I arrived in San Francisco this morning. Wow. My first day in the USA. At passport control, they grilled me (a little bit). First, the general question: What am I going to do here? So I told the guy about JavaOne conference. Then he went through my passport, looked some things up on his computer, then asked me, "So do you work for this JavaOne?" I said that I didn't, I work for Sun Microsystems, and that I am here to represent them at JavaOne. Then he asked me where the conference was being held ("San Francisco", was my answer), then he asked me where exactly
it was going to be held ("Moscone Center", I said), then he wanted to see my business card ("I am too low on the totem pole to have one of those," I said, then I showed him my Sun badge). He seemed satisfied, took my finger prints, attached a piece of paper to my passport, and then waved me through. I thought his questions were comfortingly probing. (If he had waved me through with only vague questions, I would have been a bit concerned.)
Then my manager Dave Lindt was waiting for me outside the sliding doors, and we spent some time catching up over tapas in west San Francisco somewhere. The weather here is amazing. Must be at least 25'C. Fantastic. Many things here were very familiar (when I saw my first "black and white", I thought of "CHiPS", for example).
And now I am in Santa Clara, staying in a very comfortable place: the Sierra Suites, which is literally a stone's throw away from the Santa Clara campus. Tomorrow I'll be attending my first Tango docs meeting (at 9.30 in the morning, instead of 9 hours later at 18.30 in Prague) in the flesh with the other Tango docs writers. That'll be interesting.
By the way, if you want to read some really good summaries about NetBeans Day in Johannesburg (which was two days ago, on Friday), check out Evan Summers's blog:
I'll be in Santa Clara until the start of JavaOne next week. If anyone would like to meet up and chat, please let me know.