I'm writing this post from the Business Center of the Grand National Marriott in Opelika, Alabama. Where? It's near Auburn. Where? Southeastern Alabama, ok? It's not important.
I'm here for part 1 of a 3-day meeting of the Alabama College Bookstore Association (ACBA). I have a little time to spare because I was unaware that there is a time change between Atlanta and here. This will make my arrival home tonight a little late but will be welcome tomorrow morning when I return.
How kind of the college bookstore universe to organize itself into little groups like this so I can meet all my target audience in any given state - or sometimes groups of states - in one swell foop. Very thoughtful. And I don't have to pick up a single phone.
Tonight is the Opening Night Reception. Looking at the schedule, I see I've missed the golf, the walking tour of the Jordan-Hare Stadium, and the legislative session. My bad. The web site promised food and games, and we will be out on the terrace if it doesn't rain. The checking-in people were extremely nice; one even gave me her room key so I could come into the Business Center. I should be spending the night here, but somebody's got to take care of the chickens.
Apparently the reception is organized as a tailgate party. I have no idea what this can mean in a hotel setting, but I do know I'm overdressed for it. Note to self: bring a change of clothes even for a day trip to be able to dress it up or down as the situation warrants.
10 minutes to showtime, folks. Off to press some flesh.