The one thing I really dislike about work are conferences that require overnight stays. Not only are you away from the comfort of family but the dread of having to deal with the awkwardness generated by:
- the likelihood that colleagues are going to get drunk and make fools of themselves
- the expectation that one is to join in such frivolities
- returning to a room that may be shared with one other work-stranger
There are also the ludicrous games that people are expected to play: dress-ups, role-plays and performances. I’m not sure why conferences require these silly things. It’s not like they’re any more productive.