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Year 2 Day 105-Did you get whatcha wanted?

by admin on February 9th, 2005

Alright, for the fun of it I’ll go over the story from the conference with my snoring VP…for Eduardo’s sake.

The conference locations flip flop. They alternate from the Northern part of the State, to the Southern part. This particular year was in the northern part, near the airport, in San Francisco. It was at the Hyatt Regency as a matter of fact, which is a really nice hotel, very tall, and what not. This was the first year I’d attended the conference. I was put in at the last minute because one of our other teachers backed out. I had no real idea of what to expect, all I knew was that it was in a cool city, free of charge, and close to my friend Eduardo.

I arrived at the hotel, registered, and called Eduardo. He got off work, and drove down to the Hyatt, and met me. The first evening of conferences are typically pretty dull. There’s a dinner for everyone, followed by a casino night, or cover band, and basic relaxation. This year was cover band. Eduardo and I acted like idiots for a few hours dancing to the music, and decided it was time to turn in. I was sharing a room with the man who is now my VP here (he taught at the time). Eduardo was sleeping on the floor. It’s San Francisco, so I thought I should make sure I clarified that.

Our VP snores, a lot. He’s not the loudest I’ve heard, but he definitely shakes the room his fair share. Eduardo thought it’d be hilarious, to video tape him. He’d recently bought a new camera with inight-visioni and was looking to try it out I guess. Why he brought it with him, I don’t know, but I agreed, video taping him while he slept would probably provide us with some humor. He fiddled with his bag and got out his camera.

Eduardo started rolling. The whole time he filmed drew closer and closer to our unconscious VP, until he was hovering inches from his head. I couldn’t stop laughing so my head was buried in a pillow. Eduardo was trying hard not to laugh as well. Things were going well…or as well as one can get, trying to capture someone snoring on tape.

When out of nowhere…

My VP woke up, (more like immediately snapped out of slumber) face to face with a stranger, hovering within inches of his face, holding a video camera.

He mumbled something about iget whatcha wanted?i as Eduardo flew over my bed and back to his spot on the floor, where we did our best to ipretendi to be asleep. A few minutes passed, the snoring began, and we went outside for a viewing of the film.

It was a little scary to behold. Here was a man peacefully sleeping, struggling to breath normally, buzzing like a chainsaw, probably in dreamland. He feels the presence deep down in his reptilian brain that he’s being watched, and his eyes SHOOT open. There in front of him is a total stranger wielding a video camera. That would scare me to death, personally… he brushed it off and went back to sleep.

The footage reminded me of some sort of murder mystery film, where the victim is asleep, and awakes to find a killer in his room. In watching the video, there was a brief hint of that kind of level of surprise in his face when his eyes opened. For us, it was high comedy. Sleeping, Sleeping, Sleeping, Snorring, Sleeping, Snorring, WHAM-O Eyes shoot open. We must have watched it about 20 times out in the hallway. It was just as funny each time.

In the morning my VP mentioned something about a video camera, but I dodged the question, and pretended not to notice. The following night I slept on Eduardo’s floor, and blew the rest of the conference off.

To this day my VP brings up that night we filmed him, every year at conference time. I always deny it, like he was seeing things.

iYeah then that first year in SF, The captain’s buddy was filming me while I slept.i

iYou always say that, but I still have no idea what you’re talking about, you’re on crack. I don’t even have a video-camera that I’d bring to this function.i

I figure, he’s getting older, and sooner or later he’ll start to believe he did imagine the whole thing.

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One Comment
  1. Hahaha… yeah, that was awesome. I think he actually asked “get whatcha wanted?” the morning after, but I could be wrong.
    I watched that tape again not too long ago, and it’s still disturbing – but freakin’ hilarious.

    What’s funny is that the wife and I stayed at that same Hyatt on our wedding night before taking off on our honeymoon the next morning.

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