Blogging on the run today. ALA is winding down, but the work’s not done for little old AL. When I get back home I’m going to write a bit more about the conference, but for now here are a few observations.
The Gage on Michigan makes a manhattan that’s out of this world. Genuine rye whiskey, just like it should be. Make sure you get the brandy-infused cherries.
Small women shouldn’t order too much steak at Shula’s.
I had an incredible meal Saturday night, but I can’t tell you where. Wouldn’t be prudent.
ALA attendees are getting older. It might not be a dying profession, but it’s a graying professional association. We need the kids to make enormous sacrifices to give me a reason to see friends on a perdiem.
The big news: libraries are broke.
Anytime I hear someone use the phrases "leaner and meaner" or "the new normal," I want to punch them in the back of the head, but I’m afraid it might ruin my nails.
McCormick is way too far from downtown, and after you take all the trouble to get there, it’s still not much to look at.
The Sears Tower now has glass observation boxes extending from the Skydeck. Words fail me.
Chicago is a great city, but it’s hard to play "Spot the Librarian," because there are so many locals and Midwestern tourists who are overweight and bad dressers.
Apparently, there was a Twitter ALA sex account called @alasecrets. Rather, there is an account, and apparently it was used for people to hook up at the conference. It’s shut down now. A kind reader pointed it out because it seems some bold wag has been impersonating the AL in the comments. The fake AL claimed to be the one who ruined everyone’s fun by logging into the account and changing the password so everyone was locked out. Anyone who thinks that I’d do something like that just doesn’t know the AL. I don’t care what people do as long as they don’t do it in the children’s section and scare the toddlers. Besides, between my conference business and my own rather active extracurricular activities, I certainly haven’t had time to bother with Twitter hookups at ALA. The AL doesn’t need Twitter, baby.
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