Lotusphere 2009: I have arrived

So I arrived last night at the Swan hotel after a long day of travel from Copenhagen, via Frankfurt to Orlando. I was in the hotel around 9.30 PM so that was nice. Even nicer since I, after a pizza and a beer, slept through the night so I’m hoping to have beat most of the 6 hour time difference. I remain to be proven right though… 🙂

Today (Saturday) is for relaxing if I manage to fix the last bug in a product and then BALD later. Maybe a little shopping with my Fiancee as well.

Lotusphere 2007: BALD

After going shopping yesterday for new clothes since I still hadn’t received my suitcase I went to the Blogger Annual Lotusphere Dinner at the Brewery on the Boardwalk. I didn’t get to go last year because I got in at 2am on Sunday morning so it was nice being able to go.

For those interested – and to get that out of the way – I did get a new set of very nice clothes. And yes – this was why my outfit was entirely from Oakly! People at the BALD were *very* impressed by that! 😉

Anyways… I sat down next to Tom Duff aka Duffbert as I by chance ended up in the same Mears shuttle from Orlando airport to the Dolphin as he did. I thought it would be a good place to start. At the same table were Julian, jonvon and Warren and Kitty Elsmore. We quickly got to talking so that was nice. Nice beer as well!

We quickly agreed that in a virtual crowd like this it isn’t so much name to face but domain name to face… It’s weird knowing people without recognizing their face. A picture on you blog should be mandatory! For those here at Lotusphere you might want to swing by the session on the IBM blog template by jonvon to see how.

The mingling continued and I got to talk to numerous bloggers there – very nice. Even met Stephan Wissel (wissel.net) who’s here all the way from Singapore. 11 hours difference – wow! He looked surprisingly fresh though.

After a couple of hours I went home to take a shower before going to the ESPN bar at 8pm but I never got there as the jetlag caught up with me. Bummer! Well another lesson learned before next year.

Gotta go get breakfast – more later. The show is about to begin!

P.S.: Did anyone see who scored my two t-shirts?