Posts by Babette Turner-Underwood
Yesterday morning my co-worker, Alex Gorbachev, arrived from Sydney. We went together to sight-see around the city. We stopped off and got a map of Melbourne and made our way to Bourke Street for lunch. Next we headed to the large cathedral. It was HUGE and glorious and open to the public. Then we got on the tram system and headed to the botanical gardens. We went to China town for dinner last night, where Alex had real ( and real hot ) chinese food. A combination pot of some sort.
Connor McDonald picked me up at the hotel and took me to some local lake to see the local fauna and flora. Afterwards, we sat on the beach and chatted for a while soaking up sun. We swung by Connor’s place after where Gillian made me an awesome avacado, ham, cheese and tomato sandwich on fresh home-made bread. The famous Max McDonald decided he would like to see me off at the airport and he came for the drive. The Perth Airport, is kinda like the old Ottawa airport used to be…only smaller.
I decided to do Rottsnest Island after all. I stood beside the captain on the cruise over there, so I could both see on both sides of the ship AND hear his “little bit of commentary”. I “hired a bike” once I got to Rottsnest as the island is really too big to do by foot. Decided I would head to one of the stops and have lunch. It was quite hilly. By the time I got to the look-out, I was too hot and exhausted to eat!! Three hours of biking and my legs were like rubber!
Man you can tell I’m a geek when my first inclination is to title this “Site Seeing”!When I left Ottawa it was snowing. Today was my first “off” day where I could spend time dong the tourist thing. I was going to go to Rottsnest Island, but did not get up and get going early enough. Instead I took the “Blue CATS” to “Woolys”. “Woolys” is the nickname for Woolworths, where you get groceries for the same price as in the suburbs. They also have a liquor store in them, so you can get all your essentials at one place. About 10 minutes from the Pier is the Perth Zoo, where I spent the day. I’m not sure what I will be doing tomorrow . . . because at this point, my feet are “knackered.”
Today was a much better day than yesterday. I managed to get more than eight hours sleep and felt very rested when I woke up. Plus, my bags finally arrived at the hotel while I was sleeping, which was especially fortuitous as my “EASY buttons” were in the suitcase. Last year I asked Connor McDonald if they had Staples in Australia. His reply was “Yes, and we have paper clips too!” So I brought him the famous (at least in our office) “EASY button” from Staples.
It is now evening after the first day at the AUSOUG Conference in Perth, Australia. This is my first time attending AUSOUG, and I have found it much smaller and more personal than others I have attended. I was fortunate to present right after the opening session, so I could relax and enjoy the rest of my day. The exhibition hall was open all day, so I went there between sessions. No matter how many times I tell myself that I don’t need more stuff, I always find things at the exhibit hall that I want. Today, I picked up a red Red Hat hat.
For some reason, the advertising slogan, “Getting there is half the fun,” keeps going through my mind. Well, I certainly would not describe my trip to Perth, Australia as “fun”. I’m pretty tired. And, I’m presenting at the AUSOUG National Conference Series 2007 at 10:30 tomorrow morning.
Several months ago, I started to once again drink that elixir of the Database Gods. Now that I am beginning to drink coffee again, I can really appreciate Jon Emmons’s humor in naming his blog site www.lifeaftercoffee.com. Truly, a DBAs work life does NOT begin until after coffee.
We are assisting one of our clients with a data conversion project and have used a feature that I was surprised so few people knew about. It is the multi-table insert.
Closing session is a “Great Tools Debate”, being chaired by Michael Abbey.