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My 40th Steelers PA SPUG weekend

Written By: Virgil Carroll
Posted: 9/21/2011

I have been a Pittsburgh Steelers fan since I was right around 6 years old. You ask how? Well growing up in Alaska, you kind of get to pick your own team, I am also the middle child and believed for most of growing up that I needed to dislike whatever my family liked J So I was sitting on my dad's lap when I was around 6 years old and the Steelers were playing the Seattle Seahawks (my Dad's favorite team), the Steelers won and the rest is history. So it has been my dream, really all my life, to get a chance to see a Steelers game in Pittsburgh. Well this past weekend I got that chance. A couple of months ago I realized that my 40th birthday was coming up soon (as if I didn't realize it for the last year, or 5 years, or 10!) and I wanted to do something extreme for it. I got an urge to check out if the Steelers might be playing at home, which they were. Even to make it better, they were playing the Seahawks. So as if it was written in the stars, my birthday weekend plans were set.

So as the big day approached, I decided I would reach out to the Pittsburgh SharePoint community and see if there was anything going on while I am in their neck of the woods. So again…looking to the stars…I get in touch with @SandyU from Pitt, who said they have a SPUG meeting on the 15th. So she got me in touch with Brian LaSitis, who runs the group, we talked and I was asked to present at their September meeting.

I spoke at the PA SPUG meeting on September 15th. I want to thank everyone who attended the event. As I understand it was a larger than usual crowd, so I appreciate everyone coming out and having a chat with me about the world of SharePoint. I spoke on everyone's favorite topic, governance, and enjoyed the interactive conversations I had with all. I especially appreciated the great tips I got to make the most out of my first ever home Steelers game.

Missed me there? Well you can next catch me at the SharePoint Saturday New Hampshire in a few days. It will only be my 2nd trip ever to New Hampshire and I am looking forward to doing a little more exploring this time around. You can also catch up with me running around the SharePoint 2011 conference in Anaheim or drop by to visit the High Monkey Consulting booth in the exhibit hall.

As for the rest of my trip, Pittsburgh is a great city and I look forward to a time when I can go back more often. It has one of the better skylines I have seen, especially when the sun falls, Pittsburgh really lights up. Some good friends of mine came into town on Friday and Saturday to hang out, celebrate my birthday and go to the game.

Game Day – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Seattle Seahawks

The day started out with an early breakfast and the long drive into town to start doing some great tailgating compliments of some long time Steelers fans, who invited us to join them. We decided to part at Station Square, which is a great entertainment area, and take the Gateway Clipper boat across the river, right up to the stadium. We then proceeded to participate in some hardcore tailgating right next to the stadium and soak up the great atmosphere!

As the game drew closer, we decided it was time to head in and see some of the great sites in Heinz field itself

I got to see the jersey of my all time favorite Pittsburgh Steeler, Rod Woodson (BTW, did I mention I was in Atlanta watching the game where he broke the punt return record at the time…96 yard run back…priceless memory)

And last, but certainly not least, I got to see the game from really unbelievable seats!

Overall it was a day I won't soon forget, the Steelers ended up whipping up on the Seahawks 24-0! The only bad part now is…I really want to go back and I think I may already have my next trip planned!

So thanks again to everyone who attended my session, or just made my trip to Pittsburgh so great. It's a great place with a great team, and I look forward to getting more involved there in the future.

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More About Virgil

Virgil Carroll is the owner and president of High Monkey – based in Minneapolis Minnesota. Virgil also wears the multiple ‘hats’ of Principle Human Solutions Architect and SharePoint Architect.

Virgil is one of those rare individuals who can dive deep into technical topics while speaking clearly to the business owners of a project and never forgetting that the end user experience has the highest priority. He calls it using both sides of his brain. Virgil is passionate about leveraging technologies ‘out of the box’ as much as possible with a focus on the strategic use of content to create websites that deliver the right content to the right audience on the right device at the right time. Virgil brings high energy, an ironic wit, and a sense of grounded perspective whenever he speaks to an audience. Virgil regularly speaks at conferences and user groups throughout the United States and occasionally in Europe.

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