Cold, Warm, Hot, Cold – Braving Weather for User Group Meetings

I spent last week in the Boston area helping the Central MA SOLIDWORKS User Group celebrate their 10 year anniversary.  It was chilly all week, and a little snow was falling as I boarded my plane home on Friday.  Luckily, I managed to get out of there before winter storm Stella made a mess of things.

Tom Cote, Me, and Glen Lepage with CMA-SWUG Glass


The CMA-SWUG meeting was fantastic, with about 70 attendees and all of the original founders of the group in attendance.  I even learned that I can eat (delicious) chocolate cake with my new choppers.  All the best to CMA-SWUG, and we all look forward to the next 10 years.

The first part of the week at home in Austin was a little warmer, right around the average for this time of year – 62 to 68 degrees. The end of my week will be a bit hotter, as they are expecting temperatures in the low 90’s in Phoenix and Tucson.

I’m here to see the Phoenix Metro SOLIDWORKS User Group.  It’s been a long time since I was here, several years in fact.  Rich D’Aloisio and the rest of the leadership team has been doing a great job with the group, and I’m looking forward to meeting the rest of the gang.

The last time I was here, so was Marie Planchard


On Thursday I’ll take a beautiful drive through the mountains and deserts of Arizona on my way to Tucson.  Bill Schoening has set up a meeting at CAID Industries, and he promises we’ll get to see something amazing (I hope I can take pictures).  I always enjoy the Tucson meetings, and I’m pretty excited for this one.

I’ll cool down a little at home over the weekend with highs in the low 80’s, but then it’s back to the cold.  Ohio is expecting temperatures in the 40’s and 50’s early in the week, with a chance of snow for mid-week.  I’ll be traveling with Rachel York and we’ll present at three meetings, including the 10th anniversary of Randy Adams’ Miami Valley SOLIDWORKS User Group.

Randy’s tattoo. Yep – It’s Permanent


So that’s cold, warm, hot, warm, and cold for the month of March.  Hello springtime!

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