May 3, 2007
When I was a kid playing baseball the local chamber of commerce would give us a hand full of lapel pins that we would take to tournaments with us. When we met fellow baseball players from other cities or states we would trade these lapel pins with others. By the end of the tournament season we would have a few pins from the various teams we had played against. It was a really cool idea and one that kind of stuck with me. As I have gotten older I have continued to pick up a few pins here and there to commemorate places I have been or things I have done. When Trina and I got married she took me to Disneyland. While we were there I found a pin to commemorate that trip and added it to my collection. I soon had a small binder filled with pins that chronicled my adventures. In the year 2000 I was asked to speak at a Microsoft conference in Orlando Florida. I agreed and after spending 45 minutes discussing the future of directory services and messaging standards I had the rest of the week to hang around and attend the conference for free. There is just so much geek time that I can deal with so instead I headed over to Walt Disney World for the week. From a pin collecting standpoint that was a major mistake.