I dined with Dave Cross, Casey West and some of the Italian Perl mongers. But we chatted afterwards and I even got a photo.
This was after the Italian Code Jam. It was a great day. I really enjoyed Larry's talk which (I think) was entitled "What I have learned in my 50 years" although it had at least 10 other titles as well (including The Perl of Perl). It went on a windy path through ballistics, computer science, Perl culture and Lord of the Rings (eagles were Tolkien's exception handlers) to a destination of Perl 6.
I have been luke warm on Perl 6 up to now but the new syntax and functionality look great.
Needless to say he was asked the million LOC question; When will Perl 6 be out. Larry's answer paraphrased: alpha code next summer hopefully.