Saturday, October 21, 2006

Preparations...

As some of you know I arrived yesterday in Portland, Oregon in the US. The flights here were smooth even though a delay with the flight to Frankfurt caused us a somewhat short transit time, but it was of course quickly and efficiently handled by the excellent German Lufthansa staff at the gate, where we could get our boarding passes. Yes for some reason Jon and I didn't get our boarding passes for the 2nd flight in Göteborg. Go figure. Not even the security checks caused us any extra trouble due to missing boarding passes. I guess that sometimes the universe actually cooperates with you...

My reason for traveling to Portland is this big software/programming conference called OOPSLA. It's my first time attending it but with me are both my colleague Jon from Consat and Niclas Nilsson who have not only attended the annual conference before but are actually both holding tutorials here. Quite impressive. Today Jimmy (and his father) also joined us. Jon and Niclas are holding one tutorial together, Niclas two more by himself and then a fourth(!) one together with Jimmy. Each one is for 3.5h and attending those are people from all over the world paying good money to do so as well. Of course today (Saturday) they are doing some last minute preparations for tomorrows (yes Sunday!) start of the conference.

Soon we will find us something to eat and keep trying to win the fight against jet lag...

Just 4 blocks from here is the state's biggest shopping mall which at least I will check out later and maybe the others if they are not panicking too much about their tutorials. :-)

To the right you can see (from left to right) Jon-Erling, Niclas and Jimmy discussing their presentations.