Monthly Archives: September 2013

Presenting for SQL Saturday Orlando

This Saturday, I will be presenting “Backup Strategies Are For Losers” at 7:30AM in Orlando.  It should be noted that my first ever SQL Saturday that I attended was in Orlando, so I have a special place in my heart for this event.  In addition, I have never presented a session this early in the morning so hopefully there is a Starbucks close by to the campus of Seminole State College.  Do not forget that there are some excellent pre-cons that start on Wednesday (tomorrow) so please check those out as soon as you can while space is still available.

If you haven’t registered yet, please do so now!  See you there!

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Bucket List Finally Compiled

For years when someone has mentioned something really intriguing I would of course respond with oh yeah I am adding that to my bucket list, or things you want to do before you die.  Well a few weeks ago, I finally decided to actually compile a list just to more or less set some goals in life long-term that I would like to accomplish.  I have done many parts of these items, such as sleep in every state in the country, but I am going to reset the list and move forward from this day forth.  Enjoy!

  1.  Go to Idaho and declare it to be “My own private Idaho” to everyone I encounter, no exceptions.
  2. Spend at least one night in every single state in the Union.
  3. Visit the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Grand Central Station, watch the ball drop in Times Square, grab the bull’s balls on Wall Street, dance on the Big keyboard at FAO Schwartz.  Sing New York, New York at a karaoke bar, laugh at people falling while they ice skate in Rockefeller plaza.  Take a cab and tell him he’s going the wrong way, and jog through Central Park.
  4. Have a beer and a dog at every Major League Baseball stadium.
  5. Watch when the Braves win the World Series from the stands.
  6. Watch when the Gators win the National Championship from the stands.
  7. Take a selfie on the top of a mountain that I hiked.
  8. Visit every port of call in the Caribbean.
  9. Have a place that when I walk in they yell “Ed” because it’s a place where everybody knows your name!
  10. Take a Mediterranean cruise.
  11. Sing “We Are the Boys of Florida” and the Alma Mater from the top of my lungs at every SEC stadium.
  12. Take an Alaskan cruise.
  13. Dress up like Gene Simmons from Kiss in full regalia  and go grocery shopping.
  14. Attend the European SQL Bits conference.
  15. Attend a SQL Saturday on four different continents.
  16. Pack our bags and drive with no destination in mind stopping in random places.
  17. Take a vacation along route 66.
  18. Parasail into some blue water source.
  19. Zipline down a mountain.
  20. Visit Oklahoma and sing “Surry with the Fringe on Top” to everyone you encounter, no exceptions.
  21. Take a selfie in front of Mt Rushmore, the Grand Canyon, Buckingham Palace, Eiffel Tower, Musee du Louvre,  Arc de Triomphe,  the Great Pyramid of Giza, Stone Henge, the Colisseum, and the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
  22. Ride the Cable Cars in San Francisco and sing the Rice A Roni song.  Visit the Golden Gate Bridge and tell everyone not to jump.
  23. Sing along with the Opera in Sydney.
  24. Go to Carnivale in Rio de Janeiro.
  25. Go cage diving in South Africa with a great white.
  26. Visit the Alamo and run across the field yelling “I remembered the Alamo!”
  27. See the northern lights.
  28. Learn to scuba dive.
  29. Tour Europe from a train.
  30. Eat chocolate in Switzerland.
  31. Ride in a sleeper car on Amtrak across the country and occasionally sing the Gambler in the dining car.
  32. Spend days getting lost in Italian and French art museums.
  33. Ride in a gondola in Venice.
  34. Find all the David statues in Florence and take a picture with his junk.
  35. Walk in Caesar’s footsteps and constantly shout out “Et tu Brute!”
  36. Take a European vacation and drive around the circle yelling “Parliament House, Big Ben”
  37. Visit a beach on five different continents.
  38. Take a polar plunge.
  39. Get over my fear of ice skating.
  40. Bungee jump and yell “she pushed me, please stop this ride”
  41. Ride in a hot air balloon.
  42. Make a difference in someone’s life.
  43. Experience a sunset and sunrise on four different oceans.
  44. Visit the volcanoes in Hawaii and calling it Hav-a-ee the whole time.
  45. Visit at least five Castles.
  46. Go to the real comic con in California.
  47. Having dinner with SQL Server friends in their neck of the woods.
  48. Steal someone’s bacon.
  49. Write a new bucket list because you cannot die if you still have items on your list.
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