It's 4:30 in the morning and I've been up since 4:30 in the morning - Central Standard Time. It always takes me a day or two to settle in to a new time zone. The weather here Friday was fantastic - sunshine, 72 degrees, and a light wind. I hear that's supposed to change, and not for the better.
The trip in from Texas was uneventful. I lucked out with a first class upgrade from DFW>SAN, all of my flights were on time, both bags arrived safe and sound, and the time from de-plane to hotel check-in was a remarkable 35 minutes. The only glitch was being sent to an occupied room at the Hilton - the poor guy I surprised was...surprised.
There aren't a lot of conference folks here yet, but that all changes today. Some SolidWorks employees are here already, but the majority will arrive today. Journalists like Al Dean and Martyn Day are in-flight, and SolidWorks users that took the advice to "get here a day early" will also be landing in San Diego today.
The overnight Twitter feed suggests that those people here already are getting a good look at the area. I ran into Michael Lord as he was heading out to explore, and Daniel Herzberg "checked in" to just about every spot between the Hilton and the Marriott. It's starting to look like Twitter might be the best way to keep track of everyone this week (follow me if you like - www.twitter.com/SWUGN).
I'll start my Saturday with an 8:00am breakfast, and then head over to the conference center. I'm scheduled to work the registration area (employees only today I believe) from 1:30pm to 4:00pm, but I'm also going to see if I can get a peek at some of the Alpha testing going on today. With any luck at all, tonight will be the first in a series of afterhours meetings - complete with tech talk and an adult beverage or two. The Twitter feed can get pretty interesting at those meetings.
Now I'm off to see if I can find a decent cup of coffee at five in the morning.