A few posts backÂ I promised to share my open-minded and objective thoughts on Blackboard World 2014, now currently underway in Las Vegas. From the beginning thisÂ trip has been fraught with technical glitches and outright screw ups. Â Due to a hung authorization page, my hotel’s website booked 5 hotel rooms for me instead of one (charging a $100 deposit to my credit card for each). I had planned to take a redeye on my return flight but booked it for the wrong day, necessitating a change and its accompanying fee. There was something else, but I’ve blocked it out. Finally, withÂ all my travel difficultiesÂ smoothed out and my boarding passes snugÂ in the digital ether of my smartphone, I showed up early at the airport for my flight.
That was yesterday. I am still in Richmond, VA. My reflections on the conference are going toÂ be fairly brief.
Long story short: after two canceled flights, a full day waiting at the airport, and a flight rescheduled for the next day (today), the time I was going to be able toÂ spend in VegasÂ becameÂ extremely brief as I had already scheduledÂ a short trip. The airline offered me a refund. TheÂ hotel returned my deposit. I emailed my apologies to the various people who were expecting to be at the conference. I’d say I broke even.
There’s always next year.