So there I was…standing in the back of this huge conference area at the Marriott at the Brooklyn TRAFFIC show a few years ago. For those of you who don’t know, the TRAFFIC shows were conferences based upon the purchasing and growth of domain portfolios and their assets… website names to be specific… virtual real estate…a person who deals with this portion of the industry is called a Domainer..
If a SCUD missile were to land on the hotel at that moment the internet would have seized for about an hour…. that’s how many nerds were on site…and we were 2 of the happiest ones there!
Brian and I were in the back of this HUGE conference room listening to a panel of people discuss Domain Development (the building of a website on a domain name).
I started looking around the room and noticed a nice chocolate fountain had been set up for our culinary pleasure. I left Brian behind and ventured out to what I perceived to be the flowing fountain of happiness…my momentary nirvana.
Armed with an appetite and a skewer, I proceeded forward. Stabbing chunks of pineapple, marshmallows, apple, raspberries, bananas, strawberries, pretzels, etc…I would slowly drown them in a flow of molten chocolate, placing them into my mouth and chewing until every heavenly flavor could be enjoyed and savored before swallowing down my gullet. This heavenly activity went on for about 10 minutes.
I wiped my face, threw away my plate, skewer and well used napkin and proceeded to ask Brian if I looked okay. He gave a resounding yes and I went on my my own way to walk around the conference area where I smiled and met the most wonderful people who smiled back. Up until that moment, not many people were very friendly. I am from the south..when someone greets you with a passing smile, by damn you smile back.
I journeyed around and realized I had been gone for quite some time and I should really get back to where Brian was in case he needed me for something. This was a work trip and no telling what tasks would arise that he would require my help.
I see him standing where I left him about 30 minutes earlier and he is silently laughing so hard he has tears in his eyes. I immediately started smiling and wanted to know what the laughter was about. I love a good joke.
He took a picture of me with his phone and showed me.
I had been walking around the conference with chocolate all over my mouth. I looked like a 4 year old on a Easter candy bender. I cant begin to tell you all how embarrassed and humiliated I was.
I won’t go near a chocolate fountains anymore… not even if Hugh Jackman was offering up skewers…