MWSF: Day Three

Day three started with a fun MacWorld Live event hosted by David Pogue of the New York Times. This is a tradition that started since my last MacWorld (’97 in Boston), so it was a first time thing for me. It’s done in a sort of David Letterman-style talk show format with a few guests and ended with Pogue and one of the guests performing two comedic songs he had written. The funnier of the two was mocking the RIAA and was set to the music of the classic “YMCA”

I attended my second round of seminars afterward and also spent some more detailed time on the show floor visiting vendors and seeing interesting products.

Unfortunately, though, the thing I wanted to avoid finally happened. Since Monday afternoon, I’d started to feel a scratchy tickle in my throat behind my sinuses.

It didn’t do much and then just turned to some minor nose blowing by yesterday morning. By late afternoon, though, I was feeling pretty tired and cruddy and finally had to leave and crash in my hotel for a while (missing an event I had been looking forward to attending). I slept for about an hour and a half, then grabbed some soup from the little shop in the hotel lobby before crashing again for the night. I woke up a lot during the night, blowing my nose some and feeling generally cruddy. As of this morning, I’m mostly blowing my nose and coughing, but certainly feeling better than I thought I might.

I’m almost certain this comes from the petrie dish we all flew out here in on Sunday combined with temperature shifts and being generally run down from the jet lag. I suppose it’s not an unusual scenario for travelers, especially in January. I’ve definitely been in close proximity with zillions more people than I would under normal circumstances and shaking hands a lot (not to mention that we all have to shout at each other to be heard in public spaces at most events).

Regardless, I am conserving my energy and lying low in the hotel until around lunchtime. Then I’m going to try to take another foray to the convention floor for a bit, but I’m mostly trying to keep my energy up for a podcaster event that I really do not want to miss tonight. I also don’t want to make the cold any worse if I can help it since flying home on Saturday is going to suck out loud if it worsens.

So, yes, I’m pissed off that this is curbing the adventure… but at least it didn’t take hold of me until AFTER the keynote and other big festivities of Tuesday and Wednesday morning. I think I will also buy the DVD set of recordings from the seminars, both to catch up on some minor ones I’m missing, but also to be able to share some of the events with folks back at SBC who couldn’t come this time.

Anyway, I’m off to catch up more on email and news for a bit and relax a little more. Here’s hoping I can kick this stupid cold in short order…

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