Sometimes this profession can make you feel rich indeed and every now and then SSDC decide to do things mainly for the craic.
So I decided to go present at Developer Days 2018 Galway - the business reason - fun!
We flew into Dublin and hired a big ol' wagon and Adrian drove to Galway (I'm not allowed as my driving makes Jonny tense).
Barring hotel and flight **bleep**-ups all went smoothly. Stayed in a fairly posh hotel by the river and ate pies at The Piemaker. I had to give up early because of germs!
So why should you go present at a Developer Days? Well it's a relaxing easy going pace, it's good for networking and from a small consultancy perspective it's actually a good sales opportunity. Pick a part of the world you like and go check it out. Expect a crowd of about 15-40.
I presented on Lean LabVIEW (a formalising and focusing of a lot of stuff here) and I think it went down OK. It's hard to tell because Irish engineers seem to be very quiet! I did get some feedback that the error handling part was useful and would be implemented in a project. Which is nice...
I enjoyed the other presentations too, so grand job all. Sadly my colleagues discovered the hotel bar after lunch and that was the last I saw of them!
After the event I went out for dinner with the NI contingent and excellent company they were. I led them down to a very strange bar under a building and I talked too much and lost my voice.
Next day was a visit to a car components manufacturer and powered by Strepsils and Ibuprofen I managed to do a good job of selling for a competitor! I was asked at one point what I wanted from the visit...um tricky one, mainly the whole trip was done for a laugh.
And the lesson from this fable is just that, sometimes you should just do stuff for a laugh.