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Happy Things From SCaLE17x

SCaLE17x in Pasadena, California was a blast, as always. This year I ran the System76 booth with Aaron, Mitch and Louisa and wow, it was busy!  The SCaLE organizers do such an excellent job making sure vendors have everything they need for a successful conference. The highlight of the show was of course, the people! This is one of the largest conferences I go to each year that never fails to bring all the best of the Linux community together.

System76 won 'Most Interactive Booth,' which we were all very proud of since there are ~150 vendors according to the SCaLE Website. We did raffles every hour, got hands on with Thelio, and had Rocket League running on the Oryx Pro with Steam Controllers for anyone to play. Aaron, in all his glory, wandered around the expo hall in the famous Tux costume and took pictures with people. Nathan Handler snapped this photo-shoot-worthy pic that I want to frame and put on a wall at System76.

Dinners are where all the stories come from, and we didn't waste any time creating new ones. After booth setup, we went over to Tokyo Wako for our traditional pre-conference din din. Nathan, Jose, Phil and Ken joined our group for Hibachi and Sake. Nathan and Jose thought it would be funny to secretly tell the server it was Louisa's birthday. I had no idea about it, so I was just as surprised as Louisa when the staff came walking up, singing with a robe, wig and RGB tambourine. Look how awesome the wig looked on Louisa. Almost looked natural! I had tears in my eyes laughing!

One of the highlights of the trip was the Jupiter Broadcasting meetup at P.F. Changs on Saturday night. Food was great (spicy!) and the group was welcoming and happy! Glad we got a photo before everyone left!

I really want to thank everyone who made it a point to say hi and come take a picture with me! That made me feel very special and I love you guys so much! See you all next year!