Happy Birthday to @SQLBelle


Donabelle Santos (TwitterBlog) celebrated her birthday today, and her coworkers at Black Ninja Software set her up.  They pinged me to ask if I’d call her to surprise her on her birthday, and one thing led to another.  Next thing you know, she was getting an urgent support call from Ted Striker.  Ted (played by me) was having a few SQL Server problems.  I slowly laid them out one at a time:

  • He’d upsized his Access stuff to SQL Server
  • Using one database per client
  • For 1,600 clients
  • With the databases hosted on a USB hard drive
  • And he wanted to bring in more data from tables stored in Microsoft Word

She kept her composure much better than I would have, and she never once blurted out, “What the hell were you thinking?!?!”  Congratulations, Donabelle!  Here’s to hoping the rest of your customers this year are brighter than Ted.  And now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go bomb the storage depots at Daiquiri.

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  • that was so funny Brent, thanks so much for playing along. I had a really hard time not bursting into laughter. i was hoping she’d freak out a little more but it was still a lot of fun. 🙂 maybe next time we go with our first idea! lol

  • Thanks for being a great sport 🙂

    Just so you know I did freak out at the end of the call .. when I learned the person at the other end of the line was Brent Ozar. I must have been hyperventilating trying to remember what I was trying to advise “Ted Striker”. Hopefully I didn’t sound too dorky explaining to Ted why he shouldn’t use Word, or Access, or a USB external drive for his databases!

    It was lots of fun, Mr. Striker! And thanks for not going with your first idea 😉

  • Joel Coehoorn
    July 8, 2009 1:16 pm

    Ted Striker, from the Airplane! movies? Did you do the voice? Any of the gags?

  • Joel – yep, you got it! I didn’t do the voice or any of the gags because I figured it’d be too obvious, hahaha. I tried walking the line between subtlety and humor, and she didn’t guess that she was being pranked, so I did okay!

    SQLBelle – hahaha, yeah, that was hilarious! What a great time. You did great!


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