talked to on the phone for years, but never had the chance to meet. Seeing them in person and introducing myself to them out of the blue is a little different than just talking to them on the phone. I met, I made polite small talk, but mostly I observed. I don't know if I will travel much in the future, but I do know that i'm not a natural schmoozer.

1 comment:

  1. (1) Your pictures are beautiful. I love Colorado!

    (2) Schmoozing is the anti-fun.

    (3) You look cute in business casual!