(It's the cake from Mom and Pop. For real..)
First let’s get the preliminaries out of the way and say YES, this year I DID get a ticket to BlogHer#10. (Holy @(#*) I am beyond excited, and can’t wait to see what havoc I can wreak upon NYC!!!
The ticket was free (Thank God) because by some crazy stroke of luck they picked me to help work the registration desk! They must have seen me greeting anyone who would make eye contact with me last year, and decided that they ought to just pay me to do the same. Well, kind of. (I'll be registering people Thursday and Friday morning- so make sure to say HI!!!)
As far as travel arrangements go, New York City is conveniently only a TWO HOUR DRIVE from where I live here in Smythe, Oregon. (It's that new geography we teach in kindergarten; very high tech.)
If you remember correctly, last year an angel from heaven went behind her husband’s back and bought me an airline ticket. (And not just any ticket - she paid for baggage, check in stuff, any of the five billion incidentals that come along with it AND A ROOM.) Then, when we realized I was going but DIDN’T HAVE A TICKET, another crazy wonderful woman found one and gave it to me. To make a long story even LONGER, incredible people did some good deeds and sent me a gift beyond measure.
I learned many, many things last year, and today I am going to give my own BlogHer advice. There is no way I can improve upon Amy’s post (it’s a must read if you are attending) or Marinka’s post, so I won’t even try.
These are the tiny tidbits that I learned last year.
1. Before committing to share a room with people, make sure you aren’t emailing people with duplicate names. While I thought it was exciting to share a four-person room with seven people, not everyone else did. (Guess how many people in the world are named Megan? GUESS? Well, I slept with three.)
2. If you want to remain anonymous, don’t put your name, address, phone number and PICTURE on the five hundred business cards you pass out. (Good God.)
3. If by some crazy twist of fate the storm of the century closes all airports up and down the eastern seaboard, be open minded about finding alternate forms of transportation that might involve a total stranger. However, if your route takes you smack into the CENTER of the storm – you may want to rethink that particular plan. Unless of course you love danger and the off chance you might slide head on into a mack truck; then, by all means, go for it.
4. Always check your itinerary before laughing and chatting in the lobby of your hotel thinking you have HOURS until your flight. Odds are great that you have 45 minutes.
5. When someone (an amazing and generous friend) asks you if you want to go to a small gathering where you might see some famous writers and perhaps a celebrity singer? Do it! It may turn into a night you’ll never forget. (Poppy, you are the best.)
6. Have an open mind and an open heart. Spend time chatting with people you connect with, and remember that we are all in the same boat. We are mothers, sisters, husbands, fathers, sons, daughters and friends; but we all have one thing in common.
Sure, I’ve got an extra 15 pounds to lose, I'm rolling quarters for meals, I don’t wear Tommy Hilfiger and I could probably use a facelift (or two), but guess what? Everyone else there is in the same boat. We are all normal and real, and no one really gives a crap what you are wearing or how much you weigh. (Except maybe BJH, but that's another post entirely.)
If you go into this adventure with no expectations you will leave it with memories that will last a lifetime. (But make sure you bring a huge extra bag. Some of those memories may include incredible amounts of swag.)
(And this year watch out- Bitchy and Sassy will be right there with me. If they don't piss me off too much before we leave...)