Thanks to Twitter, I shared a cab from the Denver airport to downtown. The cabbie negotiated $25 each, then tried to change it to $30 when we arrived, unsuccessfully. Welcome to Denver.
Denver is cold, at least it was yesterday. Today is much warmer. There’s a promenade a few blocks away from the Colorado Conference Center, no doubt inspired by the Promenade in Santa Monica. Walking through there, you see signs for Collaborate 08.
Oddly, I saw a child on a leash there too. And later on, a giant shrimp, or I guess a man in a shrimp suit. There’s a Bubba Gump across the street from the super-sweet Hyatt where Matt and Dan are staying.
I’m staying in the less fancy Comfort Inn. My room is on a corner though, so I have a sweet wrap-around window. Initially, I thought this would make sleeping an issue, but it didn’t. After a day spent with Dan and Matt, sleep was easy.
This morning, I had coffee with Anne Zelenka, friend of the ‘Lab, ex-Oracle EBS, blogger extraordinaire, etc. It’s always a treat to meet online friends in person. Anne had some tidbits from her time at Oracle, e.g. she started the Trading Community Architecture (TCA).
If you’re an EBS person, you probably know the tables for TCA are all prefaced with “HZ”. Turns out that Anne took that product code in honor of her son, a nice bit of trivia. I can relate because the product I used to worked on (and David still does) has the product code “FUN”. All the meaningful codes are taken, so you’re forced to think of less obvious codes.
Anyway, I’m at the conference center today. The giant blue bear peering in the windows is pretty funny. I registered, rummaged through the backpack swag, found the wi-fi and planned my sessions for tomorrow.
Next on the agenda is the ACE dinner tonight. If you’re here at Collaborate, drop a comment so we can meet up in person.
I won’t be here long, thankfully, since I think the altitude is making me overly thirsty and headachy. I hope that’s temporary.