A Personal Note

I had a very productive professional week. Angus Logan and I delivered 6 sessions in the span of 4 days in 2 different countries: New Zealand and Australia. We also met several partners and customers and did a press interview. The long flight to the region was definitely worth it from a professional perspective.

Unfortunately, while my week was very productive professionally, on the personal side things weren't so well. Just before my trip, I heard news from my family that my dog wasn't feeling well. For those of you who haven't had a pet, this may not mean a lot. For those of you who have, I'm sure you understand. My dog is 18 years old and someone who I've spent a large portion of my life with. Along with my parents and sister, he's been one of the few constants in my life having travelled all over the world with us.

I was seriously considering cancelling my trip to the region... but after speaking w/ my family, everything looked OK. Now, as I'm about to leave Sydney to go back to Seattle, I just learned that things are not good at all and my sister's words over IM gave me a really sick feeling: "i just wanted you to know... ".. everything else was a blur. In any case, things are degrading and it doesn't look like he has much time. The worst part here is that there's no happy ending... you can't fight old age. And even though he's lived a great life, it's our selfishness that makes us really sad. I immediately booked my flight from Seattle to the east coast mid-next week so I could be there for my family.

I'm convinced there's nothing worse in this world than watching your own child or sibling pass away...if you've grown up with a pet, you'll understand that they very much become family... and unfortunately, this can't be avoided when the natural lifespan of an animal is significantly shorter than yours.

Anyway, this week has reminded me that there are more things important than work and technology in life... and as great as collaboration/communication technology is in the professional world, it doesn't come nearly as close as being there for someone in the personal world.