This has been a very hectic week since I've been preparing for my trip to Sydney and Hong Kong. I've gotten into this cycle where I seem to be averaging two or three days on the road every week now after having a relatively travel-free Summer. I've noticed (though it has probably always been the case) that the days preceding a long trip are exceptionally full of meetings on a very broad range of topics as we try to get as many things done before the time differences make things difficult. One of the fun things about my job is that I get to work on so many aspects of our products and strategy. Being at the center of things with my team is exciting but reminds me many times during the day of the Monty Python saying "and now for something completely different."
Before I head off to Sydney on Sunday morning, I'm going to take my daughter Katie and two or her friends to the Bob Dylan in Rochester, New York, on Saturday night. We've been listening to a lot of Dylan at home and, while I've always been somewhat of a fan, I'm now exceptionally impressed and awed by his brilliance as a songwriter. (Duh!) The truly exciting thing is to see how Katie at 14 and my son William at 7 have taken to him as well. Ah, there is hope for the youth of the world!
I'm planning to use my long flights to catch up on some overdue pieces I've been planning to write for the blog, as well as give a bit of a travelog. There's just been too much internal IBM stuff lately to allow me to express myself sufficiently at length on these topics here, so I decided to defer them a bit. With luck, you'll see them here next week.
A couple of books I'm bringing on the trip for when I'm not thinking great WebSphere and SOA thoughts: At the Grave of the Unknown Fisherman by John Gierach, and On the Road With Bob Dylan by Larry Sloman. Talk to you from Down Under ...