Two big weddings in two big weeks, and we are one away from done with our year of more weddings that we could possibly ever imagine attending. Two weekends ago was Cary and Kristina’s wedding in Long Beach Island which we had been very much looking forward to. In addition to seeing some good friends get married, it was amazing to be in one of my favorite places of all time, with a bunch of my favorite people, and a few old friends. I even caught the garter! Woohoo!
This past weekend was the Kansas City wedding of Jen’s college friend Emily. Well…it was in Lees Summit, MO actually, but who’s counting. I was able to meet Jen’s good friend Tammy for the first time, not to mention the bride Emily, and to see Beth again is always cool. We stayed in a Hampton Inn that was recently redone and all jazzed up; Their hotels are always nice, but this one was extra fancy, with wireless internet access for free and a fancy bathroom, and all sorts of cool stuff. I loved it. And at $65 a night the price could not be beat; It sure beat the pants off the Marriott I stay in while in Tejas. On Sunday we were able to spend the day in downtown KC with Jen’s friend Jason and his wife and daughter at an awesome art festival in the city. Unfortunately, between two weddings, being sick all last week, and taking about 8 airplane flights during the past week, I am pretty exhausted.
Last night, I did have a nice sleep, but this stuff just beats on you after a while. I am looking forward to a weekend at home.
I have finished reading Birth of the Chaordic Age, and it completely blew me away. It is written by Dee Hock, the founder and CEO of VISA International for many years that uses that ordeal and his own autobiography as microcosms for the greater drama of the forces of chaos and order in large organizations and the world in general. Also, Nonzero which was an incredible book that I had started while living in DC but never had a chance to finish. It offers a retelling of history mingled with game theory, offering as a hypothesis that mankind as it has evolved has persisted a number of traits and memes that carry on between civilizations, despite their differences. I highly recommend both of these. I am currently working on The Success Of Open Source, which I have found to be one of the best and most comprehensive histories of the Open Source Software movement that I have ever read.
Right now, I’m just watching Tony Blair’s address to his party and drinking a glass of OJ while I tap out a few words to let y’all know what I’ve been up to. By the way…I’m bored, so if I haven’t talked to you in a bit, reach out to me and let me know you’re still alive.