I know many people in the EDA industry and one thing they have in common is that they do travel – a lot. Let’s not forget either the less traveled people going to conferences or other rare trips that do not know the ropes as well as the seasoned traveler. They are the ones getting placed at the bottom of the ladder when it comes to being dealt with or having their issues listened to.
With that travel come mishaps, lost bags, missed flights, hours spend waiting on the ground, near disasters, annoying neighbors, lost reservations, a car rental place with no cars, broken things in hotels, or cars. The list is endless. There have also been, at least for me, some very nice times – upgrades to incredible rooms, that knockout person who sits next to you, gifts upon arrival, the rental car company that only has convertibles left – or just amazing people that you meet.
No room at the inn
To kick things off, I would like to describe a situation that happened to me several years ago. I had traveled to England for a workshop on the subject of system-level design. I stopped by the company office for some meetings before I headed out to the hotel. It was located in a nice quiet area of the country on a large estate. When I got there I was somewhat exhausted, not being a good sleeper on planes. I announced myself and after they tapped on the computer for a while, told me that I had no reservation. Ah hah – I had the confirmation printed out – which I put on the counter. She left and came back a couple of minutes later with her own piece of paper – a reservation cancelation from someone I had never heard of. She informed me that they had no rooms available, but said she would call around the hotels in the area looking for a room for me. Minutes dragged by and I fell asleep in their lobby. An hour or so later they woke me up and said that no hotels in a 30 mile radius had any rooms – now 30 miles in England is a day trip – I kid you not. She said they would sort something out. They put a trundle bed in a conference room and set up a little bedside table with a lamp connected by a long extension cord. They showed me where the closest rest rooms were and told me that as soon as someone checked out in the morning, they would let me use their shower. After the first night, they moved me into a real room – but for one night I had the biggest room in the hotel! They refused to charge me for that first night.
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