Back from the Denver

Ah.. home sweet home!
I’m back from my second home, Denver. I can’t express how much I love that place. I am totally enamored with the way that city merges the complexity of a metropolis along with the simplicity of nature. To me, it’s like merging my hometown of Waterbury Connecticut with my current home, Omaha Nebraska. I think there’s something to be said about the experience of driving to Best Buy for computer gear, looking up and seeing a hawk sitting on a street light surveying for a meal. I always choke up a little when it’s time to leave.

My trip out there this time was to take a 3-day lesson on Ruby on Rails, a web-programming framework, from two brilliant gents.. Mike Clark and Dave Thomas (not the Wendy’s guy.. that would be weird). I bought a MacBook for this class expecting everyone there to be using an Apple computer.. I was surprised to find that, besides the instructors, there were only about 5 Apple computers in a room of 50 students. Two students were using Ubuntu Linux, everyone else was on Windows. That being said, I’m glad that I did what I did, as I was NOT one of the students having issues.

I had a great time.. it would have been better had I been there with someone else instead of alone. Denver is a great place to share.. I guess all travel destinations are to some degree. The instructors really know their stuff and I look forward to attending another of their courses or reading more of their books. Although I felt overwhelmed at some times, I walked away feeling like I have a firm grip on the essentials. I’ll soon put that to the test as I find some projects to work on. I’ll be sure to post to them as they get going.