Happy Birthday Jack!

Jack's birthday was last Thursday (August 28th) and only now am I getting a chance to wish him a Happy Birthday on this blog. I told you it was a busy week last week. ;-)

Happy Birthday Jack!

On his birthday, I picked him up from Kindergarten at 11 and let him run the show for the day. Needless to say, we had a good time.

Jack on his 4th Birthday At the Zoo

4 and still loves trains Mmmmm... Ice Cream

On Saturday, we had a party to celebrate at my house. It was a great time with many old friends and lots of crazy kids.

Sophie and Jack - both 4 Jack's Birthday Cake

Ready for the Piñata Candy!

I woke up to quite the disaster area the next day. I was also quite impressed when Abbie showed up with her ears pierced.

A Disaster Area Abbie's New Earrings

The rest of the weekend I spent quite a bit of time enjoying A Taste of Colorado. When work began on Tuesday, the week intensified as I was the "Release Owner" for LinkedIn this week. We made a number of backend changes to reduce statefulness and improve performance. I'm proud to say it was one of the smoothest releases I've been a part of, mostly because of the high quality people involved.

As far as my schedule for the rest of the year, it seems like I'm going to be busier than ever. I have to complete my presentations for CSS this week. In two weeks, I'm speaking at the Colorado Springs Open Source User Group Meetup. The following week I'm heading to Munich for Oktoberfest. If I live through that, I'll be implementing Memcached, speaking at CSS, hunting with my Dad, celebrating Abbie's birthday, traveling to Costa Rica/Panama and keynoting the JavaEdge Conference in Israel. If you happen to be in Colorado Springs, Munich, Mountain View, Keystone, Montana, Costa Rica, Panama or Israel in the next few months, maybe we can enjoy a beer together. Cheers!

Posted in General at Sep 05 2008, 06:37:33 PM MDT 3 Comments
Comments:

Hi Matt, I find it odd I'm writing this comment - since I really don't know you (although I've been reading your blog for years) but I thought I do anyway. I'm not in Munich but a good hours drive from Munich in Regensburg (which became Unesco World heritage a couple of years ago) - so if you run out of things to do in Munich or you get tired of the Oktoberfest Beer prices ;-) I'll be happy to buy you some beers here and show you round the beautiful city centre while having a chat about all things java/grails/webapps. Anyway - have a good trip! Jörg

Posted by Jörg Erdmenger on September 08, 2008 at 01:12 AM MDT #

We might take you up on that Jörg. I think the best thing to do is follow me on twitter or shoot me an e-mail sometime next week.

Posted by Matt Raible on September 16, 2008 at 12:31 PM MDT #

I have never seen sharper pictures than what you are showing on your blog. The picture in Germany and the close up of your child's face are incredibly sharp. I see you are working hard on your bus. I, many years ago, did a total rework of a '68 Plymouth Barracuda...many hours and lots of pride of workmanship.

Posted by Richard on September 28, 2008 at 07:18 PM MDT #

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