First Day, registration and reception
After a five-hour flight from Newark Airport to Tucson, AZ, a two-hour layover, and then a two-hour flight from Tucson to San Francisco Airport, topped off by a shuttle going in to the city at 5:00 p.m. on the nose, I was ready to just relax in my hotel room at the Marriott-Marquise, the official hotel of the convention and the "spill-over" location when every conference room was being used at the Moscone West Convention Center.
However, when the Marriott registration clerk informed me that the A.P. registration table was open for another two hours, I decided to walk the two blocks down Fourth Street, and obtain my ID badge, etc., to make tomorrow morning less hectic. Little did I realize that in addition to being officially checked in, with an ETS book bag, meal tickets for breakfast and lunch and my blue and white identification necklace, the AP Studio Art people were hosting a reception in the Exhibit Hall in the Moscone.
Sharpening my instincts from being an "Independent" in college, I not only was able to browse some of the stalls and starting talking about text books, but enjoyed a beverage and numerous fajitas to boot. No searching for an outside restaurant with jet lag setting in. I returned to my hotel room and managed to stay up until 10:00 p.m. Pacific Time (1:00 a.m. from when I left New Jersey), and got a good night's sleep for the first official day of the conference.
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