Themed – water, ice, fire and earth, the VMworld party was spread across two big floors round the back of the convention center. The evening parties at the EMEA events have never been as good as the US events, and the last two TSX’s have for me always been in the shadow of the Paris TSX. You see when it’s a choice between free rides on rollacoasters at DisneyLand Paris or a man who covers himself in baby oil and does something odd with a weather balloon – I know which one I would prefer! [Please don’t email me ironically asking which one it would be!]
I spent most of the evening with a customer/pal of mine Sandy, who works for Ballie Gifford. Ballie Gifford a big finance company up in Edinburgh and were one of the first customers I taught Vi3 on when it was release in September 2006. Gee, that date sounds like such a long time ago already. Scary. So me and Sandy had our food and beers – and sought out entertainment. We did a spot of LaserQuest – which involves a lot of darkness – and firing Laser guns at each other – a chance to be RobCop for 5 mins. Next we bumped into Maxim from Veeam who was accompanied by two lovely ladies of Veeam. The ladies work for Veeam and taking time out from the University studies in Economics and PR/Marketing to get some real world experience before writing up the whole thing for thesis. Sandy and I took five minutes to direct them to where the food was laid out, out and to temporarily bask in the glory/glow of the girls wondering how we had got so lucky to be in their presence! More importantly making my colleagues from the London VMware User Group look at me and Sandy all-a-gog!
Speaking off lovely ladies, we went back up stairs to watch the out-door pyrotechnics of a blonde and brunette duo. These two did a ten minute performance with a glorious 40′s noir backing track. All I can say is – I now have reason to go back and explain to my girlfriend why we do indeed need an mini-angle grinder at Palias RTFM. Say no more!
I’m sure these performances will wind-up on youtube shortly. I’ll see if they surface before I post this entry.