Kristen (pictured above) is my hero of the day, which I’ll come back to shortly, but first let me outline why today sucked so much.
I woke up at 5am to catch a 7am flight out of NYC to Atlanta. Once I arrived in Atlanta, I needed to drive 2.5 hours to Tifton, GA to do my “Secrets Behind Facebook, Twitter, and Your Digital Identity” training for student athletes at ABAC. The program wasn’t supposed to start until 4pm, which meant that had my flight gotten in on time, I would’ve had a nice 2 hour buffer to eat and freshen up. Unfortunately, the flight ended up getting delayed 2 hours which meant by the time I arrived at the program, I was looking a little less than stellar which you can note by the flat hair in the picture above .
Had that been all, it would’ve been a fine day as I’ve dealt with crazy traveling before.
As I set up my computer for the program, the powerpoint file kept prompting an error. After the third time it froze and the program crashed. After I loaded the program back up, somehow my entire powerpoint file for the program was deleted from my computer. It wasn’t in the original folder. It wasn’t in the trash. It was no where to be seen. Luckily, I had a backup on DropBox, so I loaded that file up and all seemed good. Whew!
The program started right on time at 4pm with about 60 athletes in the audience. For 10 minutes, everything was going fine, and then it all fell apart. I tried to click my powerpoint remote to the next slide, but nothing happened. I tried again, nothing. I walked over to my computer and pressed the keyboard, nothing. After several attempts, it was obvious that now my entire computer was frozen and needed to be restarted. Easy enough…if I didn’t have 120 eye balls staring at me. So I improvised to kill some time…
“When I say go, turn to your neighbor and tell them one funny story you heard on Facebook over the summer. Ready? Go!”
Stupid question, but they played along and started talking to each other.
With the extra time, I turned my computer off and on. While I was waiting for the computer to boot fully back on, I could tell the conversation in the audience was fading, so I went back to the front of the stage…
“Well folks, my computer completely froze on me and it’s currently in the process of restarting. Can I ask for your permission to take another three minutes to let it boot back up so we can continue where we left off?”
They nodded and started chatting with each other, I went back to my laptop which was done loading up. I quickly navigated to the file on DropBox, but the powerpoint file on DropBox was totally missing too! It was no where to be seen. Now I started to really worry.
Without prompt, Kristen jumped up on stage and was like, “Ya’ll wanna play a game?!?” To which they replied yes and off she went. She played two games with them and told one personal story. It was just enough time for me to figure out what to do next. She’s my hero of the day.
Back to the computer.
Luckily, I had a PDF copy of the program slides, but it didn’t have any of the videos or music embedded into it. In thinking through options, I realized that using the PDF was my best only option at this point.
For the next 90 minutes I walked back and forth from my computer to the audience trying to advance the PDF while also keeping everyone engaged and the program moving forward. We made it through, and the crowd was super forgiving, but I easily sweat through three layers of clothes trying to make it work.
Had that been all, it would’ve been a bad, but not horrible, day as I’ve dealt with crazy technical issues before.
After the program finished, I hopped in my car and started driving back to Atlanta to catch a flight, that night, to Indianapolis for another program. On the highway, I looked ahead and saw a cop on the side of the road. I looked at my odometer and saw I was going over the speed limit. A normal human would put the two together and slow down. I didn’t. I flew past the cop at the same speed. He put his lights on right away and pulled me over and gave me a ticket for speeding. Court date is Sept 3rd in some town somewhere between Atlanta and Tifton, GA. Nothing says fun like spending extra money to fly to Georgia, to rent a car, to go to court, to pay money for a speeding ticket.
That’s when today went officially from bad to horrible.
Good thing days only have 24 hours, as I’m looking to make it a fresh start in the morning. Good night from Indianapolis.