from Civil to Inventor

The Autodesk enthusiast exile

Autodesk University Reasons #5

Alright, now for the next installment.

Did you ever go on TDY or assignment that was boring.  The most exciting thing is when the hotel’s lounge puts out hot wings at happy hour?  No one wants to go see anything, and they are all personality challenged.  After class, the best food you can hope for is Denny’s. 

I’m not too sure that you will feel the same at AU.

#5 Amenities

I ate well.  Oh dear Lord, I ate well.  There is a buffet there with Bacon, sausage, eggs, bacon, a lot of different fruit, cereal, Coffee, bacon, muffins, Milk, different juices, bacon, and more stuff that I can’t remember.  I would get up early just so I had plenty of time for breakfast.  That’s just 1 meal.  There’s Breakfast, mid morning snack, Lunch, another snack I think, Supper, and midnight meal (not included in the package, that’s where you sober up at….).

There are wireless areas to catch up on your email and blogging.

There is a hall dedicated to hundreds of industry retail and support companies with toys and gadgets and FREE STUFF!!  Someone PLEASE get me an Autodesk shirt for my collection!!!! XL.

There are events every night like the AUGI Beer bust, bands, Casino night….

…and the TAO Civil community “What was Autodesk Thinking with an open Bar” 2006 All night festival.  Didn’t anyone tell management that the Civil guys all came in from a construction site somewhere.  The bartenders looked like deer in the headlights.  The scene reminds me of a pack of hungry coyotes…., It was savage.  The poor SOB serving shots on the outside balcony once asked, “Hey, who ordered these Shooters?”  It looked like Denzel Washington tried to walk through Opra’s audience.  I may never forget that night.  I wound up roaming the hallway near my room at 06:00 hrs with a heiney bottle still in my hand. I got my balance to see what time it was.  “Hey, the chow hall just opened”. Here we go again.

The food at the events is awesome too.  There’s no hotdogs or cold pizza.  It is roast beef, Rolls, Rice, veggies, Fish, Pork medallions.  There is no shortage of food or beer.  The Beer… it’s Heineken, Fosters, Corona, Bud and it’s buddies, Lowenbrau, St. Pauli Girl, Michelob, and wines too.  Maybe even Dos Equis too  ….I think I’m going to cry…

We once had Blue man group ….that was too fun!

One night there is nothing planned….we call it meet the natives night…well that is what we call every night.  Basically you get a bit of time to relax with some new friends and talk about AU.

There are the most amazing restaurants, every show you ever wanted too see, and THERE ARE CASINOS.  In 2006 there was this…….Ok, uh 2007 we all went to….ummmm, let’s just say I like Blackjack, beer, fun, and I have a cabbie friend on my cell phone speed dial to get me out of trouble. 

Oh, and don’t miss the AU Community Breakfasts.  The food is spectacular, and you get to meet a lot more people, and see some interesting things about your career field.

This sounds like a bunch of rediculous fun during an expensive educational TDY, and yes it is.  We all study real hard, literally running for one class to another.  It is exhausting and really stressful. So we play hard together, and develop professional relationships that otherwise couldn’t be made.  There is nothing else like it.

check back in for the last installment of my trip down memory lane…..”The Best Reason”

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November 9, 2008 - Posted by | Autodesk University | , , , , , , ,

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