SolidWorks World – Day 0 – Part 2

Was not able to start the update last nifty (due to having a little too much fun at the opening reception – really, really tired from all the standing and walking.). I started writing the blog entry really early this morning, but wasn’t able to finish before heading out for General Session this morning. Decided to take a few minutes between sessions/during a session to do a quick write up.
So . . . What happened on Day 0?
I passed on the CAD managers boot camp (again), I’m no longer able to attend the AE Workshop, and I didn’t get in on any of the discussion sessions, so Jade and I did some wandering around. We started out by getting registered, scouting out some restaurants, speaker check-in, and exploring some of the area resorts. We came back for the opening reception – I helped run the SWUGN booth while Jade acted as a “tour guide” for some friends that are here for the first time. Met a lot of really great people, and saw a bunch of old friends that we only get to see at World. Went straight from the opening reception to the tweet-up, didn’t get to see everyone that we wanted to, because several of our friends were elsewhere watching the football game. (They can run, but they can’t hide – we’ll find them!)
Long day, lot of fun, lot of friends, the learning starts tomorrow . . .

SolidWorks World 2013 – Day 0 – Part 1

There isn’t a whole lot to say about Sunday yet, because it’s still “what are you doing awake at this hour” o’clock.
SolidWorks World is really beginning to feel a lot like “old home week” or a “friend reunion.”
Jade and I actually arrived yesterday so that we could do some exploring and be here for registration first thing this morning. One of the best things about getting to World on Saturday is getting to see a lot of the “regulars.” This year we were kicking back having dinner outside a restaurant (isn’t Orlando great in January?) and we were able to greet several others on their way to the ESPN sportszone for a casual gathering. (I hadn’t been paying too much attention to twitter yet, so I didn’t know about the gathering until we saw Charles (Culp) headed that direction.) I told him that we would head over when we were done eating. By the time we finished our meal, we had seen Puckett, Herzberg, Sabatka, and many more. When we got to the Sportszone, the line was out the door and it was PACKED. We were told to take life into our own hands and line jump because there were still spots open at the table. Rather than risking an uprising, a decision was made to head back to the hotel for some much needed rest & relaxation. I’m sure that everyone had a lot of fun at ESPN, and I’ll probably regret not going, but after getting up at 3:30am to catch our flight here, I was really tired.