There were no real dramas on the way from Birmingham to San Francisco, which makes a change for me.
I got to San Francisco at 16:00 local time and told myself I would go to bed at 21:00 at the latest. I trotted off to the gym, got cleaned up and went down to the bar to say hello to some people. Fatal mistake. I did my normal trick of talking incessantly until about 01:00. Luckily I was not drinking pints of “jetlag” like others I could mention.
So at about 01:00 I was in bed. I woke up at about 04:15. If nothing else it meant I got to catch up on all my emails and go to the gym again. I think there are going to be a few very tired people during the ACED meeting today. I apologise in advance if I fall asleep in your session.
As always, I’m a little daunted at the start of this week. Having 2 days of ACED meetings followed by the main 5 day conference is a lot more difficult than it sounds, especially when everyone knows enough to make you paranoid about your own abilities. Having said that, I know it’s going to be fun and I know I’ll be glad I came.
PS. Already missing the people I know can’t make it this year. Excited about meeting up with everyone again.
PPS. Must remember to speak less and listen more.
PPPS. Must try remain calm this year, not act like a kid in a sweet shop.
There are (probably) more important things out there, for example, my daughter has twisted here knee-cap and me being here in Washington DC makes me a bit worried if all is well in Holland (be assured, I have called multiple times, but its not the same as being there) .
“Oh, I could do that with Oracle XML DB much more easier via…”
…but in all, I can’t help myself and its worth it. Its all about passion, no title really needed, I will do it anyway.
So during ODTUG, after signing up for some extra ambassador duties, I could add an extra ribbon which I really appreciate because I know that the people who nominated me, don’t nominate someone very easily. I’m honored and really appreciate it. It will help with getting people more into Oracle XML DB.
My thanks go out towards the Oracle XML DB Development team who kept supporting me despite I can be very “intensive”, as a Dutch friend described it lately, and those colleagues that still want to know how this all works in Oracle XML DB (they haven’t given up on me yet, me being a “mental case”).
There is so much I still learn from them and others and they really help me focus. Said that, of course this also counts for the other OakTable “intensive” passionate people out there…
Hoped to be of help and more to come…