Update: Realized after posting that I assumed you all knew why Chet should be at OOW. For one, he’s an unabashed Oracle cheerleader, and a savvy APEX and database guy, just the kind of guy who loves to chat about all things Oracle. His head would probably explode during a week at OOW.
Two, he’s a great blogger, mixing real content with his personality and engaging his readers.
Third, he’s covered conferences. Check his numerous (13 at least) posts from COLLABORATE 09 for samples.
Finally, he’s a fun guy to have around, and that meat-life interaction with people you see infrequently is a big part of OOW.
Of course, if you read Chet’s blog, you’ll know his financial woes have a backstory; his young daughter Kate nearly died a couple years ago and continues to defy the huge odds stacked against her. We may have a blame-meme spinoff on our hands, blaming Kate’s SLOS (Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome), instead of Drew’s Cancer, which may have reached critical mass.
There’s plenty of blame to go around, so why not spread it to someone in our own little community?
Anyway, Justin, Mr. OTN himself, has started a campaign to send Chet to OOW. It’s pretty simple; just adorn yourself with a handsome ORACLENERD shirt to let everyone know that you’ve proudly embraced your inner Oracle nerdliness.
The shirts come in black-on-white (action shot) and white-on-black versions and be sure to send Chet an action shot to add to his collection of ORACLENERDs in the wild. These shirts will be the must-have item at #oow09, so get yours now (Update: Changed the link to point to another vendor which gives him bigger margins, and as John points out in comments, offers more color options.) I can’t wait to see action shots from the conference.
Chet tells me his margins are pretty tiny, so outfit the whole family because we all know travel ain’t cheap. He may investigate other vendors, stay tuned.
As it stands today, I’m unlikely to be at OOW to behold the sea of ORACLENERD shirts that I expect will flood the Moscone Center, the surrounding hotels, bars, restaurants and streets.