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…

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…

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…

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…

The New Theme Layout

It’s been almost a full year that I have hosted my own WordPress site.  I moved away from my .NET blog software that was hosted on my X454 site and switched to a Raspberry Pi running a full LAMP server.  Since then, I have stuck with a simple theme that really didn’t match the layout…

Speaking Engagments

As the girl child is next door rehearsing for her latest play that she is in, I’m sitting at the coffee shop thinking that I need to change up this blog site some.  It has been up for over a year now, and after digging through it tonight, I noticed that I really don’t have…

Happy New Year – 2018 has Arrived!

Good Afternoon All, I have come to the realization that I do not like being sick.  Like most men, when I get the slightest sniffle, I swear that the world is ending.  This past weekend, I didn’t feel 100%, so this morning when I woke up, coughing, sniffling, feverish, I decided I am going to…

Happy Anniversary

Twenty five years ago today, two clueless kids walked down an aisle. Not knowing what lies ahead we took a leap of faith.  Not only was I lucky enough to marry a beautiful lady, I married a strong, smart and talented lady. I would never be where I am now without her by my side. …

Site was down

Hello All! Seems that I had a little connection problems the last few days.  I swapped out my router and in the process I reset my static IP address on my web server.  During this time, it looks like the site was down and couldn’t be accessed. I finally got a chance to get everything…

BBS – When life was simple

As promised, I will expand on that last statement I made about BBS Software.  Let’s go back to 1992.  That was a very busy year for me.  I got married that year, yes, she still puts up with me daily, and I also came across this thing called a BBS.  By 1992, I was fluent…

What should this title read….

Sometimes I think I have posted a post, then I look at my feed only to realize I haven’t.  That is why I am calling this one my Miscellaneous post.  When I first came up with the idea for the post, I was going to talk about projects I’m working on, or things that I…

SQL Saturday # 680 – Kansas City Mo – October 7th, 2017

Good evening all! If you didn’t get a chance to catch my session at SQL Saturday Houston or Baton Rouge, you have another chance this year.  I was fortunate enough to be selected for SQL Saturday Kansas City.  Come watch as I explain the beauty of Dynamic SQL.  Even if you have had the chance…

Houston Techfest 2017 – September 16, NRG Arena

Sorry that it has been awhile since I have updated this site.  A lot of things have been happening over the last few weeks, Hurricane Harvey one of them.  I am happy to say that I will be speaking at Houston Techfest on September 16th.  It looks like I have been given that first class…

Video Games

I recently read an article that asked the question, what was the first video game you ever played on a PC.  When I think about the first games I ever played on a PC, it amuses me when I hear someone say that a game’s graphics are not “rich” enough, or isn’t detailed enough.  Let’s…

SQL Saturday – Baton Rouge

This past weekend I had the privilege of speaking at another SQL Saturday in the Great State of Louisiana.  Let me begin by saying, the SQL Pass user group that puts on the SQL Saturday there is fantastic.  The food was great, the atmosphere was great and the users were great. The feed back I…

Back in the USA!

I sit here at my keyboard, thinking that it was only 13 days ago that I was boarding a plane from Adelaide Australia and coming home.  I thumb through the pictures on my phone, remembering the smells, the sounds of our vacation. The 15 days that we spent in Australia were amazing.  I met some…

Finally, the wait is over….

It has been exactly 6 months, 13 days since we bought our tickets to the Land Down Under.  With only a few days left until we set out for 15 days, it is a mad rush around here.  Do we have everything?  Do we have enough of everything?  What can we bring into country?  What…

SQL Saturday Houston – 6/17/2017

Thank you to all who came out to watch my talk today over Dynamic SQL: Tables/Pivots/Parameters.  I have uploaded the files to the SQL Saturday website.  You can follow this link to the page that has all the speakers info on them.  Scroll down to the 1:30 time slot, find my class and you can…