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XDC 2019

Miami Fun and Learning

Issue: 17.3 (May/June 2019)
Author: Marc Zeedar
Author Bio: Marc taught himself programming in high school when he bought his first computer but had no money for software. He's had fun learning ever since.
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It's inevitable: The Xojo Developer's Conference (XDC), despite being on my calendar for a year, always sneaks up on me. It seems so far away and suddenly it's time to start packing. Usually that means about midnight the day before my flight!

I wasn't looking forward to the long flight to Miami, Florida from Portland, Oregon—about as long as you can get for domestic distance. As an optimistic pessimist, I always anticipate the worst. Sure enough, things went wrong. We left Oregon late, causing me to miss my connecting flight in Dallas by just a few minutes. I had to wait on standby for the next flight, which was full, and so the airline put me up in a hotel.

Unfortunately, the flight the next morning was at 5:30 a.m., so I had to be back at the airport at 4 a.m., just a few hours after I checked in! At least I got a couple of hours of shut-eye and a shower, so it was better than sleeping at the airport. I arrived in Miami in the morning and was at the conference hotel, the Marriott Biscayne Bay (see Figure 1), by 10 a.m. (Of course, that was 7 a.m. to me on Oregon time and felt like midnight after my sleepless night.)

I immediately ran into some Xojoers, but I needed to crash for a bit (see Figure 2). I'd originally planned to explore Miami on my "free day," but the travels had me wiped out. I did walk around the area near the hotel for about an hour (see Figure 3), and then got some lunch (a "cubano" grilled ham sandwich that was delicious, see Figure 4).

I took two more naps, reviewed my presentations, and then headed down to join the XDC speakers' meeting that evening. Just a snack was all I needed for "dinner," and then I hit the sack.


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