O’Hare is a Very Big Place

I got to O’Hare at 1pm because the hotel I was staying at had the usual early check out time and it being Sunday there was no reasonable place to go.  When I got here I learned that my 6pm flight was delayed to 10pm. I won’t bore you with the details but after a few hours I decided some food was in order and so stopped at a grill and sat down next to a total stranger who turned out to have just moved here from a part of Brooklyn not far from where I grew up.

Being relentlessly intrusive, I threw matches on the conversation until it flared, and soon we were talking about this year’s election and not long after that we were deep into racism (he is black, I am not).

This can be a difficult conversation, as I’m sure you know but apparently we were  both into it, and we really got into the nitty-gritty.   Why am I telling you this? Because at the end we exchanged biz cards so that we could exchange celebratory emails on election night and it was then that I discovered that he is the creative director for web development for  a major network who happens to be very interested in learning more about Silverlight.

Zow!  This was quite cool.

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So many laptops, so few outlets

Also I wanted to ask why an airport as big as O’Hare has so few chairs near outlets, and why there was a stretch of hallway where I saw 7 people, apparently unrelated and not with each other, all working on Mac laptops, followed immediately by about 12 others working on PCs?  Is this some sort of sociology experiment?

I finally popped for $50 to work in the “Admiral’s club” of one of the airlines where they offer two wonderful alternatives: tiny cubes with not enough light or outlets or nice big tables that are right next to the TV.  Otherwise, you may sit in comfortable chairs with your computer in your lap. Brilliant.  Oh, and they have very expensive, very bad food, none of which is vegetarian. Which is why I went out to eat in the first place.

OK, back to work….

About Jesse Liberty

Jesse Liberty has three decades of experience writing and delivering software projects and is the author of 2 dozen books and a couple dozen Pluralsight & LinkedIn Learning courses. He was a Senior Technical Evangelist for Microsoft, a Distinguished Software Engineer for AT&T, a VP for Information Services for Citibank and a Software Architect for PBS. He is a Xamarin Certified Mobile Developer and a Xamarin MVP and a Microsoft MVP.
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