Matt RaibleMatt Raible is a Java Champion and Developer Advocate at Okta. developer.okta.com

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10+ YEARS


Over 10 years ago, I wrote my first blog post. Since then, I've authored books, had kids, traveled the world, found Trish and blogged about it all.

My OSCON Aftermath

Last week, I had a great time at OSCON '08. However, I've been paying the toll ever since. For the 5 days prior to OSCON, I stayed up late working on my presentation. I was furiously trying to develop an application with Rails, Grails, Flex and GWT. In the ~30 hours I spent developing the application (Rich Resume), I was able to finish the Rails and Grails pieces, but didn't get much farther than "Hello World" with Flex and GWT.

Even though I had my kids the weekend before OSCON, I still managed to get 4 hours of sleep each night. The next couple nights were no better. On the day of my presentation, I started to feel sick. Luckily, it didn't affect my talk and it never really hit me until the next day. On Thursday, I woke up with swollen tonsils and the feeling of an oncoming cold. I attended the conference on Thursday and went to bed early to get lots of rest.

On Friday, things weren't improving, but they weren't getting any worse either. My family and I attended the Oregon Brewers Festival and had a great time. Yes, I actually survived taking my kids to a Beer Fest for several hours. That evening, we stayed the night at the Kennedy School and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Again, I went to bed early as the kids and I had a 7:30 AM flight the next morning.

On Saturday, I started to lose my voice and my cold was still bearing down on me like an avalanche. I drove up to Vail for a friend's wedding on Saturday night. Of course, I stayed up too late and drank too much, but I did have a heckuva a good time. ;-)

When I woke up Sunday, I was in bad shape. The hangover wasn't bad, it was the body aches (from the cold) and the fact that my right eye was draining and it hurt to open it. A friend had to drive me home because I couldn't put my contacts in. I went to bed when I got home (around 5) and didn't wake up until noon the next day (Monday). I called in sick yesterday and went to the ER in the afternoon (I couldn't find a doctor who'd have me). The doctor in the ER said it was Pink Eye and gave me some drops to make it better. I came home, took a nap and crashed for the night a couple hours later.

I called in sick again today. I woke up around 9 this morning, took a nap 10 minutes later and finally woke up around 1:30 this afternoon feeling halfway decent. The body aches aren't nearly as bad as they were and my eye is no longer draining.

The worst part of this whole thing is I lost my glasses a couple months ago so I've been living w/o good vision for 3 days. I can read things 12 inches from me, but watching TV doesn't work too well. Since I can't wear my contacts for 7 days, I hopped on my bike and rode to the nearest LensCrafters to get a new pair of glasses. Those are scheduled to be done in the next 5 minutes (I'm typing this at the Apple Store in Cherry Creek Mall) and I'll finally be able to see again.

Lessons Learned: Sleep is important, get lots of it. Don't get Pink Eye and a cold at the same time. If you wear contacts, make sure you have a backup pair of glasses for when you get Pink Eye.

Posted in General at Jul 29 2008, 06:08:58 PM MDT 5 Comments
Comments:

Sorry to hear that. That's the same kind of crap I put myself through. I'm a procrastinator. Hope you get well soon.

Posted by Jeremy Ross on July 29, 2008 at 08:59 PM MDT #

Sounds like you've been attacked by the sleep shark: Forgoing sleep is like borrowing from a loan shark. Sure you get that extra hours right now to cover for your overly-optimistic estimation, but at what price? The shark will be back and if you can't pay, he'll break your creativity, morale, and good-mannered nature as virtue twigs.

Posted by Dan Hardiker on July 30, 2008 at 08:48 AM MDT #

Hey Matt-- I'm planning a family trip to Portland in September. We're mostly going to be putting around NW Oregon in an RV, but we'll spend a few nights in Portland too. So it sounds like the Kennedy School is worth checking out, eh?

Posted by Chris M on July 30, 2008 at 10:58 AM MDT #

The Kennedy School is definitely worth checking out. You might call now to make sure you can get a reservation. We made ours a year in advance. We paid $125/night for each room.

Posted by Matt Raible on July 30, 2008 at 11:10 AM MDT #

This is exactly why I no longer am a sleep deprivation pro. I've found that I'm far more productive if I get more than four hours of sleep every night and I minimize my caffeine intake. Although I do tend to stay up quite late a couple nights a week still, I don't go for weeks on end with meager amounts of sleep like I used to do. I also researched the topic a bit and what I found really caused me to change my ways. Get well and I'll see you on Wednesday ;-).

Posted by Bruce Snyder on August 04, 2008 at 10:13 AM MDT #

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