It’s been a couple of months since my first update on what life is like, and I wanted to make a few notes for myself about what changed, and what hasn’t. View this post on Instagram Social distancing is a lot easier down here. A post shared by Brent Ozar (@brento) on Jul 9, 2020 at 6:05am PDT We took a couple of quick vacations. I was scheduled for jury duty starting June 29th, and the county didn’t cancel that until 3 days before. Suddenly facing 2 open weeks on my calendar, we hopped in the car and drove up…Read
This blog post isn’t for you, dear reader: it’s for me. We succeeded in erasing our wine collection I was thinking today that at some point in the future, I’m going to look back and ask myself, “Self, what was life like during the first wave of COVID19?” I figured I’d take some time and whip out a few notes to myself so I can remember. I usually schedule my blog posts in advance, but not this one – just doing a quick brain dump on Saturday, June 13th, and publishing it immediately. We’re about 90 days into the quarantines.…Read
Our rescued mini Schnauzer mix, Ernie, passed away last night. She was diagnosed with cancer last year, but she was blessed with a great quality of life right up til the end. Ernestina On car trips, she brought her big bed with her Sunning herself in the afternoons on the couch She was so patient, letting us put her in all kinds of photo poses Wonderful traveler. Just liked to sit and people watch. In what we called her condo – her under-seat airplane bag, en route to the airport She was a surprisingly good driver We got to watch…Read
The Lean Startup methodology basically says: Come up with a hypothesis Build the cheapest, smallest thing you can to test the hypothesis Measure, and learn as much as you can from that investment Understand what additional resources you can invest next time (and zero is an option) Go back to step #1 There’s much more to it than that, and I’d strongly encourage any business or community builder to read the whole book, but that’s the core. I was talking to a friend of mine about successes and failures, and he mentioned that it looked like I’d had a string of…Read
I never really got into podcasts. I don’t commute, and while I’m working, I don’t like listening to things that make me think. (It’s hard enough for me to concentrate as it is.) But buying an iPhone 6 Plus made me love podcasts because the phone is just too damn big. I spend about 1-2 hours a day walking Ernie, my little miniature Schnauzer mix. For years, I’ve used that time to catch up on blogs and the news. When the ginormous iPhone 6 Plus came out, I thought, “Perfect! I’ll be able to see blogs better.” WRONG. It’s a horrible device for one-handed web…Read
It’s time for my annual update on the wild ride. A brief recap of what’s happened so far: April 2011 – started the company. April 2012 – year one finished, but I didn’t blog about it right away. I wanted to get it into the rear view mirror for perspective before blogging. April 2013 – year two finished, so I blogged about year one. April 2014 – year three finished, so I blogged about year two. April 2015 – year four just finished, so I’m blogging about year three – April 2013 to April 2014. When last we met The company logo…Read
I don’t have regrets – everything that’s happened to me so far has led to a life that I wouldn’t trade – but if I had the chance, I’d probably like to say a few sentences to past versions of myself. Dear 1988 Brent – Keep playing the piano no matter how boring it seems. Dear 1990 Brent – Instead of drinking protein shakes to gain weight, enjoy your temporary skinniness. Dear 1991 Brent – While your high school sweetheart is indeed drop dead gorgeous, brilliant, and kind, it’s completely okay that you are not the right fit for her, nor she…Read
Inspired by Steve Kamb’s Epic Quest, I’ve been working through my own Epic Life Quest since 2012. I’ve set up a list of future achievements, and whenever I cross off five of them, I advance one level. Here’s what I’ve unlocked in about the last year: Level 5: Completed February 2015 Me in Tulum, 2014 Marry Erika – After over a decade together, she finally caved in and let me put a ring on her finger. Completed in October 2014 in a drive-through chapel in Las Vegas. Take Erika back to Tulum, Mexico – we had the time of our lives here,…Read
After over a decade together, Erika finally said yes. We’d like the #1 with fries We tied the knot in the drive-through Tunnel of Love at A Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, and Ernie was our best dog. The place is every bit as kitschy as it looks. We didn’t plan out the Vegas trip to get married – we were there for a couple of concerts. Years ago, Erika had said we were allowed to get married if we happened to be in Vegas, but we couldn’t go to Vegas specifically to get married. On this trip, we…Read
Hi. I’m Brent.
I live in California with my wife Erika. I'm on an epic life quest to have fun and make a difference.
I co-founded Brent Ozar Unlimited to help make your SQL Server go faster. I also maintain sp_Blitz® and the open source First Responder Kit repo.