Despite some inclement Orlando weather causing flight delays I would say my first SQLRally was a success. The information I learned from the presentations along with the people I met and the experience I received presenting made for a 4 day whirlwind adventure.
DBA's new to SQL Server need to understand just how special the SQL Server community truly is compared to other communities. It isn't just a matter of having more knowledgeable presenters or more swag to give away but it is their helpfulness and hard work focused on spreading knowledge and advice. It is the SQL Server community's willingness to take chances on new speakers (like me) and give us an opportunity to tell our stories. It would be easy for only a few big names to dominate the discussion - but they don't. It is great to have them there (Ed Wilson: ScriptingGuys comes to mind as does Kevin Kline blog) but it i also good to see new faces with different perspectives.
After the SQLRally I am both energized and exhausted. I still have lot's to do. I'll be working on some VM articles as well as continuing to work on the book revision (T-SQL). I will also be posting blogs and maybe some articles based on the great feedback I received from people who attended my presentation. I still regret I wasn't able to answer every question and talk to everyone who needed to talk.
For now though I want to give my sincere thanks to all who voted for my presentation and to everyone who attended, as well as those that said they wanted to attend but couldn't. I had a fantastic time and it is a good feeling to finally be able to give back to a community that has given so much.