cf.Objective() wrap up. The good, the bad, and the ugly.

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So I'm back at home after a whirlwind 4 days at cf.Objective(). Let me just tell you that it was awesome. This was a week of firsts for me. First time at cf.Objective(), first time speaking at a conference, first time being included in the conversations and happenings of all of the "cool kids", and first time in a while being away for my family for more than a day.

Let's start with Wed, the day I arrived. I got to the hotel later than I wanted (8pm) due to a shuttle driver getting lost. Since I didn't want to miss the pre-conference party, I jetted up to my hotel room, dropped my stuff and hurried downstairs to the second floor. Turns out I needn't have worried since that shindig went to 10pm. I got to talk to lots of old friends and even met some new ones in person for the first time (Barney Boisvert, Josh Cyr, Dan Vega, Sim Bateman, Matt LeGrand, I'm talking to you guys). Since I was tired, I went to bed early so that I could wake up refreshed.

The first day of the conference started well. I ate breakfast with Sim Bateman, and Matt LeGrand, then swung into the keynote, presented by Adam Lehman and Terry Ryan from Adobe (read my live blog from the keynote). They showed some great stuff, even got in trouble for showing us TOO much.

The sessions were great, I missed some that I wanted to attend, and attended some that I hadn't even planned on. I spent time talking to lots of people, absorbing knowledge from others, and sharing my knowledge with them in return. I got to participate in my first CFConversations podcast with Brian Meloche, Andrew Powell, and Marc Mandel (those three are so smart that I tried not to open my mouth much). It'll probably be episode #32 or #33. Finally, and the coolest, I got a tentative invitation to speak at CFUnited. I'll leave the name out for now because I'm not even sure that it can be arranged, but thanks for the nod (you know who you are).

I'd like to thank everyone who had a part in planning cf.Objective() (Nic, Jim, Sean, Mike and Judith), everyone who attended (for making it fun), Nic (for asking me to speak, and for approving my presentation), everyone who attended my jQuery & AIR presentation on Sat morning, and my family for putting up with my absence.

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