In Seattle

Dee and I are currently in Seattle, as I'm attending the MVP summit for the 3rd year in a row. We're now happily checked in to the Westin, and waiting for registration to start tomorrow.

We came down on the Victoria Clipper ferry again, which is a fairly nice way to travel. The only beef I have with it is that, at this time of year, there is only one trip to and one trip from Seattle per day. So we had to catch the 5:00PM boat down, which means it's about 9:30PM before we're in our room. I can't really eat before we go, as we have to be there at 4:00, so that means you'd have to hit somewhere around 3:00 to actually get a meal, and I'm just not hungry at that point. Sure, you can buy food on the boat, but it's pre-packaged snack type food, and is far from a satisfying meal. I'd way prefer it if they sailed from Victoria to Seattle at, say 2:00. You'd get in so much earlier and would actually have time to do something in the evening.

Oh well. Regardless, it sure beats the bus, is a pretty easy way to travel with some nice views. Despite the fact that we went through a nasty rain shower, the ride was mostly smooth, and we're here now, so no more complaining.

I just got back from a good dinner at Gorden Biersch. The last time I was there was 11 days shy of two years ago. I only know this because I blogged about it. 🙂 That was the first night I'd ever met any of my MVP colleagues in person… very hard to believe that it's been 2 years since that time.

Tomorrow morning we're going to start off with the traditional breakfast at Lowell's, and after some time at Pike Place I'll head off to registration to see who else is here.


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