I had gotten 4 hours of sleep each of the previous three nights and it was absolutely catching up to me. And what was worse was that the day was going to be all talk and no action: speakers and lectures and no interaction…just sitting there trying to stay awake.
Trust me…this was WORK.
At one point after lunch, I actually thought I was going to go back to my hotel room to “nap for 30 minutes”. Once I got up and walked around the hotel a bit, I saw a store that actually had 5-hour energy drinks. I’d never tried one before but at this point I was desperate. I bought one and immediately drank it before heading back to the room to hear more talking.
I was WIDE AWAKE. And while it was supposed to work for five hours, I think because I’m a bit bigger it wore off after about 2.5 hours…but that was okay because it served its purpose. I’m not going to pop these things like candy or anything, but if I ever need a jolt of “wake-up juice”, I’m definitely considering these things again.
Once the meetings wrapped for the day, I had 90 minutes to head back to my room and relax before going out to the Orlando Magic basketball game. I called my mom (she was in the hospital recovering from another surgery on her broken leg…this time getting a steel rod placed in between her unhealing bones, so her leg should be stronger now than it was before) and jumped on line for awhile. I was afraid of falling asleep because I’d never wake up (lol).
Let me say that I haven’t gone to very many sporting events. I’ve seen a few major league baseball games, a NASCAR race, and that’s about it. While seeing an NBA game wasn’t high on my list, I ended up having a great time.
Once the game was over and we got back to the hotel, one of the sales guys invited us out to ride with him around Orlando (he had lived there for 10 years). We ended up at a Bahama Breeze restaurant just after 11pm and I, for one, was quite impressed. The live Caribbean music…the lobster & shrimp quesadillas…the atmosphere…it was almost surreal. I mean, here we were surrounded by palm trees and torches…and just one day away from snowy weather back home.
It was almost 1am by the time we got back to the hotel. But with only three hours of meetings scheduled in the morning before catching our flights back home, I was pretty sure I could handle the lack of sleep…again.
All in all, this business trip turned into a lot more fun than I could have imagined before heading down. Orlando is, always has and always will be, one of my favorite places in the world to visit.