Wow! That dude that won XDBA last year? He looks OLD! 😀
I have to tell you that if you haven't gone to one of these SQLServerCentral parties, you just don't know what you're missing. You don't have to play the tables and not everyone does. Not only was I able to meet up with some longtime friends that I've not seen in a while but I was also able to check off at least a dozen people from my "bucket list" and met a bunch more people that I thought I'd never have a chance to meet. And having the opportunity to listen to some of the big dogs of SQL during a casual conversation is something that just doesn't happen everyday.
There's also the XDBA award ceremony. It's a short interruption in the party but long enough for some of the world's greats to take the time to speak briefly on the subject of what being a DBA means and to congratulate this year's winner.