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Steve Jones is the editor of SQLServerCentral.com and visits a wide variety of data related topics in his daily editorial. Steve has spent years working as a DBA and general purpose Windows administrator, primarily working with SQL Server since it was ported from Sybase in 1990. You can follow Steve on Twitter at twitter.com/way0utwest

A Strange Twist in my life

As the plane was landing the other day for SQL Saturday in Pensacola, I was struck by how amazing my career has gone. 19 years ago, working in a cube in a power station, programming dbase and Clipper applications. A geek at a desk.

Now I’m flying halfway around the country to give a couple talks to database professionals.

That’s amazing to me. Never in a million years when I left college did I see myself as someone that would be giving talks and presenting to people. I did a shared keynote in Charlotte earlier this year, and I’m doing another in Baton Rouge (SQL Saturday #28). When I was younger, these were only for famous people, for people I looked up to. I can’t believe that people are coming to see me at events.

And there are a lot of us. The SQL Server community is amazing, and more than a few other technology niches are looking with awe at all the database professionals that are taking the time to give presentations and go to events like SQL Saturday.

I think it’s cool, and I’m still awed by the place I’ve gotten to, and all the company I have with me. I’m proud to be associated with the rest of those speakers that are out there helping everyone learn more about SQL Server.

Comments

Posted by Patrick LeBlanc on 16 June 2010

Keep up the good work Steve.  We appreciate all that you do.

Posted by Steve Jones on 16 June 2010

Thanks and I enjoy it. I think it's amazing how many others, including you, Patrick, are in my same boat.

Posted by Seth Phelabaum on 16 June 2010

You're an inspiration to geeks at desks everywhere!  Seriously though, it is much appreciated.

Posted by Steve Jones on 16 June 2010

Thanks, good to hear. Helps to get me to the airport to these events when people appreciate it.

Posted by Andy Warren on 16 June 2010

I agree well earned!

Posted by Jason Brimhall on 16 June 2010

Agreed with the others - thanks for what you do.

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