Over the last week or so I’ve been attending a lot of events, and as usual nothing is ever simple or easy. The first event was a seminar on social media. I had to wear a suit for the seminar, something that I hate doing. In fact wearing a suit is one of the things I really hate about business, if only people judged you by the quality of your work rather than the quality of your dress sense. Heading to the seminar after a meeting with a new client feeling uplifted by how well it went I headed to the place Google maps had shown me. What I didn’t know, was Google maps lied.
After a few phone calls and asking people for directions in the dark it turned out the seminar was at the other side of town, so jumping in a taxi I headed toward the only place I knew by name that was near the seminar, some bar/pub. After circling the block for 5 minuets the Taxi driver turned to me and asked where it was I wanted to go again, when I reminded him he simply answered ” Yea, I don’t know where that is”.
So after I got out of the taxi I proceeded to wonder around aimlessly in the dark to see if I could find it, for about 20 minuets in the freezing cold walking down a road, then another, then another, then back and then another. With a strange mixture of anger and disappointment I got out my phone and slowly started to text some fellow s at the event to let them know I wasn’t going to make it and I couldn’t find the venue.
Just as I was about to send the text, stood looking over a bridge into the river below, a shimmering silver sign came into view. The venue of the seminar.
Suddenly my energy was renewed and after finding a way past the longest fence I’ve ever seen and finding a way over the river I came the the entrance of the venue, however there where several buildings all with the same name.
Exhausted, I walked into the brightest of the building, and asked the receptionist ” I have a seminar…is it here?” Which was admittedly a compleat shot in the dark. However the receptionist looked up at me and simple said “yes, sigh in, 5th floor”.
I arrived just in time to grab a glass of orange juice before the seminar started. I learnt a lot from the lecture but I think I learnt more on the journey to it.
Mainly, that “Gwynne don’t quit”.
There where many times on my journey that I was about to throw in the towel and just go home, but the idea that “it could be just around the next corner” kept me going. That’s why I’m going to take things 1 step at a time from now on. Having a big goal is good, but a series of smaller more achievable goals will stop me from getting over whelmed.
On a less boring and rambling note, I’m planning a new series of 25-30 50′s science fiction themed toys. So I decided to go to some craft stores as well as B’n'Q for some reference research as well as to price up some materials for some bigger builds.
During’ my travel through every single isle of the store I came across these, I think they’re leaf blowers or something. I’m going to use these as reference for set of aliens in the 50′s series. They also reminded me of proton packs from Ghostbusters. I also found out that wood board is much, much cheaper than foam board, so I’ll probably be making more things out of wood in the near future, plus it would allow me to go to a whole new scale of size.