Every party has its party favors, and the Windows 95 launch was no exception. As the ragtag bunch of grizzled writers, editors, developers, and beta testers staggered severally into Seattle, we were greeted in our hotel rooms by something other than two bars of soap, four minute bottles containing shampoo, conditioner, hand lotion, and shower gel, and $5 minibar chocolate and nuts.
Thinking back, I'd considered it a little weird that we had to book our hotel rooms through Microsoft's travel agency. I thought at the time that Bill Gates might have bought up all the hotel rooms to prevent marauding OS/2 Warp users from rioting. But it as it turned out, they wanted to give us a little something to welcome us to the city (little being the operative word...no hotel room discount, you understand). What were these offerings? Here's the list in full:
The wise worker equips himself with tools he can use.
Soon you will do more than you've yet thought to dream.
Wondrous indeed is the ability to perform two tasks as one.
Enjoyment is fuel for purposeful work.
Be about forming goals because soon you will have the tools.
Newness that compliments sic what is known will last.
Consider file names one can read instead of decipher.
Good things come to those who wait.
Those who expect reasonably are fulfilled completely.
Waiting is not wise when work needs to be done.
So after scarfing the free food, what found its way back into my flight bag? Well, there was the shampoo, conditioner, the larger bar of soap, the hand lotion, the shower gel...and the coffee and clothes. Hey, I'm an extra-large with a new baby at home. I need stimulants and something absorbent. That's my excuse and I'm sticking with it.
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