I just won SQLServerPedia's Dream Trip contest. I'm SO JAZZED.
Briefly: This was a Quest-sponsored contest to drum up participation in SQLServerPedia, a wiki-style SQL knowledge site populated by user-written articles. It worked...I'd guestimate they had nearly 200 additional blog entries through 16 new syndications, and 15 new articles. Not to mention all the great buzz through Twitter and the blogs themselves. Good times.
So I get to go to PASS for free, and I get a netbook with WiFi to blog about the experience for SQL Server Pedia. I was really gearing myself up NOT to win...hey, a 1 in 3 chance means you're 66% likely to lose.
I have never worked so hard on anything, ever. Not to bang on about it too much, but the first two weeks never saw me in bed before 1am, and that's with a 6am wake up call. I really, really wanted this.
Thanks SO much to Quest for sponsoring, and to SQL Server Pedia for putting this on. The editors I worked with were the bomb, and I think we can all agree that Brent Ozar deserves a medal for all the time he put in on it. By the way, Brent...wouldn't "check your junk" be a great greeting? Let's make it the official "hi" for PASS....
A very BIG thank you to my tweeps...many of us were competitors, but it was an awful lot of fun going through this with you guys. Everybody go out and follow these people and their respective blogs, they are the shizzle:
-Jen McCown, http://www.MidnightDBA.com