Hooray! The PASS Summit is upon us (finally)! Here's what my plans look like for next week:
My week starts with the cross country flight from Orlando to Seattle-Tacoma International, arriving at 1:30 PM (Want to split the fare for a ride into town? Drop a comment, send me an email, or tweet me and let me know. Otherwise I'm planning on trying out Seattle's illustrious public transportation to make my way downtown). After checking into the Sheraton I'm heading to Don Gabor's "Networking to Build Business Contacts" pre-con at 4:30 PM, followed by the welcome reception and quiz bowl at 6:30 PM. I'm finishing up the night at the SQLServerCentral party, then back to the hotel where I will presumably collapse from exhaustion before the first full day even begins.
I'm assuming I'll be up bright and early since my body will still be on east coast time. I'm shooting for the welcome breakfast at 7:30 AM and the keynotes afterwards. I'll be at the Birds-of-a-Feather lunch (no idea what table I'll sit at though, there's lots of interesting topics and people to choose from!), and throughout the day I'll try to hit as many technical sessions as I can. I'm headed to a by-invitation sponsor dinner\event Tuesday night.
The day starts at 7:00 AM with a breakfast sponsored by Quest where the topic will be "Simplify SQL Server Management with DMVs". I'll try to make the keynotes and as many technical sessions as I can fit in. No firm plans for lunch, but I'm leaning towards going to the Women In Technology luncheon. The title alone suggests that this would be for women only, but as was pointed out to me earlier this week it's open to all; Since my sister works for NASA and I've got a daughter who's as smart as a whip there's some interest in this for me. Wednesday night you'll probably find me at the SQL Server Appreciation Event from 7-10 PM.
No plans for breakfast (maybe the Quest breakfast again?) and I may hit the keynotes. Otherwise it's technical sessions all day. I'll probably go to the Chapter Lunch, or maybe venture outside the conference for once to grab something nearby. The big event of the day for me is my session - Transactional Replication: Beyond The Basics - at 4 PM in room 606-607. I'll finish the night at another by-invitation sponsor dinner.
By now my brain will be complete mush, so I'm leaving the day open to do whatever comes my way. That probably means shopping for gifts for the family back home and some kind of sightseeing. My flight leaves at 10:20 PM, and since I don't get home until 9:30 AM Saturday morning I'll likely spend the flight catching up on all the sleep I missed during the week.
Other Things I'm Doing During The Week
I have no idea when they'll happen, but these things are on my list of to-dos:
- Meet people. The list of people I want to meet up with is too long to go into detail here, so I'll just put it this way: If you follow me on Twitter, or I follow you, or you read my blog, or come to my session I want to meet you.
- SQLCAT Clinic. I've got a few things I need to talk to these folks about.
- Visit the expo hall. There are a couple of vendors I want to meet with for product demos and to just say hello.
- SQL Saturday tweetup? There was was some talk about a tweetup with people who have presented at SQL Saturday events. If it happens I'll try to be there. I'm bringing my shirt from SQL Saturday #1 (for bragging rights) just in case.
- Find some really good coffee. I love good coffee and I hear there's a shop or two in Seattle worth visiting.
Finally, a quick mention that I'm a square in SQLServerPedia's Twitter Bingo contest. If you play it could be worth a $50 Amex gift card (2 winners per day!). Read the rules, print out a card, and see if you can find me next week!