T-SQL Tuesday #009: Beach Time

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Published on: August 3, 2010

T-SQL Tuesday #009: Beach Time

Congratulations!  You have been chosen as a finalist in the Vacation Getaway package of a lifetime.  You will be flown to a resort destination of your choosing.  For this vacation, we only ask that you leave your cell-phone, laptop, twitter and facebook behind.  You have earned a break from the emergency Database repair calls and the urgent last-minute report requests.  To take advantage of this opportunity to put your “toes in the water and ass in the sand” and to feel like there’s “Not a worry in the world” and “life is good today,” just share what you did to earn it! (Lyrics courtesy of “Toes” by the Zac Brown Band)

What do you do as a DB professional to earn a little “Beach Time?”  What do you do prior to “Beach Time” to ensure that the beach time will not involve work?  The topic for this installment in TSQL2sday is to write about what you have done to be able to get a break from the job.  Beach time is usually vacation time, but is really anything that can create a break in the work-place.  If you automated a process to lighten your load – tell us about that process.  If you had to pull a 72-hr shift to ensure that your vacation plans would be unaltered by work – tell us about it.  If you turn off the cell-phone and pager and ignore email for that vacation – tell us about it.

To participate your post must go live between 00:00:00 GMT on Tuesday the 10th of August and 00:00:00 GMT on Wednesday the 11th.  Get your post in on time and I will be seeing you at the Beach!

Here’s a Few Words from the Resort Director

T-SQL Tuesday is the brain child of Adam Machanic (Blog|@AdamMachanic). Adam bestows the honor of hosting T-SQL Tuesday upon one lucky blogger each month. The guest host gets to pick that month’s topic. The top bloggers from around the globe don their dancing shoes and gather together for a blog party I’m calling the big dance-off.

If you would like to host, here’s how in Adam Machanic’s own words:

Although anyone can join in the party, hosting has a slightly higher bar: Your blog must have been active in the last six months (“active” is defined as at least one post per month), and you must have participated in T-SQL Tuesday events on at least two prior occasions. … The host blogger is not required to write a participating post to be included in the roundup, but is free to do so if he or she chooses. Want to host? Contact me through my blog–I’ll keep a waiting list and control it centrally so that it doesn’t devolve into anarchy too quickly.

Previous Vacation Destinations

#001 Adam Machanic asked for your favorite Date/Time tricks

#002 Adam followed up by asking for your favorite Puzzling Situations

#003 Rob Farley made the commitment with his topic: Relationships

#004 Mike Walsh asked for your input on IO

#005 Aaron Nelson asked us to report on “Reporting

#006 Michael Coles wanted to know All About BLOB

#007 Jorge Segarra invited us to his party to celebrate Summertime in the SQL

#008 Robert Davis brought a BandStand themed ruler to crack some knuckles in Gettin’ Schooled

Travel Checklist

1. Your post must go live between 00:00:00 GMT on Tuesday the 10th of August and 00:00:00 GMT on Wednesday the 11th.

2. Your post must link back to this post (by trackback or comment). I recommend not relying on the trackback, just in case.

3. Your post has to link back to the hosting blog, and the link must be anchored from the NEW LOGO (found above) which must also appear at the top of the post.

4. It is your responsibility to verify the trackback or comment appears here on this post. If you don’t see your trackback add your own comment with a link back to your T-SQL Tuesday post and it will be included in the roundup.

5. The following items are prohibited in your carry-on: Spear-Gun, Swords, gun powder, blasting caps, Ice-Pick, meat-cleaver and cross-bows.

Recommended, but not required:

1.       The title of your post does not need to include a reference to T-SQL Tuesday, but it is recommended.

2.       A lot of the T-SQL Tuesday bloggers and bloggees are on Twitter. Follow the hashtag #TSQL2sDay and when your post goes live, tweet a link to it with that tag.

22 Comments - Leave a comment
  1. [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Tuning SQL Server, Tuning SQL Server and Jason Brimhall, Jason Brimhall. Jason Brimhall said: New post: T-SQL Tuesday #009: Beach Time (http://bit.ly/cfzro9) [...]

  2. [...] 10, 2010 by pinaldave This blog post is written in response to T-SQL Tuesday hosted by Jason [...]

  3. [...] hosted this month by Jason “@sqlrnnr” Brimhall (Blog|Twitter). You are invited to visit his blog to join the blog party. You are welcome to write your own participating blog post for the party or [...]

  4. Too bad I did not know about this T-SQL Tuesday because I was on vacation :-)

    http://www.benjaminnevarez.com/2010/08/back-from-vacation/

    Ben

  5. [...] here we are, it is already time for another TSQL Tuesday. This month Jason Brimhall has asked what a dba should do before they head out on vacation. This is certainly a topic near and [...]

  6. [...] month’s T-SQL Tuesday, “T-SQL Tuesday #009: Beach Time” is hosted by Jason Brimhall (Blog/Twitter) aka the sqlrnnr.  The topic is: What do you do as a [...]

  7. quoted on R & R | SQL RNNR says:

    [...] wrapped up so I would not need to work over the weekend.  4.)  The song lyrics I mentioned in the Theme announcement, were stuck in my head and reminded me of vacation.  For this post, I want to cover what Beach [...]

  8. Here is my post. Great topic it stirred some thoughts from years back.

    http://speeddba.com/archive/2010/08/t-sql-tuesday-009-time-off/

  9. [...] brings me to this month’s T-SQL Tuesday, presented by Jason Brimhall (twitter|blog). The focus of this 9th installment is on vacation and [...]

  10. [...] already! Summer holidays are over and that means no more lazing around. The second Tuesday is fast approaching and that means that T-SQL Tuesday is almost here. And this [...]

  11. [...] is a monthly blog party, on a central theme. This month the theme is Beach Time, from Jason Brimhall, and it’s a good one. This is the 9th T-SQL Tuesday, started by Adam [...]

  12. [...] T-SQL Tuesday #009: Beach Time [...]

  13. [...] T-SQL Tuesday #009: Beach Time [...]

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