Last week, when once of my customer meetingsfor this trip fell through, I bloggedabout having a free day in Europein an effort to maximize this trip. Now as I rush back home, I thinkthis "availablogging" was a good idea and something I need todo more often. As a result of the blog entry, meeting offers to utilize my Wednesday camein from Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands, France, Germany, and Switzerland. Some came from customers, some came from partners, and interestingly,some came from IBMers. I say "interestingly" because Ihad also communicated this one-day availability through "normal channels"to my Lotus colleagues, but I reached as many IBMers through the blog asI did through the normal routine. The "normal channel"offers came from Spain, France, and Romania. All in all, there'sa lot going on with Notes in Europe -- some new opportunities, some defense,and some happy customers upgrading along. So, to those I couldn't get to this time -- I'm going to be back in Europein six weeks for the DNUG/IBMLotus Technical Forum, myfourth European trip so far this year. I know a number of customerswill be at the event itself, but I'm also going to try to work in an extraday or two for other visits. And if things can't wait six weeks,there are other top-notch IBMers available in-region to assist. Ihope I've referred all of the availablogging requests to one of the regionalNotes business or technical leaders -- if something was missed, pleaselet me know. As for the rest of the trip, one more meeting fell through, but at thatpoint it was too late to use the time for anything other than a quick tripinto central Zürich (and, of course, some Notes/e-mail time). Yesterdayafternoon's customer meeting, booked months ago as part of this customer's"IT Week", was intense and also a bit fun. In no smallpart this was due to my place on the customer's agenda...the last of almosta dozen vendor presentations throughout their week. I had to makea relatively quick escape when it was finished, though...the annual watchshow in Basel had all the hotels in northern Switzerland booked up forthe night. I ended up flying back via Düsseldorf, aboard my favoriteEurope-Chicago flight, Lufthansa'sPrivatAir all-business-class service.This is my third occasion to use this awesome flight, and this week's bonusis an early arrival. With Europe already on summer time, the eight-hourdifference means that a 9 AM departure lands in Chicago at 10:30 AM localtime. Next availablogging -- well, I'm trying to stay home for a few weeks, butthen it's off to Lotusphere Comes to You and other events in Manila (20April), Singapore (21 April), and Kuala Lumpur (24-25 April). It'sbeen about two years since my last regional visit, so the local IBM teamshave me pretty booked up. I believe there's some effort to try todo user group meetings as part of the LCTY events in Singapore and K-L,so if you are interested in that, please let me know.