It's nearly 6 p.m. Friday in Virginia, but the calls are still coming in from people who want to register for the ICCFA Convention in Las Vegas, which starts Monday night and promises to be our largest convention ever. Since there won't be anyone here to answer the phone over the weekend, here's what you need to know:
• Yes, you can still register. You will need to do so on site, at the Mandalay Bay.
• The ICCFA registration desk (702.322.4383) at the Mandalay Bay will be open before the convention begins. Don't forget, these are Vegas times:
Sunday, noon-5 p.m.
Monday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. (The 1st-timers Reception starts at 5:30; at 6 p.m. the Expo Hall opens for everyone.)
The registration desk will continue to operate through Thursday, though it will move after the Expo closes on Wednesday afternoon.
• The Mandalay Bay is sold out. It never hurts to call and see if they have a cancellation, but otherwise, check Joe Budzinski's 4/16 blog post for a list of nearby alternate hotels.
Don't hesitate to make a last-minute decision to attend! The Expo, the educational sessions and the people you'll meet will make it well worth your time and money.
As always, you'll find me roaming the Expo Hall and rushing from session to session taking photos for ICCFA Magazine. I'm celebrating our expected record-setting crowd with a new t-shirt design. Instead of featuring a different cover every day, I've put all the covers for the past year into one design (for the front of the shirts) and am promoting this fabulous Web site on the back. So I'll be easy to spot. See you there!