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SQL Saturday Chicago Highlights

It’s been a crazy few weeks. As I mentioned previously, I presented at two SQL Saturday Events in back to back weeks. I’m on the core committee for the North Texas SQL Server User Group SQL Saturday, so I was overwhelmed with things to do and couldn’t stop to blog.

So, now that I’ve taken […]

Meme Monday - SSIS Frustrations

One of the cool kids, Thomas LaRock (Blog/Twitter), has started a new community blogging game called Meme Monday. My friend John Sterrett (Blog/Twitter) tagged me this morning, and my attempt is below.

SSIS work is not good for your self-esteem on Monday morning.

These things spread like wildfire, so I’m not sure who’s been tagged and […]

Isn't it Ironic? Don't You Think?

Anyone who reads this blog should know that I’m a fan of Todd McDermid and his free Kimball Slowly Changing Dimension Transform. For those of you who’ve not been following his blog, he was contacted by the Kimball Group and informed that he needed to stop using Kimball’s name for his free transform, the Kimball […]

Christmas is a Time of Miracles/New Year's Resolutions

Santa was geeked to take the pic, but Anakin wasn’t convinced.

Since the holidays are fast approaching, along with the end of the year, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on the previous year, discuss some small miracles that have happened recently, and share my New Year’s Resolutions.

My Girlfriend Missy and I […]

On the Third Day of SQL Todd McDermid Gave to Me...

This year I made a concerted effort to get involved in the community in a big way and that has benefited me in several ways. I’ve made tons of new friends and found great people who are willing to share their knowledge with me and others. To recognize others for what they do in the […]

Branding Leaves a Mark

It’s All About the Brand

I apologize for being late to the Un-SQL party, but work related problems have kept me busy since the PASS Summit. The Summit had a profound effect on me and I’m still trying to process it all.

Never mistake motion for action. – Ernest Hemingway

Like my new friend Grant […]

Presenting Epiphanies

I Love Teaching

As I mentioned earlier this week, I really enjoyed Consona Connect 2010. I had two very important epiphanies while presenting at this event.

I know a LOT more about SQL Server than I did 3 years ago.

Don Rudo introduced me as a SQL server expert, and actually said, “Dave probably knows more […]

Brent Ozar Steals My Ideas.

Stop Stealing

Alright Brent, that’s it. I’m calling you out. Your recent post on Getting Things Done was the final straw.

I’m not just talking about Brent, I’m also pointing an accusing finger at Steve Jones, Buck Woody, Tim Mitchell, and Brian Knight.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read these […]

What can I say?

Dennis and I last year.

“They found this growth in my jaw… referred me to an oral surgeon… Sensei, it’s cancer,” Dennis said to me. I was shocked and devastated. This one-two punch was followed by a long pause and then, “They’re going to remove a lot of my lower jaw next week…”

People who […]

I've Got a Golden Ticket!

Hoping to find an everlasting Gob Stopper.

Last year I pined away reading all of the tweets from last year’s PASS.

It was cute, but I meant what I said. I made a promise to myself that I would go to PASS 2010. Well, last night I pulled the trigger and purchased my ticket to go […]

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