What a week…

I currently work as a Audio-Visual Techician at a conference center in the Columbia River Gorge, just 45 scenic minutes away from Portland. This weeks big guest was Keen shoes.

Wow, these folks have got it going on. I didn’t sign an NDA so am free to say what I wish about the conference, but I feel a little uncomfortable about it because of some of the content. I will say that the things they are doing to remain at the front of the environmentally responsible movement are incredible and to be admired.

And they have some just plain cool innovation. Things like injecting their soles directly onto their shoe uppers reducing the stitching and completely eliminating the use of adhesives in the making of their shoes. Did I mention their anatomically shaped left and right socks with the seam under the toe? How about a vanilla scented rubber? Sustainability has become a real watchword to these guys and gals, and I really believe in their cause.

I mention this because I had really planned on updating this blog more than once a week, but these folks had me running like crazy.

By title I am the Audio-Visual Technician I; as in the Roman Numeral I. You could call me The One but that would be inaccurate, there are a few Audio-Visual Technician II’s that don’t work for me. That’s right, I’m the senior but my subordinates don’t work for me.


It’s not really tough work but it gets tough over time. Especially when you have to do the work of several people, often times by yourself, often times while having to balance the needs of the guests. Ever try to hoist a 9′ by 12′ screen by yourself? While listening to a radio call asking to get someones wifi working on their laptop?

How about setting up 50 feet of pipe and drape behind a stage that’s already up and against the wall and in the meantime the guest enters the room and declares “When can we have the projectors running? We were supposed to be rehearsing at 6 this morning and it’s already 6:15 and I don’t see any projectors.” Did I mention that they want their laptops to be about 100 feet from the screen and none of the cabling is run yet?

The show went off without a hitch, other than the occasional surreptitious exchange of wireless microphones and the errant pressing of the mute button during the exchange. They are a fun group and I really look forward to seeing them again next year. They had fun and in the process we all did too.

I slept all day today. OK, so I was up at 6, mowed the lawn for an hour, then 1966 version of Planet of the Apes then slept for the rest of the day. Boy did I need it!


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