Thursday 31 July 2003

More meetings, more food, more

More meetings, more food, more sessions talking shop in the bar. Anyone who thinks I’m having an easy leisurely time over here is mistaken.
At least today is the last day of the symposium in which I will be taking part. I depart here tomorrow afternoon (so don’t have to get out of bed too early), although I hear that the flight is overbooked – I had a nerve-wracking situation on the outward journey when I thought I might get bumped, and I don’t want that again. Then it’ll be travelling through the night back to the UK.
Today’s objectives are to meet with two important growers, one of whom is a European (I’m sure there is an easier way we could do this!), and to take in two seminars that I hope will be useful. Otherwise, it is a case of full-on "schmoozing" and also helping out a little with my hosts’ booth as I am familiar with a number of the plants that they are promoting.

Wednesday 30 July 2003

Today is a rest day

Today is a rest day on the trade show here, when the delegates can either go on an organised tour, or can do their own thing. Since none of the crowd I’m with fancied the tour, we’re thinking of exploring the Old Town of Sacramento and maybe heading out of the city to one of the local wineries. I suspect we will talk shop a lot, so even though we may not be around the "booths" in the trade show or "schmoozing", we won’t be switched off entirely. This evening, there is a barbeque in the park opposite the hotel and convention centre for the delegates and participants, so we will be going to that in order to network some more and also to make the most of the free food.
Speaking of free food, the guys I’m with insist on paying for everything. Whilst that is very nice, it is becoming embarrassing. I know that they feel that my new business needs a hand and a little help, but they won’t even let me pay for dinner to let me show my appreciation for the help they have given me.

Last night’s meetings were fruitful

Last night’s meetings were fruitful and useful. Today’s trade show and meetings were also fruitful and useful. I think I can safely say that I have more than justified the cost of this journey already in terms of old acquaintances renewed, new contacts made and plants seen and discussed. Plus knowledge and experience gained. It’s been very useful, and I have another couple of days to go yet.
Alcohol and food intake – v v v bad.

Tuesday 29 July 2003

Busy busy. Been working hard

Busy busy. Been working hard today, including doing a fair stint of the drive from Santa Barbara to Sacramento (took seven hours and I did around 3 hours of that). Gotta go shower now before heading down to a meeting. Later!
Oh and Bob Hope, RIP. At last. And Nasser Hussein’s career, RIP, sadly. Plus Sussex’s chances of winning the cricket County Championship, RIP too.

Monday 28 July 2003

It won’t be as good

It won’t be as good as the original. Thought I’d best say it before everyone else.