Sorting it all Out Michael Kaplan's random stuff of dubious value Be sure to read the disclaimer here first!
The last day started with an eerie feeling -- without the Expo the lights seemed a little dimmer, and with the bulk of the people recovering from the party, the aisles between the cabanas seemed a little emptier. I saw some old friends but many I knew were already gone. It feels very much a cat is on the roof kind of situation, with fate telling me that soon it would all be over, and that I would have to deal with that sad truth....
On the way over (before I even made it to the Convention Center), a friend confided to me that she was really sad, since it was almost over....
Maybe I should have gone to the party after all.
The Dr. International clinic was mostly quiet, though a few people did come by and there were several cool conversations to be had. Including two people who read this blog. I guess I do have fans!
I then scooted around the community cabana area a bit, and even scooted Teresa over to one of the track cabanas, as she sat sidesaddle. Since I am a Microsoft employee, I said it was all about 'Where do you want to go today?' but Julie told Teresa not to be fooled, it was really all about 'Your potential, our passion.'
Clearly I get no respect. :-)
But I did get to do my talk, and no heads did explode. People seemed happy and the questions asked were good ones, clearly by people who found the material revelant (why else would they stay? <grin>). It was a lot of fun though, and the only glitch was a technical one (I had some demos I had done on a VPC image that would not load, so I had to quickly shuffle to another machine that did not have the demos. Hopefully no one will judge it to harshly!).
I even pointed them to that String.Compare is for sissies post and talked a bit about getting SQL Server, Windows, and the Common Language Runtime all speaking the same language.
On the way out someone came up to me and asked if I was the same Michael Kaplan who used to post about replication in the newsgroups. The world keeps getting smaller!
All in all a great conference with great times, great customer contacts, and a whole lot of cool stuff to think about.
Tonight, I will go out to dinner with a friend and maybe hang out. My flight does not leave until noon so I can be leisurely this evening....