In my SPTechCon preview post on Monday I expressed my happiness at having successfully moved up my Wednesday flight to San Francisco to a Tuesday flight which should've been able to get out of D.C. in advance of round two of "snowmageddon." Well, later that same day my Tuesday flight was canceled. Not to worry though, I was able to get booked on a different Tuesday flight. Until all Tuesday flights out of D.C. were canceled and I was (irony of ironies) booked back onto my original Wednesday flight. To make a long story shorter, let's just say that I'm currently booked on a Thursday flight, but as blizzard conditions worsen, my hopes of that flight taking off are dimming with each falling snowflake.
All of which is a major bummer for me, but the good news is that SPTechCon is still going strong, and today's workshops and sessions are getting underway this very minute. Which is great news for everyone fortunate enough to be in attendance at the Conference, of course, but there's also some great news for the rest of us. The first bit of good news is that my colleagues Jill Kunkel and Nando Carbonel were able to make it to San Francisco, and they'll be Bamboo Nation's "boots on the ground" for the next three days, bringing you reports from the exhibitors floor and highlights from some of the conference sessions. You may have already seen Jill's on-the-scene report on Tuesday's registration, and there will be more to come as the conference proper gets underway today.
The second piece of good news for those of us who can't be in San Francisco is that the fine folks at SPTechCon have already made the slide decks of most of the speaker presentations available for free download. By my count there are already a whopping 56 presentations currently available for download, and despite the fact that a slide deck can't replace actually being present for a speaker's presentation, it might just be the next best thing for those of us who wish we were there.
As for me, I'm going to continue to cling to what's left of my hope that I might actually be on a plane winging my way toward SPTechCon tomorrow. Wish me luck!
Update: It has now been announced that Dulles airport will remain closed for 24 hours due to the blizzard. Needless to say, my fourth flight in three days has now been canceled. Woe is me…