I just got back from a trip to Silicon Valley and Southern California. On Tuesday I was a panelist at the SD Forum Web Services Conference. I represented REST on my panel; I’ll have more to say about that in a standalone post. Tim Bray and Adam Bosworth gave some memorable talks; my notes will be posted soon.
I spent Wednesday driving from San Jose down to Glendale, taking the scenic route, basically highway 101 , which makes it way through the agricultural regions of California. The trip took about 8 hours, but it was a vacation day for me, and it was nice to just drive, while trying hard not to think about work, personal projects, and so on.
My rental car was equipped with a Magellan navigation system. I had never used one of these, but after one trip I am hooked. The system was very, very helpful around Silicon Valley, and it was great once I got on the road too. Several times I pulled off for a snack, a rest stop, or just to look around, and it was good to simply take random turns without having to worry about getting lost. Once I got to Burbank, it was even more helpful as I navigated through the tangled web of LA-area freeways at rush hour. I am definitely going to buy one of these before our upcoming summer road trip down to Southern California.
I arrived in Glendale late in the afternoon, after fighting through serious traffic for the final 60 miles or so of the trip. I changed into my suit and headed for Universal Studios for the Codies Award Ceremony. The night was a lot of fun. I got to talk to a number of interesting people, and we had a nice dinner. After dinner we were entertained by comedian Tom Papa, and then they started giving out the awards.
Returned home through Burbank Airport, a wonderful alternative to LAX. The airport is small and easy to find. Despite a long line to get through security, the screening moved very fast; faster, in fact, than the line at Tully’s Coffee in the departure area.