so i'm sitting in my living room typing on my systems in the quiet dawn of a monday morning. soon i'll be in the office. i wish i were still in Germany, but life's like that a lot isn't it?
the trip home was uneventful, which is a good thing when dealing with international flights. thanks go to Danimo for driving me to the Frankfurt airport from Ludwigsburg. you da man, daniel! =)
one thing i did learn on that trip was that McDonalds in .de has a much better veggie burger patty than the crap they sell here in Canada.
my last day in Germany was pretty interesting. interviewed by the people making that KDE documentary, fireworks at the Residenz Schloss that blew my mind, one more evening to enjoy Jenny's company, a quick trip to Stuttgart and several clubs there, eating in a Subway sandwich shop in Stuttgart where two Americans were working, barely making it home due to exhaustion, packing, leaving, flying .......
it seems like a whirlwind. i'm motivated to work on KDE like i haven't been in a long time. meeting up with everyone swept aside a veil of seclusion i hadn't really realized had encloaked me. i'm already really missing Germany, all the amazingly tallented, bright, funny and generally GREAT KDE folk and the new non-KDE people i met there. hell, i even miss the Blaur Engel. but that's how i know it was such a great experience; if it weren't i wouldn't care that i had to leave.
and even though i ran myself ragged there in just about every way possible, i feel relaxed, alive and energized. i have much work to do, ranging from NX to getting the HIG written with our new and improved usability community to getting KDE America and other bits and nobbins of KDE logistics rolling.
thank you to everyone who came to LuBu, to Scott for openning the doors of Hotel Wheeler for me a few days earlier and for all our users and corporate partners who make KDE that much more rewarding.
cue the music, baby ...