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Back from Vacation

I can’t believe I spent more than two weeks without doing anything related to SQL Server. Yes, I have been on vacation. And now that I am back home I found that I have to catch up with dozens of blog articles to read.

Some of the activities I am planning to do now that I am back include finishing writing my book about the SQL Server Query Optimizer and working on my presentations for the PASS Summit, this time two sessions, as I mentioned in a previous post. And of course, I will try to continue blogging as much as possible. Hey, by the way, it has been a year already since I started blogging: my first article on SQLblog was posted back in July 26, 2009.

By the way, I spent this vacation traveling with my family and visiting places like the Grand Canyon in Arizona, The Arches National Park in Utah, rafting on the Colorado River in Colorado, visiting Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, the Yellowstone Park in Wyoming and finally closing the trip with a stay in Las Vegas, Nevada. I include a few pictures here.


Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona


The Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Utah


Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota


The Old Faithful Geyser, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

About the author

Benjamin Nevarez Benjamin Nevarez is a database professional based in Los Angeles, California who specializes in SQL Server query tuning and optimization. He is the author of three books, “High Performance SQL Server”, “SQL Server 2014 Query Tuning & Optimization” and “Inside the SQL Server Query Optimizer” and has also coauthored other books including “SQL Server 2012 Internals”. Benjamin has also been a speaker at many SQL Server conferences and events around the world including the PASS Summit, SQL Server Connections and SQLBits. His blog can be found at and he can also be reached on twitter at @BenjaminNevarez.


  1. Nice vacation. You just breezed through my neck of the woods. Arches is a nice place.

  2. Benjamin Nevarez says:

    Thanks Jason. Utah is a nice place; we stayed a few days in Moab, left to Colorado and came back one week later, from Yellowstone National Park to Salt Lake City.


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