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Notes from SQLRally Orlando–Part 2

Everything went well on Thursday. No major delays at check-in was a good start, and everything going according to plan. We had one speaker cancellation, but we had a reserve list and Jack Corbett was able to pick a speaker to fill the gap easily. Everything has just been…smooth. Nice when it goes that way.

The Overdrive sessions that we added to the end of the day were moderately attended, would have liked to see a bigger crowd (probably 100-150 was what we had) but I suspect for many the combination of it being a long day and wanting to get out to enjoy Florida was enough to pull them in other directions. The sessions went well, and I have to say I’m looking forward to Kendal Van Dyke writing up notes on the networking (speed dating) event,,).

Our After Hours event for the day was a visit to Old Town, part bar scene and part carnival. I roamed for a while with Allen Kinsel and Mark Ginnebaugh, winding up with a crowd of 50+ at Cool Catz restaurant sitting outside in typically gorgeous weather in May here in Orlando. I took a break for an hour to take my kids on the carnival rides, then back to catch up with Sri Sridharan over a sandwich, and finally checked in with the gang at sqlkaraoke for a few minutes before calling it a day.

A good day, one more to go!

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I'm Andy Warren, currently a SQL Server trainer with End to End Training. Over the past few years I've been a developer, DBA, and IT Director. I was one of the original founders of SQLServerCentral.com and helped grow that community from zero to about 300k members before deciding to move on to other ventures.


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