Fun In The Sun: #SQLVacation Goes to Virginia Beach

Kevin Kline

Published On: July 13, 2017

Categories: SQLFamily, Community, SQLVacation 0

Virginia Beach is the most populous city in Virginia, and holds the record for the longest pleasure beach in the world in the Guinness Book of World Records. Every year it holds the East Coast Surfing Championships as well as the North American Sand Soccer Championships. Virginia Beach is also home to Edgar Cayce’s Association for Research and Enlightenment, which is dedicated to research and explore subjects such as holistic health, ancient mysteries, personal spirituality, dreams, intuition, philosophy, and reincarnation. You can also visit Cape Henry, the first landing site of the English colonists. If you’re there at the right time you can attend the Neptune Festival, which usually attracts 500,000+ visitors. Just a warning for those with sailor mouths, if you see a sign with symbols along the boardwalk its showcasing the law that prohibits profanity in that area.

Espresso Anyone?

Monica Rathbun is the wonderful blogger behind SQLEspresso and the Hampton Roads, VA SQL user group leader.

When did you begin your professional career? 16 years ago

What’s a normal week at work like for you? Performance Tuning for clients, I work from home now and LOVE IT!

What was your first IT or computer project that added value? (For example, something that was not a part of school assignment or a learning project) Upgrades from SQL 2000-2005

What sort of career do you think you’d pursue today if you hadn’t chose IT? I wanted to be a business executive of some sort, never really figured out of what. Just wanted to wear a power suit and make the rules.

When did you come to the area? 20 years ago

What caused you to decide to help as a volunteer leader? Was asked to, I am active in community and when the past leader left he asked me to step up.

What is the IT community like in your town? Lots of government contract work and consultants. Never enough DBA’s to go around.

What do you enjoy doing in the area? Tourist Town Always has some special event going on. I love concerts on the beach.

What do you recommend visitors to your town do on their own #sqlvacation? Go to the beach, hit IFLY, or go on a dolphin tour.

Enter the #SQLVacation 2017 Contest!

Have you set your vacation plans for the summer? If so, share them with the #SQLFamily community and on social media using the hashtag #SQLVacation for a chance to win an awesome apron and ThinkGeek gift card! Visit the SQL Vacation page for more contest details.

Contest ends July 29th, and you don't want to miss it. Happy Summer!


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Kevin (@kekline) serves as Principal Program Manager at SentryOne. He is a founder and former president of PASS and the author of popular IT books like SQL in a Nutshell. Kevin is a renowned database expert, software industry veteran, Microsoft SQL Server MVP, and long-time blogger at SentryOne. As a noted leader in the SQL Server community, Kevin blogs about Microsoft Data Platform features and best practices, SQL Server trends, and professional development for data professionals.