Today's dispatch comes from Bratislava, Slovakia.
I would have written sooner, but apparently IBM Germany didn't have much of a sense of humor about my being a Mac and not a PC, as I was not able to get connected in Stuttgart for the better part of two days.
Being a digital guy, it was both humbling and frustrating, and after the first day I started to experience "blogstipation."
If you remember from my last post on Monday, I joked about wondering where to put my money in light of this week's financial tidings.
Now, I'm just curious to know whether or not I have any money left.
Of course, not having been able to get online for the better part of two days, I couldn't get through to my online bank and check on the status of my account.
I must say, it's been very unsettling to be out of the country and offline scrounging for the latest news of which bank is being saved by whom, who's buying whom, etc.
Once again, thank Heavens for my Blackberry Pearl: She continues to be my constant umbilical cord and news connection to the world.
In our opening session here at the Hotel Aston in Bratislava this morning, I joked with our Central European team as well that "I'm a Mac, not a PC."
Only a few moments later did I find my way to the hotel's public wi-fi connection and see Stuart Elliott's column in the New York Times which explained that Microsoft's "enigmatic" ad campaign featuring Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld will move towards a new theme: "Windows: Life without walls."
Yet one of the first ads to emerge in the new wave of ads features a scuba diver trapped in a shark cage underwater, holding an underwater slate that says "I'm a PC."
Though not fair to scuba divers everywhere, perhaps what Microsoft is really saying is that Vista is running out of air stuck down in that virtual shark cage with nothing to write on but an underwater slate, and that the only thing standing between you and Jaws is a General Protection Fault?
I may be wrong, but I fear that no amount of lipstick on that shark -- or even Texas' own Eva Longoria, who will also appear in the new spots -- can keep this campaign from taking a very deep dive.
But then again, I'm a Mac, and not a PC...even when I can't get online in Western Europe.