I’ve been keeping mum about this for a few weeks, but I’ve been excited about it. A couple of months ago, Carlos L Chacon from SQL Data Partners reached out to me about the possibility of being interviewed for their podcast. I immediately said yes. I mean, hey, it’s free marketing, right? More seriously, I said yes because when a member of my #SQLFamily asks for help or to help, my immediate response is to say yes. And of course it sounded like fun. And boy was I right!
What had apparently caught Carlos’s attention was my book: IT Disaster Response: Lessons Learned in the Field. (quick go order a copy now.. that’s what Amazon Prime is for, right? I’ll wait).
Ok, back? Great. Anyway, the book is sort of a mash-up (to use the common lingo these days) of my interests in IT and cave rescue and plane crashes. I try to combine the skills, lessons learned, and tools from one area and apply them to other areas. I’ve been told it’s a good read. I like to think so, but I’ll let you judge for yourself. Anyway, back to the podcast.
So we recorded the podcast back in January. Carlos and his partner Steve Stedman were on their end and I on mine. And I can tell you, it was a LOT of fun. You can (and should) listen to it here. I just re-listened to it myself to remind myself of what we covered. What I found remarkable was the fact that as much as I was really trying to tie it back to databases, Carlos and Steve seemed as much interested, if not more in cave rescue itself. I was ok with that. I personally think we covered a lot of ground in the 30 or so minutes we talked. And it was great because this is exactly the sort of presentation, combined with my air plane crash one and others I’m looking to build into a full-day onsite consult.
One detail I had forgotten about in the podcast was the #SQLFamily questions at the end. I still think I’d love to fly because it’s cool, but teleportation would be useful too.
So, Carlos and Steve, a huge thank you for asking me to participate and for letting me ramble on about one of my interests. As I understand it my Ray Kim has a similar podcast with them coming up in the near future also.
So thought for the day is, think how skills you learn elsewhere can be applied to your current responsibilities. It might surprise you and you might do a better job.