Well, I finally managed to get some time to blog about arriving in Vegas for the Collaborate 07 event.
The flight over from the UK went pretty smoothly (for once! I seem to have a ‘knack’ for having eventful flights), although one strange thing did happen. Due to all the new security steps we now all face when we travel by air these days, when I went through the airport security I had to remove my laptop (an Apple Macbook) from my bag and pass it through the X-ray (or whatever they use these days) detector.
I actually bought a Tucano padded sleeve to put my laptop in to prevent it being bashed and scratched too much when I carry it in my bag.
When I passed through the security check and went to pick up my laptop on the other side, I got a bit of a surprise, there were *three* laptops there in identical padded sleeves, and since it took so long to get through the security check they were all mixed up (so we couldn’t tell which laptop was which).
So, easy enough, we (myself and the other two guys) removed the sleeves from the laptops, which showed two black Macbooks and one white Macbook (mine is a Black one), so the next logical thing to do was to power up the Macbooks so I could see which one had a login user called “John”. Of course, having one of the most common English forenames around didn’t help, since the other guy was also called John. Luckily my wife also has an account on the laptop so we could tell them apart. It did make me think though, since if I had not been able to see my wifes login name, we would have had to resort to trying to login to the machines to find out which laptop was which. The way things were heading I wouldn’t have been surprised to find we both used the same password!
Oh, I just remembered too that the flight from the UK to the US ran out of alcohol about 3 hours into a 10 hour flight, it’s not the first time I’ve been on a flight that’s ran out of alcohol, but I’ve never seen it run out that quickly (they were fully stocked at the start of the flight!). I actually only had a single drink, so I’m guessing there must have been some *extremely* happy people on that flight who drank my share.
Anyway, with laptops safely returned to their rightful owners I arrived at the Luxor hotel in Vegas around 4pm, which meant there was time to unpack, freshen up and head out to see the some of the sights in Vegas. I’ve been to Vegas a few times before but there have been quite a few changes since I was last here (lots of building has been going on).
After a quick look round, jetlag finally caught up and I pretty much slept right through until the next day.
The next day (Saturday) I met up with Dimitri Gielis and his wife Kristel (who arrived in Vegas a week earlier for a pre-Collab holiday). It was good to meet up with Dimitri again since we hadn’t seen each other since Oracle OpenWorld in October 2006, we have shared lots of emails and MSN messenger chats since OpenWorld, but it’s still much nicer to be able to sit and chat over a nice meal and a cold beer.