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High Rankings Seminar And Cookout
Posted 25 September 2004 - 05:48 PM
All around great event.
We did go to Faneuil Hall, but not to Durgin Park. We just ate in the food court instead. Dropped Scottie and Karon to the airport Hyatt where they decided to stay for the last night to make their trip a little shorter in the morning.
Matt and his family came to Faneuil Hall with us too, but then they left to head back to Newport, RI. And Chris(tine) and her family headed out to NH to visit some family. Debra had to leave very early this morning, and Lee (my wonderful seminar partner) left last night after dinner to drive back to NH where she lives.
Looking forward to Stockholm where I know at least Chris(tine) and Matt will be going.
Posted 25 September 2004 - 07:10 PM
I had a very enjoyable time sharing some words, and meals, and drinks with the crew who hosted the event. I wanted to repeat my thanks over here in addition to what I posted at Cre8asite - Thank you Jill, Scottie, Debra, Christine, Matt, Lee, and Karon.
It was really great to meet you all, and to meet some of your families.
I also want to add a Happy Birthday to Hank Cowdog who joined us at breakfast this morning (just noticed the birthday announcement at the bottom of the forum page).
Great event. There were many excited and happy expressions on the faces of the folks attending the seminar, and the people I talked to were dying to hurry back to their websites and apply what they learned.
Posted 25 September 2004 - 10:05 PM
Waaaaay too many posted there but I'm too tired at the moment to sort out all the boring ones of us presenting.
Bill, was GREAT to get to meet you finally and glad you could come to the extended breakfast this morning! Next time we see you, it will be your job to make the napkin bunnies so I hope you were paying attention.
Karon and I are headed home in the AM. We took a water taxi across the harbor tonight to the Long Wharf to go eat and it was really nice. Fairly warm out with a brisk wind and the skyline of Boston lit up in front of us. It was a lot of fun!
Posted 26 September 2004 - 02:37 PM
It was great meeting you. As much as I like forums, there really isn't a substitute for an opportunity to meeting people face-to-face, squeezed together at a dinner table, or lounging around a hotel lobby.
I'm glad to hear that you all had a lot of fun on your excursion into Boston. The City wasn't what I expected at all. It was a lot nicer. If I had to choose between living in NYC, Philadelphia, Los Angeles or Boston, I think Boston would be my first choice.
But that choice might have been colored by the great hospitality that you and Jill and all showed us.
Posted 26 September 2004 - 05:18 PM
I agree on Boston- I loved it. Jill says it's just like New York or London but I don't agree- they all have their own very distinct personalities.
Showing my ignorance of geography, I had no idea it was so far north. In my mind, it's south of New York. So after looking at a map. I packed for winter. But the weather was in the 80's- very pleasant. We had a great visit!
Posted 26 September 2004 - 05:49 PM
Too many people. Too many buildings. Lots of walking.
Gimme the suburbs any day!
Posted 27 September 2004 - 08:29 AM
As for the driving... WHEW! Glad to be home
Posted 27 September 2004 - 08:48 AM
It's not a "bad" thing... just different.
Posted 27 September 2004 - 09:01 AM
Oh, and organic potatoes from Maine are the best.
Posted 27 September 2004 - 12:47 PM
I made my trek back to Texas last night after spending a delightful week in New England.
As usual, I started the conference in sleep deprivation mode. The midnight before traveling up to Boston, Jill and I were on IM planning the important details of our Stockholm trip – like making sure we have seats together for that LONG flight over. Geepers that’s a long flight. There is apparently no easy or fast way to get to Stockholm. Sometime after midnight Jill inquired about my flight schedule up to Boston and it’s then when I realized I had to be up at 4 AM to drive to the airport to make my crack of dawn flight…..<big groan>
The highlight of any conference to me is meeting people in person whom I’ve only known through the forums or email.
For example, Kim Krause and I have corresponded through email, the forums and in fact, we’ve even done work together via the Internet. However, this conference was the first time we had the opportunity to meet face to face. Interestingly, the moment I met her I felt like I’d known her for years. Kim is as genuine and down to earth in person as she is in the forum. She has such a talent for putting people perfectly at ease with her warm friendly personality and vibrant smile. A truly nice lady who saved me the first day when she brought me a high Octane number when she and Bill made a Starbucks run.
I also had the pleasure of meeting Grumpus at the conference. I’m happy to report that Grumpus is not a Grumpus at all, but rather a delightful entertaining conversationalist who impressed our end of the dinner table with his amazingly accurate aim in the “Sugar Packet Wars.” Apparently, Grumpus was categorized as a trouble maker along with Matt Bailey and myself because we were immediately sent to the “special corner” for dinner where they thought we’d do less damage. (Ha! We showed them…..)
I recognized Bill Slawski (Bragadocchio) from across the room even without an introduction. Okay, so in the past I’d seen an old avatar that had his picture so I knew what he looked like. A true INFP (Meyers Briggs) Bill exudes an interesting combination of warm empathy and cool logic. Over the years I had come to think of Bill as the voice of reason, always stepping in with his well thought out advice that diffused many a hot forum discussion. I thoroughly enjoyed chatting with Bill about juggling too many activities, usability, and ways to derive useful information from PPC to improve the SEO of a site. Yeah, it was disgusting – two geeks talking shop and thoroughly enjoying it.
Qwerty and Cline – you guys should have stayed longer and eaten with us. Matt, Grumpus and I would have gladly made room in our corner for you guys. I have a feeling you two would have fit in well in our little trouble-making group.
And as always it was great fun hanging out with Jill, Karon, Matt, The queen of links Debra, Lee, and my fellow evil one, Scottie. For the most part Scottie behaved herself this trip although I did get hit by a pink brain from Scottie’s direction during the Question and Answer session. Of course when I looked over at Scottie she was whistling and looking innocent, so it must have been those little blue men who threw it – the same chaps who hide my car keys every morning.
In any case, Boston was great fun and a good time was had by all. I thought the Conference itself went great and I was truly impressed by the many innovative entrepreneurs who attended.
Posted 27 September 2004 - 12:48 PM
Regardless, dinner was great. Excellent food and excellent company.
Posted 27 September 2004 - 04:45 PM
It's funny the wide range of topics that a couple of extroverted introverts can cover. It was a real pleasure sharing some words with you Christine. Definitely one of the highlights of the trip.
Posted 27 September 2004 - 07:21 PM
Yikes. I just thought I was sent back there with you guys because I'd been up at the bar getting a beer that wasn't all tall and narrow....
Posted 27 September 2004 - 08:38 PM
John Harvards Brew House was a great call. It was a pleasure to meet Stock and have some fun. The beer flowed freely, as well as the stories and jokes. The Cr8 crowd was a great addition, and it made the evenings that much more enjoyable.
I have to say however, that seeing people whisper top each other wondering who the strange guy hanging out at the entrance to the seminar, but not coming in - that was pretty funny. Certainly a Grumpus impression. Bill, Kim and Erik were a lot of fun. Bill had to watch my daughter on more than one occasion and he performed admirably.
The SEO crowd is not the one I'm sure most people would think of as kid-friendly, but from the pics, my daughters had a great time. Actually, we all had a great time, as Chris' family did for their short stay.
Thanks Cre8, good to have you there. I hope we can do this again soon.
BTW - I've had such a good time, I'm still in New England. . .
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