I arrived in Memphis today (after a 6 hour flight delay and 2 time changes) and checked in at the Peabody Hotel for the Writers UA Conference. From the minute my taxi pulled up to the golden front doors (held open for me by doormen in bright red uniforms), I knew I was about to enter a historic and opulent landmark. The main lobby has the charm of the south mixed with the grandeur of a historical museum.
Twice daily, the famous Peabody ducks parade from the rooftop to the main fountain. These ducks set the tone and theme for the entire hotel. Almost everything inside my room has a duck on it (including duck-shaped soaps in the bathroom).
After getting settled into my beautiful room, I met the Tech Whirl (Tech Writer Today Magazine) team face-to-face for the first time (I am covering the event for them with a team of other writers, as you will have learned in my previous post). Having video chatted with them a couple of times online via skype and google+ hangout, it was really easy to tell them apart from the crowd. We went to a local bar, called “Local,” for a drink and to get to know each other a bit. Then we went to Central Barbeque for delicious pulled pork sandwiches, ribs, and life-changing banana pudding. It was a nice way to end a long day of traveling.
I’m really looking forward to the sessions tomorrow! Good night!
Thanks for the pictures! Am sure you will have lots more to share in the next couple of days! Looking forward to hearing more!