We Microsoft bloggers do talk to each other occasionally, y’know


Every so often, somebody will spam all the Microsoft blogs with a survey or a plea for a job or some other boilerplate message. Don't think you're fooling anyone. It's not like each blogger lives in a separate world and never talks to anyone else. In reality, we exchange information quite freely and even occasionally get together—usually under the aegis of our overworked leader Betsy—for an informal face-to-face (usually lubricated with beer).

Which reminds me: That April get-together was held at Fadó Seattle, and at some point during the evening, I excused myself and went into the main part of the pub. I headed for what appeared to be a promising hallway, but which instead was merely a large wall covered in thematic decorations. I scanned the wall for a few seconds, then someone walking past said to me, "It's over there, through that room, on your left."

I found it intriguing that the gentleman knew exactly what I was looking for based on the fact that I was staring at a wall at the edge of a bar near the kitchen entrance.

Comments (11)
  1. Samuel Jack says:

    A bit late posting today!

  2. Jimbo says:

    You should never be surprised at what can happen to you in an irish pub!

  3. As a "reader" of the Microsoft Blogs I find it amusing that many of you are guilty of becoming “spammers.” When Microsoft has a new press release “too many” of your own employee’s simply repost the exact same article, with no further comments, no supplemental links, but more importantly the topic is outside their purview.

    But what frustrates me; is that it makes my RSS-Reader go crazy over nothing!

  4. aidan_walsh says:

    << I found it intriguing that the gentleman knew exactly what I was looking for based on the fact that I was staring at a wall at the edge of a bar near the kitchen entrance. >>

    Here in Ireland, we’re never looking at the wall of a pub unless we’re looking for the bathroom or the bar, and since the bar is usually easier to find… =)

  5. Jerry Pisk says:

    Too bad you do not get to talk the ones that censor their comments, I posted several comments to the Expert Zone blog and none of them ever showed up, last one today was noting that Ctrl+Enter in IE does not always add www. and .com, it adds the national domains for localized IE.

  6. Norman Diamond says:

    I found it intriguing that the gentleman

    > knew exactly what I was looking for

    But that was obvious. He read it on your blog.

    > we exchange information quite freely

    I thought Microsoft was too big and diverse for that?

  7. Starfish says:

    << I found it intriguing that the gentleman knew exactly what I was looking for based on the fact that I was staring at a wall at the edge of a bar near the kitchen entrance. >>

    This is something Windows XP absolutely *needed*. "It looks like you are staring at the Start Menu. Are you looking for ‘All Programs’?" It would’ve improved user-paperclip relationships substantially.

  8. Schwallex says:

    +1 to Starfish.

    I can never find ‘All Programs’ in XP. I’ve come to think of it as an eye floater. (You know, those thingies that keep moving with your eyes so you can never focus on them, however hard you try.)

  9. I think he knew what you were looking for because everyone does the exact same thing.

    I know EXACTLY what you did, because I’ve done it myself. The first time I ever went to Fado’s, I was on a first date. I excused myself, and to exactly the same spot… realized nothing was there, and when on exploring. Luckily the girl never saw this…

  10. :: Wendy :: says:

    Microsoft Bloggers talk to each other? In bars? Get lost when looking for the ‘Rest Rooms’. I thought you were all robots with built in GPS services. Only needing a lube of WD40 from IT support when things get sticky. REAL people with vocal chords. Fabulous!

  11. mike says:

    I found it intriguing that the gentleman knew exactly what I was looking for

    This is because, as police detectives know, human behavior is depressingly predictable. The obvious explanation is usually the correct one … :-)

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