Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Rally Days 1 & 2

We started first thing Wednesday morning at 8:30 am.  We had a pretty good crowd considering the early time and that it was an ‘earlybird’ day.  The Rally didn’t officially start till Thursday.  This was our ‘Get Away, Stay Connected’ seminar where we teach about how to Connect to the Internet on the Road.  It used to be a seminar primarily about Wi-Fi and a little of Cellular and Satellite.  Now it’s primarily about Cellular with a little about Satellite and Wi-Fi.  A copy of our seminar handout can be found on our website on the Wireless Internet page. If you look close, you can see my Droid cellphone tethered to the computer.  That’s how we’re getting our Internet connection, and it’s working great.  No Wi-Fi here.

Then, today, we gave our ‘Every RVer Needs a Blog’ class.  Then we hung out at the RV.net booth the rest of the day.  One man came by the booth and said his wife came to the blogging class and she went right back to their RV to set up her Blog!  That’s what it’s all about. 

Here’s our site at the Rally:

And, here's the 'hanging gardens' outside the arena where we went to watch the evening entertainment – Bob Newhart.    Wow -  81 years old and still going strong – such a treat to see a legend perform.  Made me want to get a DVD set of the Bob Newhart show.  Ahh, but wait!  I have 72 full tv episodes that I can watch on Hulu.com!

For me, the *best* part of the rally so far was hanging out in the RV.net boot with Leslie.  If you’re wondering why we’re in the RV.net booth – it’s because I am one of their authors.  RV.net has an online RVing Blog – like a magazine – and I write once every week.  I am one of many authors, I think they have between 20 and 30.  Here’s a list of all my RV.net blog articles.  What’s so cool, to me, is that the RV.net Blog is constructed using Wordpress.  It’s one of the reasons we’re confident in Wordpress for construction of our new website.  If it’s good enough for RV.net with thousands of pages and thousands of visits every day, then I’m confident it will handle our needs.  Leslie shared lots of Wordpress tricks and tips with me today … geeks of a feather!

Jim took a break from the booth for a while and attended the Streets and Trips seminar by Larry Peterson from Microsoft.  We’ve met Larry at a few rallies now and feel like old friends!  Other ‘old friends’ we checked in with include Phil and Tracey May of TechnoRV who sell lots of cool, geeky toys, including our Picasa Book, and Mike and Terri Church who write the books on travel in Mexico, Alaska and Europe by RV – oh, and so many more friends stopped by the booth or bumped into us in the hallways.  Anyone who thinks the RV lifestyle is lonely has never been to rallies!

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