Our first day in Denver was a lot of fun. I always enjoy traveling and meeting new people, so this is right up my alley.
We started our morning with a quick light rail ride to the convention center. Indianapolis, did you hear that? Light rail. Instead of selling off parks and cutting off arts funding, some cities are making things better for their residents...
I'm still not adjusted to seeing the mountains in the distance. I want to go hiking so badly it isn't even funny. Since our plane doesn't leave until late on Friday evening, we've talked about renting a car for the day and heading up there to see what trouble we can find.
The Denver Convention Center is very nice. The big blue bear peering in the glass windows tickled me so much I had to share him with Projectors. I promise not to put up a bunch of tourist pics this week but I do have a pretty pic of downtown Denver at the end of the post. After the jump, some pics I took with a few Projectors I met around town.
When I walked into the meeting room where the Rules Committee was meeting, I ran into Ilyssa Fuchs. She's working at the convention and was monitoring the "You Shall Not Pass" line. ("Can I see your credentials, please? I'm sorry; you can't go past this line...")
While the first three rows were reserved for the press, Ilyssa helped me grab a spot in the second row where I could take pictures and hear clearly. We chatted about various LGBT orgs (HRC, NGLTF and NCLR all rank highly in Ilyssa's opinion) and blogging before she got whisked away as the room filled. Thanks for the good seat, Ilyssa.
We took a picture together at the end of the meeting and I promised her I'd put it up so she could see herself on Bilerico Project. Mission accomplished, Ilyssa.
After the meeting we walked around downtown for a while. We strolled through a beautiful downtown area full of convention attendees and locals. The light rail and hybrid/alternative fuel bus line routes were clearly marked and you could find your way around easily. We stopped for lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe (it's a tradition when we're traveling) and while we were there we ran into Projector and PageOneQ editor Nick Langewis.
All in all, we both agree that Denver is an incredibly beautiful city with lots of friendly people. We're both enjoying our time here. Thanks again for giving us this opportunity to bring these sights and news to ya'll. We're already planning out the rest of the weekend and next week's official parties, events and duties.