The CJUG gala was quite fun. John Crupi, chief architect for Sun Microsystems, spoke on J2EE Patterns. His talk was interesting, and it makes me want to learn more about J2EE patterns. Until tonight, I didn’t really know any of them specifically, being only familiar with the original Gang of Four set of them. The talk was good, the food was pretty good as such things go, and I had a good time talking with the guys at my table. There were also vendor tables (!) at this event, which kind of rocked. I picked up schwag, not necessarily knowing anything about the companies, but a T-shirt is a T-shirt. One of the companies was giving out balsa wood rubber band planes with their logo on it. I likes! When I was a kid I was nuts for those things.

I tried to do an estimate of head count, and I tagged it as around roughly 75 people (with a pretty wide margin of error.) That’s awfully good, I think. Apparently this is the first time CJUG has put on such an event, and I think it was a huge success. In one of those rare occurences, I was in the upper percentiles of dress. I wore a tie, suit coat and pants. To keep it real and because I had to walk 2/3 of a mile from the train station and back, I wore my London Underground boots with it. I love these, because they don’t look startlingly out of place with a suit or with jeans. I hope they do this again next year. I’m there, dudes!

It would have been more fun if I hadn’t dropped my keys at the Wilmette Metra station but a phone call to my wife fixed that, as she found them next to my car. They sat there for 2 hours before she got them, and anyone could have picked them up and drove off in my car, yet no one did. I actually like driving my beat up 1990 Civic just for these reasons. It’s good enough to be my every day car without a hassle (and at 14 years old still needs no more than routine maintenance), and bad enough that I won’t be upset the day I eventually leave it on the side of the road for good.

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