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9May
2007
Tonight It's Nashville

Yesterday I did something I have never done before. In over a decade of travel, bouncing between cities, states, and countries, I have never messed up time zones. Until yesterday, that is.

For the past four decades, Indiana has been in the Eastern Time Zone, with the exception of ten counties in western Indiana which were in the Central Time Zone. In addition, over 70 counties in Indiana that were in EST did not observe Daylight Savings Time, although some did, which means that these counties were effectively in different time zones at different times of the year. Fun stuff. In 2005 several more counties were moved to Central Time. And more recently, when DST resumed on March 11, 2007, one county returned back to EST. Yep, a mess, and that's just the abbreviated history (which I think I have correct, if you are interested here is more information). The bottom line is that I left Chicago yesterday morning and drove down to Indianapolis, planning to arrive exactly at noon in time to speak. And I did indeed arrive exactly at noon, noon Central Time when Indianapolis is now in Eastern Time, and thus I was an hour late. Ugh! Thankfully, there was pizza and drinks to keep the crowd occupied, and others filled the time with impromptu presentations. Again, to those of you who were stuck waiting for me in Indy, I apologize.

Once we got going the session went very well, this was a slightly quieter crowd than I've been bumping into, but a really good session nonetheless. And then a quick flight over to Kansas City, home to one of the most interactive usergroups anywhere (not as boisterous as Chicago, but still very loud and vocal). Local weather caused a drop in attendance, but the session went very well and run over 2 1/2 hours.

And now it's time to head to the airport to get to Nashville for tonight's session. I hope to see you there or at any of the remaining Scorpio usergroup tour venues.

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Comments (5)



  • DK

    try living on the cusp of that state! Its very confusing lol. Talk about politics at work.

    #1Posted by DK | May 9, 2007, 11:16 AM
  • Chris Brown

    Hoosiers are still getting acclimated to the time zones as well. Its been a bureaucratic mess all along.

    Thanks so much for coming to Indy to speak. We may not be the most vocal, but we are certainly excited by CF8. I'm hoping events like yesterday's seminar will help expand the adoption of CF and grow the CF developer community. It seems like we have been battling against .NET and PHP in this geography for the last several years.

    Despite the delay, the seminar was very worthwhile and informative. I really appreciate your attendance and learned many things about CF8 that I didn't even see at Adobe MAX. The information will be significant in building the case for my organization as well as my clients to upgrade to CF8 when it is released.

    Best wishes on the rest of your tour.

  • Aaron Neff

    Yes, our sporadic time zone changes do take getting used to.

    Your presentation was absolutely fantastic (I highly encourage anyone to attend this), and thanks for answering so many questions =). Thank you very much for including Indy in your tour; we are very pumped about CF8!! Picking a favorite Scorpio feature is not easy - they are all simply awesome!

  • John Farrar

    So... who will do the warm up? And when will you be releasing your debut album?

  • Brad Wood

    Remember me? lol, just had to say that. Thanks for coming to KC. Today I gave all the developers at my job a report of your presentation. Everyone came and listened-- even the SQL and Java guys were interested. I tried not to rub it in their face how easy CF makes our job sometimes. :)

    Anyway, the reason I posted was to remind you to see if you can get the MXML for the new Flex 2 server monitor packaged with Scorpio. I know I would use it to help me learn Flex and I think it would jumpstart a lot of people in the community into using the monitor API to build their own custom monitoring tools.

    Thanks again.

    ~Brad

    #5Posted by Brad Wood | May 10, 2007, 01:31 AM