Atlanta trip and a book review

I flew out of St. Louis into Atlanta on Tuesday and flew back on Thursday.  I wasn’t looking forward to going.  I was to attend a conference and training hosted by Silverpop, our email marketing vendor at Hagerman & Company.  But, I am glad I went.  I learned a lot of new features on the program.  We had two keynote speakers – one was a co-author of Super Freakonomics – Stephen Dubner and the other was Gary Vaynerchuk, author of The Thank You Economony.  Both were excellent presentations and we all (500+ attendees) received a copy of their book.  I would definitely go to see Gary Vaynerchuk speak again.  He dropped the F-bomb a few times (ok, a lot), but he kept your attention and you came away with a great understanding of the culture move we’re experiencing in social media.  If you can’t see him, pick up his book.  It’s definitely a great read.

Our hosts bussed all of us to the World of Coca Cola building in downtown Atlanta. We had the building to ourselves and Top Chef  All-Star winner Richard Blais demonstrated live several of the evening’s menu items (the liquid nitrogen was a blast. literally!).  Everything tasted awesome!

I chose to ride the Marta train back to the airport.  That was definitely an experience.  Tip:  Get into a seat or hold on tight as soon as you get on board; otherwise, you’ll get thrown to the floor like a bowling ball knocking over pens.  Ask me how I know!!  My flight got into St. Louis around 6:30 and I got home at 10 p.m.  After watching the DVR to see who got voted off Idol, I finally made it to bed around 11:30. 

I’ve got a beautiful quilt next up on the frame that I plan to work on this weekend.  I’ll be posting pics!

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