Roast Turkey on a Sourdough Roll w/Mayo

The best sourdough bread in the world is made in the San Francisco Bay Area, so any time I get a chance to visit California, I always make it a point to find a little, out-of-the-way deli at least once for lunch (or dinner).  During last week's visit to the De Anza and Silicon Valley SolidWorks User Groups, I found Marsha's Lunchbox in San Carlos.  It may have been the best deli sandwich I've ever had.

Both of the user group meetings were outstanding as well, starting with about 200 attendees at the spring semester meeting at De Anza College.  The twice yearly meeting is a combination user group meeting and job fair, with some local engineering related vendors thrown in for good measure.  The day started off with a couple of "workshops" (I did a sheet metal presentation), and concluded with main stage sessions by Z Corp (showing off their scanners – good session!), and a really good surfacing presentation by SolidWorks' Nathan Stump.

The Silicon Valley meeting the following evening was held at TechShop, a member based workshop for hobbyists, artists, and inventors who have ideas, but not the resources to bring them to physical life.  Our tour guide Thomas McLaughlin described TechShop as a "Gold's Gym" for engineers.  It's a really good idea – check their website for a complete look at all they have to offer.

Before the TechShop tour, we were treated to a presentation By Corbett Griffith, an artist/engineer with Instinct Engineering, Inc, a SF based firm that has been involved with (among other things) creating massive works of art for the annual Burning Man Project in the Nevada desert.

The meeting ended with a nice little assemblies tips and tricks session by Keith from Hawkridge.  Wade barnett is doing a fine job with the user group, and it was nice to see Tri-Valley SolidWorks User Group leader Kenneth Barrentine there as well.

Two user group meetiungs and a great sandwich – what a trip!

Richard Doyle
My official title is Senior User Advocacy & SolidWorks User Groups - but most people just call me "The User Group Guy". I've been a SolidWorks user since 1997, and was one of the founding members of the SWUGN Committee. Since starting the Central Texas SolidWorks User Group in 1999, my career path has led me to DS SolidWorks and a dream job supporting the SolidWorks User Group Network worldwide.
Richard Doyle
Richard Doyle