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|Sat Oct 14, 2000 - 1:01 PM EDT - By James Hromadka|
Dallas is only an hour's flight from Houston, but I haven't been to Dallas since my wife graduated from SMU. So, knowing I was going to have a lot of downtime, I went with the following:
Backup module (just in case)
Extra AAA batteries
MiniJam w/ earphones
Below you will find an account of my week in Dallas, and what I learned for the next time I travel (Fall COMDEX).
Monday - Day 1
Ok, I have everything I think I need packed and ready to go. We get to the airport with 20 minutes to go, and I say good-bye to Elexia and get on my SWA flight. It's a 45 min flight with no problems(!), so I pull up AvantGo and read some of the BBC news and Salon during the trip.
After the flight to Love Field, I get into my Oldsmobile Alero rental and try to find Maple Avenue where the Stoneleigh Hotel is. Tip: don't listen to directions from car rental places. Tip 2: know the area BEFORE you go somewhere. After driving on I-35 for a while, I tried to exit and turn around on Maρana road. I then pull out the @ctiveLink (while I'm pulled over) and try to get an idea of where the Stoneleigh is. There was no U-turn (figures) and I wound up driving on back roads before I got back to a freeway. Then as I drive I realize that none of this is familiar. When I drove by Texas Stadium I knew something was wrong. Turns out I got on Loop 12. Sigh.
So I eventually find the hotel (which is only a few miles from the airport) and unpack. Looking at my list, can you guess what I forgot? -- the cable for the Thincom. So I use the @ctiveLink to communicate with Elexia and Marcus and let them know my phone number at the Stoneleigh. I then take the shuttle to the Dallas convention center and take care of registration, then come back to the hotel and get a bite to eat at the Stoneleigh Pub (excellent hamburgers) across the street.
Marcus sends me a message and suggests that I get a SpringPort modem since Xircom still hasn't sent me one. Great idea, so I pull out the @ctiveLink and do a yellow page search for CompUSA. There are several on Dallas Parkway, so $1.50 later in toll fees, I'm at the store and buy the module.
Back at the hotel, I use Avantgo to connect to my web mail and take care of things while watching the Bucs-Vikings game on MNF. The SpringPort is very nice and I'll be reviewing that in the future.
Time for bed -- now if I can only get the hotel to get the room temperature
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