You Don’t Have To Go Home, But You Can’t Stay Here

BlogHer 2006 is now done and over, and the Hyatt has been abandoned as everyone returns to their hometowns. Well, everyone but me. My flight leaves tomorrow morning, so I’m using the downtime to continue with the play-by-play recap of the conference.

Yesterday afternoon I noticed I was having trouble focusing on any conversation I was in, so I decided to rest in the hotel room for a bit. I don’t talk to this many people in a normal month, let alone 3 days. It’s tough to be “on” all the time and with so many people at once. It’s overwhelming. All was good, except that there was a knock on the door, and a lady asking if we were checking out yet. I explained that Catherine and I were here until Monday, and she said we needed to be out of the room, and to talk to the front desk.

I went to the front desk, and was told that we had checked in for the first night, but not for any other nights. (You’d think you wouldn’t have to do that.) The guy at the desk said that they needed the room and we were being thrown out for not checking in so the room could be given to someone else. I told him that we had both checked in, but he wouldn’t do anything else without Catherine there.

So I then tracked down Catherine, who was waiting for the final panel (with Arianna Huffington) to begin. It was really bad timing, and we were both pissed off. The girl at the front desk didn’t help the matter at first by giving us attitude. (Worst thing said, “Well, how is that our fault?” Uh, little girl? We’re the customers, and you’re the one who represents the ones who screwed up. You will not win this battle.)

The situation was finally resolved (and thankfully the girl dropped the attitude), and we went back to the panel to admire Arianna Huffington. More about her in a later post, once I’ve recovered from the weekend and can think a little more coherently.

After the final panel, it was time for the final cocktail party. As can be expected with a conference of over 700 women, the food and drink were consumed quickly. And since it was the final night, you can probably imagine what silly acts were undertaken.

The photo proof:

Dooce of the short hair – I like the new look

BlogHer Girls Gone Wild – who says mommy bloggers are dull?

There’s no way an innocent face like that could swipe a box of Weight Watchers candy, right?

…and yet here’s Mocha running off with the loot.

This morning the breakfast tables were jammed with bloggers as we ate our eggs benedict and said our goodbyes. I’d say it was a bittersweet moment, but it wasn’t. Because, as Suebob said, “It’s not like we’re saying ‘I’ll keep in touch!’ and then never write. We’re bloggers.” So yeah, the goodbyes were more of a “See you on your blog tomorrow!”

And listen up – don’t think we didn’t miss you. Yes, you. I can’t count the number of times I said, “I wish [any of you who I read] was here!” You were missed, and we want to see you all at BlogHer 2007 in Chicago next year.

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  1. Can’t wait for next year. I already have permission to be away for our anniversary from the husband. (Not that I need permission but you know.) Hope flights are cheap!

    Have fun with Cordy and Aaron when you get home!

  2. Ugh. Customer service sucks in some places.

    Sounds like you had a great time. I’m saving my money for next year.

    You touched Dooce??? Cool.

  3. Just because we can keep in touch doesn’t mean that I don’t miss you!

  4. Momma to LG says:

    It was great to meet you. I missed the cocktail party both nights since I live in the area and had to get home to my daughter. I could tell that was were bonds were formed. Hope to bond more over the next year so I can party with you all next year!

  5. Mary Tsao says:

    Great post. I like the part where you refer to the clerk as “little girl.” hehe.

    Oh, and I agree with the overwhelming part. Man, is my throat sore today.

    Um, from talking. You know.

  6. Mommy off the Record says:

    It was great to meet you Christina. I’ve enjoyed your recaps of the conference! Travel safe :)

  7. Christina – It was great to meet you! I laughed at loud at the quote you shared – “and then never write. We’re bloggers!”

  8. I’ve enjoyed reading your recaps of blogher…probably the best ones I saw. I adore the pics! Glad you had fun! I wish I could have been there to meet you!

  9. I am so glad you had such a wonderful time. I enjoyed reading all about it. Thanks for keeping all of us up to date while you were away!


  10. I officially give you the award for most comprehensive BlogHer recap! Wow, how you managed to keep up (and get the wireless access) I’ll never know.

    I had to run out of there at breakfast; it was all too emotional to stay for long goodbyes. But you are one cool fucking woman C, and I loved so much hanging out with you this weekend. Safe home.

  11. Screw all that weepy stuff, more importantly


  12. The Flip Flop Mamma! says:

    Yay! Next year in Chicago? I can go to that one!!!! Yippeee!!!! Only I’d go and people would be like, who the heck is the flipflopmamma?? But I’d love to meet you!!!!

  13. You have NO IDEA how excited I am about the Chi-town thing! You can have my couch.

    I felt like I was there! At blogher. From reading your recap. Loved it. And I thought that tattoo was real for a minute.

  14. Thanks for all the pics! I feel like I’ve been able to eavesdrop a little on the fabulous time you all had.

  15. Those must be Erin’s good ass jeans, as she is proudly showing them off!

  16. I hope that you got back into a room okay, and that your flight today was good.

    Had you made it onto the Chicago flight yesterday you might have ended up languishing for hours, like I did.

  17. Hmm….Chicago…Im planning my trip already

  18. I can not believe that hotel. Seriously it was the worst Hyatt I’ve ever stayed at. It seems everyone I know had trouble at check out.

  19. Yeah, the customer service was rotten. The maid knocked and I said, “Please come back in one hour” and then she walked in 15 minutes later. Did I mention I was fresh from the shower?

  20. Christina, I didn’t realize they gave you crap at check-out as well. Jennster had issues too.

  21. I can’t wait to see you all at BlogHer ’07!! I love these pictures. Y’all had a great time I’m sure!

  22. You could have crashed in our room. I had no idea.

    (I also forgot about some of these pictures)

  23. It was so fun, wasn’t it?! The bathroom completely irked me with no fan. NO FAN! If you have a roomie, how are you supposed to do number 2? How, I ask?

  24. totally way off the subject of blogher but i read about your house getting broken into and i’m sure that you’ve already thought about this but an alarm system is a God send!!! i know it would just be an added expense and Heaven KNOWS money is hard to come by but i’d give up cable to have an alarm system! check for some local alarm companies that will probably be cheaper than adt. we had adt and were paying $32/month and now are with a local company paying $18.
    sorry to hear all of this happened to you!

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