I had a great time on my brief stint in Denver for the PASS Summit. We had a good session and a good crowd, and Kevin Kline did a marvelous job of running the whole thing. He had lots of great questions for me during the interview, and the crowd had many good ones, too. I hope those of you who attended felt it was worth your time.
One thing that came up during the talk was the status of SQL Nexus and what its future is. As I said when asked about it:
I know all of this may be a bit confusing, so let me net it out:
So, anyway, I had a good, if brief, PASS trip, and enjoyed meeting those of you who stopped by. Thanks for all the great questions during the interview, and I hope to run into you again in the future.
A funny thing that happened at the Avis counter at the airport:
Guy at the counter: Sorry, sir, the economy car you reserved isn’t available. We’ll have to upgrade you free of charge to a midsize. Is that okay?
Me: Okay, that’s fine. By the way, where’s the men’s room?
Guy: <funny look on his face> Is there something I could help you with?
Me: Uh, no. Just need the men’s room, thanks.
Guy: <a little peeved> Okay, just a moment. <then takes my paperwork and disappears through door #3 behind the counter>
Me: <a bemused look on my face, I’m wondering what the heck is up. I scan the place looking for hidden cameras>
It then occurs to me that the guy believes I’m not happy about the car switch and thinks I’ve requested a manager rather than a men’s room. Whew! I finally understand why he wanted to help :-)
I then tell the six women working the counter what the situation is. We’re all laughing hysterically by the time the guy returns with the manager. He is nonplussed.
Oh yeah, and the car I ended up with was the new, improved, quite sporty Dodge Charger of Dukes of Hazzard fame. Me likey—this one is a worthy heir to its muscle car forebears. The one thought that kept going through my mind as I zipped around Denver in the Charger was: I gotta get me one of these.