Developing for Dynamics GP

by David Musgrave (Perth, WA, Australia) and the Microsoft Dynamics GP Developer Support Team (Fargo, ND, USA)

Getting to the Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2009 Part 2

Getting to the Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2009 Part 2

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Following on from Getting to the Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2009 Part 1.

I have an uneventful four and a bit hour flight from Perth to Sydney, arriving at 13:00 (Sydney time).  I then transfer by airport coach from the domestic terminal to the international terminal where I go through passport control and security again.  Once through security, you have to wind your way through a huge duty free shop to get into the main part of the terminal.  I did go and look at the cameras but resisted the temptation to upgrade... for now.  I wonder how many people "impulse buy" because of the way you are forced to walk through the shop.

After a short walk around the various shops, I went up to the Qantas lounge. -- A quick bit of trivia: Qantas is one of the only words in English to have the letter Q not followed by a U. This is because it is not really a word, but an acronym for Queensland And Northern Territory Aerial Services. If you want to know more, look at their website. -- At the lounge, I was told that my seat had been changed to an exit row.  While this means lots of legroom (something I don't really need), it also means that you don't have a seat pocket in front of you to put your stuff in. However, it was also a premium economy seat, so I "no complain".

I settled into the lounge for a bit, keeping an eye on my watch, when my phone wakes up to tell me the plane leaves (not boards) in 30 minutes.  I realised that I had adjusted my watch by 2 hours for Sydney rather than 3 hours to include daylight saving. I knew there was a reason that Western Australia voted against having daylight saving for the fourth time in a recent referendum. So a short but quick walk down to the gate and I catch the tail end of the boarding. On the plus side, I was able to bypass the additional security check where they literally empty your bag.  My backpack weighs about 14kg and has my laptop and netbook in it as well as a heap of gadgets (inc. spare battery, power supplies, etc.).  I get aboard and settle in for the 13 hour flight across the Pacific to Los Angeles arriving at about 10:00 (LA time).

In LA, I get both hands finger-printed and a mug shot taken accompanied by a short but pleasant interrogation and then I am allowed into the US.  I get my bag and go through customs and give my bag back so it can hopefully make the domestic flights to meet me in Fargo. A "short" walk from Terminal 1 to Terminal 5 gets me to where Northwest operate from.  Once inside the terminal, I unsuccessfully, spend a some time looking for a Northwest sign, I could only see Delta. Eventually, I ask an official to find out that Northwest is now part of Delta. So I get my boarding pass from one of the automated touch screen systems and head through security... yet again.

The flight to Minneapolis/St Paul was delayed departing LA because the incoming flight was late. I wonder if the pilots were chatting. I board the flight and have a pleasant 3.5 hour trip talking to a student called Brian who is originally from New York, but studying at Purdue University in Indiana.  He had just spent some time at a conference in Beijing in China.  We arrive 45 minutes late at 18:35 (MSP time) in the twin cities to have people running to make connections.  Brian had about 10 minutes to get to his gate, but they were holding the flight.  A brisk walk to my gate which was miles away and I board my flight to Fargo.

As I walk down to my seat, I said hello to Andrew Ingalls (ex Dexterity Guru, now working with Dynamics AX) sitting in the big seats at the front. I plan to say hello again once the seat belt sign goes off, but fell asleep for most of the flight. I think I will catch him again when we disembark but he must not have had checked bags and was gone.  Oh well, I will say Hi again in the office.

Anyhow, after 35 minutes in the air, we arrived in Fargo on time at 20:30. I go to pick up my bag and dutifully wait until the luggage carousel is turned off and everyone else has their bag.  Somewhere between LA and Fargo, my bag went AWOL.  I had a tight connection in Minneapolis, so maybe it did not make it in time. So, I go and have a chat with the guy at the counter and get on the hotel shuttle (thanks for waiting).

I check in to the Ramada at 21:00, have a lovely meal (Fettuccine Alfredo with chicken), write the first half of this blog post and go to bed. ..... I get a phone call at 11:00 on Sunday, my bag is at the airport and by 12:00 we are re-united.

Yippee, I am in Fargo and so is my bag.  It only took me 31 hours door to door. It took my bag a little longer.

See you at the conference.

David

18-Nov-2009: See the Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2009 Wrap Up for more posts.

  • When I saw you at the conference, you didn't LOOK like you'd been traveling for 32 hours...if it were me, I'd be a WRECK! (was very nice seeing you!)

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