The reality of it struck me. It’s not just some far off wish or really-neat-thing-to-do-but-I’ll-never-really-do-it. I am actually getting on a plane and traveling to Iowa to
meet and party with cool people attend a tech conference. I am actually going to see real people who have only existed virtually for me over the past year. As it stands right now, I will actually come face-to-face with Lisa, Brad, Cheyenne, Laura and Dania…not to mention, of course, Gretchen and Chris! Eeeeeep!
It’s not like I haven’t met bloggers before. For crying out loud, in my very first such experience I met such blogging superstars as Robyn, Todd, Jason, Statia, Yvonne, Stacy and Andrea! And that was followed by a wicked cool meeting with The Mighty Geek. But, with the exception of G, I didn’t really get a chance to spend much time with them…much less three days of high geekery!
Yes, in fact, I am a little nervous. I know it sounds silly, but I’m not really that outgoing in person (or at least I never used to be). I asked the Mrs, “What if I don’t meet expectations? I’m not as wise-assed and goofy in person as I am in the blog.” She replied, “Yes you are.” (Thanks…I think…)
Actually, my biggest fear is that it really is a tech conference and I’ll get caught up in conversations that will go way over my head. Yes, I’m an MCSE (stop laughing, it’s still worth something…I think…). Yes, I work for a software company. But sometimes I have to put sticky notes on the coffee maker to remember which button turns it on! Or maybe that’s just old age… Anyway, enough silliness! This is going to be a blast.
Safe travels to everyone going! See you in Des Moines!