Early tomorrow morning, I am off to Gnomedex in Seattle. I’ve been looking forward to speaking at this conference for months and I expect to meet a lot of people I’ve come to know through email, along with others in the blogging and tech communities whom I know by reputation.
Chris Pirillo, who runs Gnomedex and invited me to speak there this year, says the Gnomedex presentations will be streamed live online. I am scheduled to speak on Friday at 2:30PM Pacific time. There will be a reminder and link at the top of Friday's guest blog in case you would like to watch.
On Sunday, I’ll travel to the town where I was born, Portland, Oregon, to spend a few days with my brother whom I haven’t seen since 1992. This will be my first vacation – a trip of more than a day or two - purely for pleasure in a decade.
That’s not to say that Gnomedex won’t be a pleasure; it will. But during my time in Oregon I won’t need to “perform” (public speaking does not come easily to me) and I have no obligations there other than those to myself to eat lots of salmon, Dungeness crab and razor clams.
The blog will not fall silent. Some extraordinarily good writers with strong personal voices graciously agreed to fill in here while I’m gone. You will enjoy their contributions – I know, I’ve read them and it occurs to me that Time Goes By could profit from my going away more often. I know you will welcome them with open arms and lots of comments.
There will also be daily stories at The Elder Storytelling Place. As usual, there will be a note about the day’s entry at the bottom of the TGB blog. But because of the three-hour time difference, the day's link may be delayed and you will need to go to The Elder Storytelling Place and click on the title in the left sidebar. I will add those links when I can.
If you have been considering sending a story to The Elderstorytelling Place, it would be nice to return home from my journey to a bunch of new stories ready to place in the queue. (hint, hint - especially to those who have not contributed yet.)
The eve of this trip seems a good time to express my gratitude to you for the thriving community you have created here at Time Goes By proving that there is a large audience for participation in things elder. So many of you have become friends and it has been an additional boon to have you all at the other end of the ether, particularly so during my first year in my new town. I would have been lonely without you and your daily presence here and on your blogs has made all the difference to me.
Along with that, I look forward every day to the lively discussions and conversations that go on in the comments. Even on days when my posts are far less compelling than I would like them to be, even when my mind is mostly blank and my post is a piss-poor example of sentient thought, you run with it as though I actually wrote something worthwhile. Thank you for your patience on those days and for making the lesser posts better than they are with your thoughts, ideas, stories and jokes.
Now I am going to go pack and take care of last-minute details for the trip. See you again on Monday, 20 August.
[At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Marti tells how she has been green for years in Shopping Locally Done Outside My Back Door.]