Java One - X - Early Monday
I generally tend to wake early on travel days with the nagging thought that I need to repack my bags, even though I pretty well packed everything the night before. Yesterday morning was no exception. My alarm was set for 6:30, but it didn't get the chance to go off.
Habitually, I unpacked my suitcase, surveyed everything I'd accomplished Saturday night, and repacked again from scratch, and in the process managed to cut back on one pair of shoes, one T-shirt, two pair of socks and some underwear ... okay, so I overpack.
I was ready to roll by 8am, so I had an hour to kill before my ride arrived ... again, a creature of habit.
We finally left Nashville on Southwest Flight 660 a little before 11am on Sunday, landing in Oakland a little before 2pm local time. I am travelling with the CEO of my firm, Timothy Estes. I think it was my idea that we come to JavaOne this year, though he required little in the way of arm-twisting: Java Platform technologies are important to a lot of organizations, including our customers. Plus, we had other business we to accomplish while in the bay area. So between my blogging the event, actual business to be done and ample schmoozing opportunities, we should stay pretty busy.
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By the time we claimed our luggage, arranged for car service into the city, checked in our rooms and hiked to the Moscone registration area (by way of Mel's Diner) it was nearly 5pm. As an JavaOne alumni, my badge got me into the (yawn) fireside chat, featuring Hal Stern, Graham Hamilton and Gosling, among others. The attendance was sparse