We Meet Beejay

February 7, 2019 by  

I attended the Macworld Expo in San Francisco in 2007, 2008, and 2011. The first trip was pretty amazing. Having written a blog for the MyMac.com website, I was able to get a press pass for Steve Jobs’ keynote address, where he introduced the iPhone to an enraptured standing-room-only audience. I even had a chance to have a little fun with MyMac.com’s owner, Tim Robertson, who once again proved how I have a voice for print:

In 2008, I accompanied my kid brother, Guy Serle, to the MacWorld Expo and had, other than a really, really bad choice in shoes, causing me untold agony, I got the opportunity to meet one Beejay Bhatt, of Leicester, United Kingdom (that’s Beejay at far left in the 2008 photo below, along with MyMac.com owner Tim Robertson, my kid brother Guy Serle, and little old me), who inspired our band of merry men to some lawless abandon.

I think I’ll stop here and let my words from my 2008 Macworld Expo blog tell the rest of the story:

Beejay, Tim, Guy, and Larry

“Finally, I want to spend a few moments on our latest addition, the most fascinating Beejay. He has been a Mac fan for some time, and decided to come to MWSF from Leicester, England this year to see what a Macworld Expo is all about, and to meet the Mac gang.

We literally stopped and parked on Market Street in a bike lane, we climbed out of his cramped Pontiac G6 Coupe (a rental), jaywalked across the street, and got our coffee just as if everybody parked on a major city thoroughfare.

“Almost immediately, he volunteered to help chauffeur a few of us from the airport to our hotel. Soon after we picked Guy up, Beejay decided it was time for some coffee at Starbucks, one of his favorites–just the thing to sustain his incredibly high energy level.

“As this was downtown San Francisco, accept it as a given that parking is pretty hard to come by. Didn’t bother Beejay a bit. We literally stopped and parked on Market Street in a bike lane, we climbed out of his cramped Pontiac G6 Coupe (a rental), jaywalked across the street, and got our coffee just as if everybody parked on a major city thoroughfare.

“The most amazing part of all this is that even though there were police around, we were not stopped. We jaywalked back across Market Street (I think it was Market…), jumped back in the car, and made our way back to the hotel. I can only surmise that Beejay has someone looking out for him–a charmed life indeed.

“Earlier that day, when leaving the rental car agency, he made a minor driving error, and wound up driving down the wrong side of an expressway. The local police were able to get him turned around (they’ve likely seen it all before…) and on his way without a citation.

“He popped in and out of our group for the duration of the show . Beejay brought a high level of energy to the group as well as an unceasing sense of fun and adventure. I look forward to seeing him again next year.”