Ten years of awes in Oz

August 16 2009

In 24 hours, I'll be starting out on what has become my annual pilgrimage to one of my favorite places on Earth -- Australia.  I'm arriving (and recovering) on Wednesday, starting with meetings on Thursday and Friday, and have two user group events (Sydney on Monday the 24th, Melbourne on Tuesday the 25th), the Lotus Technical University as well on Tuesday, and a few meetings on Wednesday before starting the long journey back to Chicago for MWLUG on Thursday the 27th).  For those interested in the user groups, I'll be posting details here and/or Twitter ASAP.  Look forward to seeing many of you again.

My first visit to Australia was in 1999 for the Lotus Fusion event on the Gold Coast.  Somehow I had it in my head that I might not get back to Australia again anytime soon, so planned on visiting Sydney, Cairns/Barrier Reef, Gold Coast, and Melbourne/Great Ocean Road all in one trip.  Never made it to Victoria on that one.  I tried again in 2001 to do the Great Ocean Road on my way to Fusion; instead I ended up in hospital for five days after a moped accident in Thailand.  In 2006, I had another weekend in Melbourne, again planned to do the drive...and was so tired out from a crazy week that I slept in until noon.

Well, this time I'm not going to back off.  Saturday morning, I'm setting off in a rented Toyota Prius to see the Great Ocean Road.  I'm not coming back until I've seen the "Twelve Apostles", the lighthouse at Cape Nelson, and maybe some whales off Warramabool.  See you all down under!!!!

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