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The Guide of a MOSSLover Becky Isserman's Blog

All right so I exaggerated slightly with the title, but I literally did not see my bed for two weeks.  A couple weeks ago was Passover, so I flew to Florida to visit my grandmother.  Nothing exciting really, but Passover and fixing bugs.  Then my grandmother, her husband, and I flew to Philadelphia to see my cousins.  We had a pretty full house.  I stayed for about a week and drove into the New Jersey B&R Office.  I also spoke at the Philadelphia Office Geeks about Silverlight 2.0 and SharePoint.  It was a lot of fun and it was sort of like a spying mission.  I was going to come and check out the office geeks.  Just to see what local user groups were like.  It felt very much like the KC Office Geeks, except David Mann had a little bit of a different setup.  I like how he spoke about patches.  One of our ug leaders wanted to do something similar and it looks to work out pretty well.  I think we will start this up at the next meeting in May or the meeting after.  I think I could definitely mesh into the user group if I was living on the Jersey side closer to Philly.  Next time when I visit I want to check out the NYSPUG, NY SharePoint Developer’s User Group, and NJSPUG.  I noticed a lack of SPS events on the Philly and Jersey sides.  I’m not sure if a Philly SPS is a good idea and would saturate the area, but it sounded like they want something out in Philly at least.  I could definitely see myself helping plan something once I got settled in next year.  It’s really weird how natural this stuff comes now.  I’m already plotting what I want to join and do next year.  I sort of already know a few people, so it’s not like when I first moved to Kansas City.

When I first moved to Kansas City I felt like a fish out of water.  The only people I knew were from college and most of them had moved on to other cities or other places in the Kansas City Community.  It took me at least a month to force myself to attend a user group meeting.  For several months I was just an attendee.  The real turning point was joining KCOG and speaking that first time about disaster recovery.  Also, taking over KCOG in 2008 helped me out a lot plus attending all the events I attended last year.  I feel like I could move to a city now and I might actually know a few people.  Not a herd of people.  I’m still not a social butterfly, but I can go up to one person at a time and make a conversation.  Every day it gets better and better.  It’s really weird I still blush when someone comes up to me and I don’t know them. Somehow from my blog or twitter they know me.  I don’t like fame or recognition it’s not for me.  I had the most fun in St. Louis.  I met some good people at MOSS Camp, but inevitably the best parts will always be with the friends I am most comfortable.  I don’t regret not being home, but I am starting to miss it a little more.  I don’t think Gambit can cope with me being gone.  He was meowing all last night.  All this morning he kept jumping on me saying “Hi I missed you meow meow meow.”  Two more weeks at home and then I’m gone again…Time to catch up with people, then disappear again.  Definitely appreciating everyone a lot more. 

Posted on Monday, April 20, 2009 1:18 PM | Back to top

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