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April 18, 2008

A Surprising Week

 Welcome welcome...come right in, sit right down, let's all have some tea!

Oh, I knew the MVP Summit would be awesome. But it was awesome in ways I hadn’t counted on.

In no particular order, here’s what ROCKED…

  1. Getting to see MOM again.
  2. Steaks with Nancy and Crystal on Thursday night, and using some of our IT mojo to give a little something back to Nancy, who’s been the heart & soul of our little SMB community.
  3. Lorna Williamson singing “Son of a Preacher Man” at EMP.
  4. Ballmer’s speech on Thursday.
  5. Sprinting for the monorail’s last run.
  6. Sitting next to Nick Whittome on the very first day, hitting it off immediately, and proceeding to both chew bubblegum and kick ass all week long, even tho we were all out of bubblegum.
  7. Getting a chance to sit in on some Mobile dives. And meet Loke Uei, if ever so briefly.
  8. The anonymous dude who saw us chasing the cab we had just gotten out of, and stepped out and flagged it down. Saved my new Lumix camera and Treo charging cable. Damn, there must be something in the air or water in Seattle. People are really freaking helpful there!
  9. Andy Goodman’s sharp-eyed observation, which earned him my “Quote of the Week” award.
  10. Finding out what an amazing person and tireless SBSC PAL the Canadians (and the rest of us) have in Elisabeth Vanderveldt.
  11. Getting to vent on Groove to Groove MVPs, then hear others saying the same stuff during the Q&A for Ozzie’s talk.
  12. Meeting the EBS team.
  13. Lunch with Kevin Beares and some WHS MVPs, which included finding out about KB’s past as a member of the elite Army Rangers.
  14. Going more mobile than mobile, thanks to my Treo Bluetooth travel keyboard, which both kicked ass, and got lots of attention from anyone who saw the setup.
  15. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5, which takes shots nothing short of breathtaking.
  16. The Robotics Studio Open Space session, which compelled me to install the software that very evening.
  17. Saving a complete stranger from a near-encounter with a roundhouse kick to his temple.
  18. Running after a cab to save Chris’ camera and charger. – Nick Whittome
  19. Riding, and subsequently getting thrown off, a mechanical bull. Also, the elbow scar to show around, which is all that really matters to folks from the UK. – Nick Whittome
  20. The first Windows Mobile Open Space session, for saying stuff that needed to be said.
  21. The BBQ at Nancy’s place on Saturday night. – Wayne Small
  22. Meeting all the cool new MVPs that really deserve the title. – Wayne Small
  23. The sheer openness and trust that the SBS team has with us in revealing plans YEARS in advance. – Wayne Small
  24. Nick taking pictures of Chris on the bus while he was out cold – Kevin Weilbacher (Note: I consider this more apt for the SUCKED list, but I was outvoted by my fellow MVPs. The bastidges!)
  25. Sharing room 2402 – Kevin Weilbacher (Note: Absolutely. Kev rocks!)
  26. Kevin Weilbacher successfully getting EVERYTHING on the list his wife wanted him to pick up from Pike Place Market, thereby assuring his continued survival.
  27. Watching Nancy’s daughter kicking the bootay of Guitar Hero III Mobile on Olli’s phone, ending “Woman” with a one-handed, over- her-head flourish! ROCK ON!
  28. The Miguel Jacquinto act at EMP. Well, and laughing about it with Nick.
  29. Nick’s bullriding should be on YouTube! – Elisabeth Vanderveldt
  30. The SBS Family = TRES cool group – Elisabeth Vanderveldt
  31. Wow if it wasn’t for meeting people like Chris and Nick the whole week would have SUCKED! – Elisabeth Vanderveldt
  32. Finally getting a picture of someone other than ME snoozing during a session, keynote, supper, bus ride, fire drill, etc. – Wayne Small

