I spent the day in Italy today, presenting a full day seminar (with Tim Buntel and Ted Patrick) at Pavia (near Milan). Kristen Schofield, ColdFusion's new product Manager (who promises me she'll be blogging shortly), is also here getting to know the locals. They stayed here after MAX Europe last week, but I flew back to the U.S. in between, and almost didn't make it here today. When I arrived in Amsterdam this morning for my connection, they announced that the flight to Milan was going to leave early (for those that could get through security and to the gate in time) because Italian air traffic controllers were about to strike and only planes already in the air would be able to land. And then when I did land in Milan, police had blocked access to the terminal so the driver could not get in to pick me up. Oh, and then our next flight (Alitalia to Stuttgart for an event tomorrow) just canceled and we're having to get a later flight cutting it really close. This is not the first time this has happened to me in Italy - actually, it seems like something that occurs with some regularity, especially judging by the nonchalant reaction to all of this by most locals.
But, travel issues aside, the event went very well - and the crowd listened attentively for about 8 hours or so! And then they hung a large homemade sign on the wall (it looked like it was written on the back of a tablecloth) pleading for a "ColdFusion Builder" IDE. We'll take that under advisement, guys! ;-)