Eric's TechEd 2006 Swag Report #6


Thanks Boston!

Friday, June 16: This event could not have happened without the great city, facilities, and people of Boston. And I want to especially thank Boston’s finest, the men and women of BPD. For their constant presence and protection, for keeping the conference center a safe and contained space, for intersection and traffic control whenever we needed to go somewhere, and for motor escorts during the difficult bus driver union strike… without a hiccup, Boston rolled out its school buses and got us to our ancillary events safely, on time, and without incident. WAY TO GO

Thank you to the fabulous Conference Center staff who invisibly kept us constantly supplied with: food, snacks (both healthy and not), ice cream, drinks, directions, smiles, and lots of World Cup Soccer on breaks when we needed it most.

   I spent a great deal of every evening (usually into the wee hours) absorbing the flavor, history and culture of this great town by strolling around almost every square inch of it. Boston truly is the “walking city” and it’s people, though sometimes blunt, are always warm and genuine. (well except for one jaywalker… must have been a tourist).

Quick Party recap

Mon: Jam Sessions (read live karaoke but still fun) at Avalon -- Tues: TechNet Magazine launch party at Boston Billiards; SharePoint party Boston Aquarium; The Windows Mobile party at the Boston Harbor Hotel; Microsoft Exchange Staff Party, at and if last night wasn’t enough… Jam sessions continued at Avalon. -- Wed: IT Influencer Party at a bar in Feneuil Hall/Quincy Market -- Thurs: Was the “Who’s your daddy” of all attendee parties thrown by Microsoft at historic Fenway Park. Besides stepping back in time to 1912 and having complete free run of this amazing park, its food and drink concessions, dugout, stands, warning track, green monster, batting and pitching cages, EMC club, and historical displays throughout - like the world series trophy, golden gloves, photos, autographs from Red Socks legends like “Oil Can Boyd”, and every team jersey (including the Babes) since the beginning of time… we were treated to a concert in the stands, just for TechEd by the band Train who completely wowed the rowdy crowd with hit after hit, an encore, and a few really funny stories. Local band Buffalo Tom and the other furry “Green Monster” kicked things off and got the 10,000+ fired up and ready to party -- Fri: no parties today, but a trip to Boston would NOT be complete without a visit to Cheers… so that’s just what we did. Dinner and drinks at the original and exterior for this famous TV hangout (formerly the “Bull and Finch Pub” across from the Boston Commons - whose interior is quite different)… then a quick walk over to the new Cheers at Feneuil hall (which looks nothing like the outside but the interior is spot on)


Thanks Microsoft, Thanks Boston and Thanks to everyone who attended!