|My presenter bio in the AWP conference program, pretty sweet!|
I didn't do much today other than register for the conference and walk to CVS through what I assume is Chicago's equivalent of a sandstorm. I did what I usually do on conference arrival day (of whatever conference I happen to be attending): I trek over to the CVS, Walgreens or whatever the nearest thing is called, and buy provisions:
- 1 gallon of water - I ain't paying $7 for a bottle of water in my hotel room
- Diet Cherry 7up - I gotta have diet something and they don't make diet M&Ms
- M&Ms - a small bag of peanut M&Ms, one for each day I'm at the conference.
- Chips - because you have to have a little crunch, right?
- Advil Liquid Gels (or the off brand equivalent) because schlepping around that luggage and an overstuffed conference bag makes me feel as old as I am.
- A postcard - I send myself a postcard every time I travel. It's something I started a long time ago. I write a fresh memory on it during my travel. It's nice to get home and see a postcard among all those bills.
I relax and spend the evening getting used to the weird channel arrangement on the hotel TV. WHAT?! You can have 6 ESPN channels but don't carry Comedy Central?! Can I really survive the packed conference days without The Daily Show and Colbert Report? Thank God for you, internets. To its credit, this hotel offers the free WiFis.
Oh I forgot, if the CVS doesn't sell liquor, I find a place where I can get an inexpensive bottle of wine which I usually drink out of a coffee cup as I mark up the conference program trying to decide which sessions to attended the next day.
Just looking at this day of sessions tells me that tomorrow (actually today) will be a full day with a few after hours events I want to attend.