Then, in the evening, I met up with another friend from Amsterdam. I found out that he was going to be visiting NYC the same time as me by using Dopplr. Turns out he was there for the NANOG conference. So I crashed their reception, had some drinks and hors d'oeuvres, and caught up with my friend for a while. (As I got to the reception, I asked the bar hostess if this was where the NANOG party was. She said yes and proceeded to put an orange wristband on me, explaining that this way, they'd know I was part of the group and not some guy who just walked off the street.) While there, I also got to meet the directors of two of the largest internet exchanges in the world. According to their projections, they should together be forwarding over a terabit of traffic per second by this time next year. Interesting people.
Finally, to finish it off, I had a brief video chat with fanlain and Soba, using Verizon's wireless Internet. Soba actually recognized some of the commands I gave her over the chat channel, and when we switched to video chat, she tried to jump at the computer. I guess that's as close as I'll get to a Soba tackle until Friday.