I got into the Sheraton Gateway in Atlanta, USA after 7pm local time. A quiet, off-peak flight that I spent scanning through PHP Oracle Web Development. ( A great book - more on it later after the conference).
It's warm and rainy - strangely this is a refreshing change from San Francisco.
I wandered down the to hotel bar and found Paul Reinheimer, Sara Goleman, Derick Rethans, Cal Evans, & Sebastian Bergmann (all leaders in the PHP world, and all Google-able) finishing up food.
"19 Buffalo Wings" (I think 9.5 chickens made up the spicy feast with some dip and celery on the side) will keep me going for a few days I reckon. This dish is a US heart stopper but fun. A local Sweetwater 420 beer was indeed a good recommendation.
There was a fast, wide ranging discussion of why Chris Shifflet has the credit for getting Paul into PHP, whether you can punch Sara in the arm but had better not, how the conference internet will be fast, how many book sellers still have PHP books advertised with authors that didn't end up contributing, the merits of Nashville and how much bandwidth is really needed to work remotely, and how Paul didn't lose students on summer camp. Cameras came out. Then all headed off to work on presentations or to get over jetlag.
Strange not to have jetlag myself.
Tomorrow I'm looking forward to sitting in on Paul's YUI: Taking the sting out of Ajax.