Great day yesterday. Drove up to Baltimore to spend some quality time with the community up there. Beautiful day to be in Charm City.

Had lunch with Randy Hayes (President of the CMAP user group), Ed Mullin (President of BaltoMSDN), and Christopher Steen (programming director of CMAP) at Sliders across from Camden Yards. Apparently yesterday’s game was against the Red Sox, so it was a good thing we got there early…I hear the place is quite a zoo during/after games.

After lunch I trekked up I-83 to Hunt Valley and parked at the Wegman's grocery store at the Hunt Valley Towne Center, to prepare for the afternoon’s geekSpeak with my fellow host Glen Gordon and our guest expert Frank La Vigne. If you’re wondering why I’d do a webcast from a grocery store, you’ve probably never been to Wegman’s. Their stores usually have a great cafe with ample comfy seating, free WiFi, and a wide selection of beverages, snacks, etc. Apart from some slight noise issues, which thankfully did not carry over my headset, the experiment was a great success.

As it happened, I was joined at Wegman’s by the lunch crew, all of whom were, like me, getting ready to head over to the BaltoMSDN meeting at the nearby offices of System Source (BTW, System Source has the most amazing Computer Museum in the Mid-Atlantic, and probably one of the top 5 that I’ve seen), to hear Jeff Sanders provide a terrific overview of Cloud Computing and Software + Services from the Microsoft perspective.

After the meeting, a number of us retired to the Greystone Grill at the Hunt Valley Towne Center to talk tech, movies, and even a little politics, and generally have a good time.

I want to thank Randy, Ed, and Chris for taking the time to hang out with me and share ideas on how we can serve the Baltimore developer community better. If you haven’t been to either CMAP or BaltoMSDN, you owe it to yourself to get to a meeting. These folks consistently find and book high-quality speakers, and provide great content for the community, and I really appreciate all the hard work they put into their groups each and every month.