Nancy Dickinson and I flew from Nashville to New Orleans Thursday night. Our 79 year old taxi driver waited til we were nearly at the hotel to tell us we were his last trip for the day since he doesn’t see very well at night. PHEW! He also talked about sleeping on an air mattress for 6 months until his FEMA trailer was delivered and then how his gas tanks were stolen so he had to wait for another 3 weeks to get replacements. Yet, he was so happy to be back in New Orleans. He was also very grateful to have the librarians with ALA here.
This is my first trip to New Orleans so I am excited about seeing the city, worried about accomplishing everything meeting-wise, and determined to take note of what is happening around me so I can “do good.”
First sour note was discovering that the hotels don’t offer free WiFi, but charge $9.95 a day for ethernet connections. With two of us in the room, that wouldn’t help either. It means I haul the computer to the convention center to take advantage of their free WiFi to blog. With the number of meetings I have, this won’t be a convenient option. I will have to actually take written notes then and post them later, so don’t be surprised if my blog entries are delayed and out of order.