As from my blog posts, all of you are probably aware that I am very much excited for attending SQL PASS at Seattle from Nov 1, 2009. As the days to the summit were nearing, I could already feel the rush of adrenalin in my veins. May be because of this, I could not wait any longer and so I headed towards Seattle a week earlier!
As Robert Cain mentioned on twitter, I finally arrived at Seattle a week earlier than the start date of the summit. I landed in Seattle on the evening of Oct 24, 2009. As I was early, I wanted to spend my time constructively by learning something. I asked Rushabh Mehta, the Managing Director of Solid Quality India, regarding what to do during the free time. Rushabh was well aware that I am a big fan of Itzik Ben-Gan. I have already read every available book written by him on T-SQL subject. Rushabh right away suggested me to attend the course taught by Itzik in Bellevue (located very close to Seattle).
I dreamt of meeting Itzik, and I had finally managed to meet him in the MVP Global Summit earlier this year. In the same event, I was fortunate to meet Rushabh also, and he had promised me the following:
- To visit my User Group in Ahmedabad whenever he comes to India next time – He kept his promise!
- To help me attend one of Itzik’s courses to make my lifetime dream come true – Well! he is about to fulfill his second promise too.
I am very glad that Itzik accepted my registration for his course Advanced T-SQL Querying, Programming and Tuning for SQL Server 2005 & 2008. As you might be aware, for his courses, there is always a waiting list of attendees. Here, I want to thank Rushabh and Itzik along with Solid Quality Global for arranging this wonderful opportunity for me.
I am very glad as my happiness has doubled as soon as I came to USA. My stay in USA is for 12 days. I have arrived on Oct 24, 2009 at 9 PM and will leave on Nov 6, 2009 at 8 AM. During these 12 days, I will continue to blog and share my experience at Seattle.
Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)