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Summit: Second 24 Hours

The second 24 hours in Seattle were even better than the first, if that is possible.  I knew #SQLFamily was amazing, but never realized the level of amazing.  After Redgate’s SQL in the City event, I attended the Andy Warren (b|t) and Steve Jones’ (b|t) networking event at Gordon Biersch.  All I can say is wow, it exceeded my expectations considerably and then some.  I expected a bunch of awkward table conversations as introverts struggled to network.  There were so many conversations and people circling the rooms and introducing themselves stopping at each table.  I met so many people and several of my twitter friends.  The #SQLFamily was so welcoming at this event, thank you Andy and Steve.

From there, several people decided to move onto Bush Garden for the first round of #SQLKaraoke.  It also far exceeded my expectations, but the place was much smaller than I imagined, but I had a blast.  Jason and Sarah Strate were great hosts and now I cannot wait for the next time #SQLKaraoke night on Wednesday so I can sing.

Until next time, enjoy!

 

Summit: First 24 Hours

After being in Seattle for 24 hours, I thought I would recap briefly for everyone. After a few travel snafus, the first 24 hours were amazing.

I started off seven pounds over on my suitcase and had to do some last-minute shuffling at the baggage counter to my back pack which did not have much room to begin with. That was after driving in the fog where I could only see ten feet front in front of me. My first flight was delayed 20 minutes for fuel and I only had an hour layover in Atlanta. I was worried and stressed out early in the morning to say the least.

After getting to my gate on time in Atlanta I met a twitter friend from South Africa and that was the first of many great encounters for the next 24 hours. I thought I was out of the woods, only to have someone take my suitcase on the shuttle to the airport. Honest mistake, just an aggravation which caused me to not be able to make the duck tour around the city that I wanted to experience. Then I get to my room in the Sheraton and the air conditioning is not working properly. At this point, I am thinking this is going to be a difficult week.

Things turned around quickly though. I met Tom Fox, another twitter friend, and we took the monorail to the space needle. What a blast that was! Then on the way back Tom and I got hustled into buying a couple of CDs on the street from an up and coming artist. We knew we were being hustled, but it was a fun experience to tell everyone back home.
At that point we registered early for the Summit and got lost in the convention center but then we met lots of twitter friends and received some great swag from the conference. From there we got invited by Pam Shaw, my chapter leader, to the Cheesecake Factory for dinner. At that point, I got to meet and eat with Jason Brimhall, Andy Leonard, Amy Lewis, Doug Purnell, Michelle Ufford, Jorge Villalobos, Tim Mitchell, Jim Murphy and a few other presenters that honestly I cannot remember because I am horrible with names. What a great time and the cheesecake was awesome but I never saw Penny or Bernadette, weird. I also got meet Denny Cherry and his wife in the lobby of the Sheraton. I went to bed early because after getting up at 130 I was exhausted and I hoped an early first night would help with the rest of the week’s activities.
For breakfast, I ate with Tom Fox and got to meet Neil Hambly, Mark Broadbent, Amy Lewis, and two others. What a great conversation that was. I then headed to Redgate’s SQL in the City event and met a few new people but what was great was walking in and knowing people there. Now you are up to date. Check back tomorrow to see what happened next!

T-1 Days Until the PASS Summit, Time to Pack!


With the DATEDIFF script returning 1 today, I am bouncing off the walls with excitement for tomorrow morning at 2:30 am I head to the airport en route to Seattle for the PASS Summit 2012.  The week-long SQLpalooza kicks off for me on Sunday when I board the plane at 5:30 AM ET and does not end until I return late the next Saturday night.  I am busy going through my checklist and ensuring that my suitcase is packed properly and thoroughly for I am paranoid that I am going to forget something crucial.  See you on the other side, tomorrow.

Haven’t registered for Summit yet? Why not? Come on you know you want to! Enjoy!

T-2 Days Until the PASS Summit, Almost Time To Go!


With the DATEDIFF script returning 2 today, I am like a little kid off on Christmas break staring at the presents under the tree while my parents are at work wondering if I could open the presents early.   The Christmas I am referring to is the PASS Summit 2012.  The week-long SQLpalooza kicks off for me on Sunday when I board the plane at 5:30 AM ET and does not end until I return late the next Saturday night.  Are we there yet?  Are we?  ARE WE?

