10/28/2005

The Secret Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers

Tomorrow I am driving to Washington D.C. for the annual WEFTEC convention, where everyone in the "dirty water" business get's together and talks shit. Literally. Please pardon my french. 18,000 people who love the sewage industry. Hard to imagine, right? I don't usually talk too much about my work but this is my favorite time of the year, so I thought I'd share just a bit of it with you, my blog audience.

My small new company will have a nice little display booth on the massive trade show floor which we have worked very hard to get ready. We will stand on our feet for four straight days wearing suits smiling, shaking hands, handing out cards and literature, and in my case, gabbing. This year I have pre-scheduled 16 meetings in my booth consuming almost every hour of the exhibition. I have three long committee meetings to attend, two customer breakfast meetings, one customer lunch meeting, and three client dinners to host. I also have two technical sessions to moderate, one to give a presentation at, and a tour for students and young professionals to lead. I have been invited to five different receptions, most of which I won't be able to attend, and I am the organizing hostess of one big party for young professionals in my industry at a local brewpub complete with food, drink, and prizes (in my trunk) which happens to fall on Halloween. If this all sounds exhausting, believe me, it will be. And I don't plan on staying out till all hours of the morning this year like I have in many years past. But I expect to enjoy every minute of it, even when my feet are killing me and my mouth hurts from smiling so much.

You see, these are my people. My friends, people who know me in business and respect my knowledge and enjoy my company. People who go out of their way to find me and see how I'm doing. People who missed me last year when I was home with a new baby and asked my boss to see pictures. I haven't seen most of them in almost two years. They are the reason I keep working. The people. Past customers, future customers, reps, other salesmen, engineers, etc.

My husband has graciously agreed to take three days off of work to stay home with Nathan till I return Wed night. I just left them up at my inlaws house after his grandmother's funeral where he will hang out for the weekend. He thinks this week for me is just one big party, and I can't seem to convince him that it's really hard work, including the entertaining I do. I can't convince him because I love it so much and want to go every year. I don't have a laptop yet, so no blogging while I'm gone. Have a good week!!

6 comments:

ieatcrayonz said...

Wow, that's a lot of shit to pack into a few days.

Man, that was one of my best comments ever. Sad, isn't it?

Hope you have lots of fun and have safe travels!

WILLIAM said...

They have sewage conventions? Weird.

Spikey1 said...

Have a great time.

Mainline Mom said...

I've been at the show for two days now and I'm already exhausted! I don't have a laptop but they have free internet kiosks in the exhibition hall. It is so great seeing so many friends. Well, tonight I'm hosting my big party so it should be really fun!

Sarah Hubbell said...

Are you aware that The Society actually exists in the UK? It is a VERY select group of long-servers who get a small gold shovel as a lapel badge to indicate membership.

Sarah Hubbell said...

Yes I am aware of this! It's the same in the US, they also get the small gold lapel shovel. It's pretty cool actually. 

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