Woo hoo! I’m here in the Mile High City gearing up for the ALA Midwinter Meeting. Appropriately enough, on the flight out yesterday I joined the Mile High Club, which might be a first for a librarian.
I haven’t been to Denver in years, maybe since that ACRL conference was here a few years ago. Can’t remember the year. Anyway, it’s been a while. And I’m happy to report that it’s just as small and dumpy a "big city" as it used to be, and that it’s still a major pain to get from the airport to the city. I have a question for these cowboys out here in Colorado. Trains to the airport: ever heard of them? Amtrak? Subway? Metro? El? Something? And if you haven’t heard about them, have you ever considered moving your airport adjacent to the city so the cabs weren’t so damned expensive? Ever considered that? I swear, does anyone outside the coasts and Chicago know how to run a city? Sure, they have a train inside Denver, but Denver is about the size of a postage stamp. It hardly needs a train.
Now that I’m here, the world is my oyster. I might go to the ALA/ERT Author forum about "Women of Mystery." There’ll be some female mystery authors there. I haven’t heard of any of them, but I read an Agatha Christie novel once and thought it was pretty clever. Besides, it’ll be a refreshing change from the usual politically charged speakers the ALA likes to bring in. In fact, looking at the list of "special events," it seems the only remotely political one is a talk by a guy who won the Nobel Peace Prize for microlending in poor countries. I’d say that’s considerably more of an accomplishment than any ever made by political posers in America who seem to think they’re courageous for saying George W. Bush stinks. Another lecture is by a guy who wrote a book about dead soldiers and their families. That might be construed as political, but could be up for grabs by both sides. Regardless, I’ll avoid that one as it sounds really depressing.
And I want to avoid depressing, because at ALA it’s party time, librarian style! I’ll have my usual ALA Conference Report sometime next week or the week after, but for now all I can think of is my social calendar. Several nights of gustatory bliss, if such can be achieved in Denver. It’s no New Orleans, after all. Considering this is cow country, or at least a lot closer to cow country than where I live, I’m assuming somewhere in town will serve a good steak. Maybe there’s a restaurant that just herds the cow up to the table and slaughters it there. Feel free to give me some recommendations. And if I had to live in Denver, heavy drinking would be high on my agenda, so I’m also assuming there are some good bars out here. Martinis may be out, as I’m not sure mountain folk know how to make a good martini. Cowboys drink whiskey, though, so maybe they know how to make a Manhattan.
So while I’m trying to enjoy my few days of eating, drinking, and socializing known as a "conference," I hope you all are having fun as well. For those Annoyed Librarian minions at the conference, we’ll meet at the AL Happy Hour. You should already have the details by now. Drinks are on you.