Forty-eight hours from now I'll be several miles above and several hundred miles west of my current location, on my way to San Francisco and Oracle OpenWorld 2009.
This will be my second OOW. Last year I was a newbie not only to the event but to Oracle itself, having officially joined the OTN team the previous June after the BEA acquisition.
What was fantastic then, and what I'm very much looking forward to this year, is the opportunity to meet face-to-face with people that I usually connect with only through email, IM, social networks, blogs, and occasionally, the telephone.
As was the case last year, I'll spend pretty much all of my time in and around the OTN Lounge, greeting visitors, scanning badges, giving away swag, and furiously jawboning with live human people -- a rare treat for me since I work from home and during business hours venture into daylight only to collect the newspaper from the end of the driveway.
Once my wife leaves for work in the morning my only living companion is my dog, who doesn't talk much. I briefly had an imaginary assistant, but she had a bad attitude, stole office supplies, and made lousy coffee, so I had to let her go.
Which is all the more reason I'm eager to get to OOW and talk to real people.
So if you find yourself in Moscone West at some point during the week, stop by the OTN Lounge and say hello.
Beyond the OTN Lounge, I'll be at the Oracle ACE Dinner on Sunday, the Enterprise Architect/Architecture Meet-Up Monday afternoon, the OTN Night Party Monday night, and the Oracle Blogger Meet-Up on Tuesday. If you're going to be at any of these events, let's get social, and maybe even share a hygienic and H1N1-safe fist-bump.
See you in San Francisco.