Ahh yes…Ohhhh Canada! The land of cold, double-doubles (you know what I’m talking about coffee drinkers), and Neil Young. I am a little behind the blogging curve. I was out of the office without access to a computer….I know that sounds ridiculous to all of us tech junkies. But, when you’re hiking in Colorado a laptop just isn’t appropriate gear. I am disappointed to not attend this year because Montreal would have been a great place to visit. I was interested to see how the French culture prevailed in a largely English speaking and culture country. Anyway, I thought I would start off my blog posting with a Top 10 Conference Thoughts from a Non-Attendee:
1. My 29 year streak of not visiting Canada has continued uninterupted. I’ve traveled all over the world and have yet to make the 1400 mile trek to the Canadian border.
2. I am not scared of any law enforcement official who is dressed in a costume that is a mix between the English in the Revoluntionary War and a soldier in WWI.
3. I miss the opportunity to connect with old friends to discuss topics like the economy, health care, and the New England Patriots last second victory over the Buffalo Bills..which leads me to #4
4. Why is Buffalo always involved in last second losses during the ICMA Conference? In 2007, the Cowboys defeated Buffalo on a last second field goal to win 25-24….eerily the same score as the Patriots – Bills game. What are the odds?
5. My clothes were neatly pressed from the cleaners when I put them on today – no wrinkles or fold lines for me!
6. I won’t have 1000 emails to respond to tonight when I get home work.
7. I’m going to have to do something to replenish my pen collection and desk drawer toys from not walking around the exhibit hall.
8. Speaking of the exhibit hall, I will need to walk on the treadmill tonight for 30 minutes to account for the lack of 100 laps through the exhibit hall.
9. I miss blue moons and late night slurred conversations with friends.
10. I don’t get to compete for the most ribbons, stickers, and pins attached to a name tag. I’ve attached a picture of the traditional name tag that we Texans typically use at meetings and conferences.
And one to grow on….
11. Introduce yourself to at least one new person today. I miss meeting folks from all over. One of the best parts of our profession is our network, and the Conference is a great place to expand it.