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  • ... on the night before the conference began. He was waiting to get cash out of the machine in the lobby and I suggested that he play through because I was having trouble getting it to work.

    It was his first Perl conference also!

    I think Paris might be on the right track. Some sort of photo board or web page would have been helpful.

    Though, come to think about it, part of the charm of the conference was its egalitarian nature. One minute you might be having lunch at an Indian place sitting at a table with Larry Wall, then the next moment you're chatting in the elevator with somebody you've never met before, asking him "What are you using Perl for?"

    I got a kick out of meeting Andy Lester so I could thank him for the life-changing WWW::Mechanize, but then it was rewarding to hear him say later at the open session that "Everybody is important. Every contribution is helpful."

    Sometimes the perl newsgroups feel cold and impersonal ("RTFM, you goofus!") but I came away from the conference (my first one) feeling stoked about the Perl community. I've never met a more friendly group of people or felt more at home. (I emailed my wife and told her I had discovered I was a geek -- she later told me this came as no shock to her.)

    • The photo board was useful not just to know who the well known people are, but also helps with the "that fella I was talking to in the pub last night who gave me a great idea ... what was his name?"

      I'm glad you enjoyed the conference, half the fun for me is meeting new people and catching up with friends. You'll make lots of new ones next year ;)

      ... BTW my other half accepted I was a geek years ago. You're among friends now :)

    • and told her I had discovered I was a geek

      - Honey, I have something to tell you... I'm a geek.

      *Wife faints*

      [...]

      *Wife recovers*

      - A geek, honey, I said a geek!