Monthly Archives: November 2010

Welcome, November.

It’s hard to believe October is over. (What happened there?) But here we are. November. And what does that mean to you, dear reader? NaNoBloMo, of course. One post per day, for the entire month of November.

And to kick it off, I have a story for you. I am in San Diego today, attending An Event Apart, two days of wonderful web goodness. There is only one person I know here… someone who works for the company I work for. When lunchtime came around, I thought I might be able to tag along with him. A little awkward, because he was with two friends, one of whom was actually a speaker at the conference (she spoke earlier in the morning about user experience design). A little awkward, but I thought I’d try and work my way into the group, rather than eat alone. We went through the buffet line, but when we got to the table, lo and behold, there were only three seats.

“No problem,” I said. “I will go sit somewhere else.”

I would by lying if I said I didn’t have flashbacks from Jr. High school gym class. Every moment of my life where I got shut out of something I very much wanted to be a part of flashed before my eyes, each one, in sequence, lingering for a millisecond or two. But I walked to a new table, determined to have a good time anyway. I sat at a table that was mostly open, and made a little small talk with the other people there. Then, a few minutes later, Eric Meyer came and sat down with us. You gotta know… for the past few months, I’ve been reading through this excellent book on CSS, written by this man. And then, there he was. Sitting at the table with me. Eating salad. I got to talk with him about how he got into doing what he does… how he got into the web, and CSS. I also got to talk to him about his watch. It’s got a very low profile. Really, really thin (the profile is very important). And it has a real Roman numeral IV, not just the IIII that so many watches have (also very important). Eric Meyer is the person I was most excited about hearing from at this conference, and I got to have lunch with him today.

Never be afraid to jump off the boat. Don’t hold on too hard. Most of all, be open to new experiences. Let it all in, and wonderful things can happen.

(Sidenote: This is the first time I’ve ever had a discussion in the ladies room about whether or not John Resig is “cute”.)