Friday started with the keynote where the new PASS Board Members and officers were announced, and congratulations and best of luck to them all. Over the 5 years I've attended the PASS conference I've gotten to know most of them, and I respect all of them for their dedication to a great organization. Wayne Snyder will make a great PASS president - you can't help but feel good about yourself and the organization when you're talking with Wayne.
I spent half the day in sessions with Microsoft and the MVP's discussing the direction of SQL Server - very exhausting but good sessions.
The afternoon was filled, with a session on Change Data Capture, which I'd seen as a chalk-talk at Tech Ed in June, then a great session by Raj Gill of Scalability Experts called 'Taking Control of your Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Workloads'. Raj is an engaging speaker, and you can tell he's passionate about the topic. He also showed that the techniques apply not only to SQL 2005, but to SQL 2000 as well. I'm looking forward to working on finding a way to implement his ideas in my shop.
The last session of the day was Michael Lato's sesson on Telecommuting. I've gotten to know Michael over the last couple of years at PASS and he's truly an entertaining guy, and his session was both entertaining and informative. He really covered the bases on how to get your company to buy into the idea of telecommuting.
On my final evening in Denver I joined a number of fellow MVP's for a great dinner at the Denver Chop House and Brewery. We had some great conversations about SQL Server and non-SQL Server topics. (Rick - the Data Fly idea has some possibilities!) I was amused at one point when Roman Rehak asked a question about Database Mirroring and started a 20 minute discussion with Rick Heiges, Andy Kelly, Aaron Bertrand and me discussing the transactional details of Database Mirroring. Itzik's straw puzzle was really entertaining as well, especially watching Geoff Hiten try to figure it out. (Itzik had to show us the solution.)
Thanks to everyone at PASS and Microsoft for a great conference.