Thursday, April 17, 2008

YVR, YYJ, SEA & PDX (Vacation & Microsoft MVP Summit)

So I've been away from Toronto since last Friday.

I've finally taken some time off work to head down to the Microsoft MVP Summit [see MVP Summit 2008 press release] down in Seattle. However, since I was going to be on the west coast, I decided to visit three other cities in the immediate area, that being Vancouver, Victoria and Portland.

Vancouver and Victoria are two cities in British Columbia. I got to see a couple of friends, Andy Devlin, a former schoolmate (and even a student of mine), and Karen Penate, an elementary schoolmate whom I actually haven't seen for almost 18 years. It was great to see both of them, as well as having a chance to quickly tour around both cities. Thanks to the two of them for their hospitality.

This is the third time I've been to Seattle, but the first time that I've actually taken the time to tour around the city. The MVP Summit has been great. We got to see a lot about the future direction of Media Center, the product in which I have been awarded as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP). When the time is right, I will blog about those items in further depth. Thank you, Microsoft, for bringing everyone together. It was great to meet the product team on the Microsoft side, and it was also great to see the other Media Center MVPs that could make it (Corey Gouker, Jesse Lin, Mike Garcen, Peter Stagman, Andrew Cherry, Richard Miller, Dana Cline and Barb Bowman [I don't count my brother, only because I see him everyday lol]). It was too bad some of the other Media Center MVPs could not make it (Chris Lanier, Ian Dixon, Brian Socha, Nigel Barker, Peter Near, Doug Knox, Anthony Park, Niall Ginsbourg, and Michael Hancock). Perhaps next time!

Tomorrow, I head out to Portland before returning home to Toronto on Saturday night. I'm looking forward to seeing the effects of land use planning and transportation planning in this city (the planning geek in me comes out, after the computing geek in me had its fun).

It has been an amazing trip been an amazing trip (aside from my laptop deciding to break down 2 days into the trip), and I wish I had more time to really experience each of these cities to its fullest. That will be for the future!

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