For those of you who missed it, the entire PrestaShop team has had an amazing time so far at The 2012 Shop.org Annual Summit in Denver.
Our incredible day was capped off by an amazing dinner, and I am proud to say that my team was true to their word and allowed me to order whatever my little rocket heart desired.
As far as I was concerned, the freedom to order anything gave me the chance to get some payback for making me miss the Bills game on Sunday. So when the waitress asked me what I'd like to eat, I told her "I'll have a dozen Kumamoto oysters to start, a succulent crab cake as my appetizer and a 20oz Bone in Rib-Eye, cooked medium." I also asked if she would be so kind as to bring me a bottle of decanted Opus One with my steak.
As soon as I delivered the wine order, you should have seen the look on Matt's face. He's PrestaShop's Chief Operating Officer, and seriously, the ten second stare he threw my way almost made up for the fact that he made me miss football.
(That's Matt on the right. He gave me a similar look when I ordered the wine)
After dinner, I asked Ben if he would be into the idea of heading out for a few drinks (Don't judge. I'm a single rocket and I needed a wing man). It took a little convincing, but soon after asking, Ben caved and we decided to cruise the Denver strip.
Now, are you familiar with the term "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas?" I ask because I'm gonna apply that same rule with respect to our night on the town in Denver. All I can tell you -- and Ben made me promise to keep quiet -- is that we both woke up this morning with pounding headaches and a hazy memory of what happened.
After slamming back a few Gatorade's to refuel, I jumped in the shower before flying off to the Convention Center to meet the PrestaShop crew.
When I arrived, Matt said he needed me to work the booth for most of the day. At this point, all I wanted to do was sleep, but I figured since I was here to work, then I might as well work my thrusters off.
It was early in the morning and the Summit's Exhibit Hall was already buzzing. And given the fact that Ben and I worked so marvelously together the day before, he and I were teamed up again. Only this time, it was our turn to take center stage and showcase the newest version of PrestaShop, v1.5.
(You see that handsome guy on the left, that's Ben)
For those who've been living in outer space the past few weeks, PrestaShop v1.5 is quite simply the best version of PrestaShop to date. Not only is it faster and more efficient, it also houses countless new features and partner modules, which have all been designed to make opening a uniquely successful online store simple for everyone. Seriously, if you haven't yet checked out v1.5 for yourself, what are you waiting for?
Anyway, a few hours into our morning and things were humming along nicely. Hundreds of e-commerce enthusiasts interested in PrestaShop stopped by our booth. We made a ton of new contacts, introduced v1.5 to countless people and even made a few new friends along the way. All and all, we did a fantastic job! Me especially. And I am not trying to play with words here, but I rock.
Feeling pretty good about myself as the afternoon rolled around, I asked the team if I could go and get lost for a few hours. Matt said, "PrestaRocket, after ordering a $200 bottle of wine at dinner last night, I don't really care what you do."
Before flying off, I thought I may have detected a sense of sarcasm in Matt's voice. A few seconds then passed, and I realized to heck with him. He made me miss the first game of the Buffalo Bills' new season, therefore a nice bottle of vino was the least he could do to make up for it.
Side Note: OK -- I admittedly felt a little bad about ordering the wine. But I did share with just about everyone at the table. I gave Sabrina a glass, I gave Ben a... wait, I guess I only shared with Sabrina.
Sorry. I got a little side tracked there. Now, where were we? That's right, I was just about to get lost for the afternoon.
I figured since I visited some of PrestaShop's friends yesterday, maybe I should swing by and visit our friends from Bronto. Earlier in the day someone had told me that Brontosaurus made the trip, and he and I go way back so I was dying to see him.
When I arrived at Bronto's booth, there was some sort of commotion ensuing. I saw my friend Brontosaurus on the ground, loosing air... and fast.
I had to think quick. I couldn't just idle back and watch my friend wither away. At that moment, I did what any noble rocket would do. I swooped in and saved the day!
You see, Brontosaurus apparently popped his plug after eating too much at dinner last night. And since he needs his plug to hold the air inside his body, I decided the only way to save him was to selflessly sacrifice myself by acting as his replacement plug. You can see the results of my heroics below.
(That's me saving Brontosaurus' life)
Now I don't know if you can get a raise for saving a friend's life while working a digital retail trade show, but I think my heroics should at least open the door for re-negotiation, don't you?
Being a hero is hard work. I'm exhausted. I know we only have a few hours left before the Summit winds down, but if I have to go back to work after saving my friend's life, head's are gonna roll.
Me and the family are scheduled to fly back to Miami tomorrow afternoon. While I'm on the flight, I will write part four of my Denver Adventures... the final chapter.
Until then, I'd like to thank my loyal readers for sticking with me these past few days. It's been a crazy ride so far, and I'm glad I got to share it with you.