A day with Andy (and Matt..) #SQLSAT111 #SQLPASS
I first met Andy Leonard at my first PASS Summit (2008); he was sitting at the back of the room in the Chapter Leaders meeting. At the time, there was this newfangled social technology called Twitter (perhaps youâ€™ve heard of it), and everybody was live tweeting during the meeting (shades of things to come). I had been following his twitter stream for some time, and I saw a tweet of his go by. I responded with something clever like â€śIâ€™m watching you tweet @AndyLeonardâ€ť. Immediately his head popped up, and looked around the room. After the meeting, I walked over and introduced myself.
Talking to Andy is probably one of the easiest things to do in the world; there have been time throughout my association with the SQL community where Iâ€™ve bumped into him at some event or another, and he always seems to remember who I am, and whatâ€™s going on with me. Iâ€™m nowhere near the prolific writer that he is, and neither am I as plugged in to whatâ€™s going on, but yet he always seems to slide into a conversation with me like an old friend. Andy is just a good guy to know, and Iâ€™m glad heâ€™s a friend of mine.
Now, we havenâ€™t always agreed on things; during the PASS elections of 2010, Andy and I looked at the process from two very different perspectives. Some of our discussions got heated online, and going back and reading those posts today makes me a little sad. But then I have to pause and think about the face-to-face conversations Andy and I had regarding the same subject, and itâ€™s clear that he really does have a heart for the SQL community; even though I donâ€™t always agree with him, I know that heâ€™s trying to encourage people to do the right thing. Again, heâ€™s a good guy.
Why do I bring this up? Well, itâ€™s because Iâ€™m on the team to bring SQL Saturday 111 to Atlanta on April 14. Weâ€™ve invited Andy Leonard to do a precon for us on April 13; $100 to spend a day with Andy (and Matt Masson). I know that Andy brings that same outlook to his teaching that he does to his community activities; with a certain amount of encouragement, people can do better. If youâ€™re not already registered for his class, you should. Youâ€™ll learn something about SSIS, and maybe a little bit about friendship.