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1:53 am on Apr 23, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Myself and SugarKane celebrated the first beers of PubCon 4 tonight. (eg: I probably shouldn't be posting at this time. lol. If you log in and find anything really really weird, it can be safely discounted.)

- hotel - most excellent. Everything it was billed to be.
- hotel bar - rather small, but cozy. Micro brewery within one block!
- odds are running 40-60 on a certain WebmasterWorld member making it into the states ;-)
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2 more Canadian's packed and leaving in the AM.

Keep a few cold ones for us.

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Packing up now, three humidors, lots of nice cigars, a few bottles of some very mature single malt and my hats.

Does anyone really appreciate how hard it is to pack cowboy hats... ;)

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Bummer! I'm flying stand-by on Southwest Airlines (brother's a pilot, free tickets) and everything is sold-out to Providence and Manchester (they don't fly to Boston). Hey, I thought business was supposed to stink because of 9/11 and the economy and the war...

Last report, 50 percent chance I'll get a seat. Could be a long day tomorrow. Nobody drink until I arrive.

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Phew,
Bin up an hour or two. A good time had by all!

I NEED bed.
George

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posting from the conference.

hotel is very nice and they serve decent beer not far away.

had the first excellent talks with known and new members but then needed some sleep. now it's 2:35 am here but 8:35 am in my head. hoping to adapt by tomorrow.

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Jet lag jet lag jet lag.....what time is breakfast?
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Don't talk to me about jet lag! 2 days on and it's still bothering me. What time is 5am to get up anyway?

Good to have met a load of people and put some names to faces yesterday, and hoping to do more of the same today.

PubCon - gotta love it!

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Headed for the airport, save me a Sam Adams! :)
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Tip for new arrivals -

Check out Dominic's, a few doors down from the hotel

It's a restaurant/bar that seems to have become the unofficial rendezvous point.

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I'll second Visibots' tip.

Everytime I've popped my head around the door in there today there's been a good few members supping beer in the corner. (The beer is cheaper than the hotels bar, which is a bonus)

They also do a wicked breakfast (much better than the hotels', so I hear).

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Just got back from drinking at Dominic's next to the Tremont. My head's spinning, and it's not from the beer. (OK...maybe just a little from the beer)

Re-met Brett, Caine, and Seth, met Mike, chatted with Jim, Shak, Learning Curve, HawkGirl, Quinn, ChrisR, Oilman (who's not middle-aged, as I'd assumed merely by the wisdom of his posts :) ), and I can't remember who else. (apologies for any misspellings)

Dominic's this noisy little room with a projection TV that takes up a goodly portion of the wall, a 100 sq foot dance floor that no one seems to use (the DJ would jack the volume sporadically in a vain attempt to get some people to shake their booties), and, in my estimation, a sadly lacking selection of beer.

...In other words, a perfect place for a pre-conference get together.

I'm really looking forward to meeting the rest of y'all tomorrow. Be forewarned: I'm bringing the camera...

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its 3.30 am and I have just landed in my room, considering I dont consume alcohol I am still the last 1 to leave the hotel lobby.

can someone give me a wake up call in 3 hours, or I will sleep through PubCon.

just spent the last 2 hours talking to 3 female crackheads and "daveN" and nearly watched a fight when a passing druguser heard the term crackhead mentioned.

see, u can have fun without drinking alcohol :)

and if u really want some fun, maybe u want to have a vote on which members room should get a phonecall right now :)

Shak

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WAKE UP YOU LUSHES!

I couldn't get to sleep. I want something to eat. I have to call Shak at 6:30 and then want to hop in the shower and come down to eat. Who is game?

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Oh great - I just read through some old posts and now I hear UK accents in my head when I read some.....
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LOL - One of the female crackheads checking in - it is waaaaaaayyyyyyy to early after staying up til after 3:30 AM on too little sleep, and with a body that still thinks its on PST. Making a much-needed caffeine pitstop for my beloved latte - think I'll be making in a triple shot - and we'll be hitting the conference.

Jen

12:48 pm on Apr 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Shak- I've got pictures of you and those 3...selling the photos for $12.97 apiece...
:>)
4:32 pm on Apr 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Guys , Please post some pictures as the event goes so that we the Losers who didnt attended atleast have little fun watching you fellas :)
5:23 pm on Apr 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

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pics....haven't edited pic sizes or anything yet....

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5:38 pm on Apr 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Thanks jimsthoughts ...
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So where the pic of GoogleGuy? Or have we already seen it? ;)
8:59 pm on Apr 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

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The pic of google guy is up about three posts of mine with anchor text "GoogleGuy?"
1:35 am on Apr 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

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few more pics...including pics of the real google guy....
suprised that in my "state" I'm able to post ;)
give me a few days and I'll reduce the load times...

