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Yesterday (Sunday) was the day to get bearings… to find your way around a bit. After posting yesterday’s blog entry, I took the quick shuttle ride over to the convention center and got registered. We get a pretty nice bag again this year, along with all the usual magazine samples, software samples, coupons for little contests and prizes at various vendor booths in the exhibit hall, etc. All good stuff.
During the afternoon, I and some of the team attended and helped facilitate (though mainly just attended) an “MVP Engagement” event. Microsoft MVPs (“Most Valuable Professionals”) are folks who have been nominated and recognized as key “movers and shakers” in their field, either through NNTP newsgroup participation, or other community involvement. They are the top “influencers” out there. They know their stuff, and quite frankly, I don’t think Microsoft could survive if we didn’t have them as partners. So this event was a really great opportunity for them to get to know more about the program, and to meet those of us who are also “in the field” and available to assist… And we also learned from them how we might be better able to work with them also.
Later, after a nice reception, we walked through the big hall again. Some of us had to buy some additional “official” staff blue MS shirts, and I also had to get a couple of goodies for the kids, too, so we stopped by the Microsoft Store. And we also checked out the
Dinner was at a diner in the Peabody Hotel. Excellent Chicken Pot Pie.. and a white chocolate milkshake. Mmmmm! I might go back there just for that!
Today I’ll be working in the Hands-on-Labs (Server area) from 8:00am to 1:30pm… and then I’ll probably make a pass through the Exhibit Hall. Then this evening is the Exhibit Hall Reception, followed by our “Geek Dinner” at Bahama Breeze, and topping it all off by attending the first Jam Session.
See you on stage!