Live from M2009 - Day 2

I’m tired. But in a good way. We had a great day in the SAS Publishing booth. We had a lot—and I do mean a lot—of traffic in the booth, much of it thanks to the early-bird book giveaway special. And I got to talk to a lot of cool people, some of whom had some really good book ideas. But what was really fabulous was the enthusiasm for our Twitter promotion. Congratulations to our 6 winners (I did notice that I misspelled “winner” in one of my Tweets today—that makes me feel really bad). Be sure to watch the @SASPublishing account Tuesday morning at M2009. We’ll be giving away another six books, and if today is any indication, they’ll be gone by noon (as of 9 a.m. PST, already 2 winners!).

Another highlight of the day was getting to interview on video John Elder and Don Henderson. Both are awesome speakers, and they made my first two interviews (ever) go very smoothly. Watch for these on Facebook and the SAS YouTube channel next week.

Now to the important part: dinner. We headed to Joe’s Seafood and Prime Steak Restaurant. I tried to think of my eating experience there as sort of a “throwdown” with Bobby Flay, whose Mesa Grille restaurant we visited last night. Although the meals at both places were spectacular, I think Joe’s gets the edge thanks to their awesome service and atmosphere. Sorry, Bobby! I’m a huge fan, but Joe’s edged you out a bit tonight.

As I’m sure most of you know, the Giants lost Sunday night, which sort of killed my gambling spirit, until I found the penny slots tonight. Wish me luck and a little bit of sleep tonight.

tags: conferences, data mining, m2009, On the Road, sas, stacey hamilton, twitter

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