So today I arrived in Calgary for the Agile/XP Universe conference. I'm really excited to be here and get a chance to talk to some of the people who are here.
Had quite a day of travelling, as I got a shuttle to the airport this morning. It picked me up at 5:50 am for my 9:48 flight. I cleared security before 6:45, and had to wait 3 hours before my flight left. Then I landed in Edmonton for an hour, and went looking through the airport for some Tim Hortons. Of course all I could find was a Seattle's Best Coffee (ah, the irony). Anyway, I got to the hotel at about 4:00pm, called an Aunt and Uncle who live here in Calgary (and who I haven't seen for about 10 years) and made plans to go out for dinner at 6:30. Then I decided to go down and check out the conference area. So down I go to the 3rd floor of the Hyatt. I stepped out of the elevator and there were a bunch of people standing around, so I went to register. Apparently, I was the first person from Microsoft to arrive, so they asked me to set up our booth. Now I've never been to a conference except as a regular guest, so this was a new one to me, but finally I got it all set up, and went to the intro session, where I volunteered to talk to some people about Refactoring support in Visual Studio tomorrow afternoon. At that point it was 6:20, so I rushed down to the lobby and met my Aunt and Uncle for a nice dinner a little pub just down the street from the hotel. Then back to the room to talk to my wife for a few minutes, and finally a quick swim. Now I'm heading off to bed.
Just wanted to let you all know that I'm here, and I'll try to fill you in about what's going here at the conference.
When the conference is over, I'll be heading off to Toronto (my home town) for 2 weeks vacation, including my wife's and my 5th anniversary next Saturday.