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I dream of a Lotusphere where...

Fri 21 Jan 2005, 12:29 PM

by Ben Langhinrichs
...where not a single child I leave behind is sick, much less one throwing up and another having an allergic reaction.
...where there is not a blizzard looming to plague my family while I am gone.
...which is not timed to coincide with my daughter leaving for college.

What do you dream of?

Copyright 2005 Genii Software Ltd.

What has been said:

274.1. Bruce Elgort
(01/21/2005 10:38 AM)

I can introduce my new fiance :-)

274.2. Ray Bilyk (aka The Lion King)
(01/21/2005 11:17 AM)

I dream of a Lotusphere where I can attend instead of being stuck in the Pridelands of Detroit, Michigan.

Have a cold one (shake, that is) on me!!!!

274.3. Jess Stratton
(01/21/2005 11:44 AM)

I dream of finding an alternative flight out on Saturday afternoon, because otherwise my existing Sunday flight will most likely be cancelled because of the huge storm coming Saturday night. :-O

274.4. Marshall Wilensky
(01/23/2005 01:18 PM)

[b]URGENT Action Needed THIS WEEK to Protect Lotusphere 2006![/b]

By now, it should be painfully obvious to everyone that the weather gods have a BIG problem with Lotusphere.

This is not the first time that horrible storms have interfered with staff, customers, Business Partners, analysts, the press, friends, Romans, and countrymen getting there. (Maybe we all should have acted even more humanitarily in response to the Tsunami.)

Clearly, urgent action is needed THIS WEEK -- before the end of Lotusphere 2005 -- to make amends and protect all future Lotuspheres!

I propose a four point plan (one for each day of Lotusphere):

1. Opening General Session -- Monday, January 24, 2005

Either Ambuj Goyal or the host of the Opening General Session -- whomever is the first to speak -- must ask everyone in the ballroom to refrain from any and all complaints about the weather for the entirety of Lotusphere 2005 -- that is, from that moment until the last paying attendee leaves the ballroom at the end of the Closing General Session.

2. Innovators Panel -- Tuesday, January 25, 2005

The panel member with the earliest hire date (preferably at Iris Associates, but Lotus is acceptable), on behalf of every developer who ever worked on Notes/Domino code, must apologize for every single SPR that was opened in response to a customer support call.

At his or her discretion, the panel member may choose to apologize for every single Lotus SPR ever written -- including those written by the developers and QA/QE teams themselves. Including IBM Workplace would be a good idea, too!

3. Lotusphere 2005 Party -- Wednesday, January 26, 2005

The Turtle ( must be the guest of honor at the sacrifice of a small animal. (Preferably not a turtle. Or a Disney character. Maybe one of those plastic lobsters from a few years back?)

I hereby charge the C.U.L.T. guys --

Henry Newberry (

Rocky Oliver (

Andrew Pollack (

-- and anyone they deem appropriate, with the tasks of creating the ceremony, choosing the precise time and place, and performing the ceremony.

4. Closing General Session -- Thursday, January 27, 2005

Sandra Marcus must ask everyone in the ballroom to observe a moment of silence -- prayer optional -- begging forgiveness on behalf of everyone who has ever been involved in any way with Lotusphere, Lotus Week, or any other conference, trade show, symposium, or Web seminar where Lotus products were shown or talked about for any weather-related inconveniences they ever experienced.

Respectfully submitted,

Marshall Wilensky