If those Internet weather maps are anything to go by it’s going to be a dark and stormy week in Orlando for Tech Ed 2008 IT Pro. Conference attendees have been flooding in with tales of thunderstorms and delays on the tarmac. The Orange County Convention Center with its massive pioneer bonnet windows awaits us--cavernous, dry, and teeming with Microsoftees, vendors, user group leaders and other subject-matter experts who will explain it all to you. A crowd of over 10,000 steamy IT Pros is expected.

Monday evening we strolled through the soupy post-storm air to the Glo Lounge to catch the Party with the Pros. Over 600 user group leaders, session presenters, and conference attendees converged on the Glo Lounge to mingle and share information under 70’s-style black lights. The event was organized by user group leaders Doug Spindler and Bart Martens, who gave away books, t-shirts, and other goodies to the assembled glowy geeks. A representative from INETA www.ineta.org was on hand to give guidance to user group leaders. Doug says that they're looking forward to repeating the User Group party at Tech Ed EMEA in Barcelona later this year. So look for it, if you're in Spain in November.