Friday, July 29, 2011

Techno Geeks!

They are TechnoRV and we are Geeks on Tour. Put us together and you'd think it would be a whirlwind of gadgets, websites, and TLAs (three letter acronyms!)  But no ... we both also like to travel, eat, drink beer and wine, and solve the world's problems with our combined knowledge.We met Phil and Tracy (and their kids Ally and Josh) nearly 2 years ago and have enjoyed meeting up with them at all the rallies where we are both participating.  This time we were parked just one coach apart at the NEAR rally so we made plans to spend the day together when the rally was over.

First stop: the Magic Hat Brewery.



I love the humor of the place.  One microbrew was named 'Wacko.'  I wish I had bought a glass or two!  I am just SOO conditioned to not buying anything because we have no room.  I think I could find room for one or two of these:



I liked the 'Hex' microbrew best.  Jim also liked it, so we had them fill a 'growler' (empty jug) to take home.  And then we were off to a local winery - Shelburne Vineyards.  The clouds parted just as we were enjoying the wine tasting, so we took a glass and sat outside for a spell.  We enjoyed the beautiful surroundings and lots of great conversation.




Beautiful waterfront in Burlington, Vermont


Techno Geek Rally?
C'mon, you didn't really think TechnoRV and Geeks on Tour could spend a day together without indulging in at least a little Digital Dreaming did you?  Both of us really enjoy sharing our information and there's just never enough time to do it all at other rallies - so, we thought: how about a Techno Geek rally?  Just us and our customers, or anyone interested in learning. 

And, the ideas just started pouring out. 

Phil likes Tai Chi, and he says he could do a class each morning to get everyone started.  I said I'd like to have a photo-sharing and editing session each evening.  Phil would give his digital photography seminar and maybe a daily assignment.  He suggested that their daughter, Ally, could lead a photo field trip each day.  She's really good, he says!  We could have a slide-show contest at the end - we'd teach Photo Story and MovieMaker.  Of course we'd have plenty of blogging instruction and GPS navigating, maybe do some geocaching.  Everyone would know what's going on because it would all be on Facebook.

Both Jim and Phil could collaborate on presenting a Safe Computing seminar.  And, we'd like to have an open Q&A session each morning.  We all thought a 'show and tell' session would be fun, where everyone brings their favorite gadgets and talks about them. 
and a smart phone round table ...
and iPad / Android shootout ...
and ...
and ...
I think this rally needs to be at least a month :-)!!
Anyone interested?

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12 comments:

Lynne said...

SIGN ME UP

TechnoRV said...

What fun we had! And the more I think about the rally, the more excited we get. Here's a few more ideas we had:

A Product Testing RoundTable where we review some new Gadgets

A Digital Music Session (PodCasts, iPod's, Ripping, Burning, Streaming etc)

Mac Vs PC Shoot-out

Safety Seminars (Personal Safety, Electrical Safety, Towing Safety)

Plus I think we'd need to make sure that we had lots of fun. Karaoke? Wine tasting? Pot-lucks? Live GadgetPlex coverage. Love to hear people's feedback.

Karen said...

Sounds like a great idea!

Jan & Len said...

What if you did it as a pre or post rally? I would love it. I never did get to as many seminars at NEAR as I would have liked.

Peter said...

How about a session on Google+?

Tumbleweed said...

What a great idea! Please do it!

Gail said...

Sounds like a winner!

Jeff & Barbie said...

There would be alot of takers for the rally I'd bet. Suggestion: How 'bout an e-reader session.

Mary Durfor said...

Sound so great! What kind of lead time does putting together a rally like that take? And what part of the country were you contemplating? We've never attending a rally yet, but I would be so interested in this one. Put out some tentative thoughts about the whereabouts and "whenabouts" so we can all start to envision the event! What a unique and fabulous idea, and imagine how interesting your attendees would be as a group! I'm so glad you guys came up with this!

Jack said...

Do it at the right time for us and I would do a Solar/Electrical series of seminars....

I'd also do an enhanced wifi via CPEs one if you did not do it....

Donna aka Froggi said...

We were there, too! Did that then Ben & Jerry's. We really loved VT and hope to go back.

http://froggi.smugmug.com/2011Visiting/2011-Visiting-Essex-Jct-VTarea/18051479_8fSt8t

Travel Job said...

This is nice guys. Traveling with the interest of sharing what you have known to other people of the same interest is great.. Kudos for both of you and your team as well..


.John