Well, not so much begging or stealing, but borrowing totally rules. As you've all heard me go on and on about, I have a conference/ mini-vacation coming up in New Orleans--actually, I leave this Thursday, woot! So I'm still working on getting that credit card down to zero before I go, which won't happen because I leave on Thursday and get paid on Friday, but that's just details.
Since this is the American Library Association's annual conference, it is a huge event (picture 11,000 women and 500 men in sensible shoes descending on The Big Easy--sorry hip young librarians, you know it's true). I've never been, but the Midwinter Conference that I went to in January was pretty overwhelming, so this one may just do my head in. I am trying to be organized and plan things out beforehand, but there's only so much you can actually plan before you get there and know the lay of the land. I found myself wanting to buy a tiny computer, or map out internet cafes (do those even exist anymore?) Just so I could get there, figure out where everything is, and then plan.
That's not a very good strategy because it's potentially very time-consuming and/or impossible and buying a tiny computer for one conference is just silly. I also tried to plan things, and make copious amounts of printouts, but that's an awful lot of paper, and I don't like using/carrying around a lot of paper. Then I remembered that a dear friend bought a netbook a while ago, so she could do work on her train commute. I made a call and asked if I could borrow it, she acquiesced, and now I am in possession of a teeny tiny computer that is exactly what I need to help navigate the conference and the city! Huzzah! I may even do some blogging while there--who knows!
Blogging will be a bit spotty this week since I'll be working extra hours before I go, and frantically trying to pack, but I'll be back soon to tell you all how I scored tons of free meals!
Anyone else have some moneywise successes this week?