At 5:00 p.m. yesterday, my plane touched down at Logan International Airport in Boston. The flights from Orange County were great. I finished The Wisdom of Crowds and started tearing into Wikinomics. I added pages and pages of notes to my two year old notebook, the one which I use for capuring ideas.
After de-planing (don’t you love that word?) I got my Hertz Rental and proceded to drive through Game#2 World Series traffic to meet John Wall. We had a nice dinner and then stopped by Blogtoberfest located downstairs at a pub called :”The Pour.”
At about 9:30, we returned to the parking garage to reteive our cars. John’s was fine. My rental on the other hand had a shattered window. And my bag was gone. In it were:
- My company issued laptop.
- Video iPod
- iPod Touch
- Palm Pilot
- Casio Exilim camera (with great video of our landing in Boston)
- Reading glasses (I’ve had ’em for 20 years)
- The Wisdom of Crowds
- And my two years of notes in Social Media!
Welcome home to Boston, Ron!
Well, last night I mourned my loss. My wife helped me look at the situation relatively…the fact that some folks had just lost their entire homes to fire…and I had just lost a bag.
And as she usually is, she was right.
This morning I got up at 5:30 a.m. and drove the rental car back to Boston. During my dark drive in, I had a chance to think. For some reason I started prioritizing the things that had been stolen — and came to a fascinaing conclusion.
The computer and the camera were the highest on my list. And the reason why was even more amazing. A realization: I am a content creator. That’s what I’m driven to do. I came to PodCamp Boston to speak with people, to learn, and to bring those insights to you via this blog. Without my tools, I was dead in the water.
Another call to my wonderful wife and she encouraged me to replace those items, explaining: “Ron, that’s what you do.”
This morning I replaced my bag, picked up a new laptop, and replaced my little Casio digital camera. The other stuff I can replace over time. But my content creation stuff, well that’s a different story.
Hopefully I’ll be bringing better news from the confernece. Stay tuned!