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  • Blog Post: Halloween Pictures

    On Friday I posted some pictures of my past Halloween costumes . This year I have to say was one of the better years in terms of how easy the costumes were to put together and the great “scary factor”. This year we were werewolves and the only hard part of the costume was taking off all the hair ;-)...
  • Blog Post: Happy Halloween 2009!!!

    “It’s the most, wonderful tiiiiime of the yyyyeaaaar”. Yes, I’ve been in love with Halloween ever since I was young. The neighborhood I grew up in L.A. was a great place to go trick-or-treating. Dead bodies in front yards, live action death scenes, and neighbors that actually made you perform a trick...
  • Blog Post: Back from our Yosemite Vacation

    Last week Alan and I headed up to Yosemite National Park with my sister and her boyfriend and Robert Green (VSTO MVP and log-time friend) and his wife, Colette. We had an absolutely fabulous time and I recommend that everyone in the world come visit. And believe me, Memorial Day weekend it seems like...
  • Blog Post: Let's GO OAKLAND!

    It's my favorite time of year -- it's warm, days are long, and baseball season is here! Tonight is the season opener for my favorite team in the whole world, the Oakland A's . They're down in L.A. (ahem, I mean Anaheim) playing the Los Angeles Angels at Anaheim (a.k.a LAAA. Man, they have a longer name...
  • Blog Post: Working From Home - In Redmond!?!

    I've been up in Redmond this week for a regularly scheduled office visit but instead of 5 days of meetings I only could get 3 days in. This is because on Wednesday night it started to snow! Yes, it snows in Seattle! I have been coming up here (and lived here for a brief period) since 2001 and it's snowed...
  • Blog Post: Halloween Recovery

    Our party was a blast on Halloween night. Alan and I were a little torn up: But luckily we had a rabbi and a priest at the party to help (my parents, yes -- my mom is the rabbi): But most creative was our neighbor Scott who dressed up as Al Davis: Unfortunately I didn't take as many pictures as I had...
  • Blog Post: HAPPY HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

    My favorite holiday is Halloween and I'm throwing a huge party at my super-freaky haunted house. I've got the whole place decorated -- which was a challenge to get done on time because I attended PDC. I drove back yesterday afternoon and I decorated until midnight. Now it's time to go outside and build...
  • Blog Post: Holland Tour

    On Wednesday the conference organizers of the SDN Conference took the speakers on a Holland Tour. We left the conference center and hotel in the morning and headed to Rotterdam . I got to ride with Maurice in his little green Miata, very fun!  The countryside is just beautiful and very green. It...
  • Blog Post: For Sale: 2003 ESX Stage 4 Subaru WRX

    Option Personal On UPDATE: THIS IS SOLD Yes it's time to sell the Subaru. (I know I rarely write purely personal posts on my blog, but heck even Sara has done it before .) I bought a new car last week -- an Infiniti G37 6MT -- and I LOVE it. I know it's not as fast or as practical as my Subaru...
  • Blog Post: Auto-Reply: Out of Office on Vacation

    Yes, even Beth Massi gets a vacation. This year I have the pleasure of attending Nick Landry's (Mobile MVP) wedding in Jamaica. It's my first time in the Caribbean. This is what I call community baby! ;-) I'm actually writing this before I leave and queuing it up to publish later. Yes that's right...
  • Blog Post: MVPs, VB and Me

    The MVP summit was last week -- my first summit where I wasn't an MVP but instead an employee -- and what an enjoyable experience it was! It was awesome seeing MVPs from all over the world. Microsoft really throws a great summit, this year renting out the entire EMP like they did a couple years ago....
  • Blog Post: Happy Anniversary -- 1 Year at Microsoft -- I made it!

    Today is my one year anniversary here at Microsoft. I can't believe how time flies - it must be because I've had so much fun creating content and engaging with online community this past year. The VB Dev Center has come a long way in that time and I'm excited to be part of a team that really values online...
  • Blog Post: Happy Halloween!

    One of my very favorite holidays is Halloween. I've always loved dressing up as something really gross or scary and freaking people out. Every year I throw a costume party the Saturday before Halloween. This year I was a demon and Alan was the devil. Sara even came down for the weekend and was Trinity...
  • Blog Post: Beth's Boo Boo

    No this isn't a Halloween "Boo" as in ghost, but rather a big boo boo or small-ish injury to my thumb. :-( I ended up in the emergency room yesterday because I slammed my thumb in a folding ladder. I knew the instant it happened it was bad news. It felt crushed, smashed, okay I thought it was falling...
  • Blog Post: 6 Months at Microsoft - I made it!

    Today marks my 1/2 year anniversary at Microsoft - wow - it's gone by so fast! I guess because I've been so busy trying to bring you the best Visual Basic content and a fresh Developer Center . I have enjoyed every minute I've spent on doing videos, writing articles and samples, speaking, interviewing...
  • Blog Post: I'm Up in Redmond This Week

    I've been up in Redmond all week filming videos of the VB team and having a lot of productive back-to-back meetings :-). We're going to start releasing these videos on Channel9 once the editing is completed and I think you're going to really enjoy them. The team is great and their personalities really...
  • Blog Post: Happy Birthday, Pop!

    Today is my father's birthday and I couldn't be with him today because I'm up in Redmond. He told me this morning that he was going to go golfing with his friend Ron. My pop's been into golf ever since he retired last year. I think my mom is happy he has something to do instead of driving her crazy ;...
  • Blog Post: Two Annoying Vista Problems Solved!

    Okay I admit it. I like Vista. I didn't want to like it, really. I'm a VB developer, not a gamer, not a heavy office user, I know the difference between an .exe and a .dll, I keep my own dang files organized -- I don't need the OS to index anything while taking up my precious CPU! But.. it happened...
  • Blog Post: Visual Basic Community Page Update!

    Well its only my second week here at Micorsoft and I'm still "drinking from the firehose" as they say, but I wanted to thank Kerby over at MSDN for implementing some simple ideas I had for the VB Community page . It's nice to see my first small accomplishment at Microsoft on the internet :-)
  • Blog Post: I've Officially Moved

    I posted an official "I've Moved to MSDN" post to my old DotNetFox blog . There's a lot of good content still over there, but since I'm now writing VB content for MSDN it makes more sense to post here from now on. I'm hoping to pick up more readers! And don't forget to check out the VB Team Blog . I...
  • Blog Post: Yes, I swallowed the red pill, drank the koolaid, been assimilated, whatever...

    That's right folks, I joined Microsoft on Monday! (Right after the MVP summit, of course.) I'm very excited about my new position writing content for the Visual Basic Developer Center and promoting the Visual Basic language in the community. I'm still getting all set up over here but stay tuned!!!.....
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