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Word on the Street — July 13th thru July 17th

July 17th, 2009 COMMENTS
Word on the Street by Kevin Carty

Word on the Street by Kevin Carty

Last Minute Preparations for TS2

We all go to a lot of tradeshows and events, right? After all, we are the industry professionals. We are the ones who exhibitors rely on to take care of all their needs and to make sure all their “i’s” are dotted and their “t’s” are crossed.

So why is it, that many of us scramble so much at the last minute to complete crucial details for our own industry events . . . both business details and personal details? Or maybe it’s just me. 🙂

It was about 10:30 pm last night when my wife says to me, “Excited for your trip? Do you feel like you have everything prepared?” I responded “YES!” Then she said, “Hey, when you pick up your dry cleaning tomorrow, can you drop something off for me?” . . . which triggered the proverbial “Oh  S&#T!” moment because I never actually dropped my stuff off.tsa20text20new

Then, there is the business stuff. Every show I seem to end up with an extra bag of small stuff that I need to bring on the plane with me. Have you ever tried to explain to TSA what a Stand-Off is?? Especially since it looks like some sort of pipe-bomb on the x-ray. Normal people need an extra bag for all the items they receive at the show. Not me! Apparently, I need it for my explosive devices. 🙂

In the end, it always comes together just fine. And I make comments like “I’ll make sure to remember that”. . .”lessoned learned”. . . and my personal favorite, “You would think by now I would have learned”.  But of course, being a creature of habit, I never do learn. It will surely happen again.

I hope to see you all next week in Chicago at TS2. Stop by our booth #601 and say hi. I’ll be the guy with the Lo-Jack on my ankle, compliments of the TSA.

Be Well!

–Kevin Carty
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