Tonight I had dinner in Amsterdam, with some of the people I admire most. At the informal 1980-ish restaurant "Moeders", I shared the table with people who need no further introduction: Cal Evans (calevans), Ivo Jansch (oeli), Stefan Koopmanschap (skoop) and Michelangelo van Dam (DragonBe). It was fun, really fun, to say the least.

Good guys go to Amsterdam

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UPDATE (2008-04-22): Photo added.

Tonight I had dinner in Amsterdam, with some of the people I admire most. At the informal 1980-ish restaurant “Moeders“, I shared the table with people who need no further introduction: Cal Evans (calevans), Ivo Jansch (oeli), Stefan Koopmanschap (skoop) and Michelangelo van Dam (DragonBe). It was fun, really fun, to say the least. And before we could even start with the spare-ribs, Cal decided to play Santa, and grabbed his goodies-backpack. In there was the set of PHP-collectors cards for me. And, since he only brought one copy with him, later on, back at the hotel, also a personally signed copy of his book “Guide to Programming with Zend Framework”. I love such gifts, especially when they’re signed. I would’ve bought the book anyway, but having it signed by Cal himself just makes it invaluable.

Either way, after close to 4 hours of hanging out with these guys, we ended this wonderfull evening with one last drink at Cal’s and Ivo’s hotel. Before I could leave, they also invited, well, I think I should say: commanded ;), me to come to the congres tomorrow. Assuming my manager agrees, I will definately join them again. Anyway, even after all this fun, the evening ended, and the time came to head back home. I had the priviledge of being driven to my doorstep (thanks Mike!), and realized half an hour later that my bike was still at the train station. After a refreshing walk through the abandoned streets, I finally ended up home again. 4AM – Time for some sleep. Got a congres to attend tomorrow :P

Update: Stefan made a picture of us:

From the left to the right: Cal Evans, me, Michelangelo van Dam and Ivo Jansch. The reflection you see is from the famous goodie-backpack.

~RW

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  1. Stefan says:

    It was very nice meeting you! Maybe see you again at DPC? :)

  2. It was very nice meeting you and it was no problem bringing you home. Too bad you had to walk back to the station to get your bike.

    See you next time or on IRC. BTW, join us on twitter.com (follow http://twitter.com/DragonBe)

    Cheers,

    Michelangelo van Dam
    Certified Zend PHP Engineer

  3. Ivo says:

    I had a great time to. It was nice meeting you!

    (ijansch on most services; oeli is my nineties irc nickname only ;)

  4. Wow, you guys look relatively coherent in this photo. This must have been taken at the beginning of the evening. :)

    • Remi_Woler says:

      Actually, this was taken after we had dinner, on the way back to Cal’s hotel.

  5. Lornajane says:

    I was absolutely green with envy that I didn’t get to hang out with you all – perhaps another time!! Really glad everyone enjoyed themselves :)

  6. Zocor says:

    Ya, good guys go to Amsterdam…

  7. autopesija says:

    Seems like you had a great time :)

  8. nats says:

    A small world getting smaller by the day!……… I worked at Moeders restaurant a while back. Great food amazing ambience.

  9. Anonymous says:

    nice article.It was a nice meeting to you.
    Thanks

  10. Brandon says:

    Yes good guys go to Amsterdam, and they should have fun after dinner, especially in Amsterdam! Guess the congress made that difficult. Still have some nice memories of my short time there a few years ago…

  11. Anonymous says:

    great post……

  12. Anonymous says:

    Very nice! You’re pretty smart, i’ll be keeping up with this blog in the future.

  13. Anonymous says:

    I agree with the title. Good guys do go to Amsterdam. I love this place very much and I would love to go there at least once in my life time. Afterall, I am also a good guy.

  14. anonymous says:

    Sounds like it was great fun.. I would love to go to amsterdam too, but still haven’t got a chance. :(

    ~Doc.