Here’s what SUCKED…

  1. Not being there when MOM broke her wrist in a horrible, freak accident. Wish I could have been there to help her.
  2. Trying to figure out the freakin’ Bizarro world of buses, shuttles, cars, and dirigibles that service Microsoft’s campus.
  3. Open Space sessions which were neither open, nor left any space for other folks to speak.
  4. Looking for the pucks…and coming up short.
  5. Egos.
  6. More egos.
  7. Chicken and salmon, after the 3rd day.
  8. Winning the WHS deep dive drawing, but then getting disqual’d because I wasn’t in the room. Also, Roger, Kevin, Steven and about 3 other people telling me about it for days afterward. Then getting a video of it. What’s next? A Ken Burns mini-series?
  9. No ferry during the 10p hour.
  10. The pockets on my windbreaker, which dribble stuff out when I sit down.
  11. The words “expected,” “everyone,” and “must.” Also, the intent behind them.
  12. That the things said in the first Windows Mobile Open Space session needed to be said.
  13. Hearing my friends uphappy about stuff that was said. – Wayne Small
  14. Being in Seattle ONCE AGAIN and not seeing it snow! – Wayne Small
  15. The number of times we heard the phrase “let’s take that offline” – Kevin Weilbacher
  16. The totally ghetto green plastic bag I was using for my “More Mobile Than Mobile” experiment. If I had found a stick to tie it to and sling over my shoulder, I was gonna alter my badge name to say Hobo Baggins.

But the very best thing for me, of all the things this week…

  1. Getting to hang out and spend a lot of time with Marina Roos, an absolute sweetheart who always seems to be looking out for others, even (and perhaps especially) when no one else is watching.

So to The Divine Ms. M and all the rest, thanks for making Summit both unforgettable and eye-opening.

*NOTE: If you were at Summit, post up your favorite/not-so-favorite things, and I’ll add them to the list. Please respect your NDA. Otherwise, the sky’s the limit!

|| posted by chris under beta, community, freebie, it pro, mobility, shoutout, thumbs down, thumbs up, travel || comments (9) || ||


  1. Ok, I give, what was Andy’s “sharp observation”?

    comment by David — April 18, 2008 @ 12:08 pm

  2. Dude… How is whatching the Naked MVP

    a. Ride the bull
    b. Chase a taxi

    Not on that list ;)

    Dude, you rock.


    comment by Nick Whittome — April 18, 2008 @ 2:50 pm

  3. [...] Life is too f’n short and Chris had it right when he talked about ego’s – some people really make themselves out to be 90% of the problem, even if they only represent [...]

    pingback by Vlad Mazek - Vladville Blog » Blog Archive » The New View — April 18, 2008 @ 3:35 pm

  4. Sorry to miss the fun this year!!!

    comment by Frank McCallister — April 18, 2008 @ 9:58 pm

  5. @ David…

    Sorry man. Cagey on purpose. Erring on the side of caution re: NDA.

    @ Nick…

    Added to the list, with links to TNM blog!

    @ Frank…

    Folks missed you too Frank. Got a particular piece of swag for you from Kevin B. I’ll try to get it to you sometime before the end of 2008. ;)

    comment by chris — April 19, 2008 @ 1:48 am

  6. Chris … here’s three you missed:

    3. Nick taking pictures of you on the bus while you were out cold
    2. the number of times we heard the phrase “let’s take that offline”
    1. And sharing room 2402 with me … priceless!

    comment by Kevin Weilbacher — April 19, 2008 @ 11:53 am

  7. @ Kevin…

    Hahaha! From my perspective, your #3 would go on the SUCKED list, but I think everyone else would outvote me.

    I’m surprised Wayne didn’t include getting a pic of me snoozing out on his ROCKED list as well.

    “Offline” definitely hits the SUCKED list.

    But sharing a room with The Weilbacher? Definitely a ROCKED item! Don’t forget the standing invitation for Dreamland ribs if you happen to come this way, Kevin.

    comment by chris — April 19, 2008 @ 5:21 pm

  8. @Nick
    That bull riding thing should be on You Tube :-) You are too funny. You and Chris are in the wrong line of business.

    Wow if it wasn’t for meeting people like you and Nick the whole week would have SUCKED!

    Re: Groove
    Groove ROCKS! You just need some “educating”. In fact there are too many of these groups that need to get off email and onto a Groove workspace!!!!! Hellloooo chat, messages, announcements, sharing “stuff” like photos, shirt orders (make soemone’s life easier) but all in one place without having to filter through 20 emails!!! Okay so no groove on mobile devies YET. So dam it people tell Ray Ozzie and the Groove PG’s you’d be all over this otherwise!

    @SBS Family
    TRES (french for very) COOL group!

    Re; Me
    Yup be afraid. Be VERY AFRAID. Especially if I go back to training which I am considering. 3rd degree here I come. Let the pain begin!

    comment by Liz — April 20, 2008 @ 11:23 am

  9. Chris Rue is a legend…

    This dude rocks. If only for getting me drunk enough to do this: Yeah!…

    trackback by Nick Whittome - The Naked MVP — May 14, 2008 @ 5:26 pm

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