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Liliana and I had a great time at the meet-up (we just got back late last night)...and she especially wants to thank Jerome and everyone she met at the meet-up...she felt very comfortable and very welcomed. An extra-special thanks to Jerome for organizing the event. Now she's wondering who all these nice ET people are! Maybe we will see her post sometime soon. And she was skeptical too, Barbara, and especially since Saturday was her birthday (!!), so I really needed to focus the rest of our long weekend on giving her attention and exploring Paris (no problem there!!)...it would have been nice to spend more time with folks, but one has to mind ones priorities, yes?

We had a GREAT time in Paris...though I had not prepared for the wind and all the spring pollen...and our legs are exhausted from all the walking we did. Now we want to go back!! We even had a conversation about renting an apartment for a month sometime, just to be there and  take in the atmosphere!

As far as the meetup for me...funny, I was mostly in a more quiet, reflective space...we sat in the middle of the table, and I pretty much soaked it all in, listening and enjoying. It was great to meet some many people I have read and exchanged conversations with over the last year... afew, dvx, priority, LEP and his awesome son Rafi (Who was very patient with us...and actually seemed to enjoy his teenaged self!), Metatone, Melanchthon, Fran, PeWi and his wonderful wife Merry (and Pewi thanks for the sound advice...). Unfortunately and regretfully, I didn't get to have a conversation with everyone, beyond hellos...there were just too many people!!...but hopefully we will have other chances in the future...here and elsewhere. (We did run into Colman and Sam on Ille St. Louis on Sunday morning, so had coffee together, which was very good since we hadn't had the opportunity to talk on Saturday). And it was fun to say hello to Izzy via phone too!!

Anyway...I was very full from the experience. I can't believe how many brilliant people are connected to our community!! I'm going to post some photos of our explorations of Paris too, in the coming days...
Cheers all!

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia

by whataboutbob on Tue May 23rd, 2006 at 06:53:02 AM EST
Thanks, Bob, I also had some additional ideas (for how to teach your granny sucking eggs). Are there any football players in Basle (you are in Basle, aren't you) from the country you want to work in? They don't need to be major celbreties, they still earn enough...
It also might be a way to get some celebrity exposure and possibily support, but then they might prefer to support charitites (another question I did not clarify, if you work for one.) Let yourself be invited to their embassy reception to get to know people that are in Switzerland, but still have close ties to their homecountries (since charitable giving is usually tax-exempt, business people sometimes like to get involved...)

But its hard work, that keeps you away from all the fun...

by PeWi on Tue May 23rd, 2006 at 08:04:29 AM EST
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Hey thanks!!!! I was coming to work today thinking..."I've got to get myself more organzed"...because i really DO have to figure out how to balance the required writing, with important networking, project development, AND fundraising. It is hard work, especially for a department of one...I'm feeling a little overwhelmed...I need an assistant! Your ideas about contacting local football players (I'm not in Basel..but they are one of the best teams in Switzerland, so contacting some players there..and elsewhere for that matter... has good logic!! And Embassy's & businessman/women from these countries too...wow, these are angles I hadn't considered...).

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Tue May 23rd, 2006 at 09:08:31 AM EST
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"I need an assistant! " would there be a museums job in it as well?
by PeWi on Tue May 23rd, 2006 at 09:39:16 AM EST
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