I had lunch with Linus Torvalds today.

It was at the Linux 11th Anniversary Picnic/BBQ, I was minding my own business, listening to Jon "maddog" Hall talk about the user interfaces of Star Trek, when I glanced away for a moment to see the man himself with his wife and two daughters. Now, I'm a geek, and have only lived in the Silicon Valley for 6 weeks, so for me, meeting Linus (who I tried in vain to spot at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo) is something akin to a 13-year-old girl meeting the Backstreet Boys, I suppose.

I shook his hand, told him that I didn't really have anything to say, just that it was an honor to meet him, and I was thankful for this great community he has created.