Wrap Up SQL Saturday Las Vegas

 

The last activity done before leaving on a trip is to check the weather and pack. I had packed earlier but still double checked on Tuesday to be certain that I had the appropriate clothing. WRONG! I had packed all jeans only to discover that it was going to be 80 degrees during our visit. I removed all but one pair of jeans and replaced them with capri pants, only to get to Las Vegas where it was colder than  Nashville. That is okay it did warm up eventually. What beautiful weather we did had.

Ok, now back to my summary. We arrived on Wednesday knowing that there were things that needed done for the event. Our hotel was a timeshare condo that we purchased from a friend. It was great. We had a nice place. I really enjoyed this resort and will hopefully be booking it next year. It was close to the venue, close to a great little local bar and close to a dear friends house. Mark this one down as a WIN!

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Thursday there was a BIG DATA Round up being sponsored by Dell at the House of Blues. My friends Karen Lopez [  B L O G  |  TWITTER  ] and Stacia Misner  [  B L O G  |  TWITTER  ] participated in a panel discussion with a few others and then gave a 5 minute talk related to big data. It was fun because they took a regular session and broke it down to only last five minutes, I enjoyed seeing the quick version. After that they broke everyone into groups to have smaller discussions. It was really nice and Dell did a great job of putting that together. If you are interested in something similar You can contact Steven Phillips steven_j_Phillips at dell.com .

Friday we of course had the speaker dinner. First O’Aces is a great neighborhood bar with an excellent friendly staff and good food. I am pretty sure we were there every day but one. We had an awesome Greek buffet. I only wish we had broken out our speaker gifts and played some cards.  A group of folks went to check out the strip’s new ferris wheel, called the High Roller. They said that the ride lasted about 30 minutes and cost them about $35 bucks. The cool thing I didn’t know is that the ride doesn’t stop moving, the described it like getting on a moving sidewalk. I hope to see some pictures from there adventure.

Speaking of cards I went to play solitaire and found out that I was missing a card. BUT I did end up with 2 five of clubs.

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Saturday the day of the show! Joey made a comment something to the effect of “these things just have a way of coming together”. I remember thinking are you freaking nuts?! I busted my butt trying to get everything done, remember everything that needed to be there and get things set up. But he was totally right. We had a few little technical issues with getting printing going but, WOW it just all fell into place and once it gets started there isn’t much to worry about. Lunch was catering from O’Aces and again it was great. Nice spread of wraps, chips & salsa, fruit and potato salad. The facility ( The InNEVation Center  ) had a great big room called STAGE 2 where we not only had lunch but a lunch time session that was being broadcast into the other rooms. There was no getting away from Joseph  D’Antoni [  B L O G  |  TWITTER  ]  who was representing SIOS [  S I T E   |  TWITTER  ] . Several great questions from the audience and some fun prizes! Thank you SIOS!

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The after party was also a an exciting adventure on the windy patio with big cauldrons of open flame. The fire pit was here by named  #SQLFire, #SQLBonFire and #SQLCampFire it just depended on who you asked. For some reason during this lovely evening we were all asked to randomly tweet @SQLScott for the next week. Didn’t matter what you tweeted just tweet him a lot. Several people left or didn’t attend to take in a Vegas show. After this I went to spend some time with #sqlfamily.

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Sunday was the number one reason you should be attending these events and hanging out with like minded people. We were sitting around talking when all of the sudden we had a KILLER idea that snowballed from being a single session to being an entire track. The only hint I can give you is 7. Keep your eyes out for an entire track coming to SQLSat near you. After that you’d think we’d stop and rest, oh heck no! We had serious conversations about resurrecting SQLEscursions. It was full dialog including business models and market share. Where else can you go and get great ideas on things to present on that opens the door for 5 or 6 of your friends to write something too and work out a plan to create a destination SQL training event. The morale of the story is that we have the ability to attend a FREE (oh sometimes you have to pay $10 for lunch but honestly as an event organizer that doesn’t come close cover food for you that day) all day training event and potentially come out with a new business idea. I mean the options are endless.

What a great first time event! Stacia Misner and her crew did an awesome job. I am hoping that we have many events there over the years. If I had to come up with one item that was awesome and one that could be improved it would be the same item, the venue. AMAZING VENUE!  I mean it was ultra modern, cool and fun but on the other hand it didn’t lend itself to helping the vendors out that much. You have to love the sponsors without them we wouldn’t be able to put on these events or they would cost > $100 per person with no refunds. So please don’t forget to show the sponsors some <3 visit the vendor area and sign up for their emails.

***One final note

I live in NashVegas, Music City or Nashville if you will. I have lived there 5 years now and have seen all of 2 country music stars only one of which is current. Don’t get me wrong I am sure it’s because we don’t get out much and go to places that one might encounter these folks. If you were not paying attention this weekend the CMAs happened in Las Vegas. Now we did think about hitting the strip Sunday night in search of a glimpse but we did not however. Any guesses on what I am about to tell you? I am almost 100% positive that Dirks Bentley, Cowboy Troy, Eric Church and part of the Lady Antebellum clan are on this flight. As a matter of fact Church is sitting directly behind me sleeping. Funny how I didn’t figure out who he was right away and made the comment “nothing like dressing like the uni bomber for your flight to Nashville”. Oh the irony of having to travel to Las Vegas to run into folks that live in my home town.

Also if anyone cares I won $200 on a video poker machine at O’Aces. By hitting 4 10s on two different nights!

