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Summit v.20: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It is hard to believe that this year will be the 20th PASS Summit.  What is even more difficult to believe is that this will be my seventh trip to the conference.  I have never before stopped to count the number until now and to be honest it feels like that number is much lower than I would’ve thought it would’ve been as it feels like a part of my soul.

PASS Summit is an annual pilgrimage to Mecca. A journey that we all make in the Autumn to dip our bodies in the ever-loving glow of SQL Server.  It is a chance to spend a week with thousands of like-minded people all with which love data. From beginners to experts, we come from all corners of the world to descend upon Seattle and mingle with Microsoft all in the name of learning and networking in the world of data.  Ahhhhh, I am excited once again writing these words and thinking about the things I will do the first week of November in the Pacific Northwest.  My bags are packed and I am ready to go but I am getting a little ahead of myself as the trip is not for another six weeks.

Will you be there?  Are you on the fence?  Do you need a gentle push?  Feel free to ask me anything here or on twitter.  Let me also remind you that next week the price will be going up so maybe you need to act today!  Register Now!  Come by and say hi and introduce yourself as I would love to meet you in Seattle.

SQL Saturday #132 Pensacola, My First Presentation!

Welcome to Pensacola: home of the flash floods, torrential downpours, and wonderful people! Blogging live from SQL Saturday #132 after giving my world premier first presentation and my adrenaline is through the roof right now. I won the “Funniest Presentation Award” and received the Zombie Survival Guide. What a rush! But it almost didn’t happen!

After the first couple of sessions this morning, I went back to the hotel room to change into dry clothing and change my socks and shoes, yes I was serious about the flooding. I put some bags on my dry shoes and headed back to make it back in time for my session. Enter the flash flood around the Pensacola State College, so much so that people were stranded in the middle of the road outside of the building that we were located in. I drove around the perimeter of the college and almost got stuck in an intersection, that was very scary. I have never been stuck in a flood before and it was my wife’s fairly new SUV, that would not have been good for the vehicle or me.

Flood waters were not going to keep me from my first presentation as I put a fair amount of work into it. The audience laughed at all the right places, these people get me. I love #SQLFamily, what a great community! I will post the slide deck when I get back to the hotel and will blog more as the week goes on. Enjoy!

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