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It’s Been a Strange Two Years

November 14, 2021 Leave a comment

My last post on this blog was almost two years ago. That was coming out of PASS Summit 2019 and my last post recounted how much I enjoyed that experience. It was about the same time that we started hearing news of the COVID-19 virus. In late February 2020, I had the pleasure of attending SQL Saturday Tampa. It was a wonderful time. Sadly, it would be my last SQL Saturday.

The lockdown resulting from COVID-19 led to the demise of PASS. I won't go into detail here, but the lack of an in-person conference reduced revenue streams to the point that PASS was forced to declare bankruptcy. The day PASS ceased to exist was a sad one, but as many have said, PASS isn't the community, the community members are.

I have been incredibly fortunate to be a part of that community for 10 years. My involvement has provided immeasurable benefits, both personally and professionally. I have gotten jobs, presented across the country, and become friends with amazing people.

It is those benefits that have driven me to give back to the community. I've received so much -- and I'd never be able to pay it all back, but I'm sure going to try. The past two years have been strange and difficult in a lot of ways. Not being able to join the community in person is one of the most hardest things.

I am planning to become more active in the last days of 2021 and hope to hit my stride at the start of 2022. Watch this blog for posts and my first foray into video presentation.

I hope you are surviving and thriving in these strange times and hope to meet in person in the near future.

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