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The 2004 Most Valuable Professional Summit was held in April at Microsoft in Redmond (Seattle), Washington.
Every year, each summit gets not only bigger and bigger, but better and better. Granted, the intimacy from smaller summits is lost, but the overall efficiency keeps getting better.
Strange shot of Greg on
the plane heading to Seattle.
Beth Melton on the plane, hiding from Dian and that camera!
Fine! I'll take pictures out the window.
And now we also have shots
of Beth "pole dancing" in Seattle.
The Tram took us to the
taxi area, but for the same price as a taxi,
Nice view out the limo windows.
We arrive at the W hotel
We have a very pleasant
We arrived on Saturday.
I went to the Flight
museum last year with Greg,
Them's some airplanes!!
This is what drew us to
the museum, though.
All that wing and it's
Entering the rear door and looking forward.
I had always assumed this
bird would be tight inside.
Yep, it's a fancy Johnny
on the Spot...
And those folks are still waiting to have their windows replaced, I'd bet.
I'm glad they call them
Olympus engines here.
Numbers like that always
This was a touching thing
Very impressive office, gentlemen!
Mr. Struyk and the Concorde. Cute couple, eh?
On board Air Force One
The Chief Executive's Office away from the Oval Office.
The communications specialists tool kit.
The Chief Advisor's entryway
Jeff Struyk standing by his station (Valet Station)
Hmmm, looks like another nice place to work!
Jeff kinda looks like Ford, stumbling down those steps, eh?
Now what's Dian trying
to say here?
This shot, silly as it
is, reminds me of one of my favorite bands;
Later Sunday afternoon,
Rob Scoble...former MVP
who is now a softie.
For those of you not up
on your geekspeak,
Greg (hat) in the outdoor
smoking lounge, chatting with MVPs...
We head in to a very well organized registration area.
Now that the summit is
more of a true convention,
We literally are in the convention center for the welcome party.
MVP top dog, Sean, presents a fun video about being an MVP.
(Gotta have Sean teach us that "walk.")
Visio MVP, John Marshall, is impressed!
The jury is still out as far as Greg is concerned.
We get a chance to browse the various product booths.
And learn about the cool new computerized watch software.
And meet up with lots of friends...
Strange as they may be...Dave,
Janni, "The Reverend,"
Woof, woof, woof...the geek glands are going strong.
Greg and softie, Mike, who we first met in Chicago at the regional.
And it's very contagious!
Susan Ramlet, sweet and innocent.
How quickly she can turn
from losing it!
Larry Samuels (blue shirt)
Softie John shows off
his way cool tatoo.
Very cool, intricate details.
Even on the back...man that musta hurt!
Bill Coan and his wife, Lois.
Bill Coan and his wife,
Lois, chatting with
VB guru Bryan Stafford (center).
Greg making the rounds saying hello to old friends...
Suzanne Barnhill, James
Bill Foley...PPT MVP and
recent MOS Master Instructor
Steve Rindsberg, PPT MVP.
his hat to make sure
Jeff Struyk, Greg Chapman,
Echo holding court!
Dian, bows to the queen (and then pulls her off her chair!<lol>)
Ya HAD to be at our dinner table in Chicago to understand this one.
From Chicago Summit to
Dian and Mike (softie and band member).
Just a pretty shot outside.
Dian outside along the walkway at the convention center.
Next morning...up way too early on the buses heading to Microsoft.
Linda, Tablet MVP, let's
Dian play with her Tablet PC on the bus
Olaf Engelke (from Germany...right)
We used to all fit in
this main room for meetings...
Jamie welcomes all his Office MVPs to the summit.
And so it begins...
A beautiful day, many head outside to enjoy lunch.
Nope! That's NOT Bill
(Albert Kallal, Access MVP from Canada)
Susan Ramlet explaining "that's not Bill!"
Word MVP, Bill Coan, gives
a wonderful presentation
The Office MVPs head to
the Office Building.
Chris...who heads up the
Suzanne Barnhill and Margaret Aldis, Word MVPs.
Suzanne hitting the bottle!<lol>
Later that night, Linda shows us how it's done right!
Dian takes picture of Jeff...
Jeff takes picture of
Dian & Greg.
Another day, another pile
of sessions at Microsoft.
Seems I'm always catching Steve with a face full of food!<lol>
Greg chatting with Steve's
Dian with her "grandson," Thomas Lee...aka Tommy Lee to Granny.
Don't worry...Greg took this picture!
Greg chatting with Jim Pickering...another pilot.
Dave Bartosik swiping Janni's (MVP Queen) crown.
Dave, Janni and Brian "naked" Kvalheim.
Dave, Bobbi and Greg
Impressive...he can fly a plane AND use a digital camera.
Linda, Dian, Bobbi and Jeff.
After we "get down to
Long time bud, Eric Chew...he's a gamer, what more can we say!<g>
I know MVPs can easily
get tangled up in too
Boy! Don't you feel stupid NOW!<LOL>
Well, if you didn't before...
Good bud and one of our youngest MVPs, Mickie Stevens.
teacher and a riot!
explains to Greg...
Janni gives Dian her tiarra
for the night...
Microsoft had several
rooms set up with Themes...
How cool...the band was
our good bud's band...Mike,
Here the band sings happy birthday to Dian!
The REAL band takes a
break and gives the stage over to MVPs
Kathleen Dollard, VB guru, shakin' her groove thing.
Greg and Dave Berry.
(Who asked Steve Ballmer when he'll be on Saturday Night Live.)
Long time MVPs...Brian Sullivan and Greg Chapman.
The XBox game room at the party.
Getting ready to depart...
And Bobbi, a riot, ...who
did a great job,
Rob...Longhorn advocate now enjoying his dream job at Microsoft.
I heard he's wanted in 13 states!
OOOOh...this is just TOO tempting!
Brian Reilly should KNOW
BETTER than to stoop like that
She sneaks up, ice in hand.
She has this move down to a science...Brian is helpless!
What's going on back there????????
Dian firmly packs the handful of ice down Brian's shorts!
Giving a little shake to make sure it all gets down "there."
Laughter all around as
we watch Brian attempt to,
The thrill of victory!
(Those horns are more diabolical than bovine.)
The agony of defeat!
And speaking of "de feet"...Dian,
in her jubilation,
Dian and Greg...still
on the attack...hit Jamie.
Nothing against Greg...but
Mike refuses to let another guy kiss him...
Great shoes, Jamie!
Close up. A little Steely Dan music, please?
After a night of partying...MVPs
Ahhh...showing us their more intelligent side!
The softies are just glad it's quiet inside now!<g>
Steve Foster amongst the noise makers. Ah, that explains it!
Greg does his best bull impersonation.
While the MVPs are studying,
recently retired MVP, Greg Chapman,
Seattle Seaplanes (http://www.seattleseaplanes.com)
My ride, a 1947 Stinson 108 Voyager
My instructor, Blake Smith
There's an art to this
kind of flying.
The Stinson on the ramp.
Aaron Bertrand (Dian's
pool partner last year),
One of the first softies
Dian ever met (96 summit)...great guy,
Chris and Jeff...bright eyed???...after last night's party.
Long time Office softie and MVP advocate, Sloan.
Jamie, currently in charge
of the Office gang.
Tony chatting with Jamie during a break.
The Microsoft Office "Help
team" sit down with the MVPs to hear
Then we split up to go
to meet with the dev teams
(Sorry 'bout the photo,
Chris...it's taken from video!)
Did someone ask Margaret for her opinion on numbering?
Word MVP, Lisa Wilke-Thissen, from Germany.
Word MVP, Robert Franz, from Switzerland
Softie, Tristian, shows us some cool Word XML (Word ML) demos.
Very cool that they are
all here to hear what we have to say!
Hard to read as we zip
by...but tons of cool Welcome banners
We head back downtown
A float plane lands and
I think of how much fun Greg
A beautiful "Windows kinda day" outside our hotel room.
I've been trying to get this shot for two years now!<lol>
A blanket of clouds roll in to close out the summit.
Dian has fun sucking helium and recording "chipmunk" video.
Goodbye Seattle...hope to see ya again next year.
As the mountains float by...the MVPs decide to take a well deserved snooze on the ride home!
Thanks Microsoft and all
involved in the summit...