Sitting at the airport now at 6am after last night’s CCIE party, with 2 hours sleep, I’m tempted to ask myself, was it worth it…? Absolutely! :) For those of you that were lucky enough to attend the party, I’m sure you would agree. It’s good to see that once again Cisco is giving something back to the CCIE community – those customers/partners/employees who have always been, and will always be, Cisco’s biggest advocates out there in the market. You know who you are – you think BGP and OSPF are fun, and wake up from a nightmare screaming where the broadcast keyword was left off of a frame-relay map statement ;)

What was the best part of the night you ask? Some may say meeting old friends, making new friends, (drunken) NASCAR simulation driving, or getting the official CCIE beer mug (awesome). Personally I would have to say the best part of the night was when Scott Morris, upon entering, was told at the door that his name wasn’t on the list. After frantically shuffling through the papers at check-in, Scott proclaimed, “I have *4* CCIEs! I should be on *all* the lists!” :) Needless to say everything worked out, but it was one of those great “you had to be there” moments. A special thanks goes out to the event team that did an excellent job organizing everything, and especially for accomodating those CCIEs (*cough cough*) who didn’t get the invitation email, but were still allowed to attend.

For those of you that Brian and I did get the pleasure of meeting this week and at the CCIE party, thank you as always for your support. If you took pictures at the event last night please email them to me and I’ll post them here on the blog for posterity. For those of you that we missed… San Francisco 2009 is right around the corner!

Keep checking the blog in the next few days for more detailed write-ups on the sessions we attended, including the upcoming CCDE, and for a *very special announcement* that will be posted (hopefully) later today.

About Brian McGahan, CCIE #8593, CCDE #2013::13:

Brian McGahan was one of the youngest engineers in the world to obtain the CCIE, having achieved his first CCIE in Routing & Switching at the age of 20 in 2002. Brian has been teaching and developing CCIE training courses for over 10 years, and has assisted thousands of engineers in obtaining their CCIE certification. When not teaching or developing new products Brian consults with large ISPs and enterprise customers in the midwest region of the United States.

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7 Responses to “CCIE Party Recap”

  1. [...] Cisco Brings Back The CCIE Party – Big Announcement From IE? Filed under: CCIE Blogs, Cisco, Cisco Certification — cciepursuit @ 11:09 am Tags: CCIE, Certification, Cisco, Cisco Certification, Internetwork Expert, networkers I could be wrong about this (as well as everything else that I type) but I think that Cisco used to offer an exclusive CCIE party at Networkers each year up until last year.  It looks like they’ve brought back that tradition this year.  Brian McGahan gives a brief recap of the mayhem. [...]

  2. Raul says:

    Scott Morris it’s now part of the IE Team????

  3. Scott Vermillion says:

    Dang, I didn’t know they had brought the party back. Oh well, couldn’t attend anyway due to my daughter’s birthday (not to mention the lingering poverty of CCIE pursuit, LOL).

    Aside from their seriously goofy mayor, SanFran is OK. But isn’t there one down in South Africa later in the year? I’m seriously thinking of tying that to a family vacation. Anyone else?

  4. I’m not sure about South Africa, but I think there is one in Cartagena Columbia.

  5. Scott Vermillion says:

    Hey Brian,

    Glad to see you back in action so quickly after that all-nighter!

    I’ve never been to any of these, so it’s a little opaque to me. But it appears as if the South Africa gig is a full-blown “Live” event, whereas there are a handful of “Networkers” events at other locations. So I guess a “Live” actually folds in a “Networkers,” and the difference is some extra pomp and circumstance (e.g. a party or two here and there)? I dunno…




  6. [...] I first read the CCIE Party Recap posting by Brian McGahan at 2:53AM, I could already sense where the announcement was going. Much [...]

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