Nevertheless, I finally got to Boston at about 8 a.m., then I got changed, and made my way to Smarter Travel.
I had an interesting meeting people at the office, I brought some maple toffee and they seemed to enjoy it.
I met up with Ed Passarella to talk about perhaps switching jobs, although nothing was available just yet, I think he was happy I visited anyway.
There might be something interesting for me to do in the future though, stay tuned.
After working from the Smarter Travel office for the rest of the day, I organized a little Tweetup at Ernesto's, where the cheapest best pizza in Boston is to be found.
It was Graham's idea to do a travel gadget exchange, and the ladies at STM found this out, so they kitted me out with a giant box of travel gadget crap to give away. They were more than happy to part with it.
There were a bunch of seat cushions, lots of pointless plastic stuff that hopefully people would at least laugh at.
And they did.
I was pooped and WAY too early so I kind of passed out at a table. A very blue-collar-obviously-just-finished-work kinda guy was eating pizza and after he finished he came over and asked me what was in the box.
"Oh it's just junk I'm giving away to people when they come."
"What are ya sellin' somethin'?!"
"No, I'm giving it away. If you want something take it."
"Are ya sure?!"
"No, not really, but take it if you want it."
"Are ya really sure?! You don't want this stuff? You could make a fortune selling this out on the street!"
"Nope, don't want it, take it."
"OK, this looks interesting, I'll take this." It was a giant bag of power adapters, completely unsuitable for travel.
He started going through it when I guess his conscience started telling him to at least pay me back something.
".... How about I buy ya a pizza or somethin'?"
I was actually planning on waiting for the rest of everyone to come, but free pizza is free pizza right?
So he bought me my pizza and soon after I ate it, @Travelsofadam showed up along with everyone else. Yay!
We all ate too much pizza, drank that weird Italian beer that Rod likes and watched the opening ceremonies of the Olympics. Hurrah.