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Too much running around last night to post this in a timely fashion.

Day 4 was pretty rocking! I missed out on the Patterns for Service-Oriented Architecture session , unfortunately, but I did catch Using VSTS to build Enterprise Web Applications, Getting Ready for VS2005 and SQL Server 2005 and Extending VB to suit your needs. All very goor presentations.

Took a trip to the Hands-On Labs and did a really cool set of labs on Tablet PC Development. After finishing the labs and submitting feedback, the attendant walks up and hands me a Wacom Graphire III tablet. How cool is that? I've been wanting one of those puppies for a while now...

Had a quick afternoon meetup with some of my GeeksWithBlogs alums. Jeff Julian of course, Jason Olson, Edgardo Vega, myself and a couple others who showed up briefly. Not quite the turnout we hoped for, but it was still cool. Always nice to put a face with the name.

Spent a little time here and there floating in and out of the INETA booth, had lunch with Bill Jones of the Charlotte UG, visited the book publishers that were packing up to head home and managed to score 56 POUNDS of books. It cost me $45 to ship them all home (but considering that's less than the cost of ONE BOOK, who cares?)

Finally, I wrapped up the day with a trip to Universal Studios. What a cool place to hang out. We had the whole park to ourselves. I hung out with D'arcy Lussier and Jason Olson for about an hour before heading in seperate directions. Eventually hooked up with the extremely cool Jessica Rapp and hung out with her (and friends) for the remainder of the evening. If you're ever at U.S. these are the rides you have to hit:  Terminator 2 was incredible. I've never EVER seen 3D done like this. It was amazing. (So good, I went through it twice)  The Mummy was a cool roller coaster, although way too short. Twister was ok although the buildup took way too long and the actual exciting part was a bit too short. Jaws was pretty weak, to be honest.  All the food and drinks were free all evening. Quite the experience, made even better by having cool folks to hang out with and not having the normal crowds at a place like U.S.

Ended up hanging out until about 3am before heading back to the Discomfort Inn to crash. Never done so much walking in my life, as I have this week. I'll be sore for a few days, but it was worth it.

Posted on Friday, June 10, 2005 12:47 PM General Interest | Back to top


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