What an adventure already! I got checked-in to the conference and picked up the swag. Once again they have given us a bag to carry our junk. This one appears more durable and better designed than last year's. It's narrower, with a nice padded pocket (presumably just big enough to slip your TabletPC into, unfortunately I'm still lugging around a 15” Dell Inspiron). This one has a handy PDA pocket inside the outside pocket (got that?). Oh sure, some might think it's a cell phone pocket, but it's wide enough to slip my Blackberry or a PocketPC into it. Overall, I'd say it's a good bag, but I still like the laptop backpack they gave us a couple of years ago better. I guess I'm just more comfortable lugging around the backpack, but maybe I'll give this one a try while I'm here.
We also got some certificates to redeem in the exhibit hall which opens tomorrow, and chances to enter prize drawings, and as I suspected, a certificat and PIN to receive a copy of SQL Server 2005 Standard Edition (NFR, I presume) when it is released. Not bad. Not bad at all.
However, all was not well in Muddville today. When I opened my suitcase I discovered that two items had exploded, or at least leaked all over my clothes. One was the sunscreen I brought (I am a [sun] sensitive guy you know). That was completely my fault for not putting the bottle in a Ziploc or something like that. Stupid mistake. The other appears to have been the fault of airline personnel getting a bit too violent with the luggage and punctured one of the XS energy drinks I brought with me. It leaked all over my khaki pants. Oh great! At least it was the Citrus flavor which is a light color, not a caramel one. Maybe if I'm lucky it will fade away as it dries.
Oh well, enough for now. Time to relax a little while I wait for Graz and the rest of the gang to arrive.
posted @ Tuesday, September 27, 2005 9:25 AM