Today marks the beginning of a long-awaited trip to the East Coast. Way back in March, I negotiated a deal with a company in Danbury, CT to teach my Open Source Java Jewels training course. I was supposed to deliver it in May, but that got changed because of their 45-day Vendor Approval Process. It was rescheduled for August. August came and it got moved again because so many people were on vacation. It was rescheduled for October and I'll be delivering it next week.
I'm teaching 2 courses: one for 16 managers Monday - Tuesday and one for 21 developers Wednesday - Friday. Yeah, I know that's way too many students, but I think I can handle it. I warned the company it wasn't a good idea to have that many students, but they wanted to pack them all in anyway. Oh well.
The best part about this trip is I'm doing something I've wanted to do for a long time. I'm taking the kids with me! The rest of my family is coming too - my parents will be on our 2nd flight today and my sister flies in Monday. My dad grew up in Beacon, NY - only 45 minutes from Danbury. Since his brother and sister still live there (as well as many cousins) it should be a fun week of family and crazy kids in a hotel room. With any luck, we'll get to see some fall colors and create some great memories.