Thursday, October 28, 2010

Oct 28 2010 | What happens in Shanghai...

My coworkers in Shanghai have given me a Chinese name. To my ear, it sounds like "Grwe Daway". Chinese names are stated last name first. All Chinese surnames are one syllable, so they took the first chunk of that. There are several choices of transcribing the name David: Greatness, Statue David (I think they mean King David, not just the Michelangelo representation), and the phonetic transcription of the sounds Da-vid. I choose the Biblical form.

When people ask if I recommend using hotel safes, I always say no. It's the first place a thief with inside access would look (if they already have access to your room, they could have access to the safe too). Plus it's too easy to forget things there. One of my coworkers put her important items in the hotel safe. It broke and refused to open. PHOTO 1: safe being completely dismantled

Today was our last day of events, an absolutely exhausting two weeks in Shanghai, sleeping no more than 6 and no less than 1.5 hours each night. For the final event, we had an AV-rich closing party that featured Karaoke, 3 iMacs with slideshows of photos taken during the week, plasma screens, uplighting and dance lighting, Kung Fu Monks, heat lamps and a tent (yes these fall under my jurisdiction). We were so emotionally raw by the end of the events, there were many tears and many more hugs. All chain of command pretense fell to the wayside as the few people still at the party when things winded down all went out for an extremely late night on the town. What happens on The Bund stays on The Bund.

PHOTO 2: behind the scenes look at a small part of my AV setup for Wednesday morning's event (there were 6 AV-infused events in 5 different venues).


The other Olga said...

dismantling the safe? this sounds scary; I've always assumed the reception desk had a copy of the keys or a combination..

Dave said...

it's not like they forgot the combination -- it literally broke and had to be cracked. but i've heard of people forgetting the combination and the hotel staff saying they can't unlock it until the next person checks in... but that sounds like an easy loophole to exploit... virtual check-in?

Phil said...

I had become a big fan of these safes until I came within a whisker of leaving my passport in the Tel-Aviv hotel on our getaway morning.

At that moment, I vowed to never use them again.