Slice of Life: Me and Steve B.

by Joey deVilla on October 22, 2009

I bought a fuzzy “Cat in the Hat”-style raver hat with a Canadian flag pattern on a whim earlier this year, thinking that I’d probably find a pretty good use for it some day. That day, it turns out, was yesterday, where I turned it into what I believe was yesterday’s only Steve Ballmer photo-op with a non-management Microsoft Canada employee:

Joey deVilla and Steve Ballmer, wearing Joey's Canadian flag raver hatPhoto by Barnaby Jeans.

Yesterday was a busy day at the Harbour Castle Convention Centre, where we had an all-day Steve Ballmer-rama. In the morning, Steve keynoted an event showcasing Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Exchange Server 2010 for the media, key customers and partners. This was followed by an employees-only “town hall” where Steve did a short presentation followed by a Q&A session. On a whim similar to the one that led me to buy it, I took the hat (along with the accordion) along with me.

Following a suggestion from my co-worker Damir, I arrived very early for the town hall, grabbed a seat by the stage and donned the hat. When Steve made his appearance, he did so in classic Ballmer style, running and whooping, high-fiving people as he made his way to the stage. As soon as he saw me, he yelled “Hey!”, put the hat on and posed with me for the photo above.

I’d made a decent splash at Microsoft in my first year, and I’d been wondering if I could match it in my second, which began on Monday. This isn’t a bad start.

This article also appears in Global Nerdy.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Sean Kearney October 22, 2009 at 1:54 am

Joey! You absolutely Rock! Woot!

John Bowman October 22, 2009 at 7:05 am

All kinds of awesome. Good on ya.

Maria October 22, 2009 at 9:34 am

How old is he? I thought he was younger…

Maria October 22, 2009 at 9:34 am

OK, I just googled it. He just looks older in your picture.

Dave McDonnell October 22, 2009 at 9:37 am

Joey, very cool. That’s a keeper. Way to go!

Ryan Coleman October 22, 2009 at 2:12 pm


Barnaby Jeans October 28, 2009 at 9:14 pm

Hey Joey,

This photo along with the other Steve photos are posted to flickr –

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