My first blog entry direct from Lotusphere... I made it here.
Saturday, 1/24/2004, 4:53 pm
Well... I made it here not too much the worse for wear. I left Portland last night at 9 pm, flew to Seattle, and then flew direct to Orlando. I got in around 6:15 am and hooked up with the Mears shuttle real quickly. Dumped my stuff at the Dolphin and headed over to Epcot. The new Mission: Space ride is really awesome, but I don't think I could ride it twice without being nauseated for the rest of the day. It's definitely disorienting, and I'm getting old... :-)
Found Bruce Elgort with no problem, and moved my stuff into the room here. Nice view, nice room, and it only took me about three tries to get the internet connectivity working right! Found the speaker registration room, and got my Lotusphere materials and backpack. Actual usage will tell the tale, but I sorta like this year's version of the backpack. It should hold my laptop with no problem, and there are tons of zippered pockets. Wouldn't surprise me to find a new pocket in the thing a month from now... So long as the straps hold up, I think it will become an oft'd used backpack going forward.
The plane ride last night sucked big time. Makes me want to swear off travel. We had two screaming babies for around 80% of the trip. Now, I don't sleep on red-eye flights, but I try. Not this flight. The only thing that made it marginally OK was that I remembered to grab a pair of earplugs before I left. I could still hear the screaming, but it wasn't as obnoxious as it could be. I dozed here in the room today for a short while, so I hope to be alert enough to make it to Turtle's party this evening at the ESPN Club.