My feet. My back. My shoulders. My entire body. All of these things hurt like hell today.
Yesterday was the Annual Springtime in the Park Expo in DC. Its a tradeshow/educational sessions expo for association executives and meeting planners. Really, its a ton of fun but after spending 5 hours on a trade show floor carrying a bag full of promo information and goodies, the shoulders hurt. And the aisles are carpeted but have NO padding between the cement and your poor feet. I, because I am SO intelligent, wore heels!!!! Whatever!
The experience for me this time was totally different than in past years. I was always the government meeting planner who couldnt do much because of rules/regulations/tough clients/etc and so there were only certain places for me to "visit" on the show floor. This year was great because I have the entire world to explore. I can be open to any and all suggestions and locations. In fact, I spent a lot of time with the Montreal group because I am considering bringing my meeting there in 2008 or 2010. SO much more fun!
However, the most fun involved NYC and Company (the convention and tourism bureau). In NYC's Times Square, a man stands out there in his tighty-whiteys and sings. He is known as the "Naked Cowboy". Well, he was there, on the show room floor, in ALL his glory. Seriously, in tighy-whiteys with a guitar wondering the aisles. (Yes, he was DAMN good looking!). And stuffed. :) I have a picture on my cell phone (I just couldnt resist!).
The picture here is of the REAL Naked Cowboy in NYC. Once I figure out how to send the picture I took from my cell phone to my computer, I will post the picture I took yesterday at Springtime! Totally hysterical and surprised the hell out of me as I walked down the aisle at a professional trade show!
I LOVE my job!