The goal of the workshop was to accomplish a series of tasks using this builder kit. Unfortunately, I was unable to get my code to compile and install itself on the board for it to work. At this point, I found myself chatting with Eric McCarthy, one of the events co-organizers, and we chatted briefly about our backgrounds and jobs. I made one final attempt at trying to get the code to install on the board after which I left to deal with a potential parking issue that was brought to my attention.
Before the meetup had started, I had gone through the adventure of finding a place to park in downtown Tucson and from there locating the venue of the meetup itself. I had followed the instructions of my Google Maps app and after failing to find a parking space after circling the block twice, I opted to park in the parking garage nearby. Coming from Ajo, a town which doesn’t have any large parking lots much less parking garages, I wasn’t sure exactly how the payment system work.
I inserted my bank card into the machine at the entrance and, while the machine gave me my card back and raised the gate, I was expecting some sort of ticket to indicate I was allowed to park inside. When nothing happened, I decided to continue driving forward and find a place to park since the gate was raised anyway. It was only after I left the meetup and exited the parking garage that I discovered that your card gets swiped as you leave and effectively acts as a checkout and charges you.
Apart from my bumbling around downtown Tucson like a complete moron, I really enjoyed myself at the meetup and look forward to returning next month! Additionally, I found myself being preached to by this drunk guy about how great driverless cars would be as I waited at a crosswalk. All-in-all, tonight proved to be an excellent evening!