Travel, Experience, and a Case Against Inertia

I like to go on business trips. My current role is one that does not allow me to go to many conferences, or attend workshops, or present to groups. I’ve stopped griping about it; it’s the way it is.
However, I read Joi Ito all of the time, and I know that if I hadn’t wasted 10 years of my life, I might have as much geek cred, respect, knowledge, experience and sage wisdom to offer to groups.
The same goes for Tim Bray. My fave Canadian Sun employee is going to be doing a lot of travelling this Spring/Summer. [here and here and here and here]
What does this have to do with me? I am sitting in my attic, wondering what skills I could leverage to make people want to work with me. How do I make myself remarkable, wow!, cool, hip (or unhip)?
I guess it all boils down to a question of timimg, connections, and other assorted things.

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