Category Archives: 2008 Gartner Symposium

Posts regarding or made while attending the 2008 Gartner Symposium in Orlando Florida

Yacht Club Bus Stop

Yacht Club Bus Stop, originally uploaded by Tink*~*~*.

Lucky me – no sooner did I sit down and type out, “Yacht Club Bus Stop” then a bus to the Magic Kingdom appeared! Glad to be on my way. My first stop will be the bakery on Main Street to get vittels.
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*cough* *wheeze* *etc*

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It’s official – I’m sick!  Boy does this suck.  I let myself sleep late and now I’m going in search of brunch.  The sore throat is gone and now we are up to the part where you lie on one side and you get cement on that side of your face.  So you turn over and lie on the other side, and the cement slowly transfers itself to that side.  If you catch it at the right moment, just as it is crossing over, you can probably manage to expel it via Kleenex, but then more cement just comes to take its place.

Even though this pretty much sucks, I’m still going to the Magic Kingdom today.  I will probably take it very easy and just dig the atmosphere and sunshine.  It is 73* here in Orlando at the moment.  Hopefully the weather will remain pleasant.

OK, that’s it for now.  Brunch, and then Magic Kingdom.  See ya real soon!


WOW!, originally uploaded by Tink*~*~*.

Thank you Marlene, for leading me to Barcelona. As I had feared “seared” means “raw”. But since I think a closed mouth is a sign of a closed mind (well, mostly), I had to try it.




The wine is something called albarino, and I can taste the fruit but it is still crisp and clean, not overly sweet

Yay! I like it!
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Marakesh = FAIL

Marakesh = FAIL, originally uploaded by Tink*~*~*.

I haven’t even tasted it yet and it is getting a big THUMBS DOWN from me. I like the Casa beerN and the blue-and-yellow combo of the table really has the power to sway me as some of you know *cough Mare cough* but the food exploded grease when I cut into it. That’s not pastry, that’s mummified LARD. I am going to attempt to eat only the inside.
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Where should I eat next at the Food & Wine Festival?

This post is “sticky” – regular blogging will appear below it.  Also, Blogless Thursday is suspended this week because I’m at Walt Disney World!

Where should I eat next?  Help me decide!  There is a short list of cities set up at EPCOT for the Food and Wine Festival that I have NOT yet sampled.  I can probably hit three of them tonight.

Menu is here ==>

I have not yet eaten at –

The Mouse Catch, Barcelona, Vienna, Melbourne, Munich, Bologna, Hops and Barley, Wellington, Marrakesh, Istanbul

And what should I eat and drink when I get there?


The dreaded Disney cold

Yep, I’ve caught it.  Draggin’ my sorry butt this morning.  I elected to skip the 8:00 am and catch a few more Zzzzs.  My next session is at 11:00 and then I will go to the Expo floor for the lunch buffet there and roam the stalls for a while, see if there is any worthy vendor bling to be had.  Then I have sessions at 3:00 and at 4:30 and the day is over.  Not sure what I will do tonight.  Possibly just take it easy so I can have a nice Friday in one of the parks.  I think I will go for the Magic Kingdom on Friday – shouldn’t be as crowded as it will be on the weekend.

Time to hit the showers.  TTYL.

Tokyo – eh

Tokyo – eh, originally uploaded by Tink*~*~*.

Ok so I didn’t go to Tepanyaki. I went to the Food and Wine Festival kiosk and I got brave with the sushi. Now granted, it is not tuna, it is crab but it is still sushi. It is not bad, and the wasabe and ginger are lovely for the sinuses. Has a few sesame seeds as well.

The sake is what is giving this less than a thumbs up. It has a very watery taste. I don’t know if that is how sake is supposed to be. Anyone know?
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Boardwalk, from the Swan

Boardwalk, from the Swan, originally uploaded by Tink*~*~*.

I love it that I can walk and blog at the same time!

Kim and Snowbird have asked what I do for a living. Well, I work for a bank, doing technology stuff. No, I don’t work for one of the banks that is in trouble. This week! 😉

Training is important, and I’m an information junkie anyhow, so I really relish these conferences, because they will throw as much information at me as I want, and more.

Ok, on my way to meet some folks for lunch – TTYL!
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Wednesday “good morning” from Gartner

Wednesday "good morning" from Gartner, originally uploaded by Tink*~*~*.

While there was no under-the-door spam this morning apparently the conference spam fairy has infiltrated the transportation system.

In addition to this, – am running a little late because a free-hosted board that I admin decided to go belly-up last night and I had to sit there comatose tring to remember everyone’s current email address to notify them… Maybe I should just host the board myself where the new blog http://MyMobileAdventures is hosted. Backup and restoration would then be subject to an SLA, at least!
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Breakfast – I was good again

Breakfast – I was good again, originally uploaded by Tink*~*~*.

Yacht Club lobby has a little lounge where you can get breakfast in the morning or adult beverages in the evening.
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Good gawd, does it ever end?

Good gawd, does it ever end?, originally uploaded by Tink*~*~*.

OK, this is now OFFICIALLY creepy. My back was turned to the door and I heard a *whoosh* sound. I whirled around, and there it was- MORE conference spam fairy droppings. In broad daylight! No longer do they lurk in shadows like vampires or werewolves. The conference spam fairies become ever bolder and more brazen. None of us are safe, I tell you! Lock up your children! Preserve your brains with a nice sauvignon blanc. Who knows when or where the conference spam fairies might strike next? =8^0
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Trudging back to the Yacht Club

Trudging back to the Yacht Club, originally uploaded by Tink*~*~*.

I get a small break now before a business dinner. Sadly, my park pass will not be used at all today. 🙁
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The Gartner Symposium Spam Fairy Strikes Again

The Gartner Symposium Spam Fairy Strikes Again, originally uploaded by Tink*~*~*.

Conference spam fairies creep stealthily to your door uinder cover of darkness to steal your children…. No, no – that’s not it. They suck your brains out of your head… No, really, they just spam you under the door with vendor propaganda. But I do find it a little creepy
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