Every time I go on a business trip, it seems, there's an earthquake somewhere in the vicinity. Okay, maybe not every time, but certainly several in recent years.
The first time, I was having breakfast at a hotel in downtown San Jose, attending a mid-to-late 90s Internet World (before they moved to LA). The table started shaking. I looked over at the people dining across from me. "Yeah, we saw it too" their wayward glances suggested.
The second time was last summer. I estimate I was on the 29th floor of a downtown Tokyo hotel, right along the outer perimeter of the Roppongi.
I was fast asleep after a 14 hour flight in coach, trying to adjust to the fact that I had flown into the future, dreaming of fresh sushi and even fresher sake, when I was awakened by a shaking bed. Actually, it was more of a rolling wobbling bed. But the point was, it was on the 29th floor of a downtown Tokyo hotel and it was clearly an earthquake.
Tying this all back to the conference notion of "Taking Back Control" and providing "Information on Demand," I promptly got online the next morning and submitted my earthquake mishap to the authorities: to the U.S. Geological Survey, to be exact, which has a nifty Website where you can report all such earthquake incidents. Entitled, appropriately enough, "Did you feel it?"
The U.S.G.S. map from the small quake revealed many others had reported it, which provided some comfort -- again, it wasn't just me.
Although I did wonder what happened when there was a really bad quake and no one had Internet access. Isn't that equivalent to a tree falling in the forest when there was no one around to hear about it?
And then, of course, the 6.6 in Hawaii (I said the vicinity...) yesterday. Fortunately, that wasn't too terrible a one either.
Meanwhile, there's this:
Walking to breakfast early this AM I passed an IBM executive who is speaking at the conference. Kudos to him, he was jogging, psyched to be presenting at the conference later in the day and getting all revved up in a nice morning high-paced constitutional.
But was disturbing was that rather than singing the theme from "Rocky," he was chanting something about "IT Service Management."
Hey, you could never accuse us IBM folks of not being deadly serious about our technology. We even hum it when we run!
Duh duh, duh duh, duh duh duh duh duh....duh duh, duh duh, duh duh duh duh duh duh...
And now, off to the arena for the kickoff session...along with me and my estimated 5,000 new friends.