I spent Thursday and Friday at CodeMash in Sandusky, OH. Quick Solutions (my employer) is a major sponsor of this event that features speakers and developers from both the .Net and the Java community. Quick strongly encouraged me to attend but I didn't need any convincing.
The sessions were great. Jeff Blankenburg's demos on Silverlight and Scot Hanselman's Friday keynote address stand out in particular for me.
But I think I got more benefit from the fact that I was able to meet so many other people in the developer community here in the midwest. I've been traveling so much the last few years that I don't really know that many local people. I met more developers from Michigan these 2 days than I met during the 4 years I've lived here.
I also had a chance to mingle with the other folks from Quick Solutions, which is a rare treat. Although I work for Quick, I live a couple hundred miles from their office in Columbus, so my interaction with them is limited.
The conference was held at the Kalahari Resort, which features a huge indoor water park. There wasn't much time to enjoy the park during the conference, but some attendees brought their families who splashed around while their spouse did the geek thing. I promised my 13-year-old son that he could meet me on Friday night with a friend and go to the park. Unfortunately his ride fell through so I ended up driving back to Michigan Friday night and returning to Ohio Saturday morning to take the boys to the park for the day. We had a blast!
You can view photos of the conferece here and see a musical slideshow of the photos below