TechEd 2003: Dallas :T-1 Day
It's hot as hell in Dallas. I wasn't here a hour before I heard no fewer than three "but it's a dry heat" jokes. No, actually it's a wet sticky 130 degree heat. My weak Oregon bones can't take it. And me with jeans and a leather jacket. Looks like this week will be "geeks in shorts 2k3."
Had a great dinner at "Texas de Brazil" - a bizarre place with no menu. The meal is for a fixed $38.50. They give you a small round disc with one side green and red on the other. If your disc is turned up green, it means you want more meat - and then meat just flies out of nowhere. "Filet Mignon, sir?" "Mas carne, senor?" "Chicken wrapped in bacon?" "Pork wrapped in more pork, with a pork sauce?" It was crazy and fabulous. All you can eat meat and a salad buffet. Check it out at 2727 Cedar Springs Road.
Hooked up with lot of good friends, had a blast, and it's not even the first day. Hung out with the INETA LATAM guys and Jorge Oblitas and tortured them with my 4 years of high-school Spanish.
Sat next to Chris Kinsman (the RD from Seattle) on the plane from Denver to Dallas with Keith Pleas two rows behind him, and talked to Chris the whole flight. Chris is one of those guys who is broad and deep in knowledge. I showed him some of the stuff I'm doing around internationalization and he grokked immediately and offered some ideas on how I can improve it. That's what TechEd is all about to me.