Tomorrow I leave for Los Angeles and the PDC. The pre-conference actually starts today but I'm only attending the main conference run. I'll be staying at the Mondrian Hotel on Sunset Blvd, which from the pictures looks pretty sweet :). I get in Monday afternoon and come back Friday night. The conference starts Tuesday morning, Wednesday night is the big blow-out party at Universal Studios Hollywood, and we're all done Friday at 2:30 so everyone can run to the airport.
There are about +/- 20 other folks from the MSN division where I work (I'm a dev lead in OneCare) that are going, but I don't know any of them personally, yet. Most of them are of the PUM / Corporate VP type. There are a few other "trench workers" such as myself going as well ;).
The conference is sold out and when I reserved over a month ago the Mondrian, at 8 miles away from the LA Convention Center, was the closest "Microsoft-approved" hotel that wasn't sold out. It's going to be PACKED down there.
This is my first PDC to attend and I'm looking forward to it. I'll post as regularly as I can about sessions, events, activities, the party, and just general sights and sounds around LA. Hopefully I won't end up on the cover of "The Star" or "The National Enquirer"...