It’s been an intense couple of days, meeting with those who run online communities in business environments (read: for-profits, not non-profits). In other words, people there either ran an online community, like a support forum (Apple’s support forums, Dell’s online communities) or discussion board (AOL, etc.), or sold tools and applications to host such online communities.
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And some pictures of Sonoma (and for those in Seattle – pictures of the sun). Sadly, i was more in awe of the sun and weather, than i was of the vineyards.
Adventures in Sonoma
I called Gretchen while i was down there with a desperate plea for help ordering wine. I audited (yes, audited) wine appreciation in college, and i lived with a French family in their vineyard for a little while one summer back in high school, but that’s the extent of my wine knowledge, except for the fact that i can’t distinguish between wines. They all taste great to me.
Sarah Onat from appc.com (she and i co-founded the bathroom community) and I did dinner both nights, and Friday night we did some sight-seeing and ate dessert at a local cafe on Hwy 12 (?). Thanks Sarah with the ‘h’ for driving!!
Zoe Hollister from Forumone.com (our tireless event coordinator for the conference) and I spent Saturday as tourists. When we hit 3 vineyards before noon sampling wine, we realized we had to slow down! We drove around and to our (happy) surprise, discovered the Napa Premium Outlets and ended up doing some shopping. =) Thanks Zoe for driving!! Hope work on Monday morning isn’t too rough (she took a red-eye back).
And lastly, i’ll sign off by telling my first adventure story of the trip. It’s about 1-1.5 hours from SFO to Sonoma via car. Since i was the only passenger, the shuttle driver and i started talking the usual age, rank, and serial number. When he said he knew what Visual Studio was, i was immediately shocked, then i realized, "oh wait, I’m in the Bay Area" (SFO is the bay area, right?). Apparently it was his last day on the job, moving full-time to his start-up 30proof. They are speaking at O’Reilly Where 2.0 conference, so best of luck to them during their demo.
And now i’m going to get some sleep… very long day getting home from sonoma and writing trip reports…