Last night, around 8 or 10pm CST, not really sureâ€¦ I saw a tweet come up from a vExpert and friend Dave Hill:
It led to this little bit of text here:
I need your help
For anyone who follows my blog, or twitter you probably know that I recently had major surgery on my ear. Due to this operation I didnâ€™t believe I would be able to attend VMworld US, so I informed the powers that be, I would not be able to travel or participate, so my place got cancelled.
I have now received the excellent news yesterday from my consultant that my ear is healing nicely and I can fly again. Unfortunately due to the short notice, I am not able to get the internal approval needed to be a speaker. However because of how awesome VMworld US is, and all the great people I meet and know, I have decided to pay my own way there. This is where the difficulty lies, I do not have a pass for the conference, and need someoneâ€™s help or sponsorship to allow me access to the conference. I am happy to provide assistance to the sponsor in any way needed.
If anyone can help, it would be amazing, otherwise I will be sat outside the Moscone Center waiting for people to come out and talk to me for a week.
So, Dave would be there, and would be the crazy guy trying to get a nickel outside the Moscone? What? That wont do. So, with a bit of help from Patrick Redknap (@PatrickRedknap) and the support of PHD Virtual, and the rest of the VMware communityâ€¦ guess who is now going to VMworld?
For those of you who arenâ€™t connected to the VMware or larger tech community via twitter, blogs, or other meansâ€¦ this here is an example of what the community can do. Iâ€™m happy to have facilitated, and hope you all will take advantage of having Dave around the #vBrownBag tech talks. Also, just as importantly, take a few minutes out of your VMworld schedule to actually talk to the folks in the PHD Virtual booth and not just collect a t-shirt (Booth 314 actually).
I remain humbled at the power of this community. Truly humbled.