Without a minute to yourselfApril 12, 2011 at 6:35 AM | Posted in Business, The biz life | 2 Comments
Tags: Hannover Messe
My empathy for people who don’t have a minute to themselves came after I was back from Germany and the Hanover Messe; while I was one of them, I thought only of myself, shedding invisible tears.
On Messe (Fair) days we met at 6:30 AM for a quick breakfast and were wheels up by 6:45. The trip took 2 hours — don’t ask. Once finally in the parking lot we hustled to get to booth and the fatal “booth duty.” The day lasted fully till 6 PM and no matter what strategy we used for dinner, we returned to our rooms between 11 and 11:30 PM. Then, five-minutes later, it was 6:30 again.
The coffee I drank was good but it came at the booth, at 9 AM while people swirled. Where was my coffee first thing in the morning, at peace, cocooned from teeming humanity? Where was exercise? Where the most basic of yoga poses?
My teammates had it as bad as I did, and likely, thousands of others who worked the show. But they are different from me, they didn’t make a pact that they would work seemingly forever – even flying coach to Europe while beginners sat up front – in return for a good cup of coffee solo, before taking the field.