How WordPress Saved My Computer

So, in my writeup of the town hall with Matt Mullenweg, I promised a post about the after-party (and after-after-party).

After the meetup, a bunch of us went across the street to Tsunami Sushi & Lounge. 1 Matt bought every bottle of Bamboo Princess sake they had in the bottle, and everybody was having a grand old time of it. A bunch of us ordered sushi too.

We all talked about a wide array of topics, including alternative uses of WordPress, caching, hosting, hosting providers, best practices in blaming Nacin, Apple products, Google products, and much more.

After a while at Tsunami we decided to leave and find another place to drink (it was now 12:30 and the Bamboo Princess was all gone; also, we were the only people there). So we got in some cabs and headed to the Hay-Adams to meet up with the other after-partiers. It turned out they had gone to bed, so we decided to head out to another bar.

It was here that I realized I was missing my wallet. Since it had my credit cards, ID, and Social Security card in it, I was very anxious to retrieve it. So I set off walking back to Tsunami, promising to meet up with the group after getting the wallet. Unfortunately, they were closed.

Very upset and perturbed, I headed towards Dupont Circle to join the group at Lucky Bar. As I walked in, a large man asked for my ID. Which was in my wallet. In Tsunami. Matt and the rest were actually quite resourceful in trying to get me in, but to no avail. So my night had to end.

Marc Lavallee was extremely generous and lent me some money to take a taxi home, so I hailed a cab and started my ride home. The driver and I actually had a great conversation about websites, and how he could use WordPress; it turns out he has a few domain names he’s holding onto in case he decides to do something with them. One of them was actually quite good.

I got home, paid him, and got to bed before realizing I had left my bag, with checkbook and Google Cr48 laptop in it, in the back seat of the cab.

What a night, right? I lost every important document and form of payment except my passport. Needless to say, I was QUITE upset.

Fast forward to the next day. I caught a cab from work to Tsunami and picked up my wallet, with everything still there. Now I was only out a very rare laptop and my checkbook. Well, I really liked that bag too.

My next challenge was to find a way to contact the cab driver. I didn’t know his name, and I couldn’t remember the company he was with either.

Then it hit me! Search for his domains on! And there, in all its glory, was his name, home address, phone number, and email address.

I got in touch with him, and sure enough, he had my bag; he even offered to bring it to me at my place (since he remembered how to get there)!

So he brought my computer to me, I was extremely grateful and paid him for his time and honesty, and this story, which should have had a very nasty ending, or at least a sad one, actually ended up getting a very happy resolution. And if I hadn’t been talking to the cab driver about WordPress, I would have lost that laptop for good.

So that’s how WordPress saved my computer.


  1. Thanks to eschapp for pointing out their website. Who else thinks it needs to be redesigned and put on WordPress?

Kansas boy transplanted to DC. English major transplanted to web development. Lover of things.


  1. eschapp · February 7, 2011

    Incidentally they do have a website, but it needs some help for sure:

    • John P. Bloch · February 8, 2011

      Cool! Thanks for pointing that out. I’ve updated the post with it in there now. 🙂

      And of course, now more than ever I think it needs WordPress’ help.

  2. andrew kingery · February 7, 2011

    Great story! I imagine the anxiety in between the finding of your lost articles is slightly understated.

  3. Boba · February 7, 2011

    Lol 🙂 Great story man.