I just finally got back to Gate B2 at McCarran airport after dragging my exhausted butt on crutches across the hall to get some frozen yogurt from TCBY. To add insult to injury, as I finally sat down to dig into my White Chocolate Mousse with Heath Bar Crunch, I realized that the lady behind the counter did not give me a damn spoon. So as I type this post, I am squeezing my cup of yougurt and sticking my tongue in it, to avoid schlepping all the way back there.
I learned a few things during this trip, most of which have to do with how folks in wheel chairs are treated by some people, but I will save that for another post. Let's just say that it was great to have my friends Shawn Collins, Connie Berg, Lisa Picarile, Tris Hussey and TrishaLyn, Billy Kay, Jim Kukral and a few others, around to help out. Sorry 'bout your toes…
Anyway…. Shawn and I hosted an Affiliate Summit dinner at Chinois, on Friday night. 40 people were confirmed / 35 showed up. Mr. & Mrs. John Chow, Zac Johnson and his girlfriend, Steve Hall, Ian Fernando and Shawn dined at my table.
Note to the folks that didn't show up (you know who you are): John Chow, Zac Johnson and I ate your dinners, too. We figured, what the hell — they were already paid for. Blogposts, wine and a nice lunch in Orlando should make up for it. 😉
I shared my story of how I fractured my foot, Tweeting and Walking. John Chow promptly labeled it the World's First Highly Pubilicized Twitter Accident.
After dinner we rolled over to the Tech Set party at Bare. It was fun and crowded. A little too crowded for the likes of my scooter, so we bailed a little early.
I attended a few sessions on Saturday, and I especially liked the Affiliate Marketing panel with Mike Allen, Tim Jones and Shawn Collins. It was pleasing to see how much room there is for Affiliate Marketing as a lot of Bloggers in attendance have never even contemplated its use when it comes to monetizing their blogs.
A few of us dined in the Mexican Restaurant inside the Hilton for dinner. I kind of felt like I held back my friends from going other places because I couldn't get around so easy. But they seemed to be ok with it — or they just felt sorry for me.
After dinner we went over to the Blog World party inside the Hilton as well, only to discover that the same food that we ate at the Mexican Restaurant was provided to the party-goer's for free at the party. Live and Learn.
I ended the night with Michael Buechele, Connie Berg and Karen Garcia over a glass of wine and some funny conversation.
While I wanted to head back to BlogWorld today, I just didn't have it in me. Between repacking, returning the scooter and getting to the airport – heading to the Convention Center to make a session just seemed out of reach.
I did snap quite a few pictures of the weekend. Click on the picture below to check them out.