[fr] Une rencontre totalement imprévue avec un pote d'IRC qui était à Lausanne pour la semaine. Je l'ai appris par hasard la veille de son départ -- du coup, on est allés faire un tour en ville!
So, last night, before [the sad news hit me](http://climbtothestars.org/archives/2006/09/17/rob-levin-lilo-of-freenode-just-died/), I was just hanging out online while [digging through the bottom of my GTD inbox](http://steph.wordpress.com/2006/09/17/inbox-empty/) when I was drawn into #[swhack](http://swhack.com/) by a highlight. (If you don’t live on IRC, you probably don’t understand what I’m talking about — don’t fret.) Usually, highlights in #swhack mean the bots are getting chatty, but anyway, I peeked in. An irrelevant mention of Bugs Bunny (now you can guess what I highlight on) was all it was, but as the channel seemed alive for once, I stayed to exchange a few words with those who were there.
The conversation topic quickly drifted to Switzerland, and for some reason I didn’t quite grasp straight away, people were suddenly very interested in the fact that I was in Switzerland, and, more than that, in Lausanne.
A few lines later the penny dropped, and I realised that [crschmidt](http://crschmidt.livejournal.com/) was chatting with me through the free wifi provided by my hometown! He had been here all week for the [FOSS4G conference](http://www.foss4g2006.org/). He works for [MetaCarta](http://www.metacarta.com/), who were [sending him there](http://crschmidt.net/blog/archives/172/foss4g-reports/).
Half an hour and a park name confusion (my mistake) later, we were meeting up in Parc Montbenon. We went out for a drink, a stroll in the Roman ruins and a short photo session by the lake. We talked about History classes in Switzerland and the States, looked at satellite maps of Lausanne (blurry) and Geneva (I got to see the building the [coComment](http://cocomment.com) offices are in!), and all sorts of other things that add up to enjoyable conversation without having to be blog material.
Before I knew it we had chatted away until past 1am and my tiredness reminded me that I had planned to go to bed early. But nevermind! It was worth it, nice to be able to meet Chris before he left this morning. Hope you had a safe trip home!
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