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I’m Tom Urtis, Excel MVP and owner of Atlas Programming.
Here are photos of my trip to Microsoft’s 2012 MVP Summit.

Arriving at SFO, and taking off towards Seattle.

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Photos 1, 2, 3: Gifford Peak; Mount Adams; Mount St Helens (fore), Mount Adams (aft), and Gifford Peak (right).
Photos 4, 5, 6: Mount Rainier: approaching; distance ~80 miles; distance ~30 miles.

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Photos 1, 2, 3: Approaching Seattle and landing at SEATAC in view of Mount Rainier.
Photos 4, 5, 6: Inside SEATAC terminal; view of Olympic Mountains; train to ground transportation.

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Seattle is known for its rain, but also produces days that are real sparklers.

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Headed to Bellevue (seen in the far distance); I stayed at the Hyatt; scored a corner room with a view of the Olympic Mountains.

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Rock Bottom Brewery on Monday night February 27, 2012.

Photo 1: The Rock Bottom Brewery.
Photo 2: Clockwise from left: Tom Urtis, Kevin Jones, Chris Smith, Ingeborg Hawighorst, Charley Kyd, Zack Barresse, Mike Alexander, Ken Puls and his wife Deanna.
Photo 3: Left to right: Charley Kyd, Charles Williams, Andy Pope.

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Photo 1: Brad Yundt and Ingeborg Hawighorst.
Photo 2: Andy Pope and Kevin Jones.
Photo 3: Roger Govier and his wife Mandy.
Photo 4: Chris Smith, Tom Urtis, Zack Barresse.
Photo 5: Ingeborg Hawighorst and Patrick Matthews.

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Photo 1, Left to right: Kevin Jones, Chris Smith, Zack Barresse, Jan Karel Pieterse, Mike Alexander.
Photo 2: Zack Barressee puts a hex on Jan Karel Pieterse pouring beer, while Mike Alexander supervises.
Photo 3: Blame Zack’s hex on that huge head of foam on the poured glass of beer.

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Photo 1: Patrick Matthews and Tom Urtis.
Photos 2 and 3: Photograph collage remembering and saluting Nate Oliver.

I took this video on February 27, 2012 at the Rock Bottom Brewery in Bellevue, Washington, where Excel and Access MVPs had convened after hours, during the week of the Microsoft MVP Summit. Access MVP Duane Hookom recounts Nate’s memorial service that was held two months earlier in Minnesota, with the MVP award representation of lapel pins, guestbook insignias, and Nate’s MVP trophy. Duane also shared a picture collage of Nate, and led a toast in Nate’s honor.

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Welcome Reception on Tuesday night February 28, 2012.

Photo 1: Hyatt Bellevue, where the Reception was held.
Photo 2: Lourdes Orive and Tom Urtis.
Photo 3: Scott Helmers, Patrick Matthews, and Kevin Jones.

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Photo 1: Melissa Travers and Tom Urtis.
Photo 2: Zack Barresse, Chris Smith, and Jon Peltier.
Photo 3: Andy Pope, Jan Karel Pieterse, and Ingeborg Hawighorst.

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Photo 1: Kari Finn and Tom Urtis.
Photo 2: Zack Barresse, Melissa Travers, and Chris Smith.
Photo 3: Roger Govier and his wife Mandy.

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Microsoft Jazz Band, and the Reception’s spotlight dance couple Teresa Hennig and Morten Rand-Hendriksen.

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Photo 1: Bill Manville, Roger Govier, Bob Umlas, and Brad Yundt.
Photo 2: Bill Manville and his wife Katherine.
Photo 3: Jon Peltier and Tom Urtis.

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Photo 1: Mike Alexander, Crystal Long, and Dick Kusleika.
Photo 2: The Brazilian World Cup football team’s coaches and staff.
Photo 3: The Brazilian World Cup football team’s players and fans.

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Product Group Event on Wednesday night February 29, 2012.

Food and more food; drink and more drink.

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Photos 1 and 2: Joe Camp with a fun bunch of the Office and PowerPoint crowd.
Photo 3: Bill Jelen and Tom Urtis unaware of Kevin Jones’ clowning.

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Photo 1: Keyur Patel and Tom Urtis.
Photo 2: Dan Battagin, Matt Gauthier, and Melissa MacBeth.
Photo 3: Chris Smith, Bill Jelen, and Zack Barresse.

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Photo 1: Chris Smith, Tom Urtis, Zack Barresse, and Kevin Jones.
Photo 2: Yi Li, Bill Jelen, and two Office MVPs.
Photo 3: Tom Urtis and Yi Li.

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MVP Attendee Party on Thursday night March 1, 2012.

Century Link Field.

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Exterior shots of the stadium, and band.

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Past the band up the steps was a lit MVP floor logo.

Left photo is a group; center photo is Bob Umlas; right photo is Tom Urtis.

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Sea Gals cheerleaders.

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Me with the Sea Gals, then kicking it with Blitz the Seahawks mascot.

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Inside the Root Sports Lounge; welcome from Lourdes Orive and Mike Hickman.

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Chefs; the DJ; the Excel gang whose names you know by now.

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Views of the field.

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Field level.

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While on the field I took a couple shots of whoever was out there.
In the third photo, I have no idea who that product group is. Not being the shy type, I posed with them anyway.

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Meanwhile back at the ranch, Blitz the mascot is getting shelled by soccer balls. He was pretty good — saved most.

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A clear night for fireworks.

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Thank you to the Summit organizers and to Microsoft for the best Summit I’ve attended yet.
Flying down the coast, over the Golden Gate towards San Francisco and back home.

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