05-05-05

In an effort to get this out before our connectivity disappears, I'll endeavor to put this in early today. You may be interested to know that a link to this blog will appear on the corporate Interop site (if it has not done already). I find that quite cool, but if you're concerned about anything written here as a result of that, please let me know...

This, apparently, is our last first show (I am not clear at this point whether that's "last" as in final or "last" as in most recent). A number of folks have said so. Furthermore, Glenn said something last night about managing to do some things in the design to make life harder on themselves. I don't know about that. I don't think the eNet really had very much going on. At least, not so anyone has mentioned it. Apparently, their biggest worry was which shirt to wear...

Today, in the event you haven't noticed, is 05/05/05 (regardless of where in the world you are, that's the 5th of May, 2005). Pretty cool. At 05:05 05/05/05 UTC, we were had just left the Hookah Lounge where we had enjoyed the Volunteer Appreciation dinner. The dinner was quite nice, with an open bar since the food was so reasonably priced. The food was surved buffet-style, and those who are familiar with the cuisine considered it quite a reasonable menu. A number of team members enjoyed Hookahs after the dinner was over, although Alice complained that it wasn't even really smoking (too smooth, apparently).

Quotes of the day:

"Whatever it is you are going to do..." "...Just don't!"

"That's not five 9s. More like nine 5s."

When I walked into the fishbowl earlier today, Brett was chatting with Jim together with a young lady. I came up behind them, sat down, and then gave the lady a light tickle. "Oops... that's not TJ!"

I had just managed to goose Brett's wife, who I had yet to meet!

This led to a conversation with Karen during which she described an experience from an earlier show. Seems that she was walking across the floor when suddenly and without warning, an attendee gave her a resounding smack on the backside! She didn't even attempt to describe the looks on his face when she turned around and he discovered that she was not who he thought she was...!

It's been a good show. For those of you who have not heard, yet, we'll be in New York City (at the Javits) a couple of weeks before Christmas, and there will be iLabs there (although the details are still evolving). In the meantime, we'll try to keep this blog moving every once in a while (especially during Hot Stage). Keep those cards and letters coming, and I'll add to this as it seems appropriate.

God bless Ron Jarrell...

Good night, Gracie...