|Back to Seattle...|
May 3, 2004, 1:53:43 am
Portland's 'downtown' as its called - which is the CBD in our lingo (Central Business District) is extremely clean - as clean as singapore is. We looked at Powell's bookstore while we were there too - big bookstore :)
Skipping over Portland a fair bit.. the Oregon gorge is really nice. We went on the Oregon side and I recommend others do the same. There are lots of nice little waterfalls on the old highway instead of the main highway. The scouts were out camping at Rooster rock which was fun to see.
The multnomah falls were great - quite tall and spectacular to look at. We went the hard way - we stopped at a smaller set of falls and did a 1 mile walk to the falls and back again.
From there we went to Biggs and back in to Washington up to Yakima.
Yakima's inn was the best yet! They had milk and cookies!!! Wowee! It was great. We went to a five star italian restuarant too which was good for our memories in Yakima.
Today, from Yakima, we drove back to Seattle and met up with some Smalltalkers in the lobby of the Crowne. Both mine and Steve's credit cards managed to bounce on the full stay! ugh, how embarassing. I moved some more money in so hopefully I can sort it out.
We went to dinner at a nice asian place - I've had that sort of food many times before in Canberra so it wasn't a huge culture shock or anything. Met lots of people today that I'd previously only heard about or talked to on IRC. Wym was great fun - he's from Belgium and we had many fun conversations over beer and wine. Sam is a real character and dominates the table with his conversations of test driven development. I called him the poster boy of test driven development. I hope to get some good 1-1 with him at this conference..
I'm staying up too late already and I've been drinking which is a big-nono when you're talking tomorrow. At least I'm talking at 2pm not 8am!
Trying to remember some of the people I met. Another Belgium who's name was hard for me to remember let alone say. Brian Rice the slate guy. Rich Demers and Mark Roberts were a pair. Gorgio was a character and I look forward to more animated conversations with him. There's even a guy here who makes Liberty Basic and he's got the same sort of programming language interests as me. In short, I'm in smalltalk-geek heaven :)
Tomorrow the conference starts in earnest... more to follow...