Thoughts of a SQL Code Monkeysgtidwell

Here is a question….

It has been roughly 2 months since I updated this blog.  I tell myself weekly, I set reminders on my phone, and every other action I could possible do to post something.  What usually happens is that I am not at home when the reminder goes off, I’m study for a test, or Mrs. SQLCodeMonkey…

A new school year is upon us….

A new school year has started.  My youngest daughter started High School this year, and wow, talk about a sad day.  Our little girl is growing up and will be driving in a year or so.  I start school next week myself, another semester into getting my music degree.  I am looking forward to school,…

Vacation is upon us!

Back to my old habits of forgetting to post Blogs.  Well, if you haven’t seen anything here, you can always find great tips for SQL Server on one of my social media platforms. Summer Vacation has finally arrived.  Thirteen days away from work.  This year, we are heading on a cruise.  This will be the…

Upcoming SQL Saturday’s

If you want to join me in a fantastic talk about Dynamic SQL, I have been confirmed for 3 upcoming SQL Saturdays in the next few months.  You can catch me in June at SQL Saturday Houston, July at SQL Saturday Sacramento, and in August, for SQL Saturday Baton Rouge.  If you have caught my…

Volumio

Summer has arrived early in the Great State of Texas!  The last few weeks we have been pushing the upper 90’s, with a heat index over 100.  I know a lot of people complain about the heat, but this is Texas, if you don’t like the heat, you might be living in the wrong state. …

SQL Saturday Dallas

This past weekend I had the great pleasure of speaking at SQL Saturday Dallas.  This was my first time speaking in Dallas, and it was awesome!  Great crowd, great environment and an overall great SQL Saturday.  I met some great people while I was there, and made some new networking connections.  One of the things…

College

Definition: College: an educational institution or establishment, in particular. After graduating high school, most people head to college.  However, I was one of those people who never felt like I needed it. Probably because I come from a blue collar Texas family.  No one in my family has ever graduated college, none of my brothers or…

The picture says it all

As you can see from the picture that I have attached to this post, I am the president of the slacker club.  I just noticed today that it has been almost 2 months since I posted anything here.  Well, honestly, that isn’t a good thing. Don’t think I haven’t been super busy these last few…

SQL Saturday Phoenix

I have been asked many times, what is a SQL Saturday?  SQL Saturday is an even held almost every Saturday all over the world.  It is a free event that offers a day of training for the local SQL Community.  All of the speakers are volunteers and travel from all over the country to help…

SQL Saturday – Victoria British Columbia Canada

This past Saturday, March 3rd, was the inaugural SQL Saturday for Victoria, Canada. I had the great honor of being selected as a speaker for the event.  Out of all the talks I have given, I truly feel that this one ranked up at the top on the success scale.  The interaction that I had with…

As another thought comes to my mind….

As I’m sitting here doing an update to the latest IOS for my iPad, I started thinking about my WordPress Sites.  When I found out that I was not able to upload a custom theme to the main WordPress.com Site, I decided to drop my subscription and move everything in house.  For the longest time,…

Snapshots

At our company Christmas party last year, I was lucky enough to win a digital camera as a door prize.  A Nikon Coolpix W300.  It sat on my shelf for about a full month before I decided to see what it could do.  I have to admit, it is pretty damn cool!  One of the…

Busy; The Never Dull Days.

A while back I told myself that I would start posting a new blog post at least once a week.  Looking back now, it has almost been a month since I have written anything.  I could sit here and give a hundred reasons why I haven’t, but that would be a hundred excuses of why…

SQL Saturday # 725 – Victoria, BC, Canada

It has been 20 years since I have written my first line of SQL Code.  Over the years I have worn many hats in the SQL World, DBA, Developer, Architect.  No matter what my role is in the SQL World, the one thing I enjoy doing the most is “slinging” SQL Code. I gave my…

Why LinkedIn, Why?

LinkedIn is a great tool to use for Networking.  A lot of us who use LinkedIn, do public speaking engagements.  Do you know, that LinkedIn doesn’t have a topic for public speaking? They have areas for adding patents, publications and even other languages you speak to your profile, however, they do not have an area…