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August 30, 2005

Co-Authors of Pro MySQL Meet

After 6 months of slaving together on our respective chapters and spending countless hours on the phone and over email, I finally met Jay in person this weekend. He was in Vermont for a family gathering and came to spend two days in Boston. Jay, his fiance Julie, and his twin brother Andrew met us at our place Saturday evening. We hung out with the family for a little bit, took some photos and signed some copies of the book and then headed out for dinner.

We took the train (and shuttle bus) down to the north end and ate at Al Dente. The wait was long . . . a lot of people in the north end on a Saturday night. We didn't mind waiting because we got to witness a good portion of the St. Andrew feast parade. Italian people dancing in the streets, music playing etc. We felt privileged that we got to see some of the authentic Italian culture during our evening.

There was no lack of conversation through the evening. Heidi, Andrew and Julie busied themselves with normal conversation for good chunks of time while Jay and hashed over everything from the craziness of multi-day all nighters to the changes in MySQL since the book went to press.

Meeting Jay was like one of those experiences where you had a friend that you haven't seen for a long time and when you do it's like you hadn't missed a beat. The difference here was that I'd never met Jay before, but the fact that we'd both been through this crazy experience and had spent countless hours on the phone, email and scouring over each other's work that our first meeting felt more like a reunion.

It was really cool that Jay (and company) took the time to come down so we could hang out. Couldn't have imagined a better evening. I'm sure it's not the last time we'll hang out. Heidi and I would like to get over to Columbus, and I'm chipping away at Jay to get out to the next MySQL user's conference (assuming there is one in the works).

Posted by mike at August 30, 2005 8:37 AM