#CPAC10 Afterthoughts

Written by Lotus on Thursday, 25 of February , 2010 at 9:46 pm

Wow, I haven’t blogged in MONTHS.  The two people that stumble upon this website must have think I died.

Anyway, I have some random only-at-CPAC-moments that I wanted to share:

– As the director of CPAC, I do a lot of random things.  At CPAC 2010, this included running up to my room to get hairspray for a Congresswoman, going to CPAC office at 10 p.m. on Tuesday night to move chalkboard that was accidentally delivered to office rather than hotel (and get chalk), apply 4+ coats of polyuerthane to chalkboard in order to preserve keynote speaker Glenn Beck’s thoughts, demanded hotel/beck and call boy get me ETA on Diet Coke shipment …  I’m sure more things will come to me.

– As I mentioned, both myself and my assistant drove to the CPAC office the night before major preparations.  A thought crossed our minds: What if we got into a terrible accident?  We would both be gone.  I wasn’t the only one with morid thoughts because my former assistant who now volunteers the week of the conference texted me and was appalled that we left the hotel.  She called me names that she later took back.

– There were a lot of surprises at CPAC this year.  Confession: I didn’t know about one of them. Any guesses on which one?

– Yes, some speakers use a teleprompter.   There’s nothing wrong with that.  However, just because teleprompter is visible doesn’t mean speaker is actually using it.  Only 5 or 6 speakers actually used it.  Not that there’s anything wrong with it…

– I enjoyed Twittering from CPAC this year.  It was fun posting photos of surprise guests and other insider information.  I hope people that couldn’t join us in person felt a little closer to the CPAC experience.

– I got flowers from one of the speakers.  I now have a new appreciation for pink roses.  Very cute.

– A DC-area hotel sales rep brought me and my assistant bottles of absinthe.  They haven’t been opened.

– The day before CPAC someone at the hotel asked if we were expecting any media.

– Despite the time crunch, I went to church for the first time in like 10 years the Sunday before CPAC.  I was surprised at how downhill acceptable church clothes have gone.  I insisted that my escort wear a suit.  He was one of the few that did.

– You can watch video of CPAC speakers and panels at www.cpac.org.

– I watched two pay-per-view movies the Sunday after CPAC: An Education and Zombieland.  It was the first relaxing evening I’ve had in almost two months.  I’m glad I took it because I was in full post-CPAC media mode by Monday morning.

– During another moment of peace on Sunday, I realized that the four people I trust the most were with me all weekend.  I hope they know who they are.

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