Sorry about having to play my annual all caps blog title card, but this is exciting. As a child, I would watch Wheel of Fortune not for the ridiculously easy puzzle solving, but to admire Vanna White’s grace — how she’d float across that floor and sweep her hand over those letters. It was magical, but I have something she doesn’t — a certified background in wheel spinning. That is correct. I spun the wheel at the church bazaar in front of 10s of people holding their raffle tickets filled with dreams of carrying a whole salami home with them! How much training did I require to be such a wheel spinning child prodigy, you ask? The answer may very well shock you.

None! That is correct. None.

And so, it makes perfect sense that I was selected from an abundant pool of people to be one of this year’s JavaOne wheel spinners. Never mind that most of the people in the pool said “Pffft! I’m not doing that!” They, my friend, are crazy people. They don’t get the whole wheel spinning lifestyle, but I do.

AND, that’s not all!

My good buddy, whom many of you know as @ditucci will also be a wheel spinner. On the same day! At the same time! We’ll be like Bob Barker’s Babes, but different. More modern. More classy. More confident. More approachable. More je ne sais quoi…mysterious. We’re kicking around ideas on matching evening gowns, but the people in the brand org might veto that idea…so, no promises there.

So, please join us at JavaOne. Our wheel spinner work schedule is as follows: Tuesday, June 2nd 11AM – 7:30PM


JavaOne June 2-5, 2009

And none of this “I can’t afford to go” business. Here’s how you can possibly have your pass and $1500 in travel expenses covered. Let me know if you submit a video and I’ll obnoxiously state my opinion to the judges about how I think it rocks (not that that will help, but you never know — persuasion is part of my job).

I hope to meet you then!

  1. #1 by Deirdré Straughan on May 5, 2009 - 2:50 pm

    Of course you need matching ballgowns: one in Sun Blue, one in Oracle Red.

  2. #2 by Igor Minar on May 6, 2009 - 12:07 am

    this post made me smile. thanks!

  3. #3 by ditucci on May 6, 2009 - 10:27 am

    I wonder if we should utilize these for wheel spinning uber-multitasking?

  4. #4 by Matt Hargus on May 14, 2009 - 7:48 am

    I look forward to seeing your wheel spinning prowess in action at the conference. One way or the other, I’ll get there! I submitted a video for the "Dude, wheres my pass?" contest, so feel free to use your mighty influence to sway the judges 🙂

  5. #5 by Max Stocker on June 3, 2009 - 12:43 pm

    Hope the wheel spinning went well. 😉 I see you have some blog spam (above). 😦

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