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Day 1, first while

9:26 am: That's what time it is in California. Right now I'm on the plane, going through sessions and trying to figure out a way to go to 5 sessions at once. So far, my limited scientific knowledge is not helping matters. It's a nice flight, we have an empty seat between us, so Julio got the floor there to himself. It means less pain for me because darling puppy isn't laying on my foot.

The coffee I got at the airport was horrible! So I'm definitely tired, but with the foot barking at me, sleep isn't gonna happen. Hopefully, we'll manage the airport okay. I would imagine LAX is huge. I'm not sure I wanna think about how I woke up at 3 in the pacific time zone.

We got through security well, and they actually followed protocol and asked how I wanted to go through. The person who gave Julio the pat down was calm, so although Julio wanted to play, was it easier to get him back in work mode. I had one interesting incident today, among the usual chorus of children's voices yelling "Puppy!" I walked into the bathroom, and from behind a shut stall door I heard a kid's voice. Here's what happened.

Kid: Puppy.

Adult: What's a puppy doing in here.

Kid: I wanna pet him.

Adult: In a little bit.

The conversation goes on like this, the adult encourages the child to wash hands and all that good stuff.

Adult: We can wait for the puppy to come out for a little bit.

At this point, ow took much longer than I needed to take to use the bathroom in the stall. Finally they leave. Not very mature of me, but here's my thinking. I was tired, not in the best mood (actually, I was feeling sarcastic), and I knew that anything I did would not be helpful because I would not be diplomatic. I felt this was the best way to go.

Well, I'll write more as it happens.

12:27 pm: This has been a crazy trip! We're finally at the hotel's restaurant. It was a lot of walking because we couldn't find the doggy relief area. I don't like staying where we're staying, so we're going to find some way to switch.

I fell coming off the shuttle. Why is it every time I use the dog the way we're taught in school (working not heeling), I get hurt. I should just heel him. I landed on my bad foot, so pain levels are getting higher.

2:29 pm: We're now in our room having gotten a room at the other hotel for the rest of the week. It's just a nasty route between the two hotels, and most of the session and exhibitors are in the other one. We're paying through the nose to get this one, but it will hopefully be worth it. On the way back over here, we stopped by Starbucks. While I love supporting the local guys, we didn't exactly have access to them. Julio worked great too.

I'm happy to report that lunch (which came before we checked out the other hotel), was excellent. They couldn't find their braille menu, though. I hope, for their sakes, that they find it soon.

Julio's been distracted some, but working great other times. It's mom's first convention type exposure, so wish her luck. I'm going to try to post this. Hope everyone's doing good.





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Mar. 20th, 2006 12:57 am (UTC)
Good Luck to Nickie's Mom!
Wow, Nickie! I'm tired just reading about your adventures. Reading about Julio in the bathroom made me laugh. It was a brave thing you did - staying a bit in the stall until the kid left. If you're not in a mood to play nice then it's always better to hang back and let it pass. I hope you have better luck with the new hotel and getting around to the seminars.
Mar. 20th, 2006 04:09 am (UTC)
Re: Good Luck to Nickie's Mom!
I think the other hotel will end up being better. Julio walks so fast on city streets and I just don't have the heartt to stop him, even if it means negative comments under my breath. Hopefully, being in the new hotel will mean less walking. Either way, it for sure means a better relief area for the darling puppy.
Mar. 20th, 2006 03:12 am (UTC)
Take care, have fun, and keep us updated! I really really did want to go, but alas... There are so many presentations I wanted to see! I think they'll record many of them though, so maybe I'll be all good with that to suffice.
Mar. 20th, 2006 04:09 am (UTC)
I wish you were here! It would be cool to see you.
Mar. 21st, 2006 04:01 am (UTC)
aww, yeah, it would be cool to meet you too!
Mar. 20th, 2006 06:59 pm (UTC)
puppy in the stall
LOL! That is SO familiar! I actually had some kids crawling under my stall door once. (Mommy, please watch your kiddos... Ya know, I know you're trying to go to the bathroom and all but...) I said really loudly, "I'm sorry. You can't pet the puppy right now. I'm trying to go to the bathroom," and hoped she was absolutely mortified. Flying all day sort of has an effect on a person's puppy-petting tolerance. *LOL*
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