July 21, 2006

Trade Show - Day 1.

Oh. My. Gott.

Let me just say that right off the bat. Gotta get that one out of the way.

Morning started out fine. Got up in plenty of time and once the coffee kicked in it was all good. Dressed in my new really cute (really long) pant suit and got ready to leave. Got to the bottom of the stairs and cursed. Turned around and went back up stairs. You see, I realized I had forgotten to take my toe ring off and 10 hours in 3" heels and a toe ring wasn't really gonna work for me today.

So finally got on the road - made great time. YES - before you ask, I did get lost trying to find the convention center. HELLO. This is me afterall.

Got there, got registered and walked in to find our booth.

Now - let me say this much. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE would someone explain to me where self pride has gone in this world?

Folks - this was a TRADE SHOW. Business. There were no end users there - these were manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and distributers. People were dressed like slobs. Absolute slobs.

At one point I looked over at our booth. The upper management were dressed in very nice suits and ties. The others in our group - very professional. I told my boss how disgusted I was with what I was seeing. Folks I'm talking very heavy women in crop tops. Yes, crop tops. Maybe they didn't start out that way, but when they are 2 or 3 sizes smaller than what you should be wearing they sure as hell look like crop tops.

And this was both visitors and reps. I'm appalled.

AND - cause you know I'm not done yet - they were acting like animals. They'd cut through our booth, pullin' there flippin' bags and knock our shelves off. Or several times, hit the pole and almost bring down the entire booth. My boss put me on point to keep them from cutting through. They did. I don't know if it was the look on my face or the fact that a 6'5" woman was blocking their way, but they went around after that.

Anyway - made it through the day fine. Left around 5:30. And yes, I got lost/turned around coming home. I mean seriously lost. Lost like in ending up in downtown Chicago lost. I kept figuring out where I was but couldn't get over or turn when I needed to.

But eventually - after laughing myself silly - I found my way to the highway. Well - in my defence, I saw the highway almost the entire time. I just couldn't get TO it.

But - I'm home now. I'm going to bed.

I get to do this again tomorrow.

Posted by Tammi at July 21, 2006 08:48 PM | TrackBack

glad you made it home safe....

no wrong turns in big cities....

Posted by: armywifetoddlermom at July 21, 2006 09:45 PM

Sorry it was so icky there. I bet you looked great though. Hope tomorrow goes well, and your feet are okay. Love ya.

Posted by: Emily at July 21, 2006 10:29 PM

Tammi -

Unfortunately the slob look is sweeping through large swaths of the business world. In some cases all the way to upper management and even at trade shows. It doesn't mean we have to give in though. Good Luck tomorrow.

Posted by: Biloxi at July 21, 2006 11:12 PM
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