As I thought might happen, I was too busy after Tuesday and Wednesday to report in. Tuesday was my first trip ever to the Microsoft Campus so I was very excited. I attended serveral sessions during the day that went over features of SQL Server 2008. I was especially interested in learning about policy based managment and the changes in Reporting Services. The interesting thing about these sessions is that you also get a glimpse of what is in the pipeline and the MVPs are very vocal about their opinions. Evidently, Microsoft takes MVP feedback very seriously. If I remember correctly, most of Wednesday covered what they are thinking about for the next release of SQL Server. Since this is my first MVP Summit, I was not as prepared as I should have been. I wish I had spent more time with the 2008 CTP release so that I would have some of those opinions to share.
The highlight of Wednesday had to be the attendee event at the Experience Music Project that evening. In one room a Rock Bank competition was being held. In another large room they had what was called Rockaoke. This was like Karoke in that you read the words on the screen. The difference was that a live band was playing. Of course, I signed up right away and sang "These Boots Are Made For Walking". Also singing was Allen White, Bayer White, and, performing together, Rick Heidges and Kalen Delaney. Now my life is complete -- seeing Kalen singing on stage.
This morning we were back in Seattle for two keynote presentations: Ray Ozzie and Steve Ballmer. I missed Mr. Ozzie's talk having stayed out way too late Wednesday night. I am really glad I made it in time for Steve's talk. I had seen him at PASS before, but he was really wound up today. He has such a dynamic personality.
One really fun thing today happened at lunch. I ran into Itzik Ben-Gan, T-SQL God. I had seen him during the week and at PASS before. This was the firat time we actually talked. I told him that I was a huge fan of his and enjoyed his books. He said that he was now a fan of mine after seeing me sing last night.
All that is left of this week is the Red-Gate party this evening and the trip home tomorrow. This has been an amazing week: getting to see so many friends and making new ones, learning so much about SQL Server 2008 and becoming even more excited about the future. I feel so privileged to be here and am so greatful for being chosen.