While I'm glad that IBM does rotate their party around the various Orlando theme parks, I have to say that I'm not as fond of the SeaWorld events as I am of some of the other venues. The attractions there are interesting, fun, and well... worth soaking up ... but there are two things that hold this event back, One is the lack of variety in food provided by SeaWorld's catering, and the second is the very long distance hike -- with a long stretch in which there's nothing much going on along the way -- that one has to make to get to the stadium for the Shamu show.
It was still a fun night, though, particularly because I managed to get together with an old buddy, Mike Ouellette, whom I didn't even know was here at the conference until he came up to the podium just before I went on for BP405 this morning. MIke, Bruce Perry, Alan Bell and I managed to stick together for much of the evening. Alan got a great picture of the trainer balancing on Shamu's nose during a huge leap out of the tank, which he may have already posted to his blog by the time you read this. We were about six rows back, maybe seven, and yes we did get quite wet.