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heading down to bar for the next round.

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yup but another good night had by all.Missed you Shak?
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Few notes from PubCon – The Aftermath

This was the first pub conference I had attended and have to say “it was great”!
I talked to so many people and it was nice to put a face to the nicks. I noticed a common trait among those that attended…. They all enjoy people. I think sometimes we are viewed as people tied to their monitor/keyboard and almost reclusive in nature….wrong! I had flown in early Thursday arriving at about 10:00 AM and within a couple hours had hooked up and was chatting with members. I’m a lurker by nature but enjoy personal/group conversation and there was plenty to be found. It’s amazing how fast the days went by and failed to meet quite a few people I was looking forward to sharing conversation with. The UK presence was overwhelming (what a great bunch of people).
After sleeping a combined total of about 12-14 hours over the past four days I can only say I was losing my voice from talking so much and my sanity from lack of sleep.

I guess the icing on the cake was after getting a whole 2 hours sleep last night I called for shuttle transportation to the airport. Wasn’t looking forward to the ride as this meant my first PubCon was officially over – it was a welcoming surprise to see I was sharing the shuttle ride with Matt Cutts (another great guy). Had a great albeit too short conversation on a variety of topics (Matt, my Google pen still doesn’t light …Ha!).

As you can see I used the word “great”quite frequently throughout this post and that is how to some up the PubCon. GREAT people, GREAT topics, GREAT conversation, GREAT conference.

Thanks to all who made this possible and those that participated…………….

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I just hit Florida again a few hours ago. Got so much email to catch up on.

Everyone was awesome and it was so nice to meet so many people. Highlights for me... being called a "female affiliate crackhead" and then being introduced to everyone by that name the rest of the evening. :) The speakers were all great... Matt Cutts was very funny and the Overture guy gave a great presentation, along with the other presenters.

I met the man who trained me, which was totally awesome. Also learned that next time Mackin tries to take me ANYWHERE I should be wearing a snowsuit and earmuffs, since the freezing rains of Boston don't scare him. :) And I have almost lost my voice..either from Mackins wild tour through Boston or from yelling loudly over the music in all the bars.

The bar portion was great, affiliates meeting was nice and a good chance to get to know everyone. And let me tell you... I met some of the most educated people there that were so nice is was almost sickening. Everyone was fighting to pick up the drink tabs and believe you me, there were a LOT of those ;).

I think I got six hours of sleep total, LOL. Met so many great guys and gals and got a lot of motivation. I would name a few by name, complete with embarrassing incidents, but don't want anyone mad at me :). I was sober all weekend, so I DO remember all the ones I witnessed ;).

Whoever said they hear British accents in their head now when reading posts is correct. I hear them too.

I had a friend taking tons of pics... will post them when she gets back from Boston and sends them via email. Will be getting my own pics up sometime tomorrow, although I had forgotten my camera most of the time.

All in all, apparently I am a female affiliate crackhead who is now addicted to Pubcon and is already anxiously awaiting the next one in London which I hopefully will attend, assuming it doesn't coincide with anything out of my control. :)

To those at pubconf who I hung out with over the three days, you guys were awesome, I had an awesome time and can't wait to see you all again in London :). I got a lot of great advice and am very thankful for everyone who took the time to share.

Rae

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Most amazing item of the weekend: Watching the driverless car slam into the motorcycle in front of Dominic's.
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So the next one is in London for sure? Is there a rough date set yet? Do you people bring your spouses? :)

I would definately go to the next one if it was in either London, Las Vegas, or Los Angeles.

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I just got home too - I think I have Rae beat - I had about 4-1/2 hours sleep the entire time. The 4AM wasn't so bad, but it was the 6:30 wake up times that nearly killed me.

I also witnessed quite a few embarassing scenes too - just hope I wasn't the source of any ;) And if I did, Shhhh!

ScottM, I would like to have one of those $12.97 pics - can I get a deal since I am in the photo, LOL.

With Mackin, it wasn't so much the cold or the rain, but it was that hurricane force wind that was the killer. By the end of our "stroll" through Boston, we were all arguing over who would pay for the cab - we all wanted to pay the fare just to get warm!

Everyone was wonderful, and it was great to finally put faces to the nicks. It was an amazing time, and even though I am ready to drop dead from exhaustion, I wouldn't have missed it for the world.

The conference, as well as the before and after was great. But next time I will definitely arrive a day early to get more time to talk and hang out with everyone, and leave at least a day later, just so I can recover! I was one of the last to bed both Friday and Saturday.

London Pubcon... HERE I COME!

Jen

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Just got back to Spokane about an hour ago. Great conference. Too many good conversations to mention.
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Thank you to everyone who came.
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