This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending Creative South, one of my favorite conferences I’ve ever attended. Last year I attended for the first time and could not wait to come back the next year. This year, I am feeling the same way and definitely wish I could restart the weekend so I can do it over! Even though anything that could go wrong went wrong, it’s times like this weekend that make me appreciate the people in my life and learn to accept that life comes with a little drama. Where’s the fun without it?
On Thursday, we were set to rent 3 15-passenger vans for the almost 40 people we were bringing from UCF. When some of the officers went to go pick them up, Enterprise told them that 2 of the 3 vans were recalled for safety issues. Instead, they gave us 4 mini vans, which means we needed more drivers to come to Enterprise, delaying our departure by over an hour. On the way to Columbus, GA we had to stop several times due to people needing to pee or drink coffee. Having 40 people try to sync up their biological needs was not an easy feat – one we didn’t accomplish on the way back either and eventually gave up trying to stick together. Eventually, we made it to our hotel and we ran into a roadblock.
It just so happened we forgot to notify our bank we were leaving the state, so after paying for 4 out of the 6 hotel rooms, our card was declined. We spent over an hour trying to get in touch with our bank but with no avail. Eight of our members were forced to change in someone else’s room while we figured it out. However, we had to postpone the hotel billing process because we had to attend the bridge party that everyone else had already been at since 2 hours prior. Once we got to the bridge, there was something wrong with everyone’s registration and we needed our professor from UCF to come and verify our identities.
This all happened in the first night, and even though it was a nightmare, it helped set off a great weekend in Columbus, GA! I got to meet new talented people, bond with old, and had a lot of fun times dancing sleepless nights away with fellow designers. I can’t wait till next year!