[opendtv] NAB Dinner and Lunch
- From: "John Willkie" <JohnWillkie@xxxxxxxxxx>
- To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 22 Apr 2005 23:45:06 -0700
Even though I didn't RSVP for either the dinner or lunch at NAB, I managed to show up to both. Craig, Steve Lampen of Belden and I showed up at the appointed time for dinner. We decamped for Quinta Belina (5th Belina) "Gourmet" Mexican Restaurant somewhat southwest of the Strip. A pleasant and sprited time was had by all. I had the priviledge of learning much detail about Craig's history and depth with digital television systems and got to know Steve and Belden better -- the only time that Steve and I had ever talked at length was going to the "Field of Dreams" event at HPA 2004. And folks, you missed not only a good meal and time, but a free mail. Thanks to Steve and Belden (again) for picking up the tab. The next day, I had no deep intention of attending the luncheon. I had just retrieved a dose of my daily drug -- the Wall Street Journal -- from the Hilton gift shop after shaking off an idiot who wanted to pay me $675 for a programming assignment that I bid $9,000 on. He thought that just because I live in Tijuana, that he could hire me on the cheap. I live in Tijuana because I can survive there on next to nothing in between paying consulting and programming assignments. If a half-day consulting assignment doesn't pay at least $800, I work on my own projects. Right before I shook off the a-hole, I realized it was 12:20, and I had missed the lunch. Just out of the corner of my eye, I espied Bill Hogan and then Craig. One of them must have been carrying a gun, because somehow I ended up supping with them and another list member who mostly lurks hereabouts but for some reason wanted to meet me. I was prepared to be roasted both times, but it didn't happen at this lunch either. Heck, we mostly agreed upon things. I even heard Craig using one of my arguments, and I found myself offering up as mine a few of his. Craig even picked up the tab for all of us! Who says there is no such thing as a free lunch (or dinner)? Thanks again, Craig. On my way home on Friday, I told the mentor who had covered my transportation and lodging bills at NAB of a new product that his firm should offer. It took ten minutes to explain what the product should have, and he plans to make it. Assuming that comes to pass, I'll get paid $1,000 for what I told him, and he'll end up being the second source for an item that I didn't realize that I needed to include in my EtherGuide Ferret PSIP test and measurement system until I talked to Mark (Mr DTV) Aitken. John Willkie ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways: - Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at FreeLists.org - By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word unsubscribe in the subject line.
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