I got into San Jose last night around 4:00, picked up my rental car and headed over to the annual pre-conference party at Marten Mickos' house. The food was amazing and it was great to finally meet the MySQL crowd in person.
It wasn't long however before I was invited by the MySQL Community Team to join them as they headed to the next event on the social calendar. Armed with a garbage bag full of stuffed dolphins we headed over to Pedro's and the MySQL Conf 2008 Community Dinner that Arjen Lentz had organized.
A couple of recent community members joined the party at Pedro's as well, Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz and Sun Software EVP, Rich Green.
Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz joined the MySQL community soiree for a few hours and was repaid handsomely in dolphins. (That's me in the background, the flash of radiant light)
MySQL confounder Monty in the Middle.
"Finn among the Eucalyptus" Kaj Arno chills in Marten's back yard.
What a great way to meet the community!
To see other takes on last night's activities check out blog entries from Colin, Kaj and Giuseppe.
I look forward to the conference tomorrow and will be armed with a recorder to grab as many podcasts as possible.
Pau for now...