TechEd 2009: And so it begins...

Monday, May 11, 2009
I arrived yesterday to check in and attend a Microsoft MVP meeting at the LA Convention Center. The bag is nice -- Good quality, durable zippers, lots of pockets and a decent size, if not a little big. I think this one's a keeper.

The LACC was really quiet when checking in yesterday. A long line of greeters and registration people all vying to register me. My sense is that attendance is way down. I've heard that attendance last year was around 13,000 and this year is around 6,000.

Last night the Krewe got together at the Bonaventure Brewing Company (BBC) to warm up before Party with Palermo. The beer and food were good at both locations, but after we used our one drink ticket at PWP we moved back upstairs to the BBC. Being told, "that'll be $9.50" for a Corona will do that to a party.

This morning's breakfast scores about a 2. Probably the best parts are the grapes and Apple Jacks cereal. The "cheese omelet" was Egg Beaters and Cheese Whiz. Yum.

The keynote is this morning at 10:00am. This will be a good gauge of attendance, since the room is huge and is usually packed. I'll give my comments after the break...