Sunday, October 17, 2010
Greetings From Portland!!!
It started at 2:00 AM, when I got up, got dressed and then got in my car to drive from San Bruno, CA to Portland, OR. Just under 600 miles in 9 1/2 hours. I had enough time to get to the hotel, drop my stuff off, clean up, lay down for a bit, and then make my way to the Portland World Trade Center.
I and a number of volunteers came in so that we could get the participants bags ready... all 300 of them! Each bag gets a full copy of the proceedings of the conference (that's all of the papers, all of the special presentations, and all of the details from and for the conference),. the latest copy of Better Software magazine, and a bag to carry all of the schjwag that each tester will likely want to go home with :).
After we finished getting the bags ready, some of us went over to the Rock Bottom Brewery to unwind and have some really great food. I had my first 2AM Burger, which is hash browns, a flam broiled burger, crumbled bacon, cheese, and an over-easy egg... may sound weird, but it tastes *awesome*.
Tomorrow, I will be moderating the Test Techniques track, introducing the speakers and doing background support to make sure things run smoothly. I'm looking forward to it, and I'll be updating everyone each night of the sessions I'm moderating and attending. If you are here at PNSQC, stop by and say hi. If not, follow along and I'll tell you at least what I see and experience :).