I’ve returned from the Zend Conference and am finally getting over my jet lag. Despite feeling completely intimidated and self-conscious the entire time, I was able to meet some very nice people. It’s hard not to be intimidated when you, as a peon, are talking to some of the greatest minds in PHP core development, especially when you’ve been awake since 3:30 in the morning because you’re still on eastern time. (At least there was no one else in the workout room then). Thank goodness everyone I met was very down to earth. I wonder if those guys realize how smart they really are.
It was a great experience and I did enjoy talking about things other than “Spongebob” although I did miss my kids terribly. My 5 year old daughter wrote me a letter when I got back, which naturally made me all teary as usual:
THEANC YOO FOR THE PRESSINS
YOO AR CIND
YOO AR BYOODYFOL
I LOVE YOU VARY MUTC
I LOVE YOO LIC GOD DUS
THANC YOO FOR THE PRESDINS
I LOVE VEM
I IM GLAD YOO AR BAC
I GOT TOO GO NOW
BI LOVE EMILY
Come on now. “I love you like God does?” What could be more wonderful than that?
San Francisco was beautiful… at least the parts I got to see (i.e., the airport and the hotel). I did manage to walk across the street to check out the bay and watch the planes land for a bit, which was cool. And I finally got to watch “Dodgeball” from my hotel room.
I sent my “wrap-up” article to my editor yesterday, so it should be posted sometime in the next few days. I guess we’ll see if they let me out of my cage and send me to another one.