The audience was great. They participated (asked questions), were attentive -- sometimes hard after 3pm on a Friday (a sunny, warm Friday at that). I enjoy the seminars, especially when I get lots of questions, but they are tiring to say the least. At the end of the day, your feet and back and legs are hurting. That and you really don't feel like saying another word for a while.
But would I would like to thank the NEOOUG officers for their hospitality, especially Rumpi Gravenstein - he coordinated this event for me, made sure I was retrieved from the airport (and deposited back safely) as well as picking a very convenient hotel for me. Dinner with the group the night before was great. That's one thing that makes a trip like this all the better - I could have taken cabs, figured out where to stay, eaten dinner alone. But this is much nicer. Not something I can ever expect on a sales call though.
I'm often asked at these user group meetings "wow, how did they get you here". The answer is rather (surprisingly) simple. They asked. Seriously, that's about it - they asked me. I might not be able to say yes right away, it might be months out - but most of the times we can work something out. Especially if it is near a major city where I can mix business and pleasure (the pleasure being the user group). In the coming months I'll be at ODTUG, GMOUG, a Boston based DBA SIG, the Ohio OUG, Toronto OUG, Connecticut OUG, UKOUG, Houston OUG, and the St. Louis OUG (that takes me out to December of this year). I'm a very staunch supporter of the user groups in general. If you are not taking advantage of them yourself, you are missing out on a great opportunity.
Tonight I'm taking my 12 year old son Alan to see the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy - I just lent him the entire series and now that he's read it, we are really looking forward to it, sort of a guy's night out. I'll let you know tomorrow what I thought about the movie itself.
But again, thanks to everyone at the NEOOUG, you made the trip very enjoyable for me, appreciate it.