Friday we went to the office, stopping on the way for an iced caramel latte and a delicious lemon-orange muffin. Once at the office, the group we were traveling with suggested that we could skip their meetings today since we had heard their presentation many times and we had our own that afternoon. We decided to take them up on it and went to the Ops section. I finally got to meet many of the people that I deal with over the phone or by IM every day. I spent a good portion of the morning responding to email and looking at tickets that my group was working on.
The group took me and my co-worker to lunch at a local pub where most of us had fish and chips. I had forgotten how good English chips are. We returned to the office for some more email and troubleshooting and then went to the conference center to do our presentation. On the way down we saw a sign that said the monthly fire drill would be at 16:00 so I asked the ladies at the front desk if that meant we would have to leave the building and they said that we didn't need to leave but it would be quite loud for about 2 minutes. The presentation went well except for the fact that the conference call wasn't working and only 5 of the 16 people who said they were coming actually showed up. I can't really blame them - the meeting was set for 16:00 on a Friday. I don't believe there is a worse time for a meeting.
After work we all went to another local pub. There were tons of people drinking on the sidewalk. I love the UK. Where else can you get away with drinking in the street? We stayed for many hours and then finally went to dinner around 22:00. I got back to the hotel about midnight and spent some time on-line. Then I went to bed.