Mike Grehan says...

Random musings about search marketing, flying around the planet, networking and people watching.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Yee hah, cowboy!

And so, after a brief sniffle and whinge at home with this darned - will not go away - cold, I found myself in the lone star state, last week.

It's a while since I was last in Dallas. I mean I switch metal at DFW airport many times a year, but rarely get to stay over.

Considering my American base is in North Carolina and I know the temperatures there well enough, one may think that I would have known better than to arrive in Texas wearing an overcoat! After freezing temperatures in New York and Newcastle, I arrived to a sweltering 80 degrees.

There are some very unusual buildings in Dallas.

And some which are just darned big!

ad:tech Impact is a series of one day shows taking in the many cities the main show misses. And I'm speaking on behalf of SEMPO. Correct!

I was paired up for my sessions with Ron Belanger, from Yahoo! He and I have been passing each other in conference corridors for months now, and yet we'd never actually met until the afternoon before the show.

Ron has an agency background and was lured over to the dark side by Yahoo! last year. On the day that Google got hit for 90 million, I was delighted to bring up the subject of click fraud during our first session!

He smiled a smile at me in front of the audience, that said, "later, when no one is looking I'm going to poke you in the eye with sharp spiky things, Grehan!"

I have to say, Ron's a great speaker and we gelled really well, considering we'd only just met.

We went out for lunch with IBMs Surf Aid crowd (too many to name them all). Ron is sitting at the front to the left and just over his shoulder, behind him, you can see a smiling Bryan Eisenberg.

All in all, it was a good day and there was some very positive feedback from the attendees. I bumped into Bill Kelm, who drops me the odd note about my ClickZ column. It was good to catch up with him in person.

One of the reasons I make a point of flagging up where I'll be on my travels is so that I can get opportunities to meet readers in person.

Of course, the great man himself, Jim Sterne is presenting the keynote at each of the Impact events. Jim is my great, great friend and I love hanging with him at these events. He does say the funniest things!

Being in Dallas with a couple of spare hours, early evening, I took the opportunity to step back in time and visit the sixth floor museum at Dealey Plaza. Yes, this is where President John F Kennedy was assassinated in 1963.

This is the Texas School Book Depositary, and the infamous sixth floor window is the one on the top right hand corner of the building looking at the side with the entrance. Over 80% of Americans believe that there is some form of conspiracy surrounding the killing of JFK.

I must have seen dozens and dozens of reports and documentaries (and movies) on the subject. And yet, it wasn't until last week, when I physically stood by the window on the sixth floor and then visited the infamous "grassy knoll" that I started to have doubts.

Here's the grassy knoll taken from the opposite side of the road (I even put a Police car in for effect... Well that was just good luck, nothing else, actually!)

And here's a shot from the grassy knoll looking back at the corner window.

Somehow, to me, the grassy knoll thing just doesn't feel right. What the heck would I know, though. But somehow, after standing close to the corner window inside the building... (The actual corner window is encased in glass with boxes arranged just as they were on the day. So it's not possible for any visitors to physically stand at it and get the full view.)

Anyway, behind the wooden fence on the grassy knoll is the same scene as way back then. Some cars parked and some train box cars.

Of course, there's a conspiracy museum too. But when I took a shot of it... The American flag mysteriously flew up and hid the conspiracy bit (Yes, even I have the theme to the Outer Limits playing in my head).

But me, being me, managed to eke out the most intellectual and sophisticated tourist attraction in Dallas.

Anyway, London today ready for "Lucrative Search Marketing" tomorrow. And then it's off to China again on Wednesday.


  • At 3:13 AM, Blogger Now.Seo said…

    Nice Shots of Dallas! Hope your feeling better.


  • At 2:32 PM, Blogger Andy H said…

    Where ya headin' to in the Middle Kingdom this time?

  • At 11:37 AM, Blogger Nicky said…

    Aww..some people have all the fun!

    That was a really interesting read about JFK Mike - need to watch Kevin Costner's JFK again now. :D

  • At 6:59 PM, Blogger Brokerblogger said…

    Hey Mike,

    Thanks for the "Bill Kelm" link love! I wasn't sure what "odd" meant so I went to a UK Slang Dictionary: http://www.dictionaryofslang.co.uk/
    I couldn't find anything relative under "O", but I got a great laugh out of the reverse UK slang meanings of "old chap" vs. "old cock"!

    If you were referring to my ClickZ Feedback on "A Grand Plan For SEO", ClickZ messed up & should have put that comment under your follow up "Readers Respond" article. Besides that being "odd", I feel that Mikkel's "PPE" at the bottom of his SEW Forum post = http://forums.searchenginewatch.com/showpost.php?p=69906&postcount=3 was indeed odd to me too. My comment was kind of "tongue-in-cheek" when I posted it on ClickZ = http://www.clickz.com/feedback/article.php/3579881

    Keep up the great sense of humor, and thanks for not holding any grudges after I carried out Ron Belanger's request that I "poke you in the eye with sharp spiky things" (BIG HAPPY FACE!).


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