Note to self: When going on something like a daytrip and you are putting sunblocker on and you are running around in sandals, don't forget to cream your lower legs which are shown below the trousers, too!!! *ouch*
There's one thing I found out: When you feel like crying go to the sauna — noone will notice it. Driving around on your skates for quite a while drinking beer doesn't help, but crying in the sauna afterwards helps a bit. Too bad that it appears to not to help enough to not come up again when out of the sauna, so everyone sees you breaking down... Oh well.
Appart from that, it's not like I'm not used to it. Especially I'm used to people telling me that they want to listen to me and when one is almost ready to find the words to say and poor your heart infront of them they leave you right there. A slap in the face wouldn't have worked better, it just would had been more honest... Wasn't my evening at all. I was at least strong enough to not starting to get totally drunk, I was too terrified of what I might have done then....
Soonish they are going to take a group picture. I'm not too sure if I want to be part of it. I don't feel like I'm part of it. Andreas Schuldei's talk on Small Groups seem to be what debconf is about: Flocking together in small groups, the same people that flock together at home already, and well... there's no group here that I'm flocking together with at home. Too bad.
Some of them were overexcited to meet again. Some others had problems getting something to eat. (But only for half an hour or such, and only the non-vegetarian ones. Had been nice watching them waiting for their food. ;))
On a sidenode, this could be called the debconf of invalidity. Holger managed to have serious problems with one of his legs right from the start requiring crutches. Jordi was hit by elmo while playing frisbee yesterday and also has problems to move on. And though Amaya is doing prettywell with trying to learn skating she got an incident last night where she managed to get a rather nasty bruise. Others are just disliked by the birds, though (that's madduck's notebook.) I'm really wondering to whom next something is going to happen.
Ah, one last thing: For those being in HEL currently, if you like to buy one of these shirts feel free to bug me, I have several with me, both the girlie shirt and the polo shirt:
Had been to the LinuxTag this year again. Some crazy people paid for my train ticket so I show up there... Well, the train had its usual delay, but finally I got there. Met some old faces I've met on events before and some new ones I really was looking forward to. Even managed to visit three talks on the first day, a new event record for me. The most interesting one has been the one from Meike Reichle about Debian-Women. Got me wondered if I really should try to participate there with hearing about the male/female ratio on the list and on IRC and that some females rather shy away than try to participate when seeing so much males in there. On the other hand I'm not really pleased with the QoT (nice acronym, got it from their own list), so am somehow sitting in between the seats here....
Next day morning I noticed that my left sandal was b0rked and I was running around the whole day without ones. It would't had been much of a problem if it weren't so damned hot. Switching from the one hall to the other running across the place outside it felt like I got burned on my feets' soles. Did the first part of LPIC-1 test there, wasn't a big deal, put some comments on the additional sheet and hope they'll be able to read it and improve it in that respect. Got me new shoes as a present for passing it. ;)
In the evening there had been the social event which was quite nice — and long. Talking to all the people takes some time, and it was funny to see that people went crazy because they weren't able to hand out beer for about half an hour or such. As if people would die if they drink something else in the meantime... And I guess you've all seen the funny pictures already that were shot there, you can find a linklist to galleries collected by Joey like every year on his infodrom pages.
On saturday there had been another talk I visited ("Free Software with a female touch" by Fernanda). And the keysigning party, with over 100 participants... Lasted long, but finally done. Just have to sign all the keys now... *sighs*
After that there was little time left to speak with all the people, gathering my stuff and disassembling the booth. We went eating pizza and then back to the AKK. I really wanted to leave that evening already, but Mako forced me to stay with stating that he wouldn't send me any abusive SMS if I'd leave. Isn't that mean?! Oh well...
There had been this university party going on that night where we went to. It was really great! Lots of people, two halls for dancing and one where they had bands playing. Mako, Dogi, Azeem and me danced the night away.... And even at four in the morning, when my legs were already complaining it wasn't able to get Mako to stop. Dude, that guy has energy!! And one of the best dancing styles I've seen. If I thought he's adorable before by reading his blog and taking a look at his pictures his dancing makes me even more adore him... That guy truly rocks! .. and killed my legs. *grrrr*
Tolimar, you aren't the only one who has to fear getting to HEL wrecked. Although it got a bit better so far I made the mistake to meet Mako and Dogi again yesterday. Just met for some hanging out (*sigh* ;)) but when I had to hurry for my subway my legs started to hurt again because I had to run.... Damn you, Mako!