: Mike Cohen's Blog
: 2014 Adventures - Part 2: AV State of Mind
In early February my itinerary showed Washington DC as the next locale. I use the Tripit app, and sometimes I am not sure where I am going until I get to the airport. Recently I was not sure if I was in DCA or MDW.
The venue for the meeting, the Mandarin Oriental, is very swanky, but isolated from the rest of DC. Sure you could take a cab for dining and entertainment, or in my case, my brother picked me up for dinner one night, which was great.
We went to a restaurant called Poste, in the Hotel Monaco. Interesting menu. Supposedly Secretary of State Clinton had her morning staff meetings there. We did not see any politicians, though there was a lot of pork on the menu.
After we walked over to a gelato / cupcake place in Penn Quarter (I think).
The main event was a Breast Cancer conference that we manage. My task as usual was to oversee the AV setup and ensure high performance and quality. First day setup went until about 10pm after a 10am load-in. This was our first time working with a new AV provider. You never know precisely what you will be getting, which is where I come in. My job is to supervise the setup and do a quick technical run-through of the major functions with the crew, lay out expectations of performance, discuss the event schedule, etc.
I had dinner at the hotel restaurant - sushi I think, though it could have been Fruit Loops at this hour and I would have been happy.
This one was easy.
Next up, the first of three trips to Colorado for the year, and something a little out of the ordinary.
Thanks for reading.