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Prepping for PASS (apparently it is next week)

Mercy, PASS is going to be a busy week for me.  My basic schedule is:


Arrive just after 4 PM. Bus to the Sheraton.


Some Insiders stuff, some meetings, etc

6:30 or so, the Quiz Bowl 2009 (Celebrity Edition).  We have 3 star studded teams this year, and instead of winning prizes for themselves, they are going to win prizes for you…So come on out for some good food, friends, and fellowship with your fellow nerds.


11:30 – 1:30 Birds of a Feather Lunch.  I have a table where I hope to meet with people and help them with design (so they can help me with examples for my next book) and just discussing normalization or whatever.  This will be in the Expo Hall 4B


7:00 – 8:30 Quest PASS Breakfast “Dine and DMV’s” . I am on the panel and will be showing a couple of the DMVs for the Performance Counters and Disk IO.  More info:  This event will be in Room 608

11:30 – 12:00 Book signing with 53 of my coauthors on the MVP Deep Dives Book. Don’t have a copy?  They will be on sale there.  More info, check here:  This will be in the Spotlight Theater. With 30 minutes and 30-50 people signing books, this should be a hoot and a holler.

1:30 – 2:45 Database Design Session. With room for 360, there should be some elbow room if you find your session is packed. It is that kind of self-deprecating humor, coupled with light doses of database theory and practical advice that will make this session the can’t miss session of PASS! We will be room 615-617, but unlike breakfast, there will be no bacon involved, and please don’t bring eggs either.

7-9, The party at Gameworks. Not sure if I will be there, cause frankly I will have been up at 6:30 in the morning and am not a big fan of being awake in the first place.


All day – Post Con with Paul Nielsen on Relational Database Design. Finally, a session length that is long enough to get through an overview of Relational Design. We have lots of good stuff to talk about, and lots of interaction planned.  Not sure if there is a ton of space left, so hurry up and sign up if you wanna!


11:00, get back on a plane and head to Nashville, giving up the two bonus hours I received in route.


I will blog some and tweet some more during PASS, so if you want to meet up, follow me/direct message me at and let me know.  Frankly the whole thing seems exhausting to me, so you might find me slumped in a corner asleep…luckily, I am not a bingo square, but it should be fun anyhow:

Published Thursday, October 29, 2009 6:09 PM by drsql

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