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PASS Conference Stories - Tagging No one :)

Well this isn't really a funny story given the like the others given the destruction that occurred but here goes.  A number of years back PASS was at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando and we had a hurricane come thru a few days before the conference started. I had planned to come in a few days early anyway to play a few rounds of golf. Well the hurricane changed those plans somewhat as it roared right past Orlando.  Anyone who was already at the hotel was pretty much locked inside for the brunt of it. I thought this was kind of ironic since the entire central part of the atrium area was solid glass panels 50 foot overhead.  The wind and the rain was shaking and rattling the panels so much I thought they were all going to fall on everyone's heads. Many of them were leaking water during the peak of the storm and I remember they had guards at the doors to keep people in.  All I could think of was that I felt like a prisoner and the prison was about to collapse :) . Well it turned out there was minor damage to the hotel itself but I am sure the guy parked outside my room was not too happy when he saw the palm tree that had fallen on his car.  I did get to witness that from my window:). 

Published Friday, October 3, 2008 8:26 PM by Andrew Kelly
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RickHeiges said:

I actually had to fly in to Tallahassee (the only airport open in the state of Florida at the time) and drive down when the Hurricane was making landfall.  This is the only time that I decided to take full coverage on the rental car.  :-)  Driving down through central Florida was an experience.  Toll plazas were unmanned and FREE.  When I finally arrived at the hotel, I tossed the keys to the valet parking guy and said "Good Luck".  The Gaylord was an excellent place to be during the storm.  They had restaurants and bars and was actually a haven for some nursing home folks.  They also sat on two power grids which ensured they would have a higher likelihood of power.  The storm has fairly went fairly well unnoticed inside the gaylord except for the Toilets.  The water level was pulsating in the bowl due to the winds and pressure outside of the Gaylord.

October 4, 2008 9:46 AM

James Luetkehoelter said:

I remember the hotel having to post people at the doors to prevent people from "going to look at the hurricane". One person that came in from Germany did the same thing Rick, although while it was in full force. He got stopped by a roadblock (got lost too) and the police only let him continue because he was close and in the thick of it already.

October 4, 2008 9:20 PM

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