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Back In-Country: Greetings From JFK

Back In-Country: Greetings From JFK

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Greetings from the Delta terminal at JFK Airport in beautiful South Ozone Park, NY, where I’m currently laying over on my way back to Orlando.  As I was getting up at 6am Barcelona time, my wife was watching Friday night’s episode of David Letterman back home in Florida.  Time zones are certainly amazing things.

Through a happy coincidence of scheduling, my flight from Barcelona came directly to the States.  I was thus spared a direct personal impact from the Air France pilots’ strike, which saw every flight from Barcelona to Paris cancelled today.  Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good.

It’s great to be back in-country, and I’m very much looking forward to being home later this evening.  I very much enjoy the opportunities these conferences provide to meet and learn from new people (and, perhaps, to allow them to learn a thing or two from me), but homecomings are even better.

For the first time since I went mobile,  I don’t know when my next air flight will be.  Oddly enough, that’s okay with me.

My flight for Orlando is about to start boarding so it’s time to stow the laptop and get ready for the last leg of what’s been a marvelous but tiring journey.  I’ve got some new pictures of Barcelona that I’ll post just as soon as I’m rested.

Thanks to all who make TechEd EMEA such a great experience: the organizers, my track owner Gunther Beersaerts (an incredibly wise and patient man), and above all the delegates, whose passion, creativity, and thirst for knowledge are what the conference is all about.

I hope to see all of you next November in Berlin!


  • A photo-laden documentation of an afternoon out and about in a classic European city. No technical content, but some great pictures, and even a multi-lingual pun!

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