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Thank you to Stacia for being my friend, my mentor & such a damn good host! Thank you O’Aces for making me feel welcome & like you knew me my whole life. Thank you sponsors, I know you have many choices we appreciate you picked us!

Spring 2014 Where’s Waldo?

OMG spring is shaping up so nicely I can hardly stand it. But just to keep you informed of where you might find sightings of me I am putting together a little blog post. I try to keep it updated, we’ll see how that goes this time!

Date Where What Notes Status 4/5 Las Vegas, NV SQLSaturday #295 Accepted All travel plans made. 4/23 Orange County, CA SQLSaturday #289 Submitted – waiting All travel plans made. 5/7-9 San Jose, CA PASS BA Conference Submitted – not accepted Sad panda. 5/3 Atlanta, GA SQLSaturday #285 Submitted – Accepted Driving! & I get to visit IKEA! 5/10 Houston, TX SQLSaturday #308 Submitted . . . → Read More: Spring 2014 Where’s Waldo?

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, unless

Unless it is a

I am not sure if you heard the word but they are having their FIRST, yes I said 1st SQLSaturday in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada. Those folks at PASS and those of us in the community love it when a new city is added to the list of great places SQLSaturday has been held, but this one really warms our hearts. I have been trying to lend a hand here an there to help with this event and since I am getting there several days early I am sure I will be put on manual labor. But at the end of the day it is . . . → Read More: What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, unless

TSQL Tuesday #052 – Argue Against A Popular Opinion

Don’t Be that Guy             or 10 things I hate about you

It always comes to me as a surprise that it is TSQL Tuesday again. I guess time just slips by so quickly these days.  This awesome month of March is brought to us by Michael Stewart [  BLOG   |   TWITTER  ]. March is awesome by the way because it contains my birthday. If you haven’t heard about or figured out what this Tuesday stuff is all about drop me a line and I will not only sell you on the concept I will convince you to write your first post for next month.

So at first I . . . → Read More: TSQL Tuesday #052 – Argue Against A Popular Opinion

HELLO CLEVELAND!!!!

I swear next year I will get through the holidays with more grace and origination!

So I just wanted to share with the entire world that I will be presenting at SQLSaturday Cleveland. Yes we fly out Friday the 7th and return on Sunday the 9th.  I have booked the hotel and car the only thing left is to figure out how we get to and from the airport. If you are looking for something to do come see me Saturday the 8th as I present “45 min to your first SSRS Report”. Fun thing is I am going to try and do the entire presentation from my Microsoft Surface . . . → Read More: HELLO CLEVELAND!!!!

SQLSaturday Nashville!

Wow, how do things get so out of control? One day I am packing getting ready for Summit 2013 and pushing the button on Nashville’s SQLSaturday; the next minute I am freaking out that there is like 2 weeks before the big day. In that small run of less than 120 days I have done the following; went to summit (October), drove to Kalamazoo for SQLSat, spent 2 days in Fort Wayne, spent 1 night in Kokomo, there was Thanksgiving for 8 at my house, dad’s bday, Kerry’s bday, I catered lunch for 12 and a cocktail party for another 12, Christmas, I quit my job, went to Napa for . . . → Read More: SQLSaturday Nashville!

PASS Summit 2013, the summary

 

Location, Location, Location

Those are the 3 rules of real estate. But it was quite the conversation this year. I heard many things being discussed about why this was good or bad. First there was the disappointment that the registration numbers didn’t look that elevated for the surrounding area. But until everything is finalized that one remains neutral. One of my friends complained that the flight cost them nearly $400 each but a normal flight to Seattle was only $150. I said that my flights to Seattle are about $400-450 and the non-stop is seasonal so it sucks even more. This year we were able to drive which only . . . → Read More: PASS Summit 2013, the summary

#SQLSat249 San Diego

Well La Jolla to be exact!!!!

What a great weekend with #SQLFamily. I believe this is the farthest we’ve traveled to attend a SQL Saturday. Had we driven it would have taken 28 hours and we’d put 2,041 on the car just to get there. Good thing we have the modern marvels of flight. Instead we rode in the back of a Southwest 737 for just short of 4 hours. So much fun to leave Nashville at 8 am and arrive at 10 am local time. Fun until 8 pm local time when I start to get sleepy!!!

We had an action packed weekend. There was a BBQ on . . . → Read More: #SQLSat249 San Diego

VOTE!

This to me is one of those fundamental rights that Americans choose to ignore. Not only do they ignore this right by not voting they vote uninformed, based on what their neighbor, family member or news add told them. People believe the craziest things in my opinion. I have been a very stubborn, bull headed and determined person my entire life. Some of that comes from the women folk side of my family and the rest of it purely out of not wanting to fit in. Once I discovered that you don’t have to belong to a political party to vote and that you can vote for anyone on the . . . → Read More: VOTE!

NomCom Part 4

This should be my final post about the NomCom and it’s current process. I just want to leave you with a few more tidbits. It might be interesting for me to blog about improvements but I believe that the NomCom has requested that an ERC (Election Review Committee) be put together to review and possibility implement our suggestions.

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The NomCom has 2 responsibilities. The first one is to verify/determine if an applicant is qualified. That process is done as soon as the applications are reviewed. The second responsibility is to rank the applicants and provide the slate to the BoD to be ratified.

Rankings

I want to state for . . . → Read More: NomCom Part 4