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TechReady 13 Journal: T-2 days (Leaving VC)

TechReady 13 Journal: T-2 days (Leaving VC)

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T-2

The journey to TR13 started in Vancouver at the River Rock Casino, whereby I waited on the jetty as usual … enjoying the scenery and planes flying overhead while landing at VC International Airport.
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I managed to take a few pictures before catching the QuickCoach shuttle:
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The last picture is Bijan’s cave @ 12:30AM … next time you chat to us in a Live/Lync meeting, in particular with Bijan, you can imagine him sitting in his “green” office Smile

Unfortunately I fell asleep on the bus as usual and I will have to try and get some pictures of the stunning scenic drive on the way back on Friday.

Questions of the day:

  • Why am I asked what visa I have, when it is in my passport and on the custom official’s computer screen?
  • Why does a taxi from Seattle to Redmond (11miles) cost just about as much as a bus ride from VC to Seattle and back(142 miles x 2)?
  • Why do I always fall asleep on anything that moves?
  • Some that I can answer:

    "Why am I asked what visa I have, when it is in my passport and on the custom official’s computer screen?" - It's a test. Need to ask you things you should know so we can spot lies.

    "Why does a taxi from Seattle to Redmond (11miles) cost just about as much as a bus ride from VC to Seattle and back(142 miles x 2)? " - Cause you splitting the cost with 40 people (i.e. numer of people on bus assumed to be 40). So you should divide the taxi by 40 and then compare.

  • Good points Robert! Hopefully everyone noticed that I am asking these silly questions in jest :)

    It's a test ... I understand, but what gets to me is the "how" the questions are asked. I am sure that if I would know the exact visa type and details, explain exactly what I do in my job, they would frown and sound an alarm. Personally I have been pretty lucky, but have seen a few horror stories of people getting grilled.

    Cause you splitting the cost ... I understand the economics of numbers, but in terms of cabs it simply does not add up. I know you love stats and Excel … but when I do the rough maths (excluding maintenance and insurance)  the taxi is twice as expensive as the shuttle bus. I guess the fact that the taxi driver battled to see the road at night (I think) and constantly ignored the GPS directions (which resulted in about $10 of detours) was what made me think.

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