Well, I've almost recovered from TechEd this year. I had a fantastic time - learning, teaching and most of all, interacting. I'm really glad that Microsoft stuck with New Orleans - they've had a tough go of it since Katrina, but the city didn't show a trace. It was clean, positive and vibrant. Lil' Buck insisted on coming as well, so I brought him along.
I got out most every morning for a walk and to meet with the "SQL Cool Kids" at Cafe Dumonde, for coffee and French donuts. The first morning was with Donal Farmer and Brent Ozar.
I also visited with lots of the SQL Server community. While I did go to a few of the sessions, I have always thought that the most valuable part of an in-person conference was the in-person part - meeting with folks in and around my profession.
(Left to right: Denny Cherry, Andy Rowland, Sean and Jen McCown, Mark Stempski, Thomas LaRock, Steve Jones, Brad McGehee)
I also had an opportunity to visit several sessions this year that were far outside of the SQL Server arena. Knowing more about Windows, the cloud, development and SharePoint was my focus this year. (I saw the cloud - it's a big blue box that lives at TechEd and you can walk in it)
And of course I took liberal use of my evenings there in New Orleans to - well, be in New Orleans. My mother's side of the family comes from this area, so I was right at home.
So all in all, was it worth it? Oh yeah. I'll definitely be back.