Thursday, August 17, 2006

The Gang's All Here!


Sorry for the late post folks. So much going on here in Indy. Hotel registration, downtime, ironing wrinkled clothes, conference registration, talk with old friends, and meet new ones.

Here's the run-down so far:

1. Took a stretched limo from the airport to the downtown Hyatt. A first for me. It was cool. There were no bottles of Kristal inside the Carey limosine. Still the ride from the airport downtown was only $11.

2. Room was a little small but that's the usual. That wasn't the biggest bummer. The wireless internet set up at the hotel and conference HQ is costly. Don't know what the situation is at the other hotels but here we're charged $9.95 for a single 24-hour session. Per laptop. Not cool. Get's better. It's the same situation at the conference. Hopefully, that situation improves next year.

3. Me and Burnett walked several blocks to O'Malia's grocery store. Downtown was very clean.

4. Registration on Wednesday was a breeze.

5. The mixer at the Indianpolis Speedway last night was very cool. I've watched the Indianpolis 500 at total of 60 seconds in my lifetime (my remote control skills are remarkable). Not my sport. But being the race track and seeing the size of the complex was different. Didn't get a chance to check out the racing car video game that attracting a sizable line.

6. What the Hyatt lacks in wireless service, it definitely makes up for in breakfast. It's free and filling. The chowline features piles of eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, toast. Worth getting up before 10 a.m.

7. The game plan is coming together. Me, James Burnett and Andrew Guy have spoke with panelists. The line-up includes: online columnist Richard Prince, CBS's Matt Stanton, Detroit Free-Press' Kelley Carter, HoustonChronicle.com's Dwight Silverman, BET's Pamela Gentry, and the Miami Herald's Rick Hirsch.

More tomorrow...the big day.

Come one, come all...

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