Pix, sports stories and favorite destinations
the mind of Mike
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returned from Italy. April 29
and I popped across the pond during the waning moments of the war
with Iraq and the waxing days of SARS. Never dull, that trip to
Europe. We had a nice visit with our niece and god daughter, Greta,
and worked a bit on our newly acquired patch of land in the Venetian
hills. Below is a picture from Easter Sunday in Bassano del Grappa.
We also took a drive across the border through Slovenia and down
to Croatia to visit some property on the Adriatic that her Father
bought. He was trying to convince us to build a house there too.
My impression of Croatia is a country replete with ancient and modern
ruins accented by a hint of desperation. Maybe we will wait until
after they enter the E.U. and get with the program....
11 - 14, 2003 San Jose
Last week I flew to San Jose for the annual Cisco training partner
meeting. I took an early flight from Raleigh through Chicago and
arrived about 1 PM in San Jose. I took three meetings that afternoon
then pointed the rental car north for San Francisco. There I met
Tony Parisi and his wife Marina. Tony was one of the creators of
VRML, a mid-nineties attempt to create a 3D standard for the Internet.
The latest iteration of this movement is X3D. And Tony has written
this code almost single-handedly.
That evening we went to North Beach for a private Surface
Magazine party. Surface is a magazine created by Richard
Klein and Riley John Donnell, two san Francisco legends for the
ritzy warehouse parties they used to organize in SOMA. At this party
they were celebrating having closed a deal for a new hotel they
were building in New York on the lower east side called, you guessed
it - Surface. They were very gracious hosts and invited us to the
opening of the hotel in September.
waiting on a meeting in San Jose I stepped into Johnny Rockets for
one of their amazing chocolate milk shakes. I turned to my left
to see someone familiar who had the same idea. I had the opportunity
to chat with Evander Holyfield for a few minutes. He was in San
Jose working with some young boxers who were trying to qualify for
the next Olympics. The ear looked pretty good.
Rico and sponsorhsip of PacWest racing ...