Hangin’ With the Cool Kids

One of the perks of attending after hours events such as SQLKaraoke, is getting to hang out with all the cool kids! You will find MVP’s such as Jason Strate (@StrateSQL), Ted Krueger (@onpnt), Jen and Sean McCown (@midnightDBA), Tom LaRock (@SQLRockstar), Tim Mitchell (@Tim_Mitchell), Jorge Segarra (@sqlchicken), Rick Heiges (@heigesr2), Grant Fritchey (@GFritchey), Bill Graziano (@billgraziano) and possibly others I forgot. Please, don’t strike me down if I missed you! You also get a chance to hang out with MCM Denny Cherry (@mrdenny) (though, I’ve heard others may make an appearance too). There are also some really cool Microsoft people like Kathi Kellenberger (@auntkathi), la madre de sqlkaraoke, who are regulars at sqlkaraoke night too. What’s not to love about that list of awesome SQL Peeps?

If you aren’t sure what to do after hours during the PASS Summit week, check out Denny’s blog about it.

Originally posted 2011-09-10 10:24:48. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Singing in the Key of Someone Else

Lots of people can sing at SQLKaraoke. Some people can’t sing. Others, like Mark Vaillancourt (Blog | @markvsql), can sing in other people’s voice. Here’s a clip from SQL Saturday Chicago 2010.



Originally posted 2011-05-31 07:00:41. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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SQL Karaoke is Approaching

As SQL Geeks all over the U.S. and beyond know, the PASS Summit is coming up in just a month and a half or so…. for many people, that means SQLKaraoke. It appears that for some, the countdown isn’t to the Summit itself, it’s to the networking, seeing friends, and sqlkaraoke. Of course, there is information galore, but there are also lots of awesome (and incredibly smart) people to hang out with too.

In reading through other peoples’ blogs, you will find that SQLKaraoke is a hightlight of the week. Here’s what Allen Kinsel(@sqlinsaneo) has to say about it.

Originally posted 2011-08-24 13:42:24. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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PASS Summit Timewarp

In just a few months, it will be time for the PASS Summit again.  If you are on the fence on whether to go, then put yourself into a “time warp” to imagine the kind of fun you could have doing some SQLKaraoke at the summit.

Originally posted 2011-06-14 14:18:46. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Tik Tok – Colin and Jason -

Colin Stasiuk (Blog | @ColinStasiuk) and Jason Strate (Blog| @StrateSQL) kicking out the baby-making music with a little Wicked Game at PASS Summit 2012.

Originally posted 2013-02-26 10:00:56. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Wicked Game by Colin

Colin Stasiuk (Blog | @ColinStasiuk) kicking out the baby-making music with a little Wicked Game at PASS Summit 2012.

Originally posted 2013-02-21 10:00:54. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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The End of the World with Eddie

Here’s Eddie Wuerch (Blog | @EddieW) knocking out The End of the World by R.E.M.  Definitely great to see him nailing the tempo on this one.

Originally posted 2013-01-22 10:00:45. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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My First SQLKaraoke Experience

Once upon a time (12 or so years ago), I thought karaoke was geeky. Who would want to stand in front of a bunch of people and sing? I could understand if it was a choir event, or you are starring in a musical, but really? At a bar???

Then, my two best friends, brought me to karaoke for my bachelorette party. It was pretty fun, but then again, what isn’t in that situation? Fast forward a bit, and singing in front of strangers became one of the main things those two friends and I did when we got together. Karaoke is a lot of fun. Even more so when you have some really BAD people that think they’re really good! Also, alcohol coming into play can really enhance the experience!!

The fun of karaoke cannot possibly be understood until you have experienced SQLKaraoke!!! Last year, I went to my first SQLSat in Chicago. I had NO idea how much fun it would be, or that I would meet so many AWESOME people!!

SQLKaraoke is not just about standing up, singing karaoke… it’s hard to put into words just what kind of experience it is… you might get @Markvsql singing a Star Wars version of Copa Cabana, or @StrateSQL and @Grrl_geek singing, “By the Dashboard Lights.” You might even be lucky enough to hear various people changing lyrics of songs to make them into SQL songs… There seems to be an element of making fun of yourself that seems to be closely tied into the night, which adds another element of fun.

