Happy Birthday to me...
By davew on Feb 14, 2007
I got another year older yesterday. I didn't blog about it on the day, as I wanted to see how everything turned out first - it turns out that it was the best birthday I've had in a long time :-).
I'm in California this week, at our internal Security Ambassador conference. I'm presenting a number of sessions on various fun things. Anyway, yesterday started well; at 07:00 I got a wake-up call from a colleague back in the UK who sang "Happy Birthday" to me, I got a couple of surprise cards from folk in the office, and there was a full chorus of "Happy Birthday" from the audience after I'd finished one of my presentations and before they'd let me off the podium :-).
Then, dinner. There's probably no finer way to spend the evening of your birthday than surrounded by a bunch of pals from all parts of the world, and who you get to see rather less of during the year than you'd like, crammed into your favourite Mexican restaurant eating seriously spicy seafood and sipping Margueritas. I'd sent an RSVP email to an internal mail alias for off-topic security community stuff the previous week and had 12 positive replies, so secured a table for 15 - in the end, there were 23 of us and we had to overflow a bit! I was also treated to yet another round of "Happy Birthday" - in Spanish this time - by the staff, and a little creme caramel dessert with a candle in it.
A surprise guest was Cynthia Milton - former Sun employee, mad motorcyclist and old pal of Alec's who is currently circumnavigating the globe on her BMW; she left the UK 2.5 years ago, happened to be in California, and dropped by to catch up with folk. She's off to the top end of Canada next, before having the bike (and herself) shipped to Cape Town and riding up Africa. Alec and I agree that she needs to turn all this into a book when she eventually gets home; it's been done before, but not like this. I also got to have a chat over the 'phone with Alec's pal Adriana, and we agreed we need to catch up for a chat when we're both back in the UK.
I was hit with a hard combination of general fatigue and jetlag when I got back to the hotel, sank a pint of ale and hit the hay just before 23:00, "all Birthdayed out".
Many thanks to all who wished me well, signed cards, emailed, 'phoned and partied. You guys rock.
Photos from the conference can now be found here.