Best thing about this morning was what happened last night.
I present to you The Bed O' Heavenly Sleep.
Pillow top mattress + duvet + down pillows = best sleep of my life. I don't think I moved once during the night.
Ok, started the day off with two back-to-back seminars.
The first one was hosted by David Pollack and Phillip Anderson. They talked about the importance that blogs can make in getting local candidates elected. Initially I attempted to take notes a la liveblogging and after a short while just gave up and decided to listen 100% instead. As one audience member stated, they were preaching to the choir. Everyone in attendance knew how important blogs are at getting local candidates elected. Many of the audience members work(ed) on local campaigns. Good discussions but didn't really come away with anything I hadn't heard before, altho I guess in a way it is always good to validate that which you already know.
The second seminar was Politics and Social Networking. Presented by Becca (Greenpeace), Ruby (Orange Politics) and Amy (John Edwards Campaign).
Definitely another 'preaching to the choir' discussion. To my way of thinking (and granted this is just me) it is just inconceivable that any candidate would NOT use all the social networking tools currently available and on the market. Hello, they are FREE! That's for starters. Also, the viral marketing potential is just too great to ignore. It made me very happy to have Jared Polis ask me if I thought he should go on Twitter. What I told him? DUH! Yes...what are you waiting for. Hopefully he'll be up and Twittering soon.
Only hit two seminars today since I wanted to allow enough time to get to see Ghostland Observatory take the stage @ Lolla.
Speaking of time, McCormick Place is huge and it can take awhile to traverse the many lengthy halls. Here's the 411 :
The size and versatility of McCormick Place are impressive:
* 2.7 million sq. ft. of exhibit halls
* 1.2 million square feet all on one level
* 175 meeting rooms
* 700,000 square feet of meeting room space
* 3 ballrooms, 2 of which are the largest in the city
* Assembly seating for 18,000 people
* 4,249 seat theater (Arie Crown)
* 3 theaters seating 300 each
* Ceiling heights up to 50 feet
Rest assured we are all getting a ton of exercise going from seminar to seminar.
Switching gears to Lollapalooza. Walking into Grant Park felt just like coming home. The blue cloudless sky, the breeze coming in off Lake Michigan, hearing the Buckingham Fountain...I was so happy I made it back.
Bands I saw today were :
* Ghostland Observatory - Would buy the CD, would see them in a full concert.
* Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - Eh, so-so. Doubt if I would pay to see them as a headlining act. Would play their CD if someone downloaded it for me. Wouldn't do it on my own.
* Jack's Mannquin - LOVE THEM! I left Ted Leo very early so I could be in the front row for Jack's. Great location. Great band. Saw them in Denver April 2006. It was the first concert after lead singer Andrew McMahon was given a clean bill of health following treatment for leukemia, which he was diagnosed with just as he went into the studio to record. Today was the 4th time I have seen them in person and will definitely see them once more next time they hit Denver.
* Slightly Stoopid. Good band..start was a big sluggish, tho. Would see them as headliner's and would definitely buy their CD.
* Silversun Pickups - Had intended to stay for them, but the sun was doing a number on me..even with SPF 70..so I headed back to chill out, shower and find out what the nightly plans were.
Nightly plans changed once or twice, so I killed time by starting "Bloodsucking Fiends' by Christopher Moore around 6:45. Was half-finished by 9:15 and will most likely finish the book tonite.
And on that note, The Bed O' Heavenly Sleep and my book call.
Busy day today and tomorrow will be even busier. I can't wait!