February 3, 2009 by MrBlueSkies
Well folks, I am sitting here waiting for my ride to the Philadelphia airport. I am heading off to sunny Orlando for the NAFEM Show. NAFEM stands for the North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers. Every two years NAFEM holds what is arguably the biggest food service equipment trade show in the industry. Historically, the even was held in September and the venue would change with every show. I’ve done NAFEMs in New Orleans, Dallas, Anaheim, and Las Vegas, just to name a few. But last year the folks at NAFEM contracted to hold the next 5 shows in Orlando and changed the date from September to February.
So why should you care about this? If I didn’t work in the food service industry, I wouldn’t care. Unfortunately, I do not own a laptop and my acess to computers will be limited, to say the least. So I may not get to post anything until I return.
There may be so computers at the hotel that I might be able to access. The show usually has some internet cafes and so I may be able to get on a pc and post a really small notice about how things are going. I thought I would be clever and leave some premade posts scheduled for specific days when I was out, but I never got around to it.
One other thing, they fired my friend, Linda, from work yesterday. She’s worked with me
for over 12 years and during the past few years she’s had some very big personal issues that have impacted her ability to do/be at her job. She’s be skating on thin ice for quite a while. She made a fairly big mistake yesterday and that was the ammunition they needed to fire her. I feel bad about leaving right now when she needs a friend but this is my job so away I must go.
I will keep in contact with her while I am away. In all honesty, I think she was at the point where she hated her job and now is relieved that she doesn’t have to work there anymore. It’s sort of a happy/sad thing cause she’s glad she’s gone but can’t afford to be without a job. But no matter what happens, I’ll still be her friend and help her wherever she is.