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2014 Adventures - Part 2: AV State of Mind

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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.

Mike Cohen


Posted by: Mike Cohen on Aug 28, 2014 at 9:41:04 pm event AV



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