I’ve had a wonderful time at basecamp but I feel I haven’t got to speak to nearly enough of the people who I know only by their forum name. So as it’s all ending tomorrow if you see me around please say hello and tell me who you are by forum name so that in future I will know better who I am talking to.
Great meeting you even if just for a brief moment. I hope to run into you again tomorrow before it’s all over. Cheers!
Please do, you caught me right in the middle of something that I couldn’t break off from but I really did want to talk to you and I can’t remember what you look like.
I’m aware that my face isn’t that we’ll known, so those of you that do know me feel free to point me out to others.
It was great to finally meet you at Basecamp. Have a safe journey back downunder.
Thanks JV. It was a pleasure to meet you too, it’s so much better to have a voice in the back of your mind that you can use when reading people’s posts.
It was great to meet you gents, and many others, and, yes, there are still people here on the fourms I managed to miss.
The final touch was, after making an unscheduled return to the JW Marriott, taking care of business and heading back to the front door, I run into @Box in conversation over True Bend and managed to learn yet one more thing. That’s serendipity for you.
It was awesome to get a chance to put some faces to these forum names with faces! Great to finally meet so many of you!
We knew your face, so had a head start.
This was my first Basecamp and I am eagerly anticipating coming to the next one in two years. I only hope that next time an appointment is scheduled to take a group photo of the sages and the SU Team members, as that opportunity was missed this time.
That’s very true, we did miss out. Trying to herd all the cats failed in the end. Even the Sage dinner wouldn’t have got all of us though as you weren’t there @jvleearchitects .
Hi Box, I met in the men’s restroom off the lobby I think it was Monday night. Sorry I didn’t run into you again last week.
Well, my last 24 hours at 3D Basecamp were partially spoiled by a rental car crisis, and then saved by a number of great people I met there.
The Lost Key Fob
If there’s one thing I learned at 3D Basecamp, it’s never to loose the key to your rent-a-car!
After a lovely dinner and stroll by the pool, I realize my rent-a-car key is missing from my pocket. I run back to the restaurant and have no luck finding it where we sat, and we notify hotel lost and found. I retrace my steps to everywhere I sat that day with no luck also. I call Hertz and find out what I’ll need to do:
- Tow the car to closest service center - next to Palm Springs airport
- Pay $250 fee for the lost key
- Get a new rental car at the airport
I can’t do this at 11PM, and the conference ends after lunch the next day, so I plan to do it then and hope the keys turn up before that.
Still no luck at lost in found. I call AAA and schedule a tow for 2:15 hoping the keys might still turn up. I tell everyone I meet my tale of woe. One suggests I try the Hertz desk in the hotel. After a 20 min. wait in line, they can’t help me. Someone else suggests posting on the 3D Basecamp App social media feed. Good idea, I do that too. It goes up on the big screen and everyone’s mobile devices
Still no luck, as 2:00 approaches, I accept time’s up, and get ready to meet the tow truck.
The tow truck arrives and the driver explains it won’t fit inside the garage where the car is parked. Not a big problem he figures, and he works out a plan to use dollies from the truck to lift the front tires and allow the car to be pushed around to the entrance ramp where the truck might just reach it. This works well on the smooth garage floor. I have to help by pushing while the driver does crude course correction at the front.
Almost to the goal and we come across an expansion joint an inch and a half wide. The little dolly wheels can’t get over it, and it takes a good 20 minutes of jockeying with a floor jack and coaxing to get it over. Finally the truck backs in as far as it can and drags the car onto the bed. It has taken nearly an hour to get to this point. We head out to the airport, drop the car in the repair yard, and then he drops me at the airport.
They charge me the $250, and give me the keys to a new car. Such is my fate. I linger a little to get a snack for my trip and head out into the heat to get my new car. It’s now two hours since the tow truck first showed up.
As I’m walking to the parking lot to the new car, my phone is buzzing in my pocket. It’s so hot, the first thing I do is open the car, start it, and get the air conditioning running. Then I check my phone. It’s a text from @ChrisFullmer saying @thomthom found the key!
So, I turn the car off, go back inside and ask it they can erase the charge if I get the key back. After a nerve wracking call back to the repair yard, the manager says yes, the part wasn’t ordered yet. With that, I drive back to the JW Marriott, get the key, say thanks and goodbye to Thom Thom, Chris and John Clark who also got in on the communications. As I head to the door, I run into @Box in mid conversation. Wouldn’t you know, I learn yet one more SketchUp tip before exiting for the final time. Back to the airport again, get the bill corrected and finally hit the road at 7:15, five hours after the tow truck first arrived.
Unbelievable! Many thanks to the SketchUp community, the great people I met, and the social media app for coming through in the end, truly, without a minute to spare to save me at least from a harsh penalty.
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