All I have left to do is some finalized last-minute packing and check-listing.  I am all set to go otherwise and just staring at the clock.  I will see you all next week!  I hope everyone has safe travels and see you in Seattle!

Haven’t registered for Summit yet? Why not? Come on you know you want to! Enjoy!

T-3 Days Until the PASS Summit, I Will Be On TV!


With the DATEDIFF script returning 3 today, I thought I would share with you a really exciting  new service called PASS TV, brought to you from the PASS Summit 2012.   This year they will be streaming LIVE from the Summit for 12 hours a day for all three days.  In addition, the 12 hours of content will be replayed across the next 12 hours in case you missed it the first time.

With PASS TV, there will be keynote sessions, as well as some specially selected technical sessions and community content such as interviews with users from the SQL community.  So if you cannot make it to Seattle this year, at least you can see how much fun we are having while we miss you!  The schedule for PASS TV can be found here.

Haven’t registered for Summit yet? Why not? Come on you know you want to! See you there! Enjoy!

T-4 Days Until the PASS Summit, Really?


With the DATEDIFF script returning 4 today, I still do not think it has set in that I will be attending my first major SQL Server conference at PASS Summit 2012.  There is so much to see and do, it really is overwhelming at this point most likely because I have had to sit back and watch everyone else go while I stayed home.  However, I am trying to be as organized as possible with my iPhone calendar and Guidebook app to keep my sessions straight so that part  will not be that bad.  Once I am in Seattle, I will be in major conference mode but until then I will just sit here staring at the clock and wondering how awesome it will be.  See you there in a few days!

Haven’t registered for Summit yet? Why not? Come on you know you want to! See you there! Enjoy!

T-5 Days Until the PASS Summit, Coughee?


With the DATEDIFF script returning 5 today, it is hard not to be excited as all next week I will be drinking some of Seattle’s best coughee (coffee)  at the PASS Summit 2012.  I plan on trying as many different kinds of Seattle’s finest while I am in town.  I hope it lives up to my expectations.  Do you have a favorite locale close to the conference?  So far I have heard that Tully’s on the fourth floor of the convention center is a great spot not only for its location.  I welcome any suggestions and recommendations.  See you there in a few days!

Haven’t registered for Summit yet? Why not? Come on you know you want to! See you there! Enjoy!

T-6 Days Until the PASS Summit, Are You Excited?


With the DATEDIFF script returning 6 today, it is hard not to be excited as a week from this very moment I will rubbing elbows with everyone at the Redgate SQL in the City Seattle event, just a day before attending the pre-con with Grant Fritchey (b|t) at the PASS Summit 2012.  The SQL in the City event looks like fun especially since we currently use Redgate DBA bundle and tool belt.

Monday evening is also the networking dinner held by Steve Jones (b|t) and Andy Warren (b|t).  See everyone at both of these events!

Haven’t registered for Summit yet? Why not? Come on you know you want to! See you there! Enjoy!

T-7 Days Until the PASS Summit, One Week


With the DATEDIFF script returning 7 today, I cannot believe that we are only a week away from the PASS Summit 2012. The next week is going to be grueling for me because it will be hard not to daydream and think ahead as well as watching the clock trying to will it forward. There are also a few last-minute preparations like packing that need to occur.

This is also the time that I experience travel anxiety, not over flying, I love to fly. But I usually go through this OCD exercise of packing, check listing, running around the house feeling like I am forgetting something and driving everyone in the house crazy. That’s the anxiety I am referring too, as I was a scout and like to be prepared. I usually do not forget anything for a trip because of this insanity exercise but it is stressful on my family. Wish them luck and see you in a week!

Haven’t registered for Summit yet? Why not? Come on you know you want to! See you there! Enjoy!

T-9 Days Until the PASS Summit, #SQLKaraoke


With the DATEDIFF script returning 9 today (single digits we are almost there), I have been thinking heavily about the SQLKaraoke events for the PASS Summit 2012.   In case you have missed it, there are several opportunities for Karaoke, so much so that there is now a dedicate page, SQLKaraoke.com, and twitter account.  Below is a list of Karaoke events that I currently know about:

For the last week or two, I have been running through songs on my iPhone trying to determine which song(s) I should sing.  I have  very eclectic musical tastes, but I do want to sound good when I sing as well as make a statement about who I am.  My compilation will not be posted until after Summit to protect the innocent, namely me.

Haven’t registered for Summit yet?  Why not?  Come on you know you want to!  See you there!  Enjoy!

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