There were no real dramas on the way from Birmingham to San Francisco, which makes a change for me.
I got to San Francisco at 16:00 local time and told myself I would go to bed at 21:00 at the latest. I trotted off to the gym, got cleaned up and went down to the bar to say hello to some people. Fatal mistake. I did my normal trick of talking incessantly until about 01:00. Luckily I was not drinking pints of “jetlag” like others I could mention.
So at about 01:00 I was in bed. I woke up at about 04:15. If nothing else it meant I got to catch up on all my emails and go to the gym again. I think there are going to be a few very tired people during the ACED meeting today. I apologise in advance if I fall asleep in your session.
As always, I’m a little daunted at the start of this week. Having 2 days of ACED meetings followed by the main 5 day conference is a lot more difficult than it sounds, especially when everyone knows enough to make you paranoid about your own abilities. Having said that, I know it’s going to be fun and I know I’ll be glad I came.
PS. Already missing the people I know can’t make it this year. Excited about meeting up with everyone again.
PPS. Must remember to speak less and listen more.
PPPS. Must try remain calm this year, not act like a kid in a sweet shop.