Tuesday, October 25, 2016

SQL Pass Summit 2016... day 1.... just looking around

This is the second PASS Summit I am attending. I will be in Seattle for 5 days. The first day has been a long day for me. I got up at 3:30 AM even though my alarm was set to go off at 3:55 AM. A car picked me up at 4:30, I got to the airport at 5:10 AM. My Alaska Air flight left promptly at 7 AM, I landed around 10 AM at Seattle Tacome airport.

I went to pick up my badge at the Washington Convention Center around noon. I had some lunch right after I picked up my badge

I had some free time this first day, I decided to go to the Space Needle
When I got to the Space Needle which is about a 25 minute walk or so from the Washington Convention Center, I noticed they also had the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibition. If you want to see both the Space Needle and the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibition, make sure to get the package deal, you will save around $8 per person.

I took some pictures at the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibition. All these glass items below were made by Dale Chihuly, In 1968, after receiving a Fulbright Fellowship, he went to work at the Venini glass factory in Venice. This is the place where he learned to work the way he works today.  You can learn more about all lof this at the Chihuly Garden and Glass website

Chihuly Garden and Glass

Some alien looking things

Colored glass at Chihuly Garden and Glass


Glass detail at Chihuly Garden and Glass

Straight out of a sci-fi movie

Here is also a video of some of these glass sculptures

After the Chihuly Garden and Glass I went to the Space Needle
I have been to Seattle 4 times now and have never visited the Space Needle. this time I decided to go for it. First of all, I am not a big fan of heights, second..I am an even smaller fan of heights when it is extremely windy. So I went up there, it was very window and it was the typical crappy cloudy and rainy Seattle day. I took a couple of pictures, but I was scared several time that I was going to drop my phone


After the Space Needle, I took the monorail back to Westlake Center Station, at 5th Avenue and Pine Street. From there I went to visit Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market

I also saw this couple, one playing the guitar, the other doing some flamingo dance.

Since I was so jet lagged, I did not even eat dinner, lunch was around the same time that I normally eat dinner at the east coast, I wasn't hungry at all. I will probably be starving for breakfast however.

Back in the hotel I decided to take it easy. I read a little bit and just relaxed...

Here is final video for you. it is a little grainy but it is a timelapse taken from the hotel room while it is getting dark

Of course I woke up at 1:15 AM then at 2 AM. Finally I got up at 3 AM..and that is why you see this post.