10 Oct 2012 2 pm eastern

That Brooklyn Thing

THE YEAR Brooklyn Beta opened, a misunderstanding and a coincidentally timed paying gig prevented me from attending. The following year, two paying gigs, scheduled back to back, kept me away. This year was going to be different. This year I cleared my decks. This year there were no gigs, no client meetings, no major medical procedures scheduled for the three days that the internet descends on Brooklyn. This year I was definitely attending.

Then this family thing came up and I can’t go. Nobody’s sick, nobody’s injured, nobody’s mentally or emotionally or spiritually treading water, but my presence and attention are required in Manhattan for huge swathes of the day. Which means, although friends I adore and see too rarely are a mere five subway stops away, I cannot be with them now.

I hope Brooklyn Beta continues for a thousand years, and I hope I can attend for at least one of them. I hope this isn’t a thing—like it was a thing for years that when Apple updated its Macintosh operating system, I was certain to be one of the 0.001% of users who suffered from some strange edge-case problem as a direct consequence. I hope there isn’t a betting pool on the odds of my attending Brooklyn Beta, although I have visions of one bespectacled design nerd slipping another a fiver on their receiving news of my non-attendance. Most of all, I hope everyone attending has a great time. See you next year, maybe.

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3 Responses to “That Brooklyn Thing”

  1. Jon Tan said on

    Circumstances conspire against us both this year. See you next year for sure, Jeffrey!

  2. Max Fenton said on

    An an unofficial ambassador of Brooklyn, I want you to know you are welcome every single day of the year.

    While this stellar mass of people in one particular room on a few particular days would love to see you and shake your hand for what you’ve made possible for each and every one of us, I—for one—understand that sometimes you just have to be exactly where you are.

  3. Richard Fink said on

    To lift and twist some lines from a great Billy Joel song:

    Where’s the fire, what’s the hurry about?
    You’d better cool it off before you burn it out
    You’ve got so much to do and only so many hours in a day

    When will you realize, Booklyn waits for you?

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