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Apr 15 2010
Apr 15

The road to Drupalcon San Francisco runs through Moab Utah.

Last year I won a Nissan Cube and part of what I said I would do if I won was to decorate it and drive it to the next Drupalcon wherever it may be in North America. As it turned out, that "wherever" was San Francisco.

So yesterday I set out on the road with Danielle and we started making our way across the continent. But instead of sticking to our original driving plan which had us arrive in Colorado some time early tomorrow, we managed to make it all the way to Denver today. A little over 2,400Km in a little over 24 hours.


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The idea had always been to make the trip a 'working vacation'. But, by pushing so far this early we've bought ourselves a little extra time to explore this part of the States. We're already glad we did. Colorado is gorgeous.

But, there is no more time to smell the roses (or whatever that stuff is that covers the hills around here) because tomorrow we set out to Moab Utah.

When we are done there we will push on through the desert and arrive in California in time to visit with some friends before finally arriving in San Francisco just in time for the largest Drupalcon ever.

Needless to say this is already turning out to be the best Drupalcon of my career. And it's only going to get better. 4 days spent learning from and interacting with the best and brightest minds in the Drupal world is amazing on its own. The road trip is just icing on an already great cake.

I can't wait to see you all in San Francisco.

andre

p.s. I don't think I'll be doing any off-roading in the Cube in Moab - no matter how fun that sort of thing looks.

Attending DrupalCon San Francisco April 19th to 21st

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I arrived in Boston yesterday afternoon, absolutely exhausted after Usability testing at UMN -- which was amazing. See the report at 9am on Monday to hear why. It was snowing heavily here this morning. Today I need to prepare for my presentation on Scalable Theming and my parts of the Usability presentation, and try open another US bank account.

Here's my photoblog to date:

A few NEW cultural oddities I've noticed in the US since my last visit 5 years ago:

  • Airport pager: "The security threat level... is orange" -- talk about
    fear-mongering. No need for foreign terrorism in the US -- the local authorities are terrorizing plenty enough here!
  • Control-culture doesn't seem to be so severe this trip but is still grating. I think that's more to do with the people and places I'm mingling with though.
  • You can't seem to fill up a bottle with water anywhere. They seem to be getting the idea of 'being green' with recycle bins and signs to conserve hand-drying paper in the toilets and not leave the tap dripping, yet it's difficult NOT to go through several styrofoam, paper or plastic cups, bottles, plates and fast-food trays per day. I wonder how effective the recycling actually is here? Given the amount of extremely cheap "recyclable" materials consumed, and the fact that these materials usually aren't economically worth recycling, I suspect very little of it is actually recycled. Even where recycle bins are present. Meaning all the recycle bins do is make you feel less guilty about being a polluting consumer.
    • Most annoyingly of all for me, I can't fill up a bottle with tap water anywhere except a public bathroom, which 'feels' unhygenic, although probably isn't.

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