Happy Halloween!

I can’t believe October has come and gone already. Usually this is my favorite month of the year, but this year I’ve barely noticed it. Things have been so busy I’ve even forgotten to update my email signature. Usually I will update it to use this great seasonal quote:

“October. When the leaves turn blood and the wind turns bone: a time for doings
dark and strange.”

This is attributed to the author Glen Cook, as it’s taken from the cover of his classic novel October’s Baby[1] but it was probably written by the same guy the publisher got to write the summary for the back cover. Still, I like it anyway, and it generally sums up the way that October usually feels for me.

This year was strange in its own way with trips all over the US, speaking gigs both at home and as far away as Stockholm, and more work than any one person should ever have. Not that this is a bad thing, but hopefully next year October will have a little more time for blogging. And baking…

[1] Which is finally back in print after 20 years as part of the A Cruel Wind compilation.


About ssimagine

My name is Matthew Roche, and I am a Senior Program Manager with the SQL Server product group at Microsoft. I work on Master Data Services and Data Quality Services, and have previously worked on SQL Server Integration Services. Although I work for Microsoft and will be posting on technical topics, I want to stress that this is a personal blog, and any opinions posted here are mine and mine alone. I built my career around SQL Server and Microsoft technologies for well over a decade before I joined Microsoft as an employee, and I plan on using this blog to share my personal experience and opinions. They may well be shaped by my experience on the SQL Server team, but they’re still mine, and not that of Microsoft, disclaimer, disclaimer, etc., etc..
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