Just got a mail message from an old friend who asked why I'd dropped out of sight in the past month of so. I've been in "extended partial vacation mode" for the last month or so and haven't blogged in a while. But I'm "still alive and well" (Johnny Winter was at the Portland blues festival last week, couldn't help the reference).

Next week I'll be at the ESRI user conference catching up on the latest and greatest in the GIS world. On Tuesday, I'll be doing a fairly short talk for the ESRI SQL Server special interest group on SQL Server 2008 spatial performance troubleshooting and also a longer followup talk (with lots of real-world examples) at the Microsoft booth. If you're around, drop by and say hi.