As I wind down today after a busy week and start thinking about the weekend I realized that every year about this time I would be packing my bags and getting ready to head off to Keystone Colorado for the Colorado Software Summit.
Since the early 1990's when the conference began I have missed the conference only once (in 2001 when my wife and I were expecting our second child). In all but one of the years I have attended it has been as a speaker. Originally the conference was foussed on OS/2 related topics but it has evolved with the times and remains a first class event covering a broad range of technolgies that range from Java to XML to We Services to Open Source and Open Standards to Web 2.0.
Sadly, this year, my suitcase is still in the cupboard and my clothes are not out ready to be packed. Due to a mixture of family members needing my help and business commitments elsewhere I shall be staying home this October for only the seond time since 1993.
To all my many friends that will be in Keystone the next several days, I shall miss spending time with all of you. I know you will have a fantastic time as the agenda this year again looks really good and had I been there I don't know if I would have managed to attend all of the sessions I really would have liked to. I will also miss the food, the mountains and especially my annual visit with Wayne and Peggy Kovsky who run the event so wonderfully and treat all of us whether attendees or speakers so well.
The picture above is a photo I took one afternoon at last year's conference. As well as the great people and the great agenda, it's really nice to breath the fresh (albeit rather thin) air and get away from the madness of city life for a while!...oh well.....there's always next year...