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Stranded in San Francisco

written by Frank, on Apr 20, 2010 4:40:00 AM.

Having time to write a post here - doesn’t that sound very suspicious?

But this happens - more or less only - due to being “stranded” in the United States.

I was invited to do a talk about Mirabeau and Coherence at this years CELF Embedded Linux Conference in San Francisco.

Tim Bird and Ueda-san during the closing session of ELC

Following that I had the pleasure to attended the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit, which was co-located with the ELC.

Jim Zemlin - opening keynote LCS

Very remarkable talks in both conferences, met a lot of interesting people and gained quite some new insights.

And being already here I thought of adding one more weekend to do some sight-seeing, exploring the city, watch the annual Northern California Cherry Blossom festival, visiting Muir Woods, which I last had the chance some six years ago.

The one and only bridge
Cable car at Stockton/California
you don't see shops like this very often, and great ice-cream too
sushi & cherry blossoms
stone garden in the Golden Gate Park's Japanese Tea Garden
awe-inspiring trees, been there before the iPad and will be long after that
Giants

And along came Eyjafjallajökull.

Not only for me, pretty much all the flights of the European attendees of the conferences have been canceled. As mine was scheduled for todays afternoon I had some hope that it might be just in time for the European air space getting opened up again, but failed. Lufthansa seems to operate as of now at least partially from Frankfurt again, but Star Alliance partner United Airlines decided to keep their planes on ground.

After some first evil tidings - next possible flight to Europe would be 25th, no, 26th, no, hang on, not before 27th - Nadine, event manager of the Embedded Linux Conference - who, together with her team, did a really tremendous job in organizing the conference, managed to get me rerouted on a flight for Thursday 22nd.

Nadine, thank you so much!

Now I unintentionally will get the chance to see some of the United States airports - leaving San Francisco in the early morning, going to Denver, from there to Washington, changing plane there for the leg over the ocean, arriving in Zürich on Friday morning and, one last hop, should be in Frankfurt around noon.

Probably more endurance testing than travel, but never mind, it will get me home. And, not to be sneezed at, within my supply of insulin and blood sugar checks.

With that option available I decided to stay in my very comfortable room in the Kabuki in Japantown, use the wifi here to do some work and maybe even find time to check in some long outstanding Coherence patches, and enjoy some more days of Japanese food and culture.

A trace of Zen
traditional
chance encounter
geeky lunch, had even a nicer platter around
Under my umbrella
Do not ask, I've no idea
The art of eating ramen - delicious Karaage Ramen at Suzu's