January 2006 – Come up with idea for “The Damn Data” website while sitting in a boring meeting at work arguing about data quality, thinking that the problem ‘is just the damn data’. Goal was (is?) to develop a brand about data of all types stored in all types of structures and manipulated by all types of tools.
February 3 – Present first ever session at South Florida Code Camp titled “It’s all about the Data: Building a Data Warehouse using SQL Server 2005”. I’ll never admit it but I was kind of nervous about the appeal of the topic but the 65 people in attendance convinced me that I was onto something. The post party at Tarpon Bend was quite enjoyable, I especially enjoyed talking with the pretty ladies who are also techies, and I think they were from
March – Much to the angst of Joe Healy, I skipped the Orlando code camp to watch my beloved St. Louis Cardinals play three spring training games in Jupiter, unknowingly watching the precursor to Game 7 of the NLCS (Cardinals @ Mets).
June – Roadtripped in the ‘shaggin’ wagon’ (since sold God bless it) with Healy and Tom Fuller to the Tallahassee Code Camp. Presented “Data Warehousing Essentials with SQL Server 2005” with 14 people in attendance. Slightly disappointed in the post-party at Paradise Bar and Grill due to lack of college students in town during the summer. Strongly suggested to Keith Rowe that TLH Code camp be moved back to September (which I’m told it will be). The best part was seeing city-boy AKA Fuller in his Buffalo Bills visor eating at “Hog Heaven” bbq on the side of U.S. 19, a place where only a redneck would feel at home (like Healy and I are at heart).
July – Wasted a good weekend at the Homewood Suites in
August – Attended the Tampa Bay Technology Forum Summer tech jam (www.tbtf.org) at Channelside. It was a lot of fun and I got a chance to meet up with a lot of recruiters (many of them were very pretty and you know who you are, and I’ll still take you up on that dinner with your friend, Michelle). I also socialized with old coworkers and friends who I hadn’t seen in a long time. At the end of the month, I roadtripped with Healy, Kabza, Fuller, Schultes, and Zimmy to
September – Presented “Introduction to SQL Server Integration Services” at the Tampa SQL user group meeting with about 16 in attendance. The presentation went well and I enjoyed socializing with the group at Courtside Grille afterwards. Spent too much time chasing women and socializing to think a lot about data…….
October – Didn’t do a damn thing related to data, but I did hop on American Airlines and found myself at Game 5 of the World Series, watching the St. Louis Cardinals decimate the Detriot Tigers for the championship. I thought about data warehousing after noticing that it took 3 days for my AAdvantage miles to post to my account after my trip. In contrast, Delta posts the miles to my account by the time I get home from the airport. Could this be the difference between a batch load and a trickle feed (right time) data warehouse? Interesting…. Oh, and thanks to Kabza and Schultes for joining me at the Green Iguana (after Russ’ MSDN event) and Courtside Grille to watch the NLCS game 7.
November – Courtesy of my employer, attended The Data Warehouse Institute (www.tdwi.org) World Conference at Universal Studios in
December – Attended the Visual Studio Team Systems for Database Professionals launch in