Leave me alone, I'm on vacation!
By Brad Wetmore on Feb 14, 2008
I don't think that's too much to ask. But have you ever tried to unplug yourself completely when you work for a "network" company like Sun?
I first noticed it on a trip to Nepal. I had just finished a rather stressful project, and was glad to be getting away. But as I'm walking between planes in Bangkok, there's a 20 foot ad image of then-CEO Scott McNealy, smiling with his big toothy grin from his perch on the wall, reminding me that "Sun in the . (dot) in dot com."
Trip to Brazil. Sun's being profiled in the in-flight magazine. Trip to Spain/Portugal: Sun's being advertised on a whole wall of posters in a small city. Ok, gloves are off. Hawaii? Nope, there's a high-tech design exhibit in SFO United Terminal featuring all kind of high-tech product designs. I was halfway through before I saw the case that featured a Sun Ray. Dagnabit!!!
Out of all the buildings in Sydney, Australia, our route took us right by the Sydney sales office. Cameroon? I thought for sure, I stood a fighting chance. Nope. I forget what I saw in the Cook Islands, but was not amused.
I guess it's good to work for a company with a global presence. But just for a couple days a year, can't you just leave me alone1?
On the other hand, I'm glad I don't work for another unnamed large software company. I don't know how many times I've walked by an airport flight status board only to see an infamous "Blue Screen of Death." It does give me a chuckle.
1. Maybe now I'm looking for Sun references just to keep the streak alive.