Sounds of smooth jazz emanated from the hotel bar.
It was a classy place. A variety of plush armchairs, glass-topped coffee tables and couches created a landscape of seating options.
We chose a spot and sat.
Sleepy from the drive, hungry, and in need of a glass of wine, we finally relaxed.
We pulled our conference booklets out of our new canvas bags and began to peruse. Pens in hand, we silently browsed and circled or starred the sessions that piqued our interest.
Then, “Oooh! There we are!”
We saw our names printed in the conference program. Presenters!
We clinked our wine-glasses. “Cheers!”
We continued to buzz with excited anticipation about tomorrow’s agenda, a day of learning and sharing.