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Monday, October 09, 2006

Broke window. Stole wallet. Bought BART tickets.

Forest Gump's momma summed it up best when she said... 'stupid is as stupid does'.

And boy was I stupid when I left my wallet sitting out on the gear box of Chris' Jeep for a couple of hours Friday night on a dimly lit street near PacBell Park (near our office).

Some asshole saw the opportunity to put their hand through the window, grab the wallet and run to the Civic Center BART station where they proceeded to buy six BART tickets for $20 each. Now my wallet was full of cards so I guess I should count my lucky stars it wasn't some deputante who would have made their way over to Bloomie's and drained me of every last penny. But all this for $120? Crap. I would have gladly walked them over to the ATM and given them $200 CASH just to not go through the hassle of replacing the car window, all my credit cards, medical cards, the wallet, and my drivers license. Not to mention I had a couple hundred dollars worth of gift cards from Macy's, Ross, Target, Staples, and Starbucks that I can never replace. That stuff is like cash - if you lose it - you can't replace it. And that sucks the most.


Well, what can I do but chalk it up to one of those little life lessons. This confirms
there are still bad people in this world, and we need to protect our crap. We also need to not do stupid things like leaving your wallet out in the open. I went ahead and filed a police report with both San Francisco and the BART police, but the odds of the culprit being caught and my wallet with all its contents being returned, is extremly slim (actually non-existent). I just need to work on replacing it all which means a trip to the DMV and to the Coach store (yippee!!).

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Friday, October 06, 2006

Happy anniversary BrainJams

It is hard to believe October 7th was the one-year anniversary of our first BrainJam (the Web 2point1 UNconference). Wow. Those 12 months just flew by. It has been an amazing time that has allowed us to meet some pretty kick ass people all around the globe and created some friendships that I know will last a lifetime.

I know the expansion of the organization has been somewhat slow, but it has been steady. We may have strayed off the paved path a few times, but those experiences on the dirt road have given us a mission we can be proud of.

And with six (6) events coming up in the next 45 days - to say things are hopping would be a drastic understatement. But it is good. I am happy. And I thrive when kept busy. So let's just say I am flourishing. Times 10.

I look forward to the years ahead as we continue to grow BrainJams and the Social Media Club organizations and help push standards across the various industries.

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Thursday, October 05, 2006

Dave coughs up the first dollar.

Dave Winer gets a gold star and a big hug from me for being the first one to officially buy a ticket to the Web 2point2 unconference coming up on 11/9-11/10 at the Microsoft offices in San Francisco.

Maybe this lovefest seems silly to some, but honestly - the event has been up on Upcoming.org for over a month and though people say they are attending - Dave was actually the first to put his money on the table. So thanks Dave. Thanks for believing in us. And thanks for giving me such a great quote to play with at the unconference:

He says, Like the web, it's open to everyone.

Yep, I am going to use that one everywhere. :()

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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Yahoo is truly del.icio.us

Well, at least the BBQ they paid for was.

Last night Chris and I headed to Sunnyvale to help the folks at del.icio.us celebrate their 3rd year in existence and the feat of securing its one millionth user.

Met some fine folks, had some great conversations, and did I mention that BBQ? Yummy. The BBQ Boys from San Jose rock.

In fact, the BBQ moved me so much- I decided to sign up for del.icio.us today. Yep, must have been something in those beans.

Thanks to Yahoo for hosting a good party and I do reckon that del.icio.us is a keeper. Well, at least me (now) and 999,999 other people think so.

Photo credit: Scott Beale/LaughingSquid

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