Well, I’m sitting on a plane from
Had a great weekend! We (Michelle and I) arrived Friday afternoon to see our daughter and grandkids.
Saturday was especially fun! I spent about 5 hours with my grandson, Nick, age 14. We ran around doing errands in preparation for the big birthday party for her younger sister, Anastasia, and to get my dry cleaning and buy some new clothes for my trip to the East Coast. I am dressing up in fancier clothes then ever before in my life as I go talk to customers. Ironing is a royal pain-in-the-butt!
Anyway, Nick and I had the best time driving around and listening to Hip-Hop music, telling jocks, making up rhymes, and generally shooting the shit. He has grown so bright and loves word play, double entendre, and cleaver rhymes. It was an absolute joy. Many of you know that I am developing a bad habit of writing parody music. Think Weird Al for nerds. Nick and I are having a good time contemplating which Hip-Hop (or Rap) tunes might work well. It was just too much fun!
Later on Saturday, we had a BIG party for Anastasia. There must have been 50 people (neighbors and friends of our daughter, Christine, and her husband, Greg). As I mentioned before, Anastasia was adopted in October by Chris and Greg from
Sunday was travel to
Tuesday and Wednesday were more of the same at the Microsoft office in
On Tuesday night, I had the privilege of going out to dinner with a colleague, Harry Pierson, and his father, Hal Pierson. Hal works for the FAA as an enterprise architect and was attending the Federal Architect Forum as a representative of the FAA. He had attended one of my breakout sessions on Tuesday and we had a lot of fun chatting about contracts and policy issues in an SOA. On Tuesday evening we went to Tyson’s Corner, clearly one of the preeminent Edge Cities (see the book called “Edge Cities” by Joel Garreau. It is fascinating! I was struck by the familiarity of Tyson’s Corner and then by the extent to which it was amplified over the cities with which I had been familiar. It was cool to see a huge mall with a hotel growing out of it and whole bunches of 15-20 story tall office buildings. I will be writing more about my thoughts on cities and their parallels to the development of IT.
The only sites I saw during my stay in
Tomorrow and Friday will be an East Coast Regional Architect Forum in
Friday night it will be back to the San Francisco Bay Area to visit with the grandkids and pick up my dear wife, Michelle before heading home on Sunday.
I am working on getting a web site up with all of these public presentations (even the half-baked ones) and other information. Stay tuned!!!