Last Week in Redmond, and French radio

Today is my first day back in the office in over 8 days. You wouldn’t believe how much email I have to catch up on! I spent last week in Redmond for an intro to Microsoft class. It was amazing. Out of 90 people over 60% of the attendees were not from the US. We truly are a global company! I met some amazing people from France (yes I know), Poland, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Portugal, Peru, Venezuela, and I’m sure some places that I have missed.

This is what I discovered. People from all over the world like to have fun. Karaoke, was fantastic. The people from France are fantastic, even when you disagree on politics, there are tons of things that you agree on. Check out this french radio station. I’m loving this music. I’m sure the words are all about having the government pay for everything 🙂 or something, but I can’t understand most of it… they played OPP the other day, that was cool.

Next time I get the chance to go skiing, I’m going. I had the chance, but I had left all of my “ski” stuff at home. Not that I have that much stuff, snow bib, jacket, ski hat, gloves… but still. I didn’t think that buying all of that stuff AND paying for lift tickets for the day would be worth it, I was wrong.

Four hours north of Redmond in Canada is the most amazing skiing in the world (so they tell me). The 2010 winter Olympics are supposed to be there I guess. If I can go there some time… I’m there.

The only “let down” from the week; we got to go see the Microsoft Executive Briefing Center, that was absolutely amazing, but while we were there they showed us the DOOR to the MS Home that I have read so much about. He showed us the DOOR and told us about it. We couldn’t go in because of some scheduling conflict or something, the guide was like “just schedule a tour” and we were like “this IS our tour!”… no dice. I really wanted to see that place.

A fantastic week… now back to my email. 🙂

About Caleb Jenkins

Caleb Jenkins is an international speaker, author and 6 time Microsoft MVP award recipient, he currently works for Solera as a Director of Software Development. An entertaining and informative speaker who approaches software from a fresh perspective that spans UX, agile practices and technologies for enterprise customers from across the globe. Leading UX product design teams, coaching multi-team agile transformations and architecting and mentoring at some of the largest companies in the world, As a long time community leader and former Microsoft Developer Evangelist, Caleb is well known for his engaging speaking style, depth of knowledge and creative energy. Founder and Principal Mentor of Proaction Mentors, former UX Manager and Agile Coach, Senior Architect for Six Flags Corporation, Product Architect on a Cloud Marketing Platform, Caleb has made a career out of empowering others while building products and teams that delight customers and solve business needs. You can follow him on twitter (@calebjenkins) or his blog, and if you're still reading this, then you could also subscribe to his blog RSS feed or sign up to receive updates by email