I have been neglectful of this blog recently, as my team is hard on the last mile to both the production go-live of v1.0 of our product and the drop to test of the first release of our localization Service Pack next week.  I've pulled several late nights, but I've learned a ton and our product is awesome.  Full localization in sixteen languages (and half a dozen character sets) of a highly performant, globally deployed customer support application is a pretty amazing accomplishment.
 
Anyway, that's my excuse for not posting here for over a month.
 
The Baseball Challenge was an awesome experience.  Former Mariner pitchers Brian Kreuger and Brian Holman each managed a team of volunteers in a surprisingly competitive game played in a wonderfully laid-back atmosphere -- my two sons were able to sit in the dugout, as well as on the field, during the game.  Over $15,000 has been raised to date for Cocoon House and Ronald McDonald House.
 
By the way, the Cocoon House team won, 12-8, despite the fact that I went 0 for 4.
 
The Microsoft Giving Campaign starts on October 3rd.  I hope those of you reading who are MSFTe's will consider helping these two fine organizations.  I'm in the process of planning a Giving Campaign event for Cocoon House and will post the details here when they're fully baked -- my next meeting on the topic is scheduled for Tuesday, 20 September so I'll hopefully know more then.
 
After I post those plans, the next post will be technical in nature.  Promise.
 
Thanks for reading, and thanks for your patience.
 
    -wp