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The Scary DBA

I have twenty+ years experience in IT. That time was spent in technical support, development and database administration. I work forRed Gate Software as a Product Evangelist. I write articles for publication at SQL Server Central, Simple-Talk, PASS Book Reviews and SQL Server Standard. I have published two books, ”Understanding SQL Server Execution Plans” and “SQL Server 2008 Query Performance Tuning Distilled.” I’m one of the founding officers of the Southern New England SQL Server Users Group and its current president. I also work on part-time, short-term, off-site consulting contracts. In 2009 and 2010 I was awarded as a Microsoft SQL Server MVP. In the past I’ve been called rough, intimidating and scary. To which I usually reply, “Good.” You can contact me through grant -at- scarydba dot kom (unobfuscate as necessary).

PASS Elections 2012

Yeah, it’s that time again. And we have a magnificent slate of people running. I mean truly amazing and wonderful people. I personally know each and every one of them. I’ve worked with them or watched them work on projects over the years. PASS has a true embarrassment of riches this time. Which… is problematic for me. I know them all. I respect them all, but I have to pick and choose… I can’t do it. I really can’t. Yeah, I’ll finally vote. I ultimately put pen to paper (or, really, click on some boxes on the screen) and make my mark. I believe in democratic processes and every vote really does count. And if you’re voting, regardless of who you vote for, your vote is not “thrown away.” That only happens when you choose not to vote.

Anyway…

Despite the internal struggle, I am going to call out one person from that list. Allen Kinsel (blog|twitter) has been a good friend for a very long time. Every single person on that slate is going to do a great job if elected. But I’m calling out Allen because he has an unusually strong passion for PASS. He really does. He cares. And I don’t know if Allen is going to do a better job than all the other great people on that slate. But I do know that he’s bringing serious and real passion to the position. Being a rather passion driven person myself, I respect that and feel it needs to be acknowledged. And again, I’m not questioning the other candidates. I couldn’t, can’t, won’t. They’re great people. I’m just acknowledging one trait, in one candidate, that I feel singles him out, a little. And based on the candidates, we really are down to looking for tiny distinctions at this point.

Best of luck making your own choices. But make sure you do make a choice and vote.

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