I'm getting ready to head out to Hong Kong via Los Angeles.
Fear not, shareholders. I'll be traveling economy class (as will my associates).
To Hong Kong.
Shoot us now.
I stocked up on plenty of movies, books (did you know you can load books to the Blackberry Bold???), and new tunes (the new U2 album) onto the iPod Touch.
Halfway around the globe in coach? Nooo problem.
That aside, the trip started out with some serendipity.
I asked my cab driver here in Austin where he was from, and he told me Nigeria.
Then, he told me he used to be my FedEx guy, but that he got sick of FedEx so he started driving a cab. I thought I recognized him!
Then, my colleague David out in Almaden with IBM Research Tweets to me, "Did he slap a tracking number on you?"
Yeah, David. 867530-ni-ey-ein.
"When I absolutely, positively have to get there overnight."
You gotta admit, the whole traveling and transportation theme goes nicely with IBM's "Smarter Planet" initiative, including our most recent "Building a Smarter Planet" blog post on trying to facilitate smarter transportation systems.
Except when I'm zipping through airports and such, I don't commute much anymore. But I used to, and I can sympathize with those who do.
Did you know that congestion in the U.S. transportation system alone costs nearly $200B a year???
Maybe we should all FedEx ourselves more!
IBM has been focused in a number of countries around the globe on helping streamline traffic congestion and building smarter transportation systems through the use of information technology.
Check out my buddy Tim Washer's blog post on the topic, and be sure to watch the video interview he conducted with IBM Research's Laura Wynter, who's been working on these tough traffic problems.
Meanwhile, I'll see if I can't my FedEx tracking number so you all can track me all the way to Hong Kong.
But please, no mid-trip rerouting.