marketing lives to fight another day

by Chris Williams

I'm just pleased as punch to announce that in spite of (or just maybe because of) my anti-Marketing rant a couple days ago, the Microsoft Marketing folks have come through for the ol' UG.

Today, with roughly 7 hours to go until the Community Launch Event, a big fat box showed up from Microsoft. In this box were the missing NFR products and the exam vouchers, along with another banner, tshirt and balloons.

I immediately delivered the balloons to our breathless intern, who was less thrilled than I was, but still a very good sport.

That's the good part. The bad part isn't so much bad as just squarely in the "can't win 'em all" category. There was something else in the box. The attendee resource DVD. (I know, I know... I can hear you all asking yourselves, "but Chris, isn't that what you've been burning copies of non-stop for the last 3 days?")

Well, I thought I was burning the attendee resource dvd, but apparently I wasn't. Regardless, we now have 50+ DVDs to give away, and we'll make the best of it. We also have ONE copy of the attendee resource DVD which we will burn "by request" for anyone who asks. Just not today, or tomorrow, or the next day. Maybe by the December meeting.

That wasn't necessarily anyone's fault. At least, I'm not taking or assigning blame for it. Mostly because I'm exhausted. Yep. Beat.

So anyway, tonight is going to rock, and it's going to rock EVEN MORE than before because Microsoft came through for us and overnighted the stuff that was missing and got it here just in time.

So let me publicly thank all the marketing pukes (err... I mean, wonderful, professional people) and again reassure the great state of Montana that I have nothing against them.

DHL, on the other hand, apparently has a different definition of OVERNIGHT than the rest of us, but that's a story for another day. 39 hours is NOT overnight by my watch.

Love me or hate me, praise me or berate me. Bring it on...