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Friday, April 9, 2004
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This was my second time attending a Microsoft MVP Summit in Seattle.  The weather gods were smiling on us for the entire week as we had spectacular weather (mild and sunny!) each and every day.

If you are expecting anything technical for the rest of this post, you may as well stop. The MVP Summit was under NDA. End of discussion.

For me the summit has always been about people and the connections you make and renew. On the renewing connections side, it was definitely great to hang out with my friend Andrew. I know that one of the reasons that I click with him is that he is as close to his family as I am to mine. Since our wives and kids were three time zones away, you could practically guarantee that one of us would be trying to find a quiet spot every morning and every evening to make sure that we did the "Wake them in the morning" and "Put them to bed" calls every day.  Needless to say, it is good to be home!

On making new connections topic, I finally got to meet Beau Monday and his wife Jessica. I've "known" Beau via his weblog for a while now and have always been impressed by his knowledge and passion. It was great to finally meet him and Jessica in person.  Jessica was very understanding of the geek talk :-)  She works full time in the finance field AND is just one course away from completing her MBA. Some serious dedication there!

We had dinner at the Cheesecake Factory in Seattle and another one of my friends, PJ, joined us as well. PJ is someone you would definitely classify as a "character". He used to be a PSS Support Engineer at Microsoft at one time and then moved into the Microsoft community area, which is a great fit for him as he is a very people oriented person. These days he works on Microsoft's involvement with the Security community so there were definite topics of common interest :-)

I also got introduced to a .... Fat Tire.  Now, let me just say that the limits of my alcohol consumption usually stop at a good glass of wine. I've never been interested in hard liquor and have never acquired a taste for beer. But since a lot of my friends do seem to find enjoyment in beer, and it all too often acts as a social lubricant, I've made a concerted effort to find some beers that taste good to me, just for those social occasions.  After more than 2 years of searching, my beer selection is still only up to two, Alexander Keith Pale Ale and Earl's Albino. Both of which were introduced to me by my brother-in-law and both of which are native to the Canadian province of Alberta.  So I am glad to report that, per Beau's recommendation, the Fat Tire is now part of my limited selection of beers :-)

I know that we got there at 6 p.m. and by the time we were done, it was after 9 p.m. The food was great and the desserts were excellent. It was, as all good conversations should be, wide ranging and comfortable.  I had a great time and regretted that it had to end.

So I think it is appropriate that I close this entry out with an ancient Irish blessing:

"May the road rise up to meet you
May the wind be ever at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
And the rain fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again,
May God hold you
In the hollow of his hand"


Tags:: Musings
4/9/2004 12:01 AM Eastern Daylight Time  |  Comments [1]  |  Disclaimer  |  Permalink   
Sunday, May 8, 2005 12:06:48 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
It was great to meet you Anil! I hope you find occasion to return to Seattle sometime soon.
<br>Best regards,
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