WHEN I WENT to Reboot9, I went to mooch but my intent to gather more than I gave actually told people how I mentally prepare for all industry events. I have a short list of things I want to learn and I have another list of people I would enjoy meeting. It's time well-spent if I combine the two. And today, I try that with Limerick OpenCoffee (venue shown at left). Prodded by James Corbett's short list of things he wants to hear, I'm headed to the coffee dock with (1) reflections on Reboot and (2) how Cork drinks its OpenCoffee. I want to meet attendees who do not look Irish and discuss how they feel and what they do when encountering members of the Garda National Immigration Bureau. If they don't mind, I want to record some of their comments for a podcast that some Chinese and Americans want to hear. For as I have learned, Ireland does not become the Land of A Thousand Welcomes until after you have your bags cleared through immigration and customs. In a world connected by social networking, each nation state has instruments that work to prevent face-to-face contact. You have probably seen that yourself, without needing a blogger to tell their story.