Crazy Asterisk Road Trip: First week in review

By David Duffett

Time has moved so fast during the start of our Crazy Asterisk Road Trip!

For those of you who haven’t heard, my daughter Holly and I are embarking on a journey from Key West, FL, to Anchorage, AK, this summer. We’re visiting Asterisk installations and community members along the way.

We’re already well into the second week of the trip, and so now is a good time to pause and look back at the way the first week has worked out.

We started down in Key West, FL, on Saturday, June 30, and there was a conveniently located pole at the southernmost beach in the US for me to attach a Crazy Asterisk Road Trip bumper sticker 🙂

In the afternoon and evening, we drove up to Sarasota, FL. On the way, we stopped at Robbie’s in Islamorada to feed the huge tarpon, which was a great suggestion from Digium colleague, Emily Arnold.

Having spent the night in Sarasota, we motored past St. Petersburg (home of VICIdial) on Sunday to Orlando (where AstriCon will be in October) to see a friend.

We stayed the night in Orlando and then had a relaxed drive up to Gainsville, FL, to meet with Asterisk community member and popular AstriCon speaker, Fred Posner, and his wife Yeni, who runs a bakery called the Bearkery.

We were grateful to stay the night with Fred and Yeni, and they kindly presented us with some goodies from the Bearkery, including some Crazy Asterisk Road Trip cookies!

Next, we headed through Georgia to Georgetown, SC, on Tuesday, July 3, to meet Steve Spence. Steve responded to a previous blog to let us know he had managed to provide the company he works for with an amazing, enterprise-class communications solution in an extremely cost-effective way – using Asterisk of course!

It was enjoyable to chill out in Steve’s yard as he explained how his company relies on Asterisk.

In the evening, we drove towards NC, staying the night somewhere near Clinton – ready to meet friends for brunch on Wednesday, July 4!
Then, we carried on to Powell, TN, to meet more friends before heading into central Knoxville to see an amazing 4th of July fireworks display.

The next day we had quite a long drive up to Indianapolis, IN, to see country music artist Chris Janson. As we drove along through Kentucky, we saw that we weren’t too far from the birthplace of KFC, so we stopped by to say “Hi” to the Colonel 🙂

On the evening of Friday, July 6, we met up with Rusty Newton, a long-time Digium guy who has now moved to Nashville, TN, to take a role at Vanderbilt University looking after IT security. We had a great dinner at a place called the Mocking Bird with Rusty and his wife Stephanie. Then we hit Broadway to see some of them there honky tonks and listen to some authentic country sounds.

We arrived in Huntsville, AL – the spiritual home of Asterisk – on Saturday, July 7, and we will pick up the story there next time!

For now, let’s just say that I have been working at Digium HQ on AstriCon – and you are not going to want to miss it!! Orlando, FL, this October 9-11 is the place to be if you’re serious about Asterisk. Get your passes now!

For even more pictures and fun from the Crazy Asterisk Road Trip, watch this video.

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  • Angelo Delphini says:

    David Duffett, have to do the Crazy Asterisk Road Trip here in Brazil !!! We are waiting for you!!

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David Duffett

David works with the Worldwide Asterisk Community for Digium, and is an Asterisk enthusiast in addition to being a Chartered Engineer, globally experienced trainer and public speaker. His experience includes Air Traffic Control communications, Wireless Local Loop, Mobile Networks, Computer Telephony, Voice over IP and Asterisk specifically. In addition to many web articles, David's publications include Asterisk 1.4: The Professional's Guide (Packt, co-author) and the contribution of a chapter (on Internationalisation) to Asterisk: The Definitive Guide (O'Reilly). David is editorially responsible for AstriCon (THE annual global Asterisk event) where he also introduced the 'Fastest Dude to the Dialtone' contest some years ago. He is a frequent speaker at AsterConference Asia (David has also MC'd at this event), IT Expo (East and West) and a number of corporate events. He has also spoken at numerous other conferences - VoIP Developer, Speech World, CT Expo and UC Expo to name a few.

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