I’ve grown up reading Tom Clancy and probably most of you have at least seen Red October, so this book caught my eye when browsing used books for a recent trip. It’s a fairly human look at what’s involved in sailing on a Trident missile submarine…
SQL Saturday 103 was in Curacao, a beautiful Dutch Island in the Caribbean. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend this event and demo a couple of favorite tools of mine. SQL Prompt and SQL Compare. Being the PASS regional mentor for this area made me want to attend and show support even more.
Roy Ernest did a fantastic job in putting together this event. It was Roy’s first SQL Saturday but you would not have known it. He acted as a seasoned professional. Not only did Roy manage to pull off a well ran event, he also was able to coordinate picking up 3 out of country speakers and Karla Landrum (Twitter).
One of my favorite things about the event is that the boys from Georgia showed up in force to help Roy fill the speaker slots. Rob Volk (Twitter), Bill Pearson (Twitter) and myself each presented three sessions while Roy (Twitter) presented two and Rohan Joackhim (Twitter) presented one. In all the attendees had 12 sessions to chose from. The dedication from the SQL Community goes unmatched with any other professional field.
Roy took us to an incredible venue for the speaker dinner in Riffort village. The Indian food was top notch and the view was wonderful. I was fortunate to be able to take my son with me. My son had been begging to get to fly on an airplane to what better trip to let him tag along.
Before the event was even over we started asking Roy about plans for the next one. Curacao is on top of my list for places to visit again. If you ever have the chance to visit I recommend taking an underwater camera, lots of sun screen, goggles and a snorkel. There are reefs all around the island. No need to have to get on a boat to take you somewhere to snorkel, simply get in the water. Truly amazing!