From the Florida road update…

I had hoped to be writing a lot more here and on the Social Media Club site, but being in the real world with so many wonderful people has really made it difficult to do so. Today I have been helping my best friend with his business, Trust Event Solutions, as he tries to make some important improvements in the way his company operates as well as 3 of my other clients, which I will be writing about separately. (1 is at DEMO today, so I am really bummed to not be there with them, but glad I can really start talking about the cool things they are doing once their pitch is over)

BlogOrlando_DisneyWorld - 59.jpgWell, gramps and I had a great time hanging out with our good friends from Blog Orlando on Saturday at Disney World. There is an entire set of photos I took of Disney World on Flickr – and another set of photos of the Blog Orlando conference. The greatest one for me personally though was this one of my grandfather. All day long I was concerned about him not having any real fun because even I found some of my favorite rides pretty boring now as an adult, but I was wrong as you can tell from this photo on hte Jungle Cruise that was taken late in the day. He was really smiling like that throughout most of the day, but I did not really notice until I was editing the photos last night because I was so concerned.

Josh Hallet did a great job organizing the BlogOrlando event and it seemed that everyone left having learned something and having made some new friendships. I certainly did and have much more to say about finally meeting Andrea Weckerle and David Parmet, who are both extremely insightful communications professionals who ‘get it’ and have a lot to share. Of course, I also got to hang out with Josh, Dave Coustan, Jeremey Harrington, Vlad Mazek, Andrew Odom, Mark Jaquith, Judson Collier and Disney expert John Frost (who gave us some great insider stories as we toured the kingdom on Saturday). I was also psyched to meet Tommy Duncan from Sticks of Fire, John from the Orlando Sentinnel and Gavin Hall from Emurse, but did not get enough time to really get to know them.

Tonight we are having our first Social Media Club meeting in Miami, with much thanks to Jason Baptiste of The Web Log Wire for hosting and helping organize the conversation. Since I need to leave shortly to get down to Coral Gables before traffic gets bad this afternoon, I need to cut this short and tell you the rest of the stories at another time. So much has happened that I have not written about, I am very excited to share these stories with you…

  1. #1 by Andrea Weckerle - September 25th, 2006 at 17:30

    Have a great time in Miami and let me know when the D.C. meeting is taking place!

  2. #2 by David Parmet - September 25th, 2006 at 21:31

    Pleasure meeting you as well and let me know when you will be in the North East for another Social Media Club gathering… I’m mobile!

  3. #3 by tommy - September 26th, 2006 at 11:36

    Hey Chris – it was great to meet you. Too bad I had to rush off. I’m sure we’ll have the chance to meet again and enjoy a longer conversation.

    Let me know the next time you are heading near Tampa Bay!

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