OK, yes, I realize another blog post about the Alliance conference two weeks after its conclusion isn’t exactly timely, but my Christmas break was kind of crappy so I decided to treat myself to a few extra days in northern California after the conference, cruising around Sonoma Valley with friends and family, gazing at big trees, and drinking too much wine. Scott wrote something while I was away, then we wanted to introduce everyone to Katie, and now here we are. I’m certainly not going to let a
great good OK idea for a blog post go to waste, so better late than never!
Number of Alliance conferences I have attended: 16 (I started going in 2002 and have only missed a couple, so I think that number is correct)
Number of Alliance conferences I have attended in San Francisco: 6 (or 7, it’s somewhere around there)
Number of scheduled meetings I had at this year’s conference: 14 (one of the true miracles of the conference is that despite my complete befuddlement with scheduling meetings while dealing with the ET/PT time change, I somehow never double-booked myself. Not all heroes wear capes…)
Number of sessions I attended at this year’s conference: um…2.5 (hey, I had a lot of meetings!)
Number of times I strolled down Mission Street to Blue Bottle Coffee: 4 (this has nothing to do with the number of sessions I attended)
Number of New Orleans cold brews I purchased at Blue Bottle Coffee: 3 (the best cold brew I have ever had)
Number of times I walked to City Lights Bookstore: 2 (one of my favorite bookstores in the country)
Number of books purchased at City Lights Bookstore: 3 (Drinking at the Movies by Julia Wertz, The Captain and the Glory by Dave Eggers, and Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg)
Number of CME-related parodies of Howl I wrote on my old blog: 1 (And you thought I was crazy writing a story about a CME detective. Just wait until I update and re-post my Google Hangouts themed ghost story. You think I’m kidding…)
Number of books I swapped at Integrity CE’s exhibit booth (a very cool idea): 3 given (The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson, and City of Thieves by David Benioff) , 1 taken (Milkman by Anna Burns)
Number of times I listed books in this blog post just because I know it will annoy Scott: 2 (I’m laughing just thinking about him reading this and yelling “Nobody cares!” <insert laugh-crying emoji>)
(NOTE FROM SCOTT: He’s right. It annoyed me.)
Number of times I skipped a reception at this year’s conference to go to a sports bar and watch the Sixers beat the Boston Celtics: 1 (totally worth it!)
Number of times I told the person I was watching the game with that the Sixers were definitely going to lose (they won): 5 (at least, probably more)
Number of meetings at the Alliance conference Scott and I had with Katie the Intern: 1
Number of times I wondered if Katie could now do all my CMEpalooza work for me: How do you insert the infinity sign in WordPress?
Number of people I knew from CMEpalooza but met in person for the first time at this year’s Alliance conference and didn’t immediately recognize because I realized I had only ever seen them from the chest up and they were taller/shorter than I realized: 3
Number of people I met through attending the Alliance conference over the years who I now call “friend”: too many to count (seeing old friends is my favorite part of going to the Alliance conference every year)
4 thoughts on “The Alliance Conference by the Numbers”
Haha this was the best. Will check out those book titles. Wish I’d known about the place with the cold brew, dangit. I saw you across the crowded cafe area but you were too far for me to get your attention, so I’m counting you in my number 🙂
Number of times I wondered if Derek would write a too-long but totally entertaining post-Alliance conference blog post?
I’ll never tell…
I, too, made the pilgrimage to City Lights. What a great place.