Preparing for Forum kick-off

The New Communications Forum 2005 kicks off today in Napa, California.

It’s being held at the Silverado Ranch resort and spa, "set in 1,200 acres of lush vineyards and emerald hills in Napa Valley" (its says in the brochure). Can’t see much lushness right now as the weather’s actually reminiscent of what we have in Amsterdam a lot – grey skies, rain and relatively cold (only about 12C, which is only about 8 more than back home).

I arrived at SFO late yesterday, met by Shel Holtz and John Gerstner. We enjoyed an excellent dinner at the Culinary Institute of America’s restaurant in St Helena, in the company of Matt Podboy and Jeremy Pepper. I was a bit knackered after the long flight from Europe, so no partying for me!

Pictured left to right: Jeremy Pepper, Neville Hobson, Shel Holtz, Matt Podboy, John Gerstner.

Hoping to blog much of the event – if I can get the resort’s wireless connection working (so if this gets posted, you’ll know I did).