SeaFair in Seattle!

One last personal post and then I’ll get to the work stuff.   Last Friday we got off the ship… Saturday was moving the office with Bob… Sunday we went to a SeaFair party!!!  I’ve lived in Seattle for 14 years and never really paid any attention to SeaFair but it was a blast! So, SeaFair…

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I Moved into My New Office in Building 35

So, as I mentioned a few weeks ago, I am starting in the SQL team this week after the one week vacation.   My friend, Bob, came over on Saturday with his pickup truck and we moved everything from building 42 to building 35.   The Microsoft moving organization always gets confused when I move myself but…

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A Fun Cruise to Alaska with Friends

I’m starting this blog entry on the bus riding to work on Monday, Aug 4th… it’s taken all the bus rides until today, Thursday, to finish.  There’s NO computer stuff in this post… This is a vacation travelogue! Wow!  We had a good time in spite of Lisa being seasick for 1-1/2 days and the…

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Transferring to the SQL Team

Since I returned to Microsoft in March of 2007, I’ve worked in the Developer Division on a project in the area of RIAs( Rich Internet Applications).  This is a fascinating space in which lots of fun stuff is happening.  I’ve been privileged to work on a wonderful team developing an upcoming project in this area.  …

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A Weekend at Foo Camp

Well…  I was lucky enough to get invited to Foo Camp (which was last weekend) and I figure “What the heck!  Let’s do it!”.   Foo Camp is held at the O’Reilly headquarters in Sebastopol, CA which is 1 to 2 hours (or more depending on traffic) north of San Francisco.  It is an invitation only…

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I Got My Christmas Tree Up at Work...

My office is a bit unusual…  even for Microsoft. Anyway, during the Christmas Season, I like to add my Christmas Palm Tree that Lisa brought when she moved from Florida.   I managed to score some motif appropriate ornaments last year.   They are flamingos. This would seem VERY out of place were it not for the…

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OK... A Mediterranean Cruise in November Was Not My Smartest Idea...

In retrospect, we had a good time on our first week of vacation… but we would have had a better time if we’d thought things through. This trip was planned around TechEd EMEA in Barcelona running November 5th-9th.   The conference was great and we had a blast!   Our cruise covered Nice and Monaco, Florence and…

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Friday, November 16th -- A Day at Sea with a Major Storm...

Oh, my, it was moving!!  I used to own a large power boat and have had it in 15 foot seas. Then, I experienced 30-35 degree pitching (forward-backwards motion) and rolling (side to side). I’ve been seasick on smaller boats and this did not bother me. Still, over half the people on the boat were…

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Thursday, November 15th -- The Bus Tour from Hell and a Lovely Formal Evening

On Thursday, we had signed up for YET ANOTHER all day cruise… Again, Roger and D’Arcy had wanted to try the “Corleone Village and Wine Tasting” tour but hadn’t purchased tickets as early as we had. So, off we were (without our new friends) onto yet another large bus (but seated in the front). This…

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Wednesday, November 14th -- Pompeii, Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast, and Motion Sickness...

Naples!   The evening cruise had been quiet and we were back at it with the tour busses.   Our new friends had not been able to book with the Royal Caribbean sponsored tour to Pompeii, Sorrento, and the Amalfi Coast.   D’Arcy had gotten on the Internet and found a private tour to these same locations.  This…

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