Saturday, June 24, 2006

Hawaii Diarii, Day 7, Part 2

It's 2 a.m. and I must be lonely... and slightly intoxicated. OK, more than slightly. So this update may not be quite up to the level of my previous ones.

• Ling-Ling moment of the day: Yes, folks, at the Asian Journalists convention, it was Karaoke night. Nothing reinforces a stereotype like drunken howling. Of course, Karaoke night had a sponsor... Budweiser, the King of Beers. And that meant... all Bud products were free! Which is why this update may not be quite up to the level of my previous ones.

• I can't remember when I updated last. I'll assume lunchtimeish.

• Afternoon sessions: 1. Taking the plunge/leap into management. Some good info, I even asked a question. None of which changed the fact that I still don't know what I'm going to do with the next 5-10 years of my career until my boss gets bored/retires/dies/moves/whatevers and I get promoted. That's why I'm hanging around in the career fair. I just don't know what I'm going to do for the rest of the decade. 2. Breaking into book writing. Great info - there was an agent there, and I just adore Julie, the author of "Some Like It Haute" (great title!) and the moderator for the panel. I don't know if I have it in me to write a book, but I'm going to try Stewie's NaNoWriMo or whatever, and I figured it was good prep.

• Then it was volunteer time - my chapter was kind enough to give me a stipend since my company gave me the time off for the con, but paid exactly zero. So I was required to volunteer - funny how I do my best work when I'm sentenced to community service. Ask the guys at SafeWalk. But I was working the silent auction, so mostly it was like the holiday sale at work, I stood around and looked tough so no one would steal anything.

• After my shift was over, I went to the bar. But it was boring.

• I went back to the auction, though I neglected to buy anything, and helped out at the conclusion. Somewhere in there, I tracked down some casino folks to make some contacts for Sari, who's moving to Vegas. Then it was off to Karaoke night...

• I went searching for a bar, since they'd closed the auction bar on me... and thus, the free Bud. But I hung out with some of the friends I've made at the con, and got to flirt with some more girls at the auction and con, so hey.

• We closed the faux-Karaoke-bar, but I went to the beach to sit in the dark and watch the waves roll in. I've been feeling somewhat melancholy the past couple of days. I don't know if it's just my lack of desire to return to work, or what.

• But I did score another talk at the career fair tomorrow, before some more volunteerism. So now goodnight.

• Wait, graft update: Scored a business-card holder from the good folks at MGM Mirage. Very nice. Now, goodnight.

It's 2:15 a.m. local. Do you know where your munkee is?

On to the next part!