As my blog has shown I haven’t been able to blog a lot last year. Even though I hadn’t blogged there has been a lot that happened for me last year. The year started as I became the Vice President of the Akron Canton Chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals. Soon it was February and I helped with a lot of the behind the scene activities (stuffing bags, moving chairs, setting up rooms..) for the Cleveland SQL Saturday. A few months later I went to my fist Information Security conference, B-Sides Columbus. I was able to present again at the Rochester NY SQL Saturday. Rochester was amazing again. However, my T-SQL Basics presentation didn’t go as well as I wanted. I do want to thank everyone for the great feedback.
I personally find it beneficial to take a moment this time of year to reflect on the previous year. It gives me a chance to see where I have been and make adjustments to keep on track for the next year.
It is Thanksgiving Day today. Here at the Ramsey household it is a day of reflection of what we are thankful for. My wife’s grandmother started a tradition where we each go around the table and say what we are thankful for.
Today I had the chance to see the Ohio state government in action. I sat in the gallery for the Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee for 2nd Hearing, All Testimony Political Parties for S.B. 193. This bill originally started in the Ohio Senate moved rather quickly with a vote of 22 for and 11 against on October 8th 2013. The purpose behind the bill is resolve a conflict in the current Revised Code that has been held unconstitutional by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
This weekend marked my third SQLSaturday that I was a presenter. I wanted to take some time and reflect on my journey to this point.
Last year was a year of transformation for me. I decided to get more involved and got hooked on the feeling. It started innocently enough, I volunteered to help with SQL Saturday in Columbus. It didn’t take much at all. I checked the checkbox when I registered that I wanted to be a volunteer. One thing lead to another until it was Saturday morning and I ended up helping at the registration desk for the event. It didn’t seem like a big step at the time. However, by the end of the year I would realize that change begins with these smallest steps.
I am a self described introvert. Anyone who knows me would use the word shy to describe me.