Oh wait, that's not where this is. Or I am. Or what this is even about.
I've landed in Nashville for the Red Hat Summit where I'm giving some talks and generally around for discussions about most things. Flight wasn't bad — though it was Southwest, it was a direct flight. Made it to the hotel… as others have said, it's fricking huge. Guess it's a good thing I brought my comfy shoes. After checking in, took care of picking up my badge and bag of goodies. Then, mostly stood around and talked with people as they showed up and tried to avoid Tim Kiernan's video camera of doom 😉 Lots of people registered and lots of good people whom I don't get to see all that often who are around to speak on various things. All in all, things are looking pretty good.
After registration, it was over to the Grand Ole Opry for the opening reception and then to actually take in some of the Opry itself. Ended up only staying for about an hour of that mostly so that I could have a chance to get a full meal in as well as try to read at least a little bit of my mail before heading to bed. That's really one of the biggest downsides for me of conferences in general. I do enjoy getting out and getting to interact with people involved in Fedora as well as Red Hat's customers. But in doing so, mail ends up on the back burner and you never quite keep up, despite best intentions. It's a worthwhile trade-off, though, as long as it's done in moderation. I think that conferences all the time would be a quick road to burnout city. And, the fact that they're not all the time give a great way to get away from the regular in and out of mail and coding and meetings to instead have real interactions with people about the issues which matter to them. I generally come back recharged and ready to hit the ground running on getting stuff done.
Which is a good thing, as after the Summit wraps up, we're less than two short weeks away from the freeze for FC6 test1 and there's still a lot I'd like to have a bit more ready by then. So, here's to a good week from the Summit!