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



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