Macworld NY 2002: Preview and around town
As the song goes: "Looks like we made it..."
I'm in NYC, none the less worse for wear... just battered by the 4-year-old on the plane seated next to me.
A short (?) cab ride later and I'm at the hotel, where I can't check in for two hours. That's OK, though... I have THINGS TO DO™.
So I'm in the process of checking my luggage till I return, and who should enter the hotel but Andy Ihnatko! I said hello to him, as I usually do when I see him at the show, but I'm quite certain that he has no frelling idea who I am. Which is fine. He is, after all, the industry's 27th most-beloved personality. I, on the other hand, am just some random guy. But he's polite, and then goes about his business.
Andy's ALWAYS been polite to me, every time I've spoken to him. Even when I bugged him about the Newton vs. Palm thing, which led to my first Handspring purchase. He always seems to take the time, which, I suppose, is why he's the industry's 27th most-beloved personality. If you've never seen it, go read his website http://www.cwob.com AFTER you're done here. He's been blogging since before blogging was cool.
After I finished handing off my gear to the bellman, I notice Andy's still in the area, so I go back up to him, and this time introduce myself properly, beyond a geeky hello, and tell him how much I enjoy his writing (which I do, immensely, and eventually bits of Andy tend to creep into my style, I think).
Andy comments that "Oh, yes, I guess I have to realize that I'm now under the influence of the MacWorld Reality Distortion Field, where people actually know who I am!"
We chat for a bit... and I offer to buy him lunch, since we both have to wait for rooms, but he has a meeting and he wants to walk to 47th Street, but allows that maybe we can get together later for a drink. I hope so.
It's middling strange for a 43-year old man like me to be such a fanboy, but I've dug Andy and his work for so long, he's like a lesser Geek Icon... not quite Jobs or Woz, but up there with Burrel Smith, Bill Atkinson, and Linus Torvalds, I'd say. While that's probably extreme, Andy does what I aspire to do, and that's cool enough for me.
I headed off to Javitz Center (I keep wanting to say "Moscone"... force of habit) to collect my badge... the requisite item if you're planning to stand in line for the keynote, and I am.
Outside the Javitz Center
But the interesting thing at the Javitz Center is what you can't see. Take a look at these pics of workers raising a black-covered banner...
...raising a covered black banner...
...that we can't see under (the guy in the brown shirt asked me to stop)...
...which can only mean an Apple Announcement!
Seems to me that this bodes some sort of Apple Announcement™, considering a guy actually asked me to NOT TAKE PICTURES OF THIS BLACK COVERED ITEM. ;-)
For the full peek inside Javitz, just click over to:
After the excitement of a possible new Apple Goodie, along with the further reduction of my disposable income that that entails, I headed back to the hotel, but it still wasn't Approved Check In Time. As I wondered around looking for something to eat, I found myself drawn towards the area known as Ground Zero, the former site of the World Trade Centers. Drawn not by morbid curiosity, but by a sense of honor and duty, perhaps.
I won't say much about this, as "There are no words", scrawled on one of the construction partitions seems to cover it.
I will say, that having been atop the WTC for dinner 2 years ago made it all the more poignant, but even that pales in significance to the event itself.
The other thing, is that it's a really big hole. Both in the sky and in the ground. And it saddens my heart. To get an idea, look at picture 0913 & 0914. You can see a closeup of a big truck. Then you can see the hole it's in.
I hope these pictures speak for themselves.