Geek Road Trip - Philadelphia to Seattle - June 23 to July 30

Day 32: San Francisco, CA

July 27, 2010 23:15 by SteveAndrews

This past weekend I got to spend time with my Aunt and Uncle from Phoenix at their cabin in the mountains. I also got to spend some time sans cell coverage or internet. I nearly died. It was great to spend some time together though as I don’t get to see them very often.

On Sunday I headed to North Las Vegas, Nevada where I spent the night with Rick Ratayczak and his family. I’ve never been to Las Vegas before, and this trip was no exception. While I did get to see some properties while driving I-15 and I-515, I didn’t actually stop within the city limits. Some day.

I did make sure to stop and take pictures at the Hoover Dam however as they are building a bypass and supposedly the dam road will be closed. It is certainly impressive, and I had to fight the urge to rappel down the face.

I had some great chats with Rick and Jeremiah Morrill while in N. Vegas ranging from Visual Studio 2010 SKUs to random number generation and gaming software to Umbraco. Rick also introduced me to Splinter Cell: Conviction and I remembered why I stopped playing video games: I was up until about 6am playing.

Yesterday I left N. Vegas and headed west through Nevada to California. I was told that windshield mounted objects were illegal so I stopped at the border and dashboard mounted my GPS. It may have been a waste though as everyone else seemed to mount their GPS on their windshield. I figured better safe than fined though.

Last night and tonight I’ll be crashing with Mathias Brandewinder who runs the San Francisco chapter of the Bay.NET User Group where I spoke tonight. My session was titled “May the Source Stay With You” and it’s one of my favorite talks; diving into .NET code protection, obfuscation, and more. BTW, I offer code recovery services if you ever need them.

After the meeting Mathias and I had a brilliant discussion about various aspects of the community on his back porch. I took notes and they will be available shortly.

Tomorrow I am off to Portland, Oregon to speak at the Portland Area .NET User Group.

Trip Log:

Miles: 973 Total Miles: 6,522
Time: 16:53 h Total Time: 121:28 h
Avg Speed: 58 mph Total Avg Speed: 54 mph
Avg Fuel Efficiency: 30 mpg Total Avg Fuel Efficiency: 29.7 mpg

States Driven (21):
PA, MD, WV, VA, TN, NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, MS, LA, AR, TX, OK, KS, CO, NM, AZ, NV, CA


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