It's about the Conversations

We may be just a couple of NYFBs, but I had the pleasure yesterday of catching up with Jenny Luca from Melbourne, author of the Lucacept blog. Jenny was in town with her friend Helen to attend a presentation by Garr Reynolds on how to do better presentations. We made tentative plans to catch up and fortunately things fell into place and we were able to actually meet up.

After the ridiculously difficult task of finding a parking spot, made all the more difficult by the fact that I left my wallet at home and so had no money to pay for even meter parking, I eventually found a legal parking spot only a short walk from where we could meet. Thank you universe.

Jenny is one of the refreshing voices in the Aussie blogosphere, with so much passion and enthusiasm for education and how technology can make it better. I was very keen to meet up and have a chat. After finally meeting on the corner of Grosvenor and George streets, I suggested we go take a look at the new Sydney Apple Store at King and George, just a few blocks away. We talked all the way up the street, into the Apple Store, up the stairs, and I think we talked the entire time we were there. Helen got into the shopping spirit and picked up a nice set of Bose speakers for her son’s Mac, but I think Jenny and I just talked the whole time.

Eventually we went over the road, found a little coffee shop in the Strand Arcade, and sat and talked some more. As Jenny and I observed numerous times, it really IS all about the conversations and although I love the intellectual to-and-fro of the blogosphere, there is something very nice about having a face to face conversation. Jenny has a lot of great insights and ideas, (despite her insistence at being a mere noob, her Clustrmap gives a different picture!) and I thoroughly enjoyed the chance to catch up with her in person.

Heck, it’s even made me an even more LR.

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5 Replies to “It's about the Conversations”

  1. mmmm pondering if you forgot your wallet so couldn’t pay for parking then who paid for the coffee? Might need to watch out for this when one day I finally meet you. LOL 🙂

  2. Thanks for the very kind words Chris. I really enjoyed catching up with you; it is wonderful meeting a like mind. I felt like we could have talked all afternoon. I really appreciate you taking the time out to come and see me – hopefully I can do the same when you visit Melbourne in August. I’m trying to get a post written now about my time in Sydney but I think it will appear tomorrow rather than tonight! You, of course, will feature as one of the highlights!!

  3. Sounds like a fun get-together! Not only am I jealous that you got to spend time with Jenny, I’m envious of her chance to hear Garr Reynolds. I sure would like to hear him speak sometime!

    Compared to Boing Boing, TechCrunch, and others, we’re all NYFBs… =)

  4. @sue Yes, that was my strategy all along. I get more Cokes that way than any other way. 🙂 Mwahhahah!

    @jenny No worries. I enjoyed meeting you. Hope we didn’t bore Helen too much!

    @scott Yes, it sounded like a good event from what Jenny told me. Making me think extra hard about the preso I’m putting together at the moment. Lots of pictures, not much text.

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