2012: New Year, New Goals

Happy New Year to all! At the start of 2011, I laid out some goals for the year and did an update on them back in July. Now that it's 2012 it's a great time to take a look at what I accomplished (and fell short on) last year and also set some new targets. My 2011 goals were as follows: Speak More - I spoke at two SQL Saturdays this year, #67 in Chicago and #101 in Kansas City. I had hoped to make it to more than 2, but I still met my goal for the year and…
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The Bucket List

A while back, honorary SQL geek Sarah Sjolander (blog | twitter) posted her bucket list after watching the movie of the same name. I have yet to see that movie, but thought I'd share my own personal bucket list that (until now) resided only in my head. These items are listed in descending order of the possibility of them ever occurring. Enjoy! Attend a Weird Al Yankovic concert - been wanting to get to one of Al's shows since I discovered his music in 4th grade Go Skydiving - my mother will kill me Visit Hoover Dam - and go…
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Three Events That Brought Me Here

Back in January, Paul Randal (Blog | Twitter) started a wonderful blog meme that asked you to write about 3 events in your life that brought you to where you are today.  I had the pleasure of reading many excellent posts written by people that I really look up to.  I wanted to participate, but I didn’t have a blog back then.  I’m 7 months late to the party (the story of my life!) and I’ll warn you that I don’t think my tale is nearly as inspiring as others that I've read, but I thought I’d share anyway. 1.…
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