02/26/2006: "That could have gone better..."
Worst conference ever. First the terrifying flight to Anchorage...after which I felt nauseated and had a terrible headache. Next, I got sick on Sat. during a snow storm...terrible roads, I had to drive home through white out conditions while feeling like I was on death's door. I told my sis I thought I had the flu and proceeded to throw up all over everything (sweet sweet sister cleaned it all up and took care of me)...
Meanwhile, my presentation was the next morning. I didn't think I could do it but didn't want to cancel either, as I'd put so much time into it. I hallucinated that I was writing code and moving it around a big transparent screen with my hands (ala Tom Cruise in Minority Report)...this went on all night...not a dream, as I was aware I was on my sister's couch and I could see the clock and each passing hour until it was time to get up. Has this ever happened to anyone else?
Anyway, I decided to try presenting on Sunday, but it felt like I was talking from inside a bubble. There was a guy in the audience that I really like, he's a great guy...seriously, only he kept explaining things right before I'd get there in my notes...cutting me off...which made me lose my train of thought...I kind of felt like he high-jacked my presentation a bit but whatever, at least it's over with.
I almost canceled my flight home tonight because I'm still so weak and shakey and now I think I have bronchitis on top of everything else...but more than anything I just wanted to get back to my own bed, which is where I'm going now. The flight, I'm happy to say, was uneventful!