Continuing the discussion from Microsoft sql server certification is usefull or not?:
I am going to an SQL Saturday in Albany, NY on July 25th after being reminded of the SQL Saturday thing in robert_volk's posting. If anybody from SQLTeam is going to be there, I would love to buy you a beer (or any alcoholic beverage of your choice). A real beer, not an emoticon beer!! But, I have to drive 3 hours to get there, so I might bail out at the last moment if I don't feel like driving 3+3 six hours.
I have never gone to any of the SQL conferences or training classes even though my employer is able and willing to send me. So this will be my first foray into the real world.