Have Antenna, Will Travel

December 17, 2010

Though I’ve been in this networking industry for 25 years,  the last 9 years has been full of interesting assignments in unique places.

I’ve been at the face of an underground coal mine, in the bowls of a pharmaceutical lab, behind the scenes of large sporting events, and even out at sea on a state of the art ship. I’ve also worn my share of jumpsuits, bunny suits, and breathing apparatus. All because of wireless!

I’m betting that I’m not alone in these interesting assignments, so I thought that I would put a poll out there that asks you to tell me where your most unique or interesting assignments.

Don’t forget to leave your name, or handle, so we know who you are! I’ll post some of the most unique assignments on blog after the holidays.


How About Some Sushi with that Saki?

December 16, 2010

I had the opportunity recently to go to Sushi with a group of Wireless Pros from around the country. I don’t drink and I’m not a big sushi fan, but I went for the outstanding company.

I didn’t leave hungry, and even tried some stuff just a little out of my comfort zone. (Lived to the the tale … yeah me)

Though we talked a lot about the industry and our jobs, what I enjoyed was just getting to know folks.

I’m a sushi novice, but from what I could tell from those at the table with me the sushi was outstanding (Thanks Michi Sushi!!). And you can see from the photo, the beer and saki was pretty popular also! Perhaps more than the saki.

It was fun to hear about the childhood memories of one person with us from his days in Portugal when he and his father would go fishing for eels with earthworms and a mop. You just don’t hear that stuff during conference sessions!

You can guarentee that I’ll retell the story of a conference attendee who reported his car was stolen from the facility. The San Jose police found it parked on the other side of the building. Personally I think they should have made him fill out their paperwork…

Its experiences like these that make attending conferences so rewarding. I don’t know about you, but I find it so easy to get lost behind cell phones, email, and technology.  You begin to feel disassociated for those around you. I am grateful for times like these that allow me to put a face and voice with the names and avatars that I have come to know. I think it makes for a stronger community, it helps us feel connected.

I appreciate Cisco’s commitment to conferences like the PVT. I am one of those that tend to be critical, at times, of the things they do and say. Many of their presenters have taken a shot or two on the chin from me and the others that attend this conference. But I would like to say THANK YOU FOR STANDING THERE AND TAKING THOSE SHOTS.

You stand up in front of some of your toughest audiences, and the best of you listen to what we are saying. That is unfortunately rare in our industry today.

Thank you for pulling us together, and here is to doing it again in six months.

For those who couldn’t attend – you missed out. Attending virtually just isn’t the same.

But regardless of whether you can be here live or virtually next time, please continue to participate.

Happy Holidays to Everyone



Strings Not Included

December 15, 2010

Returning from Cisco’s Mobility Partner  Virtual Team Meeting in San Jose I decided it was time to turn over a new leaf. I have recently seen the power of one … one post … one tweet.

I was told in no uncertain terms that I needed to blog and I needed to participate in Twitter. (I am humbled to know that someone thinks I have something to say that is worth the bits)

There is a whole social media revolution going on that is pulling wireless professionals together and changing the way we work. I have noticed that the concept of have or have not has changed (in respect to social networking) to do or do not.(…There is no try …)

There are those who do participate, and they are better armed for the days ahead.  They are beginning to change the way we communicate with each other, and the vendors who garner our favor.

So here I go! I can’t promise that I will regularly write, but when I do, I’m try not to waste your time. By starting this blog I feel that I have formed an informal contract with you. You let me take some time from your day and in return I’ll try to not waste your time.

Of course there are no strings attached in our virtual relationship.

As I thought about what I might name my blogspace I thought about something that I have said for many years.

Co-workers, upon first meeting me, would say ‘So you’re the wireless guy”.

“Yep”, I would reply, “there are no strings on me”. Quite often the clear Pinocchio rip-off was lost on them.

Like it or not, that’s my inspiration for my new blog. The strings of my old ways are being cut, and lets see what happens.

Are there any virtual Jiminy Crickets out there?

I guess only time will tell.

If not, no worries, after all there are no strings included with our new virtual friendship.