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Monday, July 19, 2010

San Diego

I went to San Diego for the ESRI GIS conference and stayed for the weekend to hang out with Jeremy, Tony, Nicole and Amanda.

The conference was pretty cool. They said there was about 12,000 people there representing 154 countries. It's kind of amazing some people come from so far away when it was only an hour and a half flight for me. When I landed it was the final game of the world cup, so I hung out in the airport bar to watch the game.

There were lots of great presentations and displays. Abu Dhabi had a really large presentation with a huge screen tv with a model of the city. It was pretty impressive. I worked our booth for a couple hours one day and meet people from Iraq, Cyprus, Greece, Sweeden to name a few. Someone measured the building at a mile long and figure each person walks about 5 miles a day while there. It was exhausting and then there was the going out at night.

Friday, Tony picked me up and we went to a bar-b-q at Jeremy's. Sadly no pictures. The next day Jeremy and I hung out while Nicole was at a bacholrette party. We had a good lazy morning, got burritos and went to the beach. He only lives two blocks away which is pretty amazing. In the afternoon, Tony and Amanda came back and we went back to the beach to throw the frisbee some more. From there we stopped by a happy hour and then a delicious pizza place. All in two blocks from Jeremy's

That night Jeremy, Nicole and I went on a bar crawl around there house. It was a lot of fun and we found some fun drink specials. If you couldn't guess, it was a bit of an early night after such a long day.

Sunday, Amanda and Tony had all of us over for brunch and made blueberry pancakes with bacon and eggs. It was delicious and a great way to hang out with old friends. Eventually I had to leave and headed to Olympia for a training.

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