|Me with the Pirate himself, Dave Burgess!
There were so many sessions to choose from; it made it very hard to decide where I was going to go. I tried to do a mix of things that are new to me or I have limited skills and things that I am already good at but could get a different perspective. Two of the session that I chose were hosted by Ed Simoneau and his colleagues on the role of a TOSA and how their district utilizes TOSAs. Both sessions gave me some great insight to improve my role as a TOSA (not my official title here in Nevada, but the same thing).
I also attended a session on screencasts, hosted by Kevin Fairchild. I went to this session looking for info on some other programs that I may not be aware of and uses of programs that I currently use. I have submitted a presentation for the Carson City GAFE Summit in February and I am always looking for more info. Nothing against Kevin at all, he was a great presenter. However, after sitting through about half of the session, I realized that I wasn't getting much from his presentation because I already use the programs that he was showing the attendees. Everybody else in the room got some great information from him, though.
|Great fun with great people!
|One of the newest drones, an X-Swing (see how they did that?)
There were a couple of sessions that I attended that I did not enjoy much. I will not say which sessions for sake of protecting those presenters, but they were both on topics that I was very interested in learning more about and I left the sessions not really knowing more than I already did or was disappointed that the session wasn't more "try it out" rather than "sit and get". But even with these two sessions, the others more than made up for it!
I have been to numerous conferences over the years. This one had to have been the best that I have been to, for several reasons. The choice in sessions was absolutely superb. Most of the sessions that I attended were engaging, exciting, informative, and motivating. I got to see numerous people that I have met previously, and also met several more that I have networked with but had never met in real life. The Friday evening social hour(s) were especially fun. I am already counting down to March 15 when the CUE Conference in Palm Springs kicks off. I know I am going to miss a few names, but I want to give a special mention to so many that were there this weekend: Jon Corippo, Mike Lawrence, Sara Boucher, Ben Cogswell, Josh Harris, Brian Briggs, Ryan O'Donnell, Tom Covington, Lindsey Blass, Ari Flewelling, Laurie Wong Roberts, Amanda Haughs, Roland Aichele, Ann Kozma, Doug Robertson, Jason Borgen, Roger Wagner, Rushton Hurley, so, so many more! You all rock! In the end, as my flight took off, we cruised right over top of San Francisco. I hope it isn't too long before I see all of you and one of my favorite cities again!