Jerry and Pete are Right On! MEET PEOPLE! It's one opportunity you have
to see them face to face. Learn something about them and have a shared
point of interest, or, dare I say, something in COMMON?

Many years ago when I was unknown, hadn't yet frankend my first i, I would
walk around what was then CUDS looking for speakers I had questions for.
One evening it was John Sears I found. We sat down, scrawled out a
suggested solution to my problem (which worked flawlessly I might add) and
then spent an hour talking about Cessna 421 Golden Eagle aircraft.

Now that more than 10 people know who I am, I get questions, even from
Jerry and Pete! I don't believe I have ever told anyone to flat 'go away'.
I have redirected people to other experts but after all I've learned at
COMMON and other shows I try to give back. There are VERY few speakers who
are any different.

You can hide in your room or off in a corner with your clique, *or* you
can multiply the value of your COMMON experience and iSocialize!!

Honestly I met three of my best friends at COMMON.

- Larry

If you can read this, thank a teacher....and since it's in English,
thank a soldier.

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Pete Massiello wrote:
I have met people at COMMON, and I have no problem
calling them and asking questions and getting answers, and that has
me and my customers so much, that I can't even put a value on that.


I'm glad you mentioned this "undocumented" part of COMMON. Long before
there was a Midrange there were people that I met at COMMON that I, too,
could (and very often did!) call upon for assistance. All too often
I've seen attendees at CUDS (now iSocial) that just sit around quietly
sipping their Coke (or whatever) by themselves or in their familiar
clique. Personally I'm an introvert, but I just suck it in and start
talking with people.

One of the questions I've been asked in this regard is, "How do I start
meeting people? I'm just a programmer from Deming, New Mexico." Well,
volunteering is a great way; you immediately start making contacts
without even trying! I know personally that both the Education
Foundation and the Requirements Committee are looking for people to help
man their tables for an hour or two here and there; all you have to do
is smile and answer simple questions. Michelle August, CEF
(august@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx), and Phil McCullough, iROC
(Phil.McCullough@xxxxxxxx) would love to hear from anyone planning to
attend the conference.

* Jerry C. Adams
*IBM System i Programmer/Analyst
B&W Wholesale Distributors, Inc.* *
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