The World’s Largest
November 16, 2010 Leave a comment
Each year, the Georgia Bulldogs and the Florida Gators meet on the college grid iron in what’s called the world’s largest cocktail party. I’ve never been; in fact I’m probably not welcomed since I’m an alumni of a rival school, the Auburn Tigers. War Eagle!
You Can’t Handle The SQL!
Last week, I attended another “world’s largest” event: the PASS Community Summit. With over 3,000 attendees, it’s the largest SQL Server-only event in the world. There are over 150 break out sessions, it has several rooms for hands-on labs complete with Microsoft folks to help you with specific SQL issues, and there are plenty of exhibitors there to see.
It’s got more technical content that your mind can absorb without exploding. Don’t believe me? Just watch Dr. David DeWitt’s Thursday morning keynote address and then tell me how your brain feels. Mine rapidly turned to mush as neurons overheated while struggling to process everything he said.
We Are Family!
But I don’t really think of PASS in those terms. No, to me all of the education at PASS is just a side benefit; it’s the icing on the cake. I think of the Summit as the World’s Largest SQL Family Reunion.
Each fall at this community event, I have the opportunity, no the absolute pleasure, to spend time with friends from around the world. It’s a special week that I look forward to all year long.
Some of the traditions are deeply rooted and planned months in advanced. This year’s SQL Karaoke found over 80 people belting out the tunes in American Idol-like fashion.
SQLKilt is another tradition growing in popularity. Plus there are the breakfasts, the dinners, and the after parties.
But my favorites are the impromptu gatherings. Having coffee with a friend from Europe, sharing a lunch table with someone I’ve only met through Twitter, and bumping into good friends from other states in the hallways. That’s what gets my blood to pumping and brings a smile to my face.
The technical content is good, but it’s the relationships that matter most to me.
So, to everyone I saw in Seattle last week: Know that I cherish the time that we got to spend together. And if we didn’t get a chance to catch up, let’s not let that happening again next year.
This community rocks.
See you all again next year.