You know, it's funny... after pestering my web designer for, oh, a good month with "I wanna blog! I wanna blog!", I find myself suddenly tongue-tied. Or type-tied, I suppose.
But I'm sure that won't last long. :-)
So I'm recently returned from a conference in Dallas for an HVAC client. The show, BuilConn, was in its very first year, with a respectable showing of 250 attendees of the building engineer variety. With limited exhibit hours, a Boot Camp of seminars for attendees, and generous receptions (mostly sponsored by my client), the conference gave everyone a chance to share industry news, catch up, and oh yes, conduct some very profitable business. All in all, it was just what a conference should be: educational, fun, and productive.
Travel tip from Heidi: do NOT travel with ankle weights! See, as I'm on the road so much these days, I'm very diligent about keeping up a near-vegetarian diet and regular exercise. Thus I always travel with ankle weights to keep up with a strengthening regimen to support my poor knees, once injured in a martial arts class. Great idea, really, except that the weights are comprised of a strip of cloth with about a dozen pockets, each containing a heavy metal rod. So you can imagine just how many times my checked bag has been hand-searched, just to make sure it doesn't contain dynamite or the like.
And, of course, after searching, the nice airport security folks are sure to attach the zippers with those impervious plastic ties that can ONLY be removed by a sharp knife or heavy-duty scissors. And, of course, those objects can ONLY be transported in the very bag that is now secured by the impervious plastic tie. A situation that would make Joseph Heller proud!