Today is a cold day, but not as cold as yesterday! I knew that a snowstorm was coming but I didn’t realize how it would impact my agenda and logistics. So yesterday while it was snowing around 1PM, I had to walk to Mass Ave and grab a cab to reach Sander’s theater in Cambridge for their annual Christmas performance, they didn’t cancel due to snow. I was surprised to see that I wasn’t the only spectator, but among hundreds of other curious souls. As it was my first time I marveled at how beautiful the church was. The show was amazing, with lots of traditional American folk dancing and carol singing and story telling. In spite of snow all of these people made it to the theater, including 60 or more actors!
Right after the show ended I made a transition by metro to Kendall Square and was welcomed to One Cambridge Place by Adam. Here I was in the headquarters of OLPC, with no people in the office as it was a snowy Sunday. Adam gave me a tour and I picked two XO laptops of my choice, they were returns and one belonged to Mimi. We wiped out the history and updated them with a new version of open source Sugar software. Adam surprised me by suggesting meeting on a Sunday after his weekly conference call and actually showing up at the office for real! He gave me a demo of several activities and we tested Mesh networking capabilities and even made 2 min. video clip! Loaded with XOs, their accessories and a little manual power generator, I left the building and headed home to embark on an educational journey which in three weeks will lead me to Saigon, Vietnam and other virtual and real places in the world.
Happy Solstice! 🙂