You've climbed up to rooftops. You've rubbed Buddha's belly. You've smoked fresh hand-rolled cigars. You've lingered at rum stations, and swore you saw Lucifer at the tequila tasting platform. You've ended your night with merriment and started your day with Advil. You've made new friends, started crisp debates and used taxis as your GPS home.
Yes, it's the Ping Party. That Catalyst tradition, which begins on Tuesday night and sometimes welcomes in the first rays of Wednesday morning light.
This year we're doing it different on Tuesday night, Ping is hosting a party in its hospitality suite at Gartner's Catalyst Conference and the attributes include all things in which we are well-versed: identity, hitchhiking and Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters.
For those who know our after-party tradition so well, you might think blasphemy! No post hospitality-suite unwind? No respite from the conference madness?
Well, no. But if you're in the right place at the right time, you'll be surprised - and be part of a new Catalyst tradition.
A big thank you to all who helped cement the reputation of Ping's after-party and helped to annually thin the audience for Catalyst's morning keynote, but we decided to put something else up our sleeves this year.
American musician Chet Atkins once said, "Once you become predictable, no one's interested anymore."
Well, we're leaving predictable, and hitching a ride with interesting.
So at least that much is the same. See you at Catalyst.