Monday, March 12, 2007

Greetings from Seattle

Hello from Seattle. My brother, Gary, and I are here for the Microsoft MVP Global Summit. It is always nice visiting Seattle. This will have been the third time that my brother and I have been here for Global MVP Summits.

The flight over to Seattle was pretty uneventful. We didn't take a direct flight to Seattle, as the timing did not exactly work out well; instead, we took a connecting flight through Vancouver. The connection from domestic to US flights in Vancouver was not exactly the smoothest connection; hopefully things will improve when the new Link Building expansion is completed.

Since arriving in Seattle, we have had a great fill of seafood that is available in this area. We had sushi at Marinepolis Sushi Land in Bellevue. They had a pretty interesting setup where chefs prepared many different types of sushi at the centre of the restaurant. They were then placed on plates and placed onto a conveyor belt for patrons to pick and choose from. There were four different plates to signify the different price points of the food.

We also had the opportunity to stop into Salty's, home of the Best Saturday & Sunday Brunch as awarded by voted the I must have had enough oysters to fill Gary's share, in addition to mine, and then some! Unfortunately, due to the rain/fog in the morning, we did not really get a great view of the Seattle skyline (more on this later).

We were also fortunate enough to visit Seattle during their 25 for $25 promotion. This is very similar to Summerlicious or Winterlicious in Toronto. Along with fellow MVP Anando Chatterjee, we had a nice dinner at Ponti Seafood Grill.

Perhaps the only unfortunate thing for us during this trip has been the weather. There has been a lot of rain in Seattle for the last few days, and it is expected to continue for the next few days. This has been due to the 'Pineapple Express', a Pacific Ocean subtropical jet stream that brings warm moist air from Hawaii (where pineapples are grown) to the U.S. West Coast states of California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska, as well as the Canadian province of British Columbia. In some ways, it is similar to the effects that are created by the 'Gulf Stream' ocean currents in the Atlantic.

Many thanks to friends, Vincent Tam and Ivan Huterer for being great hosts during our weekend in Seattle. The MVP Summit events begin on Monday and continue throughout the week. As mentioned in some of my recent posts, I'm looking forward to learning more about future plans for Media Center, as well as reconnecting with many of the MVPs that I have met online.

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Anonymous said...

yo! say hi to ivan for me! i knew him back in kindegarden :)

Jen C said...

Tell Ivan I said HI too! I was just looking him up on facebook... Tell that boy to come visit!