Getting up at 5am this morning made me realize that the long days of Summer are just about over; it was dark out and it was raining. Ick. It only took about 20 minutes to drive to the Seattle-Tacoma (SeaTac) International Airport at that early hour of the morning so I was sitting at the gate by 6:45; there isn’t much traffic at security screening on an early Sunday morning either.

After securing a caffeinated beverage at the nearest C-Concourse Starbucks, I met Shoshanna Budzianowski of the Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO) team at the gate.  One of her teammates mentioned that he had a rental car so Sho and I had a ride to the hotel secured once we landed in Los Angeles. Wahoo!

We saw PDC banners before we even left the airport area.

Getting to dowtntown was easy...getting around downtown was another story.  Apparently the Los Angeles Triathlon was winding through the downtown streets perilously close to the Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) so we ended up taking a twisty-turny route to the Westin Bonaventure. I checked into my modest, but nice room, unpacked and headed for the shuttles to take me down to the LACC.  

There was no waiting to register at noon; I bet Tuesday morning will be quite different.  After securing my badge, T-shirt and PDC Bag, I headed to the "Big Room" actually has another nickname whose acronym is a synonym for "tavern", but this is a friendly, family blog so I won’t repeat it.

In the Big Room I met up with Derek Newkirk (SDK Test) and Mitch Walker (SDK Program Management).  There were setting up our machines in the Pavilion and the Hands on Labs areas.  I handed over the Windows Vista disk that I brought since the disk that Mitch brought seemed to be scratched or something.

From there I grabbed a quick lunch, said “Hi” to Steve Cellini (he’s the guy charge of this incredible event) and sat down in the Fundamentals  Track Lounge to write this blog entry (yes, there is wireless at the PDC).  Everything looks great and I think the Big Room is going to work out well.  Did I mention that the Windows SDK Team Group Program Manager, Steve Goulet, is the Fundamentals Track owner?  He has been working like a dog for many months with a lot of other talented Microsoft folks to pull together all the content in that Track.  It will be terrific, so don't miss it if you are here at the PDC.  I'll be glad to have my GPM back when PDC is over.

That's it for today. I’ve got some reading to do and I also hope to catch a football game this afternoon (it is the opening weekend for the NFL after all).

Signing out from the Fundamentals Track Lounge in the Big Room at PDC 2005!

Lori Pearce

Product Unit Manager

Windows SDK Team