Bright Lights, Big Cities



It's been so hectic the last 2 weeks. I haven't blogged much, because so much has happened. Just before I went for a trip to New York, my best friend Pavle's father passed away. Tamara talked about it on her blog a bit. It was really devastating for him. That was a lot to deal with, and too much to give it justice in the few sentences that I have your attention. The only thing I can say is that his father was a REAL tough guy. He had cancer of the lower intestine for months, and the pain must have been unbearable. But his family didn't know, and all he was using was aspirin for the pain. I'm not sure if he didn't want to worry his family, or he just didn't want to admit it himself, but he refused any treatments to prolong his life for another half year or so. It seems I've always got someone i know dying of cancer around this time. Last year it was my Grandmother. I'd like that to stop please.

On to more pleasant things, I went to New York for a conference. GEMS or (Global Entertainment and Media Summit). Not much of a summit. I think there were maybe 50 people there? But I did meet with a couple of interesting people that I hope we will be doing some great "Green" projects with. New York was in full Christmas swing. EVERYONE was out on the streets shopping. MAn what a lot of people. I hope to have some videos up soon of that. I was a bit worried of Bed Bugs as that's what everyone said be careful of. I really searched my hotel room for any signs, but found none, so I think I'm safe. I can't really say too many exciting things as I was only there for 2 nights before I left for Paris and Le Web 3.

It was larger than last year, and it was really freaky being there. Le Web was the first REAL conference that I spoke at about videoblogging. It was wild to go back there after one year, and to know SO many people in the web 2.0 biz. It gave me a realization of how far I've come in such a short time. And made me wonder where I and XOLO.TV will be in another year from now. The conference was hijacked by French politics which I'm sure you can read all about that scandal all over the place. For me it was great to meet up with old friends, and new. A real treat was meeting Luca. The crazy Italian blogger who is a big fan of XOLO. I guess in the end this whole web thing has added a new dimension to meeting people. The only thing is, I have to read about the lives of som many friends now, it's almost hard to keep up. :-)

But it is nice to be back home again. I was soooo tired that I couldn't do anything at all for a couple of days. I was seeing double even after my second cup of coffee. Time to wind down and enjoy the holidays my body was telling me. So that's what I'll have to do. In any case, I'm hoping for a version of XOLO that I can really let loose on before Christmas, that would be a great present. But an even better one will be no laptop, lots of wine, food and friends in the end. So to all the virtual friends out there. Be Merry!!!!

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