In short, all those years ago, when I thought Karaoke was for Geeks, I was so right! I was right in the most fun way possible!!! If you are at a SQL event, and don’t go to SQLKaraoke, you are missing out on the best part!

Just for fun – here’s a video of our whole group doing “We Go Together.” This was at the end of the night – not that they would have let us go on after this performance!! HAHAHA!!

Originally posted 2011-06-11 15:47:55. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Interview with Wendy Pastrick

SQL Karaoke is a place to meet up with a number of people in our SQL Server community.  Some of them like, Wendy Pastrick (Blog @wendy_dance), bring a bubble of life to the party and belt out some great songs.  In today’s interview, we’ll hear what she thinks about SQL Karaoke.

Who are you?

Wendy Pastrick

When did you first SQLKaraoke?

I don’t recall the year but it was at Bush Garden in Seattle

What is your favorite SQLKaraoke song?

I’ve branched out a lot over the past couple of years, but I still love singing ‘I Will Survive’ or ‘U Oughtta Know’

What is your favorite SQLKaraoke singer?

Human (?)

Do you SQLKaraoke?

Based on answers above…Yes!

What was the best SQL Karaoke moment that you’ve experienced?

The first night I went to SQL Karaoke and we all got up and sang at the end “Bohemian Rhapsody” But the one that I still makes me laugh the hardest is our young KJ from Bush Garden singing ‘In Da Club’ , oh and then there was Colin Stasiuk (Blog | @ColinStasiuk) doing “Safety Dance” and he spelled SAFTEY wrong….and ….and…sooo many good times :)

What are you thinking right “meow”?

“I hope we can SQLKaraoke at SQL Saturday in Kalamazoo

Anything you want to add?

Putting in your friends names anonymously and picking songs for them can end up with varied results. One of my favorites was singing with Christina Leo (Blog | @christinaleo) “Welcome to the Jungle”. It could have been a disaster. We could have refused. We didn’t – we got up there and owned it and had a blast! If you end up getting called to sing, just go with it – no one cares if it sucks, as long as it’s FUN!

Want to be interviewed?  Contact Jason Strate through twitter.

Originally posted 2012-09-10 10:00:57. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Interview with Josh Fennessy

When you go out to a night of SQL Karaoke, there are a lot of people that you’ll meet.  For our interview this week, I sent a copy of the interview to Josh Fennessy (Blog | @joshuafennessy).  Unfortunately, I forgot to change the email introduction from when I sent it Denny Cherry (Blog | @MrDenny).  Josh, though, forgave me for the blunder and was still willing to answer the gut wrenching SQL Karaoke questions.  Without further ado, here’s what Denny, I mean Josh, has to say about SQL Karaoke.

Who are you?

Not Denny. I’m Josh. BI Guy, User Group leader. I take myself very seriously. I’m kind of a big deal.

When did you first SQLKaraoke?

Probably sometime in 2010? It’s all a blur.

What is your favorite SQLKaraoke song?

Paradise by the Dashboard Light, no…wait, Poker Face. RA RA RAMAMA

What is your favorite SQLKaraoke singer?

Who wrote these quetions? My favorite karaoke singer is someone yet to shine, Hope Foley (Blog | @hope_foley). She owes me a Lodi Dodi duet.

Do you SQLKaraoke?

Only with pants on. Mostly.

What was the best SQL Karaoke moment that you’ve experienced?

I’m pretty sure it was Barbie Girl, but I don’t remember all of it.

What are you thinking right “meow”?

I’m so relived the laxitives started working. Oh shit, I’ve got 45 minutes until my meeting. The cat needs to get off the desk. Damn, I have to do laundry. Screw that.

Anything you want to add?

Don’t do SQL Karaoke because everyone else is doing it, do it because ALL THE FUNNY.

I’m looking for the Barbie Girl video to see if we can find a copy of Josh and Sarah Strate (Blog | @DanceM0m) singing this song – hopefully, it will be up soon.  Want to be interviewed?  Contact Jason Strate through twitter.

Originally posted 2012-09-20 10:00:39. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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