The Road To MacWorld SF
It seems like only last week I was sat in the pouring rain outside the Moscone Center at 4am in the morning. Yet it has been almost a year since I attended my first MacWorld conference. My twelve hour flight from London touched down at SFO the afternoon before the conference. So I was pretty jet-lagged at 3am when I clambered out of bed and called a cab to take me across town. After traveling half way around the world I didn’t intend on missing the opening morning keynote. My plan was to guarantee my place by being first in the queue at 3:30am. As I sat in the cab watching the deserted and windswept Embarcadero pass me by I wondered whether another few hours in bed would have been a better plan.
The cab dropped me off at the end of the street leaving me a 300 yard walk to the center’s entrance. As I got closer I was baffled by what appeared to be lots of little white lights lining the pavement. As I got closer still I began to recognize the familiar glow of Apple logos on the lids of countless Powerbooks. It seemed that 4am was not quite early enough to secure a place at the front of the queue.
The fellow mac users in line were seasoned veterans. Equipped with extension cables, blankets and flasks of coffee I was starting to feel out of my depth and very much the newbie. Yet I was welcomed into the clan with the offer of a power outlet for my notebook, a donut and hot drink. So what would I have needed to do to be at the head of the line? Such a distinction belonged to a guy from New Zealand who was slouched against the glass facade of the Moscone Center in a sleeping bag having spent nearly 24 hours fielding questions from bemused passers by and graciously acknowledging nods of admiration from fellow MacWorld attendees.
So as MWSF ’06 approaches, do I intend on trying to better last years winner from NZ? Not likely. But I will again be queuing in the dark with the other veterans and I will be keeping an eye out for the lone newbie with the offer a hot coffee and bite to eat.
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