Rough week "watching" everyone at OpenWorld. I gave it the old college try, but I didn't have the heart for it, it and it.
I submitted my registration to attend as a blogger.
I received notification that I had landed one of those coveted prizes.
I published How To: Oracle OpenWorld Free Passes which has become the 3rd most viewed article on my site.
While wrestling over silly things like:
- Expenses (no vacation time in the bank)
- Mild fear of flying
I came to terms with the fact that I wasn't going to be able to make it. This was spurred on by a visit to my parents to beg for money to pay our mortgage.
I found this tweet from Justin Kestelyn, aka Mr. OTN:
That linked to his post here, Jake followed suit a short time later here.
I decided, again, to give it the old college try.
I thanked everyone for their support.
And 4 days later, I bowed out again.
Someone bought 100 oraclenerd T-Shirts!
Posted a blurb with links and everything to all that I could find concerning OpenWorld.
Word starts to trickle out of the Oracle ACE Directors meeting...in their schwag bag is the official oraclenerd T-Shirt!
OpenWorld officially begins.
The Blogger meet-up.
Looks to me that it was a complete success. Alex Gorbachev organized the event. Doug Burns has a nice wrap-up here.
I kept trying to get people to send me pictures of them wearing their super cool oraclenerdT-Shirt, but I only got 3 action shots. I'd say Alex won that battle as well. ;)
Backtrack: October 9th 12:16 A.M. EST
I received this email:
Anyway, I also askedObviously I turned it down...just not enough time for me to make the appropriate arrangements (work/family). Oh well.
redactedif he knew of any bloggers who were interested being sponsored to go to OOW. My client is redactedand they asked us to reach out to some bloggers to sponsor in order to attend the show. At present we have two bloggers who have agreed to be sponsored. One is primarily shooting video and the other guy is a general tech/business blogger. redactedmentioned that you might be interested in a sponsorship? You are certainly well versed with Oracle and ERP, so your participation would be a nice addition. In return we would hope you would spend a little time getting to know redactedand perhaps covering some of the activities the company is doing during the show.
Please let me know ASAP if you are interested and if there is any more information you would like from me. We would make your travel arrangements. (emphasis mine)
But...I am starting to save up now for OOW10! Spreadshirt is offering free shipping if you buy 2 or more oraclenerd T-Shirts. The deal is good until October 26th so hurry up if you want to take advantage. For US buyers, use the code TREAT9, for Canadians, use CADTREAT9.