In two weeks I’ll be boarding a ship in Miami to join fourteen other database professionals and two trainers on SQLCruise. It occurred to me that twenty-nine years ago I went on a summer excursion for computer training. Perhaps some things never change!
My previous post mentioned the limited access to computers in my youth. My first opportunity to gain hands-on computer instruction came when I left home to attend a week of summer computer camp before my senior year of high school. Last week I dug through some boxes in the storage room and finally found this treasure.
It cost $200 to attend this camp. I remember this because my parents wisely had me pay for it myself so that I’d take it seriously and get the most out of the experience. At that time $200 was the most I’d ever paid for anything. I had to think long and hard about it.
Fast forward twenty-nine years when cost didn’t really factor into my recent decision to attend SQLCruise because it’s so affordable. To tell you the truth, when the price was announced I started digging around for some fine print related to kitchen duty, becoming part of a barnacle removal crew, pirate hostage exchange candidate, shark baiting, life jacket tester, etc. In the end, the low cost can be attributed to the same factor that plays a constant role in supporting our fantastic SQL Server community, and that factor is generous sponsors. How generous? One of the sponsors held a contest to send one person on SQLCruise, then decided to send all four entrants.
So if I may, allow me to end by shouting out a big “Thank You” to SQL Sentry, Redgate, MSSQLTips.com and Quest for getting behind yet another concept in SQL Server training while spoiling us with books, gift certificates, t-shirts, laptop stickers and contests!