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Mice Net : August 2009
Wet, Wet, Wet “I had a gala awards dinner at a certain venue close to Sydney Harbour. It had rained for the entire American incentive, however, the sky had cleared so I arrived at the venue feeling super confident for the first time! But as I arrived at the venue I saw a giant crane out the very front, and a massive hole in the ground with police tape blocking the building. I ran up to the water board workers frantic, who advised me that the main water pipe had broken and there was no water to the whole area! I headed straight inside the venue and they advised me they had been out of water all day, were working from giant vats of water they had brought in, but assured me the water board had confirmed the water would definitely be back an hour before the guests were due. Apparently they just needed to replace a pipe and all would be set. I checked one hour before the group was supposed to arrive and of course they hadn’t finished, but would be finished “any minute now”. Just as I received a call advising me the first coach of 180 guests was on its way, the water board turned on the water again, the replacement pipe broke, and the street started filling with water. There would be no water inside the entire building, all night. As the first coach pulled up, a giant, random gust of wind blew, sending the entire outdoor pre-dinner area into the harbour! Guests started running inside the venue. Meanwhile, I sent a staff member out on a coach to pick up as many basic toiletries she could find to try and refresh the bathrooms – things like liquid hand sanitisers. With the venue’s giant vats of water staff were assigned to manually flush each toilet after each use. For those guests who didn’t want to use the toilets, we organised a 48-seat coach to shuttle between the venue and a local hotel in The Rocks to take people to a working bathroom instead. Naturally, after the drinks started to take effect, people opted for the manual toilets instead so you can imagine the sight of these lovely ladies in their fancy dresses, in and out of the bathroom quickly followed by staff members. Thankfully at around 9pm the water came back on! We all quickly went to flush the toilets... and they flooded out the bathroom instead! We got the shuttle coach running again but half the guests decided it was time to go home early while the rest kicked on with the free-flowing drinks to cushion the ghastly dilemma!” team-building Weekender We had a social club team-building weekend away. One of the guys went out of the hotel where he had checked in and where the main dinner was to go meet some friends quite late in the night, and he got quite smashed. He went back to the hotel and they didn’t have him registered as a guest. He argued with them until the wee hours. He somehow managed to phone a work colleague to discover he had gone to the wrong hotel. He had clearly had too much to drink! send in the cloWns “I was employed to provide the audio-visual for an event where delegates were paying $4000 to $5000 for the event. The organiser of the event was very fastidious towards having everything excellent including the right music at the right time, so any time there was a break the right music had to be present and evident. During the event the delegates were broken up into groups for workshop activities. After some time the organiser came bursting through the doors and with silent mouthing, emphatically made sure I got the message to get some music on quick! I grabbed the first CD closest to hand, threw it in the player and the delegates came back into the room to Send In The Clowns by Barbra Streisand!”