I just got back from Portland where I took Lullabot’s advanced drupal development course. Not only did the class take me to a wild new level of Drupalhood, but I was blown away by how great a city Portland is. It made me feel the intense masochism of the act of living in Philadelphia. Every detail was greeting me with unexpected good things, as opposed to Philly where every detail is just another slap in the face. Free fast wireless in their airport. Spotless trains coming every five minutes and asking you to pay on the honor system. I met more friendly people there in 5 days than in a year in Philly. It made me realize I’ve been living in Windows and cursing at computers in general, and then suddenly had that Mac moment where you realize all the anger is in vain.
I also had a great time catching up with my old friend Emily over beers, and meeting a lot of smart Drupal people and the Lullabots themselves. If I ever finish sorting through the mountain of email my clients sent me while I was gone, I will have a great time using my new Lullabot skills.
Also, I saw a real wild beaver swimming right next to a real submarine. In Philly all we have in the river is ‘Ride the Ducks’. I definitely need to move.