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Well, we're back again, this time with Trisha Cardell (formerly Lacey) of INETA/CodeZone fame. Trisha is also an occasional blogger at GeeksWithBlogs and plays a rather wicked Night Elf in World of Warcraft. Yes guys, really. So without further ado, here are NINE Questions with Trisha Cardell.

image 1. Where are you from?
Gainesville, GA.  A smallish town NE of Atlanta.  To be more specific, I actually grew up in Flowery Branch, GA on a street called Quiet Meadow Lane.

2. We already know where you work (Microsoft), but what part do you work for? Give me the 10 second pitch on them. Why would I want to buy their "product"?
I work on the US Technical Audience & Platform Marketing team, and my focus is ITPro & Developer community.  One of the main areas I focus on is the user group community, so I guess that is my product!  The reason you would want to be involved with the user group community and organizations like INETA & Culminis is because you can get tons of free technical training while hanging out and building relationships with other people that are interested in the same things that you are. 

3. What brought you to Microsoft?
Happenstance.  When I was in college, my best friend and I took a trip out to Seattle to visit a friend.  I fell in love with Seattle (grunge was still huge then – and we were totally in to it, even went to a few Seattle thrift stores and both a bunch of flannel shirts to give to our friends as souvenirs – authentic Seattle grungewear!) and declared that when I finished school I was going to move to there.  So, I finished school, moved to Seattle, got a job at a company downtown, hated it, quit it, decided I needed another job, hooked up with an agency, got placed at Microsoft, liked Microsoft, Microsoft liked me, ended up getting a job here. 

4. I've known you from INETA for a few years, but that's just one side of you. What's something the world doesn't know about you? 
Well, as you know, I am not very secretive, so I am not sure what the world doesn’t know yet. Since I have to pick something though, I will say this: I love Martha Stewart.  I think she is awesome and I want to be her when I grow up.

5. I saw you at TechEd2008 (Developers) this year. How did you like the new split format? Worth going back again?
This is a tough question for me.  I heard from a number of attendees that they liked it better because the content and everything else at the event was more specifically focused on them with the split event, so in that case, I think it is a good thing.  Personally though, since I cover both ITPro and developer I had to spend 2 weeks in Orlando and by the end I was totally beat.  Two weeks is a long, long time to be in Orlando.  Regardless, I would highly recommend TechEd to anyone who hasn’t been.  It is a great event, with great content, great parties, great opportunities to meet new people and great times with friends from across the country that you only see at the big events.

6. Lots of folks find equal or greater value in the networking, rather than the sessions. Would you agree?  Did you have a favorite session or event?
I totally agree – as I mentioned above, a big event like TechEd is a wonderful place to make all sorts of connections.  You never know when someone you meet at TechEd might be able to help you with something as small as working through a technical issue all the way up to helping you find your next job.  I have made friends at TechEd over the last few years, that go way beyond just being colleagues, and I hope to stay in touch with some of these people for many, many years to come. 

As to a favorite event, I really loved the fishbowl this year - I think it is awesome to see more virtual offerings being included with events like TechEd – a lot of the panels and discussions at the fishbowl were awesome, and it was really exciting to see the Speaker Idol competitions as well.  I also loved the community lounge this year – it was in a great spot and ended up being the place to hang out during the day.  Oh, and I also really liked the attendee party and the Simpsons ride at Universal. :)

7. I followed a lot of folks on Twitter during TechEd, and it seems like the way to go when out of town. What's your take on Twitter?
Grr…I HATE IT!  I understand the value, and it has its charm in a certain sort of way. It is a nice way to convey where you are both physically and mentally in a given moment in a little bite size way as opposed to working up an entire blog post.   And it can definitely be good in some cases like at events where you want to know what people are up to.  But in general to me it is just one more thing to keep up with.  Maybe if I ever master technology I will be able to keep up with blogging, twittering, facebooking, friendstering, myspacing, linkedin-ing, plaxoing and everything else that becomes the next new thing but for now I have a hard time just keeping up with my email.  Nevertheless, I am not completely immune to peer pressure, so at TechEd, I signed up for a twitter account.  I almost feel as dirty as I did when I signed up on facebook, but as someone pointed out to me at TechEd, I am the community lead for Microsoft for the US, so I HAVE to twitter! 

On a more serious side though – I do find the online social networking explosion over the last few years absolutely fascinating, and while I don’t want to necessarily participate in everything myself, I do pay attention to it and can’t wait to see what happens next.  There are so many cool and innovative things being done and I can’t believe we ever lived without some of these sites.  I am not that old and I still remember when we didn’t even have the internet; now I can barely do anything without consulting it. 

8. Any non-technical hobbies? What are they and why?
Yes.  What: I am a dancing queen.  Why: Because it frees your soul.    Also, I spend time volunteering with my local animal shelter, going out to see bands, and just general hanging out with friends and family.

9. Last of all, any tattoos?  

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