Internet at COP is much faster than the hotel:
Pastor Sumrall showed me his shiny new Fujitsu Tablet PC. He's a big JK fan. It sure sounds like he's YABHTU but he still carries his Mac, too. Apparently viruses are a big problem in Asia, which is a big reason why he switched to a Mac, when 99% of the Filipinos use PC. I'll have to introduce him to Notes, so he can use both, in whatever way serves him best.
We talked about Michael's conference planning and the challenge of managing so many sessions.
We tried something new for everyone - rather than speaking on an extended topic for most of the day, I'll be serving more as an eProductivity tour guide, introducing folks to all kinds of information and then encouraging them to come back and explore on their own. It's a lot to do. Michael's doing a terrific job pulling and keeping all of this together. Without him, I'd certainly fall flat on my face in conference prep. The folks are very excited about the conference outline.
It's weird to see your face on posters and banners in the lobby. Not sure I'll get used to that. (I told Kathy about it and she asked if it was a life-size cardboard standup poster the kids could take pictures with; I said it wasn't, that it was a more of banner than a poster. She said, "great, bring one home and we'll put it on the garage door." I don't think so.)
Back at the hotel, I met with the hotel IT and a very friendly and polite representative from the wireless hosting company. They still cannot figure out why the internet connection to my U.S. Server works on the lobby free internet but won't work upstairs on the paid internet. Oh, well, Notes replication is working; I'll probably be more productive this way, anyway. On the positive side, SkypeOut to the US seems to work exceptionally well. I was able to make calls for $.02 per minute to the U.S. Thank you, Skype.
To my children, thank you for the cards and Thanksgiving pictures. I have them on the dresser in the hotel room. I will see you, soon. Love, Daddy.