Here are the people I shook hands with, met for the first time, talked to the for the first time or saw again the past two days:
Duane Swierczynski, Allan Guthrie, Pat Lambe, Ray Banks, Anastasia Banks, James Lincoln Warren, Paul Guyot, David Montgomery, Laura Lippman, Ken Bruen, Jason Starr, CJ Carpenter, Mary Reagan, Jon, Jen and Ruth Jordan, James Crumley, Dennis Lehane, Harlan Coben, Steve Hamilton, Sean Doolittle, Otis Twelve, Rickards--John Rickards, Bryon Quertermous, Robin Burcell, Steve Sidor, Wallace Stroby, Jim Winter, Harry Hunsicker, Anthony Neil Smith, Theresa Schwegal, David Hale Smith, Michael Koryta, Simon Kernick, Charles Ardai, John Schramm, Russell McLean, Peter Spiegelman, Reed Farrell Coleman, JA Konrath, Todd Robinson, Robert SP Lee, David Corbett, Barry Eisler, Mark Billingham, Raymond Benson (the Bond guy!), Anthony Rainone, JD Rhoades, Con Lehane, Jim Fusilli, Julia Spencer-Fleming, Bill Crider, and David Terrenoire.
There were probably more. I'm doing the best I can. As my memory returns, so will this list expand.
It was very cool.
--Aggressive Homeless people of Chicago and I quote "Lady, you have a lovely ass." one of them said to the woman in front of me at Dunkin Donuts.
--Spending three hours just BS-ing with Lambe and the Banks.
--Talking Rutgers football outside of the hotel.
--Laura Lippman is the coolest.
--Ken Bruen is the coolest.
--Everyone is the coolest.
--The underlying tension at nearly every panel I went to.
--The Naval CPO Pride March up Michigan Ave as I was walking to the Sheraton. Just cool.
--If you've ever seen The Blues Brothers
and remember the apartment where they lived, you'll know my hotel room. Just outside the El, the room rattled everytime it went by. Very soothing.
--When leaving on a trip in a car that is not yours, make sure the registration is in the car and not your mother's wallet.
--When in Ohio, don't do over 90 when no one else is on the road. Otherwise, you'll get pulled over. And without a registration, you're definitely getting a speeding ticket.
--Thinking that the St. Vincent's Convention Breakfast was part of Bouchercon the first morning and not realizing why--if I was registered--I couldn't get into the convention.
--Wearing a nametag outside of the hotel and adjoining bar basically was like wearing a big sign that said MUG ME.
--The wicked cool free bag of books.