Nov 13: The Money Shot
I tend to be on the receiving end of humorous flak at my current site about my Oracle ACE status, including jokes about people stroking the fleece and the like. It's just the Scottish sense of humour, I suppose Anyway, I'd pledged to try to get a photo of myself with the two most attractive women I could find at the conference, stroking my black Oracle ACE fleece.
First, the bad news. I'm simply too shy for that kind of thing and despite walking around with it in my bag all day yesterday, I didn't find the right opportunity. On top of that, there is every likelihood that I might need a spell in hospital if Mads saw a picture like that! (Well, maybe I'm exaggerating a little ...)
Now, the good news. All of the Oracle ACEs have new fleeces which make a somewhat more bold fashion statement than the under-stated black model! So, with the help of Els, the dutch courage of a few beers at OTN night and with the determination to deliver on a promise to my work-mates, at least in part, I give you the new Oracle ACE fleece!!!
Very nice, but I whisked it off very quickly after Els captured The Money Shot and I can't see myself wearing it around Edinburgh much . Not unless I'm a masochist. I think I'll start wearing it into work on Fridays though. That should clear up any doubts about my status!
Enjoy it, lads!
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I think you might find money shot is something completely different..
Not bad. He managed to get one pretty girl in the shot.
She looks like she's dancing to a groovy number (Prince, Billy Joel or Motorhead's Ace of Spades) whereas you might be taking a picture or preparing for your Ian Curtis impression.
I feel a OOW caption competition coming on.
I'm absolutely sure I've heard pressmen use it to describe photos of celebrities who (ahem) are not in that moment.
However, maybe it was cynical journalist humour.
In any case, the true meaning (if you and wiki are right) might work just as well on a joke blog!
preparing for your Ian Curtis impression.
Damn! Nothing gets past you, does it?
What a magnificent garment.
I’m not sure if it’s the subtle and effective use of colour or the elegant understated logo that I find most arresting but you’ll certainly have made an impression.
It has of course the additional benefit of having the playing card symbol on the back which should help clear up any ambiguity about what the ‘A’ stands for. Which is good , don’t you think?
With this sartorial masterwork, your quiet modest nature and the fact that you come with kitchen furniture of a sturdy oak manufacture you must be having to fend off the ladies with a stick
It’s like seeing Travolta in Saturday Night Fever. You just know that you’re in the presence of something remarkable.
Take care old chap, and good on you!!
Do you think you will wear it for your HotSos presentation?
No Hotsos this year, otherwise I might consider it
> No Hotsos this year, otherwise I might consider it
Oh, I'm pretty sure that's what they'll be doing. I think it probably just made more sense to save some postage while we were here.
Well, I just asked Justin Kestelyn and he thinks they'll be getting sent out.
It was only a joke... I expected they'd be unique OOW things, actually.
Because that's the only place you'd wear it?!?
I shouldn't sound so churlish as any gift is appreciated. I mean no harm. But, I *would* get my head kicked in if I wore it outside in Edinburgh.
For the record, I gave in and wore that black fleece today. It seems an altogether more classy garment now.
What will come along next year!??!
At last an advantage of being a public sector bod. If I were to receive a gift of similar quality from a supplier such as Oracle I'd regrettably have to declare it and auction it off in case such a gift were to influence me in anyway! The only trouble might be finding people prepared to bid for it.
You know what Doug.
I was a bit bummed earlier that Oracle Product Support did not get around to naming me an ACE before OpenWorld.
But after seeing that ridiculous Fleece jacket (Makes one look like he or she is an extra in a BatMan movie) I am proud as a peacock that I am not an Oracle ACE yet:)
Perhaps next year the fleece jackets will be a bit more understated.
Now I understand why none of the Aces I ran into this week wore the jacket...lol
But Doug...for fun (and to be a bit daring) Why dont you wear your Ace jacket once you get back to Edinburgh. I am sure (if you are still alive after wearing it) that your post describing the events that transpire once you don the jacket will be one of the all time great blog entries:)
Oh, dear, I wouldn't want to give the impression I'm an ungrateful ******, but I don't think I'll be doing this!
Why dont you wear your Ace jacket once you get back to Edinburgh.
I'll probably wear it into work a few times though and I'm probably safe indoors at home, too.
I suppose, in retrospect, it is a useful device to track down ACEs in a crowd of 42,000, but it looks too much like a handy target for snipers to me
I like the jacket. I have no taste but I like it. My son refers to it as "the red thing with the card on it." At work, yes I wore it to work, they asked if Oracle named me "dealer of the year." Dealer as in gambling and cards not the other stuff.
If I go on a cruise, I will also take it with me then. If the boat sinks, it's better than a flare in the daytime.
Each to their own, of course. I suspect (although I know the dangers I'm about to expose myself to here) that there are also cultural differences at play here. Allowing for the fact that this is a sweeping generalisation, I sincerely doubt that I know of anyone in Scotland who would wear such a garment (note some of the similar comments above) but we *are* some of the grumpiest people on the face of the planet! LOL
I must confess, it looks much better from the front, but then that would have ruined the comedy.
As I ran a little short of clothes later in the week, I eventually wore the Oracle ACE 1.0 fleece and it's an altogether more sober and classy garment!
Anyway, it was nice to meet you properly and it always cheers me up when I meet people and find they're even nicer than I detected electronically. So, in the end, it's more important what you are like than what you wear
I *still* won't be wearing mine outside!