I couldn’t help it; I was rooting for Emirates Team New Zealand. I was crushed when they fell victim to a sort of reverse Reverse the Curse collapse, losing eight races straight after being up 8-1 against Oracle Team USA in the America’s Cup final yesterday.
My preference was wrong on so many levels. Not only am I an American who was raised sailing, I live in the Bay Area, residence of Oracle billionaire Larry Ellison. I’m a tech employee in the Bay Area, even. But aye, there’s the rub. I work for Dell. Dell provided the high-performance computing technology that both predicted design outcomes and powered the New Zealand boat.
This is not a promotional piece; it’s a story about the full extent of my betrayal. It gets worse. Because I was writing a blog about the tech Dell contributed to the New Zealand bid, I got to ride on the chase boat. There was free New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and everything. It was a romantic, blowy cloudy day. Wind in my hair, sea spray on my face — I’ll stop now.
When Ellison’s crew started winning, it was fun for a while. New Zealand had so profoundly trounced Italy’s Luna Rossa team to win the Louis Vuitton Cup and the right to challenge Oracle Team USA that the whole enterprise was looking a little ho-hum. Now it was a horse race. But then it got a little too horse-racy. Could America win eight in a row to best the Kiwis? Nah.
Oh well, we’ll get ‘em next time. Wait, we did get ‘em this time. I have two or more solid years to get my ‘ems in a row.Tags: Downtime,Tech Culture