Sunday, June 14, 2009

SLA 2009 Day 1

5:00 am Woke up in Oakville ON

5:30 AM - Picked up by Airport Limo and whisked off to Toronto Pearson International Airport for a 8:00 am flight (we must be at the airport 2 hours before international flights and no matter what some people think, USA is still an international country)

5:50 AM - Checking in

6:20 AM - Sitting in boarding area waiting

6:25 AM - Drinking a Tim Hortons coffee and enjoying a toasted everything bagel with herb and garlic cream cheese

7:15 AM - Getting US cash from ATM in terminal

8:00 AM - On plane

9:10 AM - In Washington DC

11:15 AM - Checking into Washington Renaissance Hotel Downtown

1:00 PM – Headed for Convention Center. One block away.

Computers down at registration at conference centre. Back up shortly. Computer tells me to go to “badge pickup” – ???? – no signs, no nothing with that on it. What it really means is “Talk to person behind desk to get tickets and bag”.

1:30 PM – sandwich, chips, and Diet Coke (my hotel is all Pepsi, bummer) from upper level conference snack booth ($12) and wading through stuff in conference bag. Put badge together, checked tickets, read programme, etc.

2:00 PM – in 2010 New Orleans Planning Meeting!! Guess who is keynote speaker next year – James Carville and his wife (I guess you US people would know her, but all I know is she is the other party from him and I don’t even know which party he is [yes yes, I could look it up, but it does not really matter that much to me]) I do not follow politics but this is a very interesting choice. Guess Brad Pitt was unavailable :)
Met Hildy Dworkin and Rene Shoemaker, my fellow SOLO exec members.

5:00 PM – in Renaissance bar/restaurant having drinks and dinner with Hildy and Rene.

6 PM – on bus tour of Washington – see photos on Flickr, as I won’t post them all here :) I took this one. It was a very nice day for a tour. Too humid and no water available. Herded all over and meeting the same herds, I mean tour groups, over and over at each landmark.  (Note to tour company – water the livestock occasionally)

Met a bunch of very nice ladies on the tour!!

9:30 PM -  heading  back to hotel, hot and thirsty

The rest of the evening was checking email, finding minutes for Sunday’s board meeting, putting feet up and off to ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ by 11PM. An early night, perhaps the last :)

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