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The Hula Challenge

February 3, 2011 Leave a comment

Some of you may have seen the recent challenge proposed to Bob Sterbens, itSMF USA President, and Doug Tedder, itSMF USA President-elect in the Twittersphere.  I reached out to interview these guys to find out what all of the fun was about.

Photo by Norma Frances via Creative Commons/Flickr

Photo by Norma Frances via Creative Commons/Flickr

What is the exact challenge and what are you going to do?

Doug: The challenge is very simple—we want to have 2000 itSMF USA members at Fusion11 in Washington DC from September 25 – 28.   If we get 2000 itSMF USA members at Fusion11, Bob and I will dance in hula skirts.  Bob said we’d dance on the steps of the Capitol; I’m thinking that there may be folks from Homeland Security there that may not appreciate that….we’ll see.  But I am going to be a good President-Elect and will be committed in supporting Bob in fulfilling our end of the challenge.

Bob: We received a challenge in the twittersphere to do something “fun” if we can get 2000 itSMF USA members to register for Fusion.  Doug and I were either going to shave our heads or dance in hula skirts in DC.  We went with the second choice.

Define “Hula Skirt.”

Doug: Well, Hula Skirt should not be confused with Hula Hoop.  I had a Hula Hoop when I was a kid.  I was also much more limber when I was a kid.  Now, I’m not sure I could keep a Hula Hoop spinning around my waist.  I’m pretty sure that I could keep a Hula Skirt from falling down, however.    Especially in front of 2000 itSMF members.

Bob:  Funny looking man wearing a shirt made out of frilly yellow fabric and coconuts on his chest.   A long black wig might complete the custome.

What is the average temp in DC in September?

Doug: Not sure, but I am concerned about reports I’ve heard regarding cool fall breezes that come in off of the Atlantic Ocean in late September.

Bob: It depends on the wacky weather we are having.  I believe it’s typically around 80 degrees.

Will the capitol steps be close or are we going to need to send a video crew?

Doug: I think there are several television stations in the greater DC area that could provide coverage as Bob and I are led from the Capitol steps by Homeland Security.  I think the video crew issue will be addressed.

Bob: Gaylord National is minutes outside DC.  We will need a bus depending on how many people want to see us dance.

Is there anybody out there you’d like to join you?

Doug: Well, I have noticed that Michelle Frilow is surprisingly quiet on this issue.  Sure, she tweeted about our challenge and said she couldn’t wait to see it, but other than that,  she’s not bellied up to the bar here.  Perhaps she’s scared.  From what I’ve seen in the Twittersphere, she’s not alone in that regard.

Bob: I’d love to see the entire itSMF USA board get into the fun.  Team?

Maybe we could get a GROUPON thing going here.  Enter the code HULA upon registering and get a discount for a short period of time?

Is a GROUPON anything like a KLINGON?    You know, I’m a big Star Trek fan, and I am always fascinated by the Klingons.  How did they get that big ridge on their foreheads between the Original Series and the Next Generation?  And what’s this about prune juice being a “warrior’s drink”?  Qa’Pla indeed!

What are you most looking forward to about Fusion11?

Doug: Fusion 11 will be my sixth Fusion event, and I’ve always found Fusion to be battery-charging for me.  I’m looking forward to  seeing old itSMF friends, and meeting new itSMF and HDI friends.  I’ve always walked away with new learnings and perspectives on how to be a better ITSM professional.   So these are the things I’m looking forward to at Fusion11.

Hopefully the hula skirt thing won’t have our conference attendees running out the doors.   Speaking for myself, I’ve joined a gym and I’ve set a goal to lose 15 pounds by Fusion11.  I will be in great shape for the hula dance.  No hula hoops for me, though.  Aloha.

Bob: Meeting many of the members in person,  attending good sessions and seeing the latest software vendors have to offer.

Well, there you have it.  Grown men ready reduce themselves to British humor to tempt us to attend.  I hadn’t registered yet, but am ready now…see ya there.

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Connect, Learn, Grow -FM. The itSMF USA Podcast – Month 8

January 26, 2011 Leave a comment

Welcome to Month 8 of the itSMF USA Podcast, Connect, Learn, Grow-FM.

This one was fun, as we distributed the Asmufti awards!  http://ht.ly/367wy

Connect. Learn. Grow. Month 6

November 8, 2010 Leave a comment

itSMF USA’s Monthly Podcast- Month 6

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itSMF USA Monthly Podcast- Connect, Learn, Grow FM. #4

September 3, 2010 Leave a comment

Click to listen to the September edition of itSMF USA’s monthly podcast.  Who’s Your Venus?

itSMF USA Monthly Podcast- Connect, Learn, Grow FM.

August 7, 2010 Leave a comment

itSMF USA Podcast

This month’s itSMF USA podcast, Connect, Learn, Grow FM.   Crumpets, UPS trucks and rock shows.

iTunes version.

Non iTunes.

itSMF USA Monthly Podcast- Connect. Learn. Grow. FM.

I’m now a co-host on itSMF USA’s CLGFM podcast!  Great fun and a wonderful opportunity for me to get to know other great pros in the industry.

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