These last 9 days in NOLA for Microsoft TechEd 2013 were some of the most fulfilling, interesting, and educational ones for me from a business standpoint. But it was also one of the more fun trips I’ve been on, and some of the best food I’ve ever eaten.
From a business point of view, many things became more clear about the future of IT, my position in it, and the next steps. Some of the new items we learned about and discussed are quite disruptive to the status quo. Exciting.
From a personal point of view, I was able to check off quite a few things from “the list”. I tried food that a few years ago I’d never eat and loved it (Crawfish, and Oysters… Ohhh Chargrilled/spiced Oysters are SOOOO good). With Kate we went to 2 of the culinary epicenters in the US, August and Commanders Palace and both of those places knocked us back they were so good. We even got a personal tour of the August kitchen and introduction to the now-executive chef Michael in the kitchen.
I found that Bourbon St isn’t all its cracked up to be at first, but if you put a little effort in… it is quite a lot of fun. The French Quarter (not specifically Bourbon St) is incredible, the architecture, style, design… all very unique. It was a joy walking around there for a week.
It’s going to take time to process all we did, and all I learned. One thing is sure, I loved that place. Other than the humidity… WTF. I have never sweat so much in my entire life. All day , every day.