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Friday, January 28, 2005

Am I Going, Or Not?!? 

. . . lost in a state of confusion (or, is that frustration)!     nothing derogatory aimed at anyone in particular . . . just my frustration venting

Here's the deal.     I'm the Activities Officer for our local H.O.G. (Harley Owners Group) Chapter, and there is a POT (Primary Officers Training) seminar scheduled in four cities this year.     Our group will be attending the one in New Orleans in March.     That's the good part.     The not so good part was going to be that the seminar sessions last a-l-l day, every day, and mixers are scheduled for each evening, so you don't have any "me" time to explore the city on your own during the time you're there.

Okay, back to another good part.     I was going to travel with the Director of the Chapter and his wife, and they were going to leave a day early (before registration the next evening) so that we would have time to spend exploring the city for a full day before registration.     We received our applications (via e-mail from the Director) to submit to Harley yesterday for early registration in the "hopes" of obtaining a spot in this POT session (as classes fill up quickly for every session!).     With that application, the Director also mentioned that we (himself, his wife, and I) were leaving the day before.

Now, back to another bad part.     Just a few hours later (if that), we (meaning the officers who are planning to attend) receive another e-mail from the Director who says that he and his wife have discussed it and have decided not to attend this year due to work obligations on both their parts, and they do not have the time to be away from work.     Now, suddenly, if I still want to attend, I have to arrange my own transportation -- either driving the 9-1/2+ hours, or arranging airfare (which will not be reimbursed) -- booking my own hotel room (and submitting a voucher for reimbursement from the Chapter later -- the rooms are approx. +/-$200/night), and traveling alone to New Orleans since all the other Officers who are going (with the exception of one, and her husband is an officer, too) are men, and will be riding their bikes.

The seminar is supposed to be a very important addition to your training as an Officer, and I really want to attend -- to learn more to help the Chapter grow and develop a stronger membership base.     I just don't like getting thrown for a loop when plans have been made and, supposedly, finalized for several weeks already.     I'm in a quandry but, I guess I'll handle it as a proper Southern Belle should -- I'll improvise, adapt, and overcome